Strutters hit the beach to benefit dogs

| 10/07/2017
CNS Local Life

Participants at the start of the Mutt Strut

(CNS Local Life): One Dog at a Time (ODAAT), a canine-rescue organisation, recently held its first “Mutt Strut”, along Seven Mile Beach, to raise funds for its continuing operations. The group, established four years ago and staffed solely by volunteers, has rescued almost 100 dogs and puppies since January of this year. Raising money is vitally important for ODAAT, which organisers hope will be granted charity status in the coming months.

Caroline Johnston, ODAAT spokesperson, stated in a press release that money is urgently needed to help rescue more dogs from “death row” at the pound at the Department of Agiculture. “Funds raised pay for vaccinations, spays, neuters and any other medical care required, as well as day-to-day care before loving, forever homes are found,” she said.

Organisers are looking for the Mutt Strut to become a permanent fixture on their fundraising calendar. More than 40 people and pooches, some with their owners and some still seeking homes via ODAAT and the Humane Society, attended the event, held Sunday 25 June. Dog walkers strutted to Governor’s Beach and returned to Public Beach for extra water and bacon or sausage rolls, with many of the dogs were rewarded with their own rashers of bacon.

The event raised more than $800.

Anyone interested in fostering or adopting a puppy or dog can view available canines at ODAAT’s website or Facebook page. After identifying a dog, the process involves a meet and greet, a home check, a sleepover and then, in the majority of cases, an adoption. ODAAT asks for a minimum of $100, which contributes towards healthcare for the adopted dogs. They are given the appropriate, initial vaccinations, are heartworm tested (and treated if applicable) and are spayed or neutered. Any additional funds are used to help rescue more dogs.

For more information, email ODAAT or go to the group’s website

CNS: This article originally stated that the dogs on “death row” were at the Cayman Islands Humane Society. Members of the CIHS have noted that the private organisation is a “no-kill” shelter and has been for several years. The animals taken to the Department of Agriculture are euthanized. The article has been updated accordingly.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why does such a small community have several animal welfare organisations? Why can they not all work under the Humane Society? They could raise more funds and create a proper shelter to rescue & care for these animals.

  2. Verity says:

    Please correct article DOA kills dogs. The humane is a no kill shelter.