I think a lot of people have a perception that shelter animals are somehow second best or that they have best left here for a reason. There is nothing further from the fact. All our animals are gentle, affectionate, they all have their own personalities. They’re here just for a range of circumstances. Owners that have beem rolled over. Owners that have lost their homes. Landlords that simply don’t like pets. Please do not disregard shelter animals. They are among the most loving and generous pets you can have. My name is Lesley Walker. I’m one of the directors of the Humane Society. I speak from experience. I’ve had 5 dogs of my own over the years. There is nothing better than an animal adopted from a shelter. They are forever grateful. You will not regret it. We always have more animals at the shelter than we have applications for to either foster or adopt, so we always have a surplus of animals. We’re always crowded. We’re always full. We get animals in almost every day so we always have more animals coming in than adoptions or fosters. My name is Saskia Salden. I’m a director and volunteer at the Humane Society. My main role is adoptions. I also do fundraising, help out with foster program, basically quite a lot. All dogs and cats that come into the shelter are spayed and neutered. The policy is that upon adoption they all need to be spayed and neutered and that is a policy that we do not steer away from. My name is Kim and I am the surgical veterinary technician here at the Humane Society and my role is to assist in our spay and neuter clinic that we provide for our shelter animals and for the community 3 days a week. We do absolutely everything for you. For a very samll adoption fee, the animal comes spayed and neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, completely up to date for the whole first year that you own them, healthy. We have lots that need homes and it’s easy to come. The process, we make it pretty easy for you as well. Being a foster parent is incredibly rewarding. Foster parents generally are just ordinary people who want to help out and it is very satisfying to know that you are helping the shelter out in a small way. We have so many animals that are so deserving of a really great home. You are really saving a life when you adopt from us. My name is Laura Medley and I am the fundraising direction of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. A lot of people don’t know that it actually costs 60 thousand dollars a month to run the shelter. We have 2 shops – a thrift shop and the book loft and that raises essentials funds We also have to do fundraising events. Our biggest fundraiser is the Furball Gala and that is where we get a lot of corporate support. We also have lots of other little fundraisers throughout the year. I would ask that everyone consider adopting their pet from the shelter. You help us in so many ways. Your adoption fee pays for our services. You create s[ace for another animal and you give an abandoned or surrendered animal another chance at life, let them feel loved again and then find them forever homes.