Humane Society seeks volunteers to assist shelter staff
Residents on Thursday were dealing with the aftermath of heavy rains that caused flooding in many Cayman neighborhoods over a three-day span.
Although a number of residents said they were evacuating their homes in North Side, Bodden Town and George Town because of flooding on Wednesday, none of the government shelters opened at noon received any people.
Denise Miller of Red Cross Cayman Islands said they received lots of calls, but no one turned up seeking shelter. She said the shelters closed at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, on Thursday Humane Society volunteers and staff were mopping up after close to 100 animals were moved to temporary homes when the shelter on North Sound Road was flooded with about four inches of rainwater on Wednesday.
The shelter called for volunteers to foster animals, and residents lined up to give dogs and cats temporary homes.
“All the animals found shelter. We had a good response from the public after posting pictures of the flooded building on Facebook. By 5 p.m. we had removed all the dogs and cats,” Shelter Manager Jason Jairam said.
“Right now, we are cleaning up with bleach and disinfecting everywhere so when the animals are back, their cages will be cleaned and prepared with fresh water,” he said.
Shelter staff are no strangers to flooding. Mr. Jairam said in May 2012 the shelter was flooded and a plea went out at that time for temporary housing for the animals.
“We desperately have to put out a plea to get a new building or a piece of land to build a new shelter. All we can do at present is to put out a plea for temporary housing when the shelter floods,” he said. “When there is a storm, we don’t know if people will be able to come out and help, so we really need a plan.”
Mr. Jairman said they even lost some of onated tables and other furniture due to water damage.
Shelter volunteer Catherine Kessock was upset at what was taking place there. “What we need is a new shelter,” she said.
“This place was built by a veterinarian as a home; it was never meant to shelter that many animals. It is inhumane treatment to have our dogs and cats in this condition,” she said.
“What we need is land out towards East End for the dogs and cats to have their space. I have seen brilliant plans for a new facility, and the whole thing just died. It is so sad.” Ms. Kessock said.