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Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 12:17 pm:   

With the recent postings of pet photos (many of whom were rescued from animal shelters), we thought this might be a topic of interest. For all you pet lovers who are unaware, there is an animal humane shelter near Ocho Rios -- one of only two such shelters in all of Jamaica. The shelter is called The Animal House Jamaica.

Founded in the 1990's by Maureen Sheridan, because of serious concerns about the plight of animals on the north coast of Jamaica, THE ANIMAL HOUSE JAMAICA helps stray, injured, abandoned, and feral (wild) animals and their owners. They provide food, shelter, medical care (including spay and neuter), and adoptive services to both animals and owners in need.

We have visited The Animal House Jamaica several times, and support them regularly, as our finances allow. We recently organized and sponsored a raffle, which raised nearly $3000 for the benefit of this charity, as well as almost $3000 for the Clifton Boys Home (orphanage) near Negril. By the way, these are both Issa Trust Foundation sponsored charities.

For more information, or to contact them, visit The Animal House Jamaica website:

If you feel inclined to donate, they accept PayPal on their website. If you would like to visit The Animal House on your next trip to Jamaica, contact Maureen. Tell her Jim and Darcy sent you!

By the way, we have seven stray & rescue dogs in our family -- all of them very large, and all of them with some type of disability. They are our babies, and we love them to pieces!!!

Jim & Darcy

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 05:09 pm:   

Oh, thank you so much for posting this information. What a great charity. We do a lot of work for our local shelter and love our three rescue cats to bits.

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 - 09:49 am:   

Thanks Jim & Darcy!
I had no idea...
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