Animals get support from cyclists

Almost 70 cyclists of all ages and abilities joined PAWS on Wheels for a ride around East End recently, to raise money for the animal welfare organization. 

The fundraiser was a first of its kind for PAWS (Protection of Animal Welfare Society), a not-for-profit organization that aims to offer affordable treatment, shelter and rehoming for stray animals, specifically those in the eastern areas of Grand Cayman.  

The ride on July 5 started at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Breakers. Cyclists had an option of a 10-mile course, but most chose to tackle the full 21-mile loop, organizers said.  

A breakfast and raffle at The Lighthouse followed the ride. More than 20 gift certificates and a bicycle were given away courtesy of local restaurants and businesses. Young cyclists Josh Weaver and Sofia Pacini won prizes for “Best Costume.” 

“Many dogs and cats will be looked after with the funds raised on Sunday,” said founder Giuseppe Gatta. He also extended his gratitude to all of the event’s sponsors.  

The founders of PAWS said the money raised would be used to support financial assistance for pet owners, a spay and neuter program, community dog washes, and boarding kennels built by inmates at Northward prison. 

The organization was founded in 2010 by Mr. Gatta and his wife Susanna Gatta, Alex Stewart and Marleine Gagnon when they noticed a large gap in animal support in the eastern districts.  

For more information, contact the Gattas at 916-1731 or 916-3957, or email [email protected]  

Riders get ready to set off from the Lighthouse Restaurant. Josh Weaver, in orange, was one of the winners for best costume. – PHOTO: PAWS Cayman


Sonia Pacini finishes the bike ride with a smile.


Almost 70 cyclists registered for the first PAWS on Wheels fundraiser.


Sofia Pacini won a prize for her cat costume.