Scooby Doo! Why Not Vacation in Paradise and Volunteer Too!
|U.S Virgin Islands - Absolute Heaven!|
How to Volunteer on Your Vacation
For several months, Darrell and I had booked and planned for a relaxing vacation in the paradise that is St.Thomas and the U.S.and British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. As the date drew closer (late August), it struck me that I should do what my friend Melissa Beamish (UK) would do, and find the local animal shelter to volunteer for at least one of our nine days there (for Melissa, it would be months of volunteering ;-) ). I Googled the animal shelters, found the Humane Society of St. Thomas and wrote to the contact there about volunteering. They promptly responded with a welcoming email that invited us any day that we could come.
We arrived in St. Thomas, settled in and learned that it was only a short taxi drive from our Sugar Bay Resort Hotel to the Shelter.
The St. Thomas Humane Society Shelter
Frankly, I did not know what to expect. I was thinking that a small island like this would not have a very sophisticated facility. Wow, I could not have been more wrong! When the cab pulled up on the dirt road to the facility, I could not believe how grand and sophisticated it was. This facility is a bit controversial; in that, it took some time, cutting political red-tape and extra money to get there -- but it's there, and it's super fantastic, and the animals are treated so well. I'm impressed with the end result!
|Darrell Easter at the Entrance to the Shelter|
|Humane Society of St. Thomas - New Facility 2011|
|Reception and Waiting Area|
|Meet Charlie - He's the Mascot for HSSTT.com. I wanted to steal him. He is irresistible! :-)|
|Super-great Staff Who Sincerely Care|
|Paula Loyd - family donated to the Shelter in memory. Does Paula walk the halls to oversee her legacy? Some say, "Yes." Blessings to Paula and family. My husband and I intend to do something similar with our legacy.|
|This Gorgeous Lady Died Fighting for Human and Animal Rights - Her Family Donated her Legacy to Support the Animal Shelter on St. Thomas|
|Darrell Cleans the Air Conditioning Filters, with the Help and Support of the |
Rescued Goat who thinks he is a Dog
We visited the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, goat, and parakeets during our day. It was so an absolute pleasure to be there and to be part of such a wonderful effort that is truly making a difference.
|My Favorite Lady - Came into the Shelter in Terrible Shape|
|Ms. Gorgeous - Look How Great She Looks|
|Yep! Beautiful Bunnies that need homes too.|
|Many Lovely Cats and Kittens|
|Darrell has a Tortie Cat that Looks so much Like our Former Persnickety and Lovely Cleo|
Here are a few more gratuitous photos of paradise that will, hopefully, draw to you to the Caribbean. I cannot say enough about the goodness of the Virgin Islands. They are truly a peek at Heaven. :-)
|View on St. John|
|Snorkeling In BVI|
|Wet Landing in Paradise, BVI|
Want to help?
We so believe in this place and intend to help this Shelter ongoing with our financial support and hands-on when we visit. If you would like to help, your dollars will be well spent to enable their ongoing efforts, check here for Ways to Donate.
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