Many visitors to the territory are quick to realize how deeply Virgin Islanders care about our four-legged critters.
Here on St. Thomas, fighting against animal cruelty and neglect takes many forms, including supporting the Humane Society of St. Thomas. The non-profit organization works tirelessly to provide care and shelter for abandoned animals — but the challenges can be daunting.
Above: Resort staffer Nervio Charleverin enjoys taking part in feeding the felines at the Cat Sanctuary on the grounds of Flamboyan Resort.
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In addition to promoting and attending the society’s fundraisers — and regularly donating to the cause — some local business owners go the extra mile by creating outdoor safe havens for the local cat population.
As an example, for decades Mercedes and Michael Shelby, proprietors of Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, have been quietly immersed in helping to improve the quality of life for homeless island cats. The couple established a Cat Sanctuary where feeding is regularly scheduled and health care is provided, as well.
In addition, to guard against overpopulation, feral cats are humanely trapped, neutered, and returned ‘home’ to the sanctuary to live in peace.
That’s why resort guests often notice a colorful mix of domestic and feral felines scampering happily about the resort’s lush grounds.
Mercedes emphasized that every element of their approach to cat care revolves around life-saving programs. When asked what motivates her to give so much to the island felines, Mercedes said, “It’s the right thing to do.”
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A: Eight pirates!
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A: Take away the “p!”
A bit about pirates & chickens
Ever wonder why so many chickens roam free in the islands? Blame it on pirates. At the start of each adventure, pirate ships would be stocked with vegetables, meats, cheeses — and plenty of live chickens. Although other provisions dwindled, the chickens ensured an ongoing supply of fresh eggs.