Grant Recipient #18: The Animal Care Center of St. John

Posted by Jennifer on October 13th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 18th grant!

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

The Animal Care Center of St. John
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Animal Care Center of St. John, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being and care of homeless, abandoned and abused animals on the U.S. island of St. John. The goals of the Center are:

· To spay/neuter and medically clear all the homeless animals on the island

· To educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets

· To prevent pet over-population, alleviating the suffering of unowned animals

· To supply food and water to unowned animals in the bush

· To care for and find good loving homes for abandoned animals

· To provide the funds for medical attention to abandoned animals in need

· To save enough money to build a boarding kennel and sustainable shelter

The only animal welfare agency on the island, the Animal Care Center of St. John maintains a feral cat program, reunites lost animals with their owners, and provides shelter and care for abandoned animals while putting them up for adoption. Veterinary care is provided to all animals served through all of the Animal Care Center’s programs in St. John.

A $2,000 grant will change the life of pets in St. John by providing veterinary care, spay and neutering services for cats and dogs that are abandoned, given check-ups and treatment, then placed at the Animal Care Center of St. John for adoption.

The Animal Care Center of St. John has volunteers across the island whom establish and maintain feral cat feeding stations. At these locations, feral cats are trapped and taken to the local vet who tests for disease and if clear spays or neuters the cat. The cat is inoculated and returned to the feeding station. The tip of the left ear is clipped to indicate a neutered animal. This Trap-Spay/Neuter-Release program has proven to be the most effective and humane method of reducing a feral cat population.

The Animal Care Center of St. John attempts to reunite pets that appear to be lost or misplaced with their families. If the pet is deemed abandoned, the Center gives the pet a check-up and treatment at the veterinarian. Then, it is placed at the shelter and is available for adoption.

Below, please see the photograph of one abandoned dog that was rescued in St John. Starved and riddled with worms, medical care and loving attention by shelter staff and volunteers ended this dog’s suffering, bringing him back to health and vitality.

Abused dog rescued by ACC of St John

Keeping the shelter open, reducing the feral cat population through trap/spay/release, providing medical care to sheltered and treated animals are expensive tasks. The Animal Care Center of St. John conducts three major fundraisers each year: Wagapalooza (really fun dog show) in May, Christmas for the Animals (upscale cocktail party at a villa on St John) in December/January, and a No Fleas Please (flea market) in October.

Seriously under-funded, the Center depends on its members and generous donors to make up the difference between funds raised and an annual budget of approximately $135,000.

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