The Cayman Islands Humane Society is reminding members of the public that today, April 4, 2022 is World Stray Animals Day.
Today’s acknowledgement is a part of a global campaign to raise awareness for animals, especially dogs and cats, hundreds of millions of which are homeless worldwide, according to various sources.
For these animals, life on the streets is similar to that experienced by homeless people. For example, homeless dogs and cats may go for days without food or shelter and may be exposed to disease and injury. Animals can even get poisoned while living on the streets, either deliberately or accidentally.
Ways you can help
On their social media page, the Cayman Islands Humane Society suggested many ways that members of the public can help. These include spaying or neutering your pet (or donating to these programmes), microchipping your pet, supporting the local animal shelter, adopting a pet or trapping and releasing them back into the wild after they have been neutered.
For dogs and cats that may not have been born in the wild but who are just lost, members of the public can help in these cases by posting photos of the animals on social media or in chatgroups. This simple and easy-to-do exercise, often resulting in owners and pets being happily reunited.
The cool thing too, is that you do not have to be a dog or cat owner to get involved- you only need to care about the health and well-being of these animals and appreciate how much your contribution can improve their lives.
Members of the public who wish to learn more about World Stray Animals Day or who may wish to volunteer or donate may e-mail [email protected] for info or call 949 1461.