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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.”

Book Loft March Specials

50% Sale On

Non Fiction Books (Does not apply to kids)




Tel: 946-8053 – Location – next to ALT’s on North Sound Road

Christmas at the Book Loft

All your Christmas needs are now on sale at the Book Loft.

Handmade Christmas Cards, Holiday Movies (DVD’s), Christmas CD’s, Christmas Books, Puzzles and Games, Gidt Wrapping, Gift Bags, Stocking Stuffers.

All proceeds benefit the animals.

Phone: 946-8053. The Book Loft is located next to AL Thompsons on North Sound Road

Book loft Christmas Sale


Book Sale Saturday 21st October 2017

There is another bargain book sale on Saturday 21st October 2017.

See the event page for more information.


Book Sale Saturday 5th August 2017

There is another bargain book sale on Saturday 5th August 2017.

See the event page for more information.


Annual Furball Gala 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Cayman Islands Humane Society will be hosting a Hollywood themed Fur Ball gala on Saturday 8th April 2017, at the Marriott Beach Resort ballroom from 6:00pm-12:00am. This event promises to be a glamorous Hollywood night. We encourage you to dress like a famous Hollywood celebrity, your favorite movie character or for a night in Tinsel town.  Prizes will be awarded for best costume, volunteer of the year, fundraiser of the year and animal hero of the year. We are excited to announce that the evening will be hosted by Joe Avary of Cayman 27 and music will be provided by DJ Flex so that you can dance the night away.  Tickets are CI$150 and a table is CI$1,500.  Tickets include a delicious three-course steak meal served with wine and a complimentary welcome drink.  Welcome drinks reception starts at 6:00pm.  Throughout the night there will be a silent auction, raffles and a live auction.

This is the main fundraiser of the year for the Humane Society.  A small portion of the proceeds will go towards a reserve fund for a new shelter.  The remaining funds will be allocated towards the ongoing care and wellbeing of the animals at the shelter.  Respectfully, we ask you give generously as your generosity will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the animals at the shelter.  Our charity relies solely on donations from the public and our fundraisers.

The Humane Society runs the only animal shelter on the islands. Every year we rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for hundreds of cats and dogs. Last year we saved more than 450. Two thirds of these went to loving homes in the community and the balance went to families or No-Kill rescues in the USA. Without the Shelter, there would be no place of refuge for abandoned and unwanted pets. But it costs us CI$600,000 every year to run the Shelter and we need your support for this important event on our fundraising calendar.

We are offering various incentives in accordance with you choice of sponsorship level. Please see the attached sponsorship package.

Please join us in celebrating and promoting the work of the shelter. With your support, we can ensure that the shelter will be around for another 40 years.

Sponsorship Levels

Oscar Sponsor – CI$5,000

  • 1 table prominent seating with branding (seats 10)
  • 1st Tier Logo placement Red Carpet Backdrop
  • Dog kennel sponsored at the shelter
  • Logo on High Impact Sign (West Bay Road) for one month
  • Logo on Regal Theatre Ad
  • 1st Tier logo in Cayman Compass Ad
  • 1st Tier logo on official event flyer
  • 1st Tier logo on event programme
  • Mention on Z99
  • Mention on Daybreak
  • Prominent logo position on the thank you page in the Cayman Compass and
  • Multiple mentions and public thank you on social media (Facebook and Twitter, CIHS Website)

Golden Globes Sponsor – CI$3,000

  • 1 table with branding (seats 10)
  • 2nd Tier logo placement on Red Carpet Backdrop
  • Cat cage sponsored at the shelter
  • Logo on High Impact Sign (West Bay Road) for one month
  • 2nd Tier logo on Cayman Compass Ad
  • Mention on Z99
  • 2nd Tier mention on official event flyer
  • 2nd Tier mention on event programme
  • 2nd Tier mention and logo included on the thank you page in the Cayman Compass and
  • Multiple mentions and public thank you on social media (Facebook, Twitter and CIHS Website)

Red Carpet Sponsor – CI$2,000

  • 1 table with branding (seats 10)
  • 3rd Tier logo placement on Red Carpet Backdrop
  • 3rd Tier logo on Cayman Compass Ad
  • 3rd Tier mention on official event flyer
  • 3rd Tier mention on event programme
  • 3rd Tier mention and logo included on the thank you page in the Cayman Compass and
  • Multiple mentions and public thank you on social media (Facebook, Twitter and CIHS Website)

Blockbuster Sponsor – CI$1,000

  • 5 Complimentary tickets
  • Mention and pubic thank you on social media (Facebook, Twitter and CIHS Website)
  • 4th Tier logo on event programme
  • 4th Tier Logo on the thank you page in the Cayman Compass

Box Office Sponsor – CI$$400

  • 2 Complimentary tickets
  • 1 time Mention and public thank you on social media(Facebook, Twitter and CIHS Website) and
  • 5th Tier logo in thank you page in the Cayman Compass.

If you want to become a sponsor please download the attached form and hand it into the humane society.

Volunteer at the Book Loft

Book and animal lovers we need you!

Volunteers are needed for the front desk and book sorting.

Perks! You are surrounded by books, and can preview all new books while putting them on the shelves.

Give your time with love, your weekly commitment helps maintain the book Loft which supports the animals.

For more details call 9468053 or email

View details here

Help Wanted – HR Coordinator

If you have HR experience and want to help the Cayman community then we need YOU!  We are looking for a motivated and dynamic person to fulfil the role of HR Co-ordinator.  You will need to be able to offer 4 hours a week to fulfil this role.  The role will be to undertake a variety of HR administrative duties including:

  • Responding to internal and external HR enquiries or requests and provide assistance
  • Maintain records of personnel-related data (i.e. personal information, leaves)
  • Liaise with other volunteers and staff (e.g. payroll, directors, staff supervisor)
  • Support the recruitment/hiring process by performing background checks, interviewing, issuing employment contracts and the development of job descriptions
  • Assist the staff supervisor in performance management procedures
  • Development of policies and procedures

If you are interested in this vital position please contact Lesley Walker on 916 3511 or

December Bargain Blow Out Book Sale

The Book Loft will be holding a book sale on Saturday 10th December 2016.

This will be held outside AL Thompson’s main entrance from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

5 paperback books for $1.00

All proceeds benefit the animals.

Your purchase will make a huge difference in the lives of the animals at the shelter.