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Flamboyan’s Famous Felines

a tabby colored cat sitting on a rock wall looking sweetly at the viewer his eyes are half closed

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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

January, 2021

The reasons Flamboyan On the Bay became known as “The friendliest resort complex in paradise” are many. Among them is a reputation for truly personalized service from an ever-accommodating staff. 

Whether you are on island for a day, a week, or a lifetime, Flamboyan Resort is pleased to host you as a hotel guest, VLT gamer, restaurant patron, coffee shop customer, or pool and tennis club member.

That nurturing spirit also is reflected by the numerous healthy and happy felines scampering about the lush seven-acre property. 

two cats laying on a rock wall with shrubbery in the background

Above: Sister calicos named Viva and Diva are often seen sunning themselves on the rock wall near Flamboyan Resort’s reception building.

Top of the page: Rusty, Flamboyan’s famous orange tabby cat, bears that distinctive “M” marking on his forehead.

From the beginning, the resort has proudly served as a safe haven for felines — young and old. Proprietors Mercedes and Michael Shelby — and the entire Flamboyan team — are devoted to making life better for a local community of cats. In fact, the property provides a safe, nurturing outdoor sanctuary for a colorful mix of domestic and feral felines. 


Said Mercedes, I think it’s especially important to emphasize that we participate exclusively in life-saving programs. After the 2017 hurricanes, our Cat Sanctuary population increased substantially because many pets were left homeless. We feed, nurture, and care for them all — I believe deeply it’s the right thing to do.”


If you notice the tip of a cat’s ear has been clipped, that signifies it is a feral cat. As such, it has been humanely trapped, neutered, and returned ‘home’ to live in peace. 

At Flamboyan, each cat is fed twice daily at strategically placed feeding stations.

Not only does the staff take a personal interest in each of the resort’s four-legged residents  — they give each pet a name — and if a cat needs professional care, it is lovingly transported to a local veterinarian. 

If you would like to help the cause — or are interested in adopting a resident of Flamboyan’s Cat Sanctuary — contact the resort’s front desk during office hours. Cat food, kitty treats, and monetary donations are always welcome. To ensure optimal care of Flamboyan’s famous felines, visitors are asked to refrain from personally feeding the cats. 

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