Paws for the animals

The cruelty of mistreated or abandoned animals makes many people “paws” for thought in the Cayman Islands.

And focusing primarily on the eastern districts of Grand Cayman, one group of concerned residents has taken up this cause to ensure no animals need suffer.

Founded by Giuseppe and Susanna Gatta of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Breakers, along with Alex Stewart and Marleine Gagnon, Protection Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) was set up in 2010.

More recently, a thrift store was opened in Bodden Town to raise funds for the charity, which deals mainly with dogs and cats but will help with any animal in need.

“Taking care of the animals is very expensive and we need to raise as much money we can,” says Giuseppe, president of PAWS.

The thrift store accepts all kinds of clothing and household goods which it then sells to make cash for the charity.

PAWS houses animals at Pet Paradise until homes can be found for them and also pays for vet treatments.

In addition, the charity offers spaying and neutering services, financial assistance and pet food for people who cannot afford to take care of their own animals as well as sun and rain shelters which are made by inmates at Northward Prison.

The Thrift Shop is located opposite the Post Office in Bodden Town.

Opening hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To donate out-of-hours or give financial assistance, contact Giuseppe on 916-1731 or Susanna on 916-3957.