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Some 80% of shelter animals evacuated last month- BVI Humane Society

As a result of the ongoing challenges, some 80 percent of all animals at the shelter were evacuated on March 23, 2018, and sent to Florida, USA. Photo: Team of Reporters
A rare non-native chinchilla brought to the animal shelter by someone who had it as a pet. Photo: Team of Reporters
A rare non-native chinchilla brought to the animal shelter by someone who had it as a pet. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the cats that gave birth to some kittens. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the cats that gave birth to some kittens. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of the dogs that are still being housed at the animal shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of the dogs that are still being housed at the animal shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
More animals that are currently at the shelter. Photo: Team of Reporters
JOHNSON’S GHUT, Tortola, VI - Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of 2017 not only interrupted the lives of residents in the Virgin Islands (VI) and caused death and destruction, but both wild and domestic animals and many pets suffered as well.

Many animals died, including horses, donkeys and cattle. Some left the VI with their owners and others were left at the Territory’s only privately run facility for abandoned pets, stray and wild animals, the BVI Humane Society.

Following Hurricane Irma, the animal shelter located in Johnson’s Ghut on the main island of Tortola was left crushed and roofless and many of the animals died or disappeared. The shelter management was lucky that because of strong networking with international animal rescue organisations many of the animals left at the shelter before and immediately after the Hurricanes last year were sent overseas.

Shelter struggled to stay open last month; Most animals evacuated

Today, the roof of the animal shelter has been restored, thanks to volunteers and private donations; however, because of lack of financial support to feed the animals and pay full-time caretakers, it has been a struggle.

Therefore, because of the ongoing challenges, some 80 percent of all animals at the shelter were evacuated on March 23, 2018, and sent to Florida, USA.

With the growing cost of food, water and electricity, the animal shelter was no longer in a position to take care of the remaining animals. In addition, it was having difficulty finding homes locally for the abandoned animals and residents who could no longer afford or had the space to take care of their pets brought them to the shelter, according to Vijay Bissoondutt, the animal shelter manager.

However, there are a small number of dogs and cats left, along with a rare non-native chinchilla brought to the animal shelter by someone who had it as a pet. Recently, one of the cats gave birth to some kittens.

No Government support

Mr Bissoondutt mentioned raising funds from services offered at the shelter where animal owners can have their pets spayed, along with some other limited veterinary services. In addition, he was pleased that many of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) students came to the animal shelter as volunteers.

Governments over the years (both NDP and VIP) have not supported the BVI Humane Society and all monies have come from private contributions.

It remains unclear with the lack of funding, how much longer the only place on the island for stray and abandoned animals will remain open.

9 Responses to “Some 80% of shelter animals evacuated last month- BVI Humane Society ”

  • DON Q (25/04/2018, 10:37) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sweet we should take care of all god's creatures
  • wellsaw (25/04/2018, 13:07) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    But what happened to the Government buddy they cant give the animal shelter a five thousand dollars a month so it can run efficient.
  • A very large bank account (25/04/2018, 13:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Humane Society raised some $250,000 (??) for a new shelter. We all had to dig into our savings as a result of Irma and resort to Plan B - what happened to these funds collected for the benefit of the animals?
    • buster (26/04/2018, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The funds raised are tied up with the new facility slated to be built at Josiah’s Bay. Because of severe flooding there last August a drastic redesign was needed to ensure that the new facility complies with all planning Dept requirements and doesn’t ever flood. It was something of a blessing in disguise but it has caused unexpected expense. On top of that, as other commenters have rightly pointed out manpower and supplies have not been available to work on either the new or the current Shelter when so many people are still in dire need.
  • ta ta (25/04/2018, 16:35) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    Man hungry you all here about a few cats struzz next
  • west (25/04/2018, 21:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI just had too many idealistic and egotistical leaders.
  • wize up (26/04/2018, 06:44) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    what about our elderly yes the ones who made this territory what it is today: shelter for people our people: nothing against the lovers of pets but my people (humans) need care and to be cared for as well......
  • rattie (26/04/2018, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Black lives matter
  • homeless (26/04/2018, 08:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Half of we ain't got home where we going find space to adopt cats and dogs?


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