Animal welfare organisation One Dog at a Time recently hosted its first Mutt Strut.
The fundraising event was held on Seven Mile Beach, Sunday, June 25. More than 40 people and pooches, some with their owners and some still seeking homes via ODAAT and the Cayman Islands Humane Society, participated in the fun-filled fundraising event.
Dog walkers strutted at a fast pace to Governor’s Beach and returned to Public Beach for water and bacon or sausage rolls. Many of the dogs were rewarded with their own rashers of bacon too. The event raised more than $800 to help with ODAAT’s ongoing animal rescue efforts.
ODAAT is currently awaiting its charity status application and has grown considerably since it was set up four years ago. This year, ODAAT has rescued nearly 100 dogs and puppies that would have otherwise been euthanised at the Department of Agriculture, or faced an uncertain future.
“Funds raised pay for vaccinations, spays, neuters and any other medical care required, as well as day-to-day care before loving, forever homes are found,” Caroline Johnston, ODAAT volunteer said.
One dog seeking his forever home is 3-year-old Tyler, who attended the fundraiser with his foster mum.
“He would make a wonderful addition to any home,” Ms Johnston said. “He is so gentle, adores cuddles and loves both children and other animals. He was rescued from the pound and had dreadlock hair which hid an array of wounds. Once his fur was cut by Must Love Dogs, he was transformed into a very handsome boy which matches his personality perfectly.”