Help make tails wag

Book Loft
Bookworms and anyone who enjoys CDs, DVDs, games,
toys and puzzles can find something at a great price at this
second-hand bookstore.  Many books are just $2 or less and the shop also sells various types of gifts, photo albums and other knickknacks.

Open Mon 12.30pm-4pm, Tues-Fri 9am-4pm, Thurs evenings 5.30pm-7.30pm and Sat 9am-3pm.

Claws It Thrift Shop
If you are looking for lovely clothes and other goodies, you can be sure to find a bargain at this stylish boutique.
Open Mon to Fri, 10am-5pm and Sat 8am-4pm.

Other ways to help: 

  • Adopt a pet 
  • Foster an animal 
  • Walk a dog 
  • Give a donation  

The big-hearted people of the Cayman Islands Humane Society help dogs and cats desperately in need of loving homes.

And there are many ways that everyone can get involved to assist these adorable animals.

The non-profit organisation’s mission is to find loving homes for homeless animals in the Cayman Islands and it promotes responsible pet ownership through a spay and neuter programme.

On average there are around 200 animals in the society’s shelter, with monthly operating costs of around $50,000.

“A large portion of this is our staff costs and veterinary bills,” explains Humane Society president Carolyn Parker.

“You can help by donating newspapers, clothing, books, or any household items, support our shops by picking up some great bargains, volunteer to walk the animals or simply give some company to those who are in our shelter, as well as adopting a dog or cat.”

The Cayman Islands Humane Society, which was founded more than 30 years ago, is financed through donations from the general public and fundraisers such as the annual Furball and Petapalooza events.

Proceeds from the Claws It thrift shop and the Book Loft second-hand bookstore are also ploughed back into the shelter.


Volunteers can help in many ways such as staffing the bookstore and the thrift shop, walking the dogs, socialising with the shelter dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, assisting with events, doing home checks on potential adoptions and lots more. 

“The Cayman Islands Humane Society needs lots of volunteers,” says Twila Escalante, who has volunteered for 25 years and is on the society’s board. “Cayman is a transient community and volunteers come and go, so there is always a need for more. Whether you are working full-time, part-time, retired or not working, your help is always welcomed.

“You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you’ve comforted. A wagging tail and a friendly purr will keep you coming back over and over again and you will have made a best friend forever.”

Visitors to the Cayman Islands can also help, so if you have friends or family coming to stay you can tell them about the animals at the shelter.

Some visitors have even offered homes to dogs they’ve met at the Humane Society.

Last year, for example, honeymoon couple Dawn and Claudio De Santis fell in love all over again with Nelson, a dog they took back to Connecticut.

Since then, and thanks to the pet-friendly policies of Cayman Airways, Dawn has helped find homes in the US for other lucky animals.

“My gratitude to the many wonderful supporters of Cayman Islands Humane Society both here and abroad,” says Twila.

“And a special thanks to Cayman Airways for their pet-friendly policies, we truly love them.”

The Humane Society is located at 153 North Sound Road. Call (345) 949 1461 or visit to find out more.





Stephen Clarke