The support offered by Dogs and Cats of Antigua to rescue stray animals has been enhanced with the building of a brand new cattery by the Sandals Foundation.
Since 2015, the foster based animal foundation has provided a safe space for 2,400 stray dogs and cats to be housed after rescue, spayed, neutered and rehomed through adoptions locally as well as in Canada and the United States of America.
Now, the team of animal advocates is one step closer to operating a full-fledged clinic, following the construction of a fenced cattery costing some USD $6000.
Founder and Executive Director of Dogs and Cats of Antigua, Joy Farrell says the new cattery will allow the team to implement a strategic spay and neuter programme across the island. “Last year we spent a lot of time trapping and picking up cats to be spayed and neutered but we desperately needed a place to keep the cats before and after surgery. We had to abandon the process because there was no place for the cats to be secured.” This new cattery, Farrell says, “now gives us a safe space to secure the animals.”
Heidi Clarke, Executive Director at the Sandals Foundation says the philanthropic organisation was happy to assist. “A healthy community is also measured by the health and living condition of its animals. Cats and dogs have been traditionally held as pets for many families, but unfortunately there are many that are without a home. We were happy to help the amazing work being done by the team at Dogs and Cats of Antigua to rescue, care for and rehome our feline friends.” Clarke said.
General Manager at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa Matthew Cornall recently toured the facility and is impressed with the progress of the development. “We are pleased to know that the assistance provided by the Sandals Foundation will significantly aid Dogs and Cats of Antigua in addressing the issue of these types of stray animals,” Cornall says.
The animal clinic and foundation is operated solely on donations and boasts a strong network of supporters in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Farrell said, “We are very grateful to the Sandals Foundation for their financial assistance in building this cattery. The clinic and cattery is phase one of the development of our Sanctuary. It’s only through a strategic and effective spay neuter programme that we can make a dent in Antigua’s stray population”.