Cayman Islands Humane Society President Carolyn Parker spending quality time with one of the dogs in the shelter.
By Christopher Tobutt
Coconut Joe’s, on West Bay Road, was where it was all happening in the Doggy social-event calendar on Saturday, 19 September. There were two specials taking place there- the Car Wash in the morning and the dog wash in the afternoon. Early in the day, Coconut Joe’s staff washed cars, and in the afternoon, students from the St Mathews vet school were washing dogs-of all shapes, colours and sizes. Both events raised much-needed funds for the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
As things turned out, the heavy rain in the afternoon made sure everyone- dogs and their owners, got a wash. But it was a testament to the support that local pet owners have for the Society so many came out in support of the event.
Humane Society President Carolyn Parker, (who originally comes from Texas, but has lived in Cayman for many years), thanked all those people who had made the Yappy Hour so successful:
“We washed 36 dogs and we raised over 500 dollars,” she said. “I would like to thank the employees at Coconut Joe’s for making Yappy Hour a special event, and for the lovely cake that they prepare for the dogs every Yappy Hour,” she added (referring to the ‘dog’s bone’ shaped cake, (full of healthy ingredients) that each of the dogs ate, as a special treat, after their wash.
“I also want to thank the volunteers from the St Matthew’s Vet school who assisted in the dog wash; and for Z99 (radio station) for their continuous support to the humane society,” she said.
“Yappy Hour is a fantastic opportunity for animals to socialise, get a wash, and for their owner to enjoy the camaraderie of the event. And Coconut Joe’s is a pet friendly restaurant that has supported us through the years and has made this event popular.
I think the highlight of the day was the fact that we washed everything from a little tiny puppy to a 120 pound Newfoundlander.
Referring to the torrential rain that would, with most other events, have spelled a cancellation, Ms Parker said: “The Humane Society is very fortunate that we have supporters who will support our event even under very poor weather conditions.”
Apart from events like Yappy Hour, donations, and the contribution of the Humane Society’s Thrift Shop and the book Loft, the Society’s two big annual fundraisers are the Gala, usually held around March or April, and Fashion Show, which this year will be held at Camana Bay on Saturday, 24 October. “It is actually a fashion show, dinner, sale of designer clothing, and raffle,” Ms Parker said. “Tickets are available from the Humane Society Animal Shelter, Off The Peg (a clothing store in Elgin Avenue) and Le Classique (shoe shop located at the West Shore Centre).
All the Society’s fundraising activities help pay for the Shelter’s operating expenses, the veterinary bills; the Spay/Neuter programme; The Cat Café (which is our trap and release programme for feral cats); the medications for the animals in the shelter; and our staff expenses,” she said.