Doggy Beach Day promises to be a romp

Celebrate World Animal Day 2015 in style.  


It will be surf’s up for Schnauzers and plenty of sandy Shih Tzus gamboling about when Cayman’s canine clan head off to the beach on World Animal Day on Sunday.

The Cayman Islands Humane Society is inviting volunteers to take shelter dogs, and owners/foster “parents” to take their dogs to Doggy Beach Day. Attendees are asked to meet at a gazebo the society is hiring on Seven Mile Beach’s Public Beach from 10 a.m. to noon for fun and frolics.

“We’ve had doggy beach day events in the past, but this will be the first time we’ve ever held one for World Animal Day,” said the society’s director, Lesley Walker. “We’re hoping for a big turnout.” She mentioned that they hope to make the gathering an annual event.

As well as offering a chance for dogs to enjoy a refreshing cool-down swim with their two-legged minders, Doggy Beach Day will provide further bonding opportunities.

To help the event go off with swimmingly, students from St. Matthew’s University Veterinary School have offered to organize games to keep everyone entertained. There will also be prizes for some of the games, which include an obstacle course. Attendees can do as little or as much as their dogs want.

Those accompanying a shelter dog will get a free “Unleashed” T-shirt on payment of a $25 donation. Owners will pay the same amount regardless of how many of their dogs they bring along, and all volunteers fostering fully vaccinated dogs can take their dog/s along for free. Register on the day at the gazebo.

“There’ll be bottled water, sodas and muesli bars, as well as complimentary water and dog treats for sale,” said Walker. “The beach is for everyone, and we are asking that everyone acts responsibly and pick up after their animals.”

Shelter dogs can be collected on the day starting at 9 a.m. All dogs attending Doggy Beach Day must be on a leash and must be fully vaccinated.

The event is part of a worldwide observance of World Animal Day, whose mission is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.”

Other World Animal Day events, scheduled to take place on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, include: an annual Westie Gathering in Sao Paolo, Brazil and a photography exhibition in Tegucigalpa, Mexico highlighting the illegal wildlife trade.

To make arrangements for taking along a shelter dog, call Jason on 949-1461. For more details about World Animal Day, visit


Lesley Walker enjoys some beach time with one of the Humane Society’s shelter dogs.


Steve Marshall frolics with three former shelter dogs.