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A Closer Look at Noah's Ark: Cayman Brac's Hurricane Shelter for Animals (Part 3 of 3)

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Email To Friend    Print Version

Karen Fraser, Chairperson of the Sister Islands Branch of the Humane Society, poses with dog and cat shelter crates, and a humane society client

This is the final of three parts of yet another amazing story of the resilience of the people of Cayman Brac, the middle-sized Sister of the trio of Islands which make up the Cayman Islands; who take matters into their own hands to make the community work for all who live, work and love the Brac.

The veterinarians from Grand Cayman visit the Brac once a month to perform spay and neuter procedures as well as regular checkups. Since its inception, the program has become a great success, offering the spay/neuter service to over 600 dogs and cats.

Pet owners who cannot afford medical care or the spay/neuter procedure for their animals are invited to contact the Humane Society for assistance. Residents who find a cat or dog in need are also encouraged to seek the Humane Society’s help.

In addition to these ongoing services, the Humane Society is ready and willing to offer assistance in any unique or emergency situation that requires it. Many of their current programs have been implemented based on the recognition of certain difficulties that were common to many Island pet owners.

That was certainly the inspiration behind Noah’s Ark. The many pet owners that have struggled in the past to protect their animals during hurricanes, no longer need to fear for their furry or feathered friends’ safety.

The shelter gives preference to pet owners in the lowland, due to the much greater risk of destruction and flooding, but the considerable size of the shelter means that there is room for many Cayman Brac animals. Crates are provided for dogs and cats, but birds must be brought in their own cages. Registration forms for the shelter are available at Marketplace, Paws and Claws Thrift and Gift Shop, the Agricultural Department or online at

The Humane Society is extremely grateful for the generous donations that have made it possible for them to continue their services to animals in need.

If you wish to donate to the Brac Branch of the Humane Society you can do so in any one of the little Dog House Banks located at West End Texaco, Big Daddy’s and the Gerrard Smith International Airport.

Non-monetary donations are also welcome. Paws and Claws Thrift and Gift Shop is always eager to receive donations of household items, clothing, shoes, toys, books, pet accessories, etc.

The Humane Society is also looking for volunteers to help out Friday and Saturday mornings at Paws and Claws Thrift and Gift Shop.

The members of the Sister Islands Branch of the Humane Society are:

• Karen Fraser, Chairperson
• Alberta Scott, Treasurer
• Greta Tatum, volunteer co-manager of Paws and Claws Thrift and Gift Shop
• Gay Jackson, volunteer co-manager of Paws and Claws Thrift and Gift Shop
• Estelle Stilling, volunteer and member-at-large
• Judy Nye, volunteer and member-at-large
• Angel Kant, volunteer and member-at-large
• Darlene Robinson, volunteer and member-at-large

These individuals, as well as all those residents who have donated their money and their time, are to be commended for their efforts to help animals in need.

“It has been said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” says Karen Fraser. “Cayman Brac has proven itself to be a really caring community.”

For more information contact the Brac Branch of the Humane Society at P.O. Box 207 Cayman Brac KY2-2101 or call 948-2625.
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