When it comes to our four-legged friends, Cayman has a lot of love to give. There are five animal welfare and rescue groups on-island, each providing care for stray and unwanted animals. Volunteers are at the heart of these non-profit organizations, and there are plenty of opportunities to spread the love by donating time and getting involved.
Cayman Islands Humane Society
This long-standing group provides shelter and care for stray and unwanted pets.
Volunteers can assist through fundraising, helping with special events and participating in its beach training program. Dog walkers are always welcome, both residents and visitors; simply stop by the shelter and staff will play matchmaker.
“They may be called volunteers, but to our staff and animals, they are heroes,” the society’s website notes. “In every capacity they serve, volunteers are a highly valued resource to our society and are making a very real difference to the lives of so many animals.”
Donations are welcome for its book loft on North Sound Road and thrift shop in Plaza Venezia. People can also sponsor a shelter cage or donate pet supplies featured on the society’s wish list.
Volunteers are also needed to foster pets with special needs, such as nursing kittens, puppies and adult dogs receiving heartworm treatment.
Those looking to add a four-legged friend to the family can drop by the shelter and staff take you through the adoption process.
One Dog at a Time
One Dog at a Time is a foster-based group that rescues dogs and puppies from the Department of Agriculture pound as well as strays on the streets.
It raises funds through donations and charity events. Money goes toward spay and neuter procedures, medical care and pet supplies. Funds also pay for dogs to be flown to rescue partners in New York and Toronto.
People can help by sponsoring the cost of dog to be released from the DOA pound. The group welcomes raffle prizes as well as donations to its thrift shop at JJT Warehouses in the Industrial Park.
Those looking to foster or adopt a dog can contact the organization, which will help find a match.
Canine Friends Cayman
Canine Friends is an all-volunteer, foster-based group that rescues dogs and puppies from the Department of Agriculture pound, and undesirable situations. It provides loving foster homes before transporting them to partner shelters in the U.S. and Canada for adoption.
While most of the animals are flown overseas, dogs from Canine Friends can be adopted on-island as well. Many of the adoption requests come those fostering a pet for the organization – happily known as a “foster fail.”
The group raises funds through special events and donations.
PAWS Cayman (Protection of Animal Welfare Society)
PAWS Cayman works to alleviate the suffering of animals, particularly in the eastern districts. This is achieved through a variety of charitable initiatives including community dog washes, a spay and neuter program, financial assistance and pet food supplies for families in need, medical treatment, animal rescue and feral cat shelters.
The group raises funds through special events and its community thrift shop in Bodden Town.
PAWS has several dogs in foster care waiting for their forever homes and welcomes volunteers to lend a hand to support its animal welfare work
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C.A.R.E. (Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts)
The focus of C.A.R.E. is prevention of overpopulation through its spay and neuter program and animal welfare education.
The group makes funds available, where there is a need, to the public for spay and neuter surgeries. To date, C.A.R.E. has sponsored 4,000 spay and neuter procedures.
C.A.R.E. promotes responsible pet ownership and animal welfare through grassroots education on pet care and prevention within the community, along with education programs in government schools.
The group holds community dog washes and works alongside other animal welfare groups to assist animals in need