Well you know I like to help island charities and send them some donations, and Easter is always a good excuse for giving.
I was recently sent some lovely photos of St.Thomas's "Cat Lady" Dellia, wearing our Starfish Tunic while she was doing her rounds of feeding and checking on the feral animals around St.Thomas. Meet Dellia Holodenschi....
Dellia relocated to the island of St.Thomas in 1978 from NYC to be the Director of the St.Thomas School of Dance. Over the years she has served as a Board member of the Humane Society of St.Thomas, where they instigated major policy changes to spay and neuter every animal that was adopted from the shelter, to try to control the population of feral animals on the island. Here she is with her own car, full of the necessities to help the wild animals.
A change in careers from Dance to luxury skincare and make-up companies, saw Dellia traveling across the Caribbean region for her work. During her travels she saw one common denominator between the islands..... stray animals! Dellia was determined to find a solution to stop the neglect, abuse and overpopulation of feral animals which filled up shelters and created a surplus of animals which were then eliminated by euthanasia. How horrible!
After much research Dellia and the other board members came up with CAT CAFE PROGRAM, which they put into place in 2007. Look at this photo of one of St.Thomas's cat cafe's.... those cats look pretty healthy don't they!
From the Lucky Paws website I learnt that "The Cat Café Program is based on the fundamental belief that our feral, abandoned, or stray free-roaming community cats have as much a right to live as any other creature."
Volunteers Trap-Neuter-Return-Maintain the feral cats through the Cat Cafe's, to control overpopulation, but to also make sure the cats are well looked after, rather than feral cats being dumped into overfull shelters and eventually euthanized.
Even after the destruction of the hurricanes, cat cafe residents continued to be fed and watered.
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Click here to visit the Lucky Paws Foundation website - and there is a DONATE button at the bottom of this page.
Click here to shop our website.... For all purchases made between now and 30th April, I will donate 10% of the proceed's to Lucky Paws Foundation, AND you will get a FREE Dancing Starfish Scarf in either Coral or Turquoise. (the other 2 colors are sold out sorry). If you would prefer one or other of those 2 colors, please put that info in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS box of your order.
One love to the island kitty cats & doggies x