The land the shelter is currently on is rented from a private family. The shelter has been in the same spot in Johnson’s Ghut for more than two decades. The Humane Society must vacate the land before the end of 2019 as the owners wish to develop the land. We are extremely grateful to our landlords for having accommodated the Humane Society in its current location for many years at below-market rent. However, their decision does unfortunately leave the Shelter in a very difficult position with very little time to relocate.
The intention was always to build a new, larger and more modern shelter to accommodate the ever-growing numbers of animals needing our care. In 2013 after years of raising funds we purchased our own land in Josiah’s Bay on Tortola. We also purchased a few years later a pre-fabricated steel frame structure to serve as the frame for a new shelter. We were continuing to raise funds for the erection of the steel building when our islands were devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Irma and then a week later by Hurricane Maria. These category 5 hurricanes caused serious damage to the current shelter. We had no choice but to turn our attention to the urgency of the repairs needed at our current shelter to preserve the welfare and safety of the animals in our care. Due to the hurricanes, our financial reserves were severely depleted. Through goodwill from the community, donations and our own funds we were able to carry out major repairs.
See our plans: http://www.bvihumanesociety.org/new-shelter.html
How You Can Help!:
We have established a Go Fund Me to specifically raise a percentage of the funds needed to build the new shelter. The remainder will hopefully come from Corporate Donations or Private Sponsors. (The monthly expenses of the shelter (approx $10,000) are covered through fundraising events). We have put out to tender with multiple contractors and estimate the amount required to build a modern, larger and better facility is approximately $500,000. While we have been fundraising for this new shelter for some time, it is simply not attainable for us to raise this amount of money in only a few months, especially when our island has less than 25,000 residents. We are in an extremely desperate situation and are asking for any financial help you can offer!
There is no other animal shelter in the BVI! We are deeply concerned with regards to the future animal welfare.
Please help us save our animal shelter and donate to the building cost of our new shelter! Your donation will secure the future happiness and welfare of so many animals! We are happy to provide any financial information or plans to anyone that would like to see this.
Humane Society of the British Virgin Islands.
- Amanda Flugstad-Clarke
- Amanda Flugstad-Clarke
- Lesley Hunt
- Lindsay Derby
- Shelley Derby
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