Saturday, November 7, 2009

Weekend Cat Blogging: Sophie

I was looking through some of my kitty photos and came across this one. Wow. Time sure flies! This is my Sophie, almost one year ago. She died a couple months after this photo was taken, after she got into the path of some dogs. At least that's what I believe happened. She disappeared one morning and never came back. Her body was found next door by the gardener. She left behind three beautiful kittens, one of whom I kept, Henry. I can't believe Henry is one year old already!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Montego Bay Animal Haven

The Montego bay Animal Haven

I had to come out of my Blogging hiatus to highlight this very, very worthy cause. It's the Montego Bay Animal Haven. Recently formed by a group of friends and professionals in Montego Bay, Jamaica, who are just the greatest, kindest, sweetest, most loving people in the world! The Haven's primary aim is to help animals who are abandoned and starving; ensure they are medically fit, spayed or neutered and then re-homed to responsible, loving new owners.

I tell you, when you find people this selfless in the cause of animals, it's truly a blessing! This is the ONLY shelter for animals in Montego Bay. Dare I say it? It is the only shelter in all of western Jamaica!

Last month they brought in vets from overseas and conducted a free neuter/spay programme. Their aim was to neuter/spay 300 stray dogs & cats. They were not only successful in meeting that target, but they exceeded it by finding homes for several of the stray animals! The story appeared in the Gleaner newspaper here.

I commend this group for starting this programme and I sincerely wish them all the best. I definitely will continue to support them in whatever way I can and hope others in the community will as well. The group right now is in desperate need of a permanent place/land from which they can operate full time. They plan eventually to offer several services that are so greatly needed in Montego Bay. Montego Bay currently does NOT have an emergency vet system. If you live in Montego Bay and your animal gets ill on a Sunday or Public Holiday or after the vet's office is closed (4:00pm) then there is NOBODY to call...the animal must remain as is until the next working day. This is one service the Animal haven hopes to offer.

Support them if you can financially or otherwise (prayers, e-mails of support & encouragement, spreading the word, etc) and be sure to Check them out on facebook as well.

Have a great weekend all. And I leave you with a picture of my Henry :)