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New Shelter Plans

The Cayman Islands Humane Society is pleased to announce that, after two years of discussion, it is progressing plans for a new, purpose-built facility thanks to a peppercorn lease from Dart.

In the 22 years since the generosity of two donors enabled the Humane Society to purchase the existing shelter, what was once a significant asset has become one of the charity’s biggest challenges.

Recent heavy rains that flooded the shelter’s offices, quarantine room and kennels have highlighted the severe, recurring issues associated with the Humane Society’s current location.

Humane Society Board Director Lesley Walker says a new facility is desperately needed to enable the Humane Society to continue its vital work in a premises fit for purpose.

“The Humane Society’s mission is to provide shelter, care and attention to all unwanted companion animals, and seek out responsible and loving homes for them,” Walker says. “A purpose-built facility in a secure, central location will allow our team to continue to provide essential animal welfare and rescue services to the entire Cayman Islands community.”

The new shelter will be located at Camana Bay on almost two acres of land adjacent to the proposed new rugby grounds to the south of the Cayman Islands National Gallery. Dart Executive Vice President with responsibility for community development Pilar Bush says the site was chosen because it is central to visitors, volunteers, and in close proximity to veterinary clinics in case of emergencies.

“The provision of land for community development purposes is one of the areas in which Dart is uniquely positioned to provide long-term support for established, well-run non-profit organisations that enhance our shared community,” she says. “Animal welfare is an important part of a healthy, thriving society and we are proud to support the Humane Society’s mission to assist the community in all aspects of animal rescue and responsible pet ownership.”

In addition to the 99-year peppercorn lease, Dart will bear the cost of clearing and filling the two acre site in preparation for construction.

“This lease gives the Humane Society the chance for a new home so we can continue to help rescue animals find theirs,” Walker says.

Designed by an international consultant specialising in veterinary and animal welfare project development, the new shelter will feature kennels, veterinary facilities and educational resources. Taking into account nearby residential neighbourhoods, Walker says the design also incorporates design and landscaping elements intended to minimise disturbances.

“We are planning a stakeholder engagement meeting with the lead architect for the project so that our key community partners and other interested stakeholders can familiarise themselves with the design and get their questions answered ahead of the planning process,” she says.

Walker says construction of the new facility will be partially funded by funds left in trust by local animal rights activist and Humane Society founding member Ardyth Smith before her death in 2016. In keeping with her last wishes, the new facility will be dedicated to her late husband Irvin Smith. It is hoped that the new facility will be operational by 2022.

“Ardyth’s generosity has enabled us to achieve our dream of a purpose built facility much earlier than we could ever have anticipated,” Walker says. “She was a stalwart supporter of animal welfare in the community and the new shelter will be a testament to her enduring legacy.”

While the Humane Society prepares to progress its plans for the new shelter through the planning process, Walker says volunteer and financial support remains critical to the day-to-day operations of the existing facility.

“We want to thank everyone who stepped up to foster dogs and cats after the most recent flooding, and to the companies and individuals who supported our clean-up efforts. This will not be the last time we experience issues with flooding before the new facility is built,” Walker says. “We will still need fosters, forever homes and dog walkers, and continued fundraising will still be essential for our ongoing operational costs.”

Christmas Give at Camana Bay

The Magic of Christmas Begins with Giving

It’s easy to experience the rewarding spirit of holiday giving at Camana Bay

  • Brighten Christmas for children by stopping by our Visitor Centre and learn about gifts you can buy for kids in need from the Department of Children & Family Services.
  • Purchase a CI$1 North Pole stamp at Mail Boxes Etc. and watch your child mail a letter to Santa Claus to benefit Feed our Future.
  • Purchase a photo package with traditional or Caribbean Santa Claus and Picture This Studios will donate CI$1 to the general Give fund.
  • Donate money using the cascading coin stand at Regal Cinemas or put bills in the collection box for the general Give fund.
  • Have your pet take a photo with Santa by Picture This Studios at Santa Paws on 26 November to benefit the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
  • Participate in the Santa Run on 27 November and dash around the
    Town Centre to raise funds for the general Give fund.

Camana Bay Christmas GiveAll of the general funds will be donated to the Cayman Islands Humane Society, a charity chosen by people who live and work at Camana Bay.
In appreciation for your generosity, Dart will match contributions up to CI$10,000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN LEND YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE HOLIDAYS, VISIT THE CAMANA BAY VISITOR CENTRE OR CAMANABAY.COM

2015 Annual Review

Read our 2015 Annual review. for the year ending 31st December 2015.

You can download it here.

Thank You Katie Moore

A big thank you goes out to long-term supporter, Katie Moore, who donated CI$115 from a personal gift to her to the animals at the shelter.

She did this in the name of her late husband, Pete and son, Tony Moore.

Thank you so much Katie.

Thank you to our Furball Platinum Sponsors

We would like to say a big thank you to our Platinum Sponsors for the forthcoming Furball on the 5th March.

Body Works
Bodyworks Cayman Islands

Cayman National Bank
Cayman National Bank

ICG Management Limited
ICG Corporate Governance

Our New Logo!

Our New Logo!

Thank you to our sponsor, Silver City Design, for giving us a brand new logo! Doug Ausbury owns this business which specializes in web site design for small businesses and non-profits. He and his wife live in Cleveland, Ohio and travel to Grand Cayman a few times a year.