About The Shelter

History Of The Cayman Islands Humane Society

The beginnings of what would eventually become Cayman Islands Humane Society started over 43 years ago, on 24 February 1972, when a winter visitor Dr. Wallace R. Eagle placed a small ad in the Caymanian Weekly.

He invited “All persons interested in starting a humane society to alleviate the suffering of homeless or abused animals on Grand Cayman” to attend a meeting. Two days later, about 16 local people turned up and many others wanted to help.

Initially it was an informal association with membership, but on 23 November 1973, a non-profit company was incorporated. Animals were boarded with volunteers and then at Cheval Ranch in the early years. A Thrift Shop was started in 1975 in a rent-free premise behind the public library as a means to raise funds.


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From 1994-97 the Humane Society rented the current premises on North Sound Road. When these were auctioned off in 1997, under a bank foreclosure, the Society was able to buy them due to the kindness of two large donors. Today the Society still occupies the same building. There are 37 dog kennels, a puppy room, a surgery and recovery room, a large cat adoption room including a play room and quarantine areas. Above the shelter is our Book Loft and Thrift Shop.

The Cayman Islands Humane Society is run by a board of directors elected each year by members at the annual general meeting. We have 11 paid staff including an assistant shelter manager, a staff supervisor, a vet tech and approximately 5 animal care assistants.

We are fortunate to have a team of committed volunteers working in essential areas- running the foster programme, visiting adopters’ homes, dog walking, assisting in the thrift shop and book loft and, most importantly, raising funds for our activities.

Our Biggest Challenge

Our current premises have now become our biggest challenge. The adjacent road was raised a few years ago and the shelter is now prone to frequent flooding. One week in June 2015, the shelter flooded completely and the race to find a new location and building has become very urgent.

We want to be able to continue our vital work in premises fit for purpose. We already have a small team of skilled individuals who are committed to making this happen. If you have skills in large scale fundraising, building contracting or project management then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us!