Shelter cautions over Christmas pet adoptions

Those who think a puppy or kitten might make the perfect Christmas present for their animal-loving family member or friend might want to pause to consider the idea, the Cayman Islands Humane Society advises. 

Every year around the holidays there is a rush of adoptions of young pets. However, people often aren’t ready for the commitment of caring for an animal, or they tire of them as they get bigger, and the adopted pets wind up back in the shelter after a few months, according to shelter manager Jason Jairam. 

Mr. Jairam said people should be aware that caring for a puppy or kitten is a serious and time-consuming responsibility. 

“A young puppy or kitten is like having a kid,” Mr. Jairam said. 

In the past, the Humane Society has prohibited people from adopting puppies and kittens around Christmas time. While there is no official policy in place, and Mr. Jairam said the shelter considers each potential adopter on a case-by-case basis, those who are looking to adopt are urged to come back after Christmas. 

Adopting an animal is not as simple as walking into the shelter and walking out with a pet. The Humane Society does home inspections and interviews with potential adopters. If the person has been a pet owner previously, the shelter asks for a veterinarian’s reference. 

“We take a lot of things into consideration if someone comes in and wants an animal,” Mr. Jairam said. “Our job is to make sure they get a safe and loving home.” 

The Humane Society also encourages those looking to adopt to consider older dogs. 

“A big dog is already house trained,” Mr. Jairam said. “It’s less stress. It’s way less work than taking a puppy.” 

There are plenty of older dogs to choose from at the shelter, which Mr. Jairam said is currently very overcrowded. While there are a few puppies, there are 70 older dogs in need of forever homes. 

Shelter operations supervisor Letty Blanco said she can help individuals find the pet that fits their personality and lifestyle. She said people looking to adopt can simply describe the kind of animal they want, and she can help find the perfect match. 

Mr. Jairam said all of the dogs at the shelter are friendly, and they go to training every Sunday. The adoption fee includes the cost of spaying or neutering, and immunizations for one year. 

The older dogs available at the Cayman Islands Human Society are friendly and trained. – Photos: Taneos Ramsay

The older dogs available at the Cayman Islands Human Society are friendly and trained. – Photos: Taneos Ramsay

While there are a number of puppies up for adoption at the Cayman Islands Humane Society, potential adopters should consider whether they are ready for the responsiblity and attention these animals re

While there are a number of puppies up for adoption at the Cayman Islands Humane Society, potential adopters should consider whether they are ready for the responsiblity and attention these animals require.
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  1. FOLKs, please read the article above. Cayman has all it can handle with unwanted animals all year long. Now throw the cuddly little puppy or kitten into the Christmas mix, and you have even more problems for the animals attaching to its owners, and then being discarded . The best gift CAYMAN can give its animals is to love, care for, and spay or neuter its existing animal population. Donating to the many animal groups is the ideal Christmas gift. They will gladly take toys, food, towels. Merry Christmas to all and to our pets.

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  2. I agree with Mr Jairam way of adoption, one must be ready to take the dog or puppy home and give it a loving home and life like it never had before, and you would have a friend and companion and pet for life. I just adopted 2 puppies, one lived in a car homeless, the other was put in box in the dumpster to die, but was rescued and adopted. When I got them it took them awhile to realize that they have a loving home and parents, now they are the best pets you could ever want.

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  3. Adults should never purchase a dog as a pet for a young child as in most instances the child will not take on the responsibility of caring for the animal in the long run. A dog is a member of the family/pack and the entire family (or the individual) must be ready to take on the responsibilities associated with dog ownership.

    The love of a dog is unconditional and the hardest part of having a dog in your life is when you have to let them go.

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  4. I can’t come to terms with anyone who discards living beings in dumpsters. What kind of monsters do that. Just my point. STOP breeding your dogs and spay or neuter them. Then become HUMAN BEINGS. The Cayman mentality is to breed til the dogs are sick. It’s time Cayman demand licenses for dogs and dedicate officers to enforce these laws.

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  5. Absolutely breeders should be required to be licensed and all other dogs should be spayed or neutered. It’s really a matter of resources I think as who is going to actually enforce these laws?

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