Cayman’s pet problem

My wife and I have visited Grand Cayman every year for the past seven years. We own property in South Sound and volunteer at the Cayman Islands Humane Society; five days a week for the two weeks to two months we spend on-island.

We are shocked and saddened by the latest animal tragedy in the news: the story of the lady looking after 37 dogs and cats, who has taken ill and had to leave the country for treatment. Kudos to the Humane Society and the other animal rescue organizations for stepping up and doing what they can to help out, and trying to find homes for these poor animals.

Given the incredible overpopulation of dogs and cats in the Grand Cayman shelters this is a virtually impossible task.

To the good people of the Cayman Islands, and especially to your government: when are you going to step up and move to put an end to this insane overpopulation of domestic pets?

The animal rescue groups are doing the best they can to educate and re-home as many dogs and cats as possible – but they can’t do it alone. The culture of the islands must change, and enshrine spaying and neutering as something much more than “the other guy’s business.”

You have a population of less than 60,000 people and more than 80 dogs in the Humane Society shelter alone; here in British Columbia we have 4.5 million people, and less than 80 shelter dogs in a province nearly double the size of the U.K.

Only through implementation and stringent enforcement of anti-cruelty laws – and a 180 degree cultural alteration will you end the homeless dogs/cats problem. Cayman is a first-world country; you need to act like one.

Lew Shrubsole