Humane Society friends get moving for a good cause

Lots of tails were wagging in excitement as the Cayman Islands Humane Society held its annual Walk and Wag 5K walk/run at Camana Bay on Sunday, Jan. 10. With a strong turnout, this year’s event was deemed a success by Society board member Lesley Walker. 

“It went really well, we had about 200 participants,” she said. 

“We had almost every dog from the shelter out, which is great. In addition we had many other dogs out, many of them adopted from the shelter in the past.” 

She noted that thanks to event volunteers and sponsors – Camana Bay, Island Vet, Cayman National and Must Love Dogs – the walk went very smoothly. 

The majority of the funds raised from events such as these go toward maintaining the shelter’s daily operations, along with the extra costs associated with animals coming in with medical problems that need immediate attention. 

Ms. Walker said the shelter is full to bursting at the moment. 

“There has never been a better time to adopt an animal,” she said. 

“The shelter is almost at capacity. We have so many fantastic dogs here that are in excellent health and ready for a loving permanent home.” 

Specialist volunteers at the shelter will match potential owners with dogs that are compatible with their lifestyle, fitness level, and family environment. 

“Once we know what you are looking for we will introduce you to dogs that suit you best,” she said. 

“If you want a dog that’s happiest lying in the bed with you, or one that you’d like to go jogging with, or one that is great with kids, or even all of the above, we can always find the right dog for you.” 

With regard to the Humane Society’s long-term needs, Ms. Walker noted the group is always looking for sponsors interested in helping to build a new shelter in a better location. 

“One of the problems with our current location is that it floods, and with the changing weather patterns it’s likely only going to get worse,” she said. 

The building was also not designed to be a shelter, which brings issues as well. 

“We really need to build a purpose-built shelter on a higher location, and we are always seeking sponsors. We’d love to hear from anyone interested in contributing their specialist skills to help with that long-term goal.” 

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Volunteer Lindsey Gordon with the charming Hayley, who is very keen to be adopted.

Volunteer Lindsey Gordon with the charming Hayley, who is very keen to be adopted.

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