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Blue Iguanas: A National Treasure

Photo Credit: Fred Burton The Blue Iguana is endemic to Grand Cayman.  Currently, there is approximately 1,000 Blue Iguanas in the wild.  The Blue Iguana Recovery Program has been dedicated to the conservation of these beautiful creatures since 1990.  The staff and their team of volunteers do an incredible job protecting the Blue Iguanas and ensuring their conservation.  The recovery program has been successful in increasing the population of the Blue Iguanas so much that they are no longer considered critically endangered and at one time close to extinction. This being said, the “Blue’s” are still an endangered species.  The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to one of their sanctuaries and the Blue Iguana Recovery Program.   The recovery program focuses on captive breeding, to later release them into the wild.  Captive breeding has proven to be the most effective way to restore their population and is fundamentally why Blue Iguanas continue to exist today.  Staff members also collect valuable data from research as they study the behaviors and health of the Blue …

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Greater Good: Fundraiser For Rescue Animals

Photo Credit: Eco Chic Cayman The Cayman Islands Humane Society will be hosting their annual Furball Fundraiser Saturday, 8th April 2017, 6:00pm at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.  This year, the gala is “Hollywood” themed.  Inviting the community to dress up ready for their Red Carpet moment as paparazzi take their photo as they attend this glamorous event.  Tickets are on sale now for $150 each or $1,500 for a table of ten.  Tickets can be purchased at the Cayman Islands Humane Society Shelter’s reception.  The night promises to deliver an atmosphere of a grand Hollywood party, with special guest host, Joseph Avary and music provided by DJ Flex.  All proceeds raised will benefit the animals at the shelter. For The Love Of Cats & Dogs Adopt Photo Credit: Eco Chic Cayman The Cayman Islands Humane Society is home to over 100 cats and dogs.  These loving animals are all seeking to find their forever home and new family.  Some of the furry residents currently reside at the shelter due to: being found abandoned,  …

Eco Chic Dog Bowls

Photo Credit: Canine Friends A local non-profit organization, Dog Treats Cayman, is repurposing wine boxes into stylish dog feeding stations. This creative endeavour is bringing awareness to both conservation and adopting local animals in need. Heidi and Mark have teamed up with local businesses including: Premier Wines, Grand Old House, Jacques Scott and BlackBeard’s who generously donate wooden wine boxes to be transformed in eco chic dog feeding stations. Repurposing the wooden wine boxes creates a sustainable product and supports local organisations. The elevated dog feeding stations are designed to facilitate healthy eating habits as well as other benefits. 100% of the proceeds are donated to PAWS of East End or Canine Friends. Both local charities encourage the community to adopt rescued animals in need of a forever home. Photo Credit: PAWS Cayman Islands Dog Coco The Benefits of Elevated Dog Feeding Stations Elevated dog feeding stations are said to offer multiple health benefits for dogs including: – Better body posture and comfort – Reduce stress/pressure on their neck and joints – Encourages dogs to …

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For The Love Of Animals: Ian Somerhalder Foundation Medical Emergency Grants

  Photo Credit: Ian Somerhalder Foundation A truly heartwarming initiative was started by the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of animals that have heartbreaking stories of being abused, neglected or suffered a traumatic injury.  These animals are deserving and in need of a second chance.  ISF created their Medical Emergency Program to extend compassion to these animals and assist in aiding to their recovery and wellbeing.  ISF launched their Medical Emergency Grant Program on Valentine’s Day, 2014.  A day symbolizing a commitment of love and compassion towards animals— inspiring others to do the same.  Since the inception of this program, they have helped over 1,000 animals including: cats, dogs, turtles, birds, bats, horses, sheep, cows, sea lions, goats, rabbits, and more.  All have benefited from an ISF Medical Emergency Grant— giving them an improved quality of life, resulting in a touching success stories.  These animal rescues are now living happier lives with their new families in their forever homes. The testimony of these animals show, that animals have an …

The Wild Ones: 5 Endangered Wildlife Species

Happy World Environment Day! Today, we celebrate World Environment Day.  This year’s theme is appropriately fitting, “Wild for Wildlife.”  Currently, various wildlife species are in crisis as they are faced with loss of their habitat and poaching.  This World Environment Day, we are all encouraged to help raise awareness on behalf of wildlife that being illegally poached and are rapidly declining in population. Check out this fantastic video by the United Nations https://youtu.be/1zruHeveApI It is an unnerving thought to think that some species might no longer exist if change doesn’t happen.  For instance, if bees or even sharks no longer inhabited the planet what would happen? Very likely, the eco-system would collapse. The environment and world as we know it would go into chaos.  All animals play a significant role in the eco-system and their part is fundamental to keeping an overall balance in our world’s eco-system.  Therefore, it is important that we all work together to raise awareness and do our part in helping to protect the environment and wildlife. Below are 5 endangered wildlife species  …

For The Love Of Animals Adopt.

(Kiwi on the left, and Sparta on the right) One year ago today, I had the privilege of adopting Kiwi and Sparta, from the Cayman Islands Humane Society.  Animals bring incredible joy to one’s life.  I had the pleasure of raising Kiwi since he was just a kitten and Sparta, when he was already a year old.  Both are absolute darlings.  My life has been greatly enriched by the unconditional love, my boys King Kiwi & Sir Sparta give everyday. When you adopt an animal from a local animal shelter you aren’t taking home a pet, rather, you are bringing home a new addition to your family.  Growing up I have always been blessed to have cats and dogs.  I cannot image what life would be like without having pets.  Animals have the biggest hearts, they are compassionate, love unconditionally and will leave a lasting impression on your heart.  It is heartbreaking to know that there are hundreds of cats and dogs around the world in need of a forever home.  Thankfully, there are animal …