20 cats and 17 dogs are looking for their forever homes, after an elderly resident had to leave the island for medical reasons. The Humane Society told Cayman 27 her 37 animals are adding strain to a shelter that’s already stretched for resources.
The Humane Society shelter is already at capacity.
“It’s not easy to find homes for 17 dogs when we already have a shelter full of them,” lamented Director Lesley Walker. She told Cayman 27 the animals all lived with an elderly woman, a long-time animal rescue enthusiast on the island, but health problems forced her to leave Cayman for medical treatment in her native UK.
“People have good intentions, and that’s wonderful, but in animal rescue it is quite easy to fall into the trap of taking on more than you can handle, sadly, and this is what’s happened here,” said Ms. Walker.
She said one of the dogs was in poor health and had to be put down, she said the other dogs are considered seniors, aged seven years and up.
“She genuinely thought that she was helping these animals, but sadly, some of them are not in very good physical condition, and it would be nice for them now to have nice homes to go home to,” she said.
Ms. Walker said while most prospective pet owners are on the lookout for puppies, these senior dogs can offer solid companionship without some of those frustrating puppy hassles.
“The great advantage of these dogs is that they are very gentle, they are all house trained, they are not going to chew up your house, they’re going yo be extremely happy to just lie in a corner on a nice fluffy bed and wait for you to come home at night,” said Ms. Walker.
Ms. Walker said she doesn’t believe there are any laws restricting the amount of pets allowed in a single household, but says in light of this situation, it might be a good idea.
A few of the dogs have been taken into foster homes already, and rescue organization PAWS has agreed to take two, but the shelter still needs help.
Ms. Walker pointed out that it costs the Humane Society $10 per animal per day to run the shelter.