Dart Announces Peppercorn Lease with Cayman Islands Humane Society

After two years of discussion with the Cayman Islands Humane Society, Dart announced this week that it will grant a peppercorn lease for almost two acres of land at Camana Bay to facilitate the construction of a new, purpose-built facility.

In the 22 years since the generosity of two donors enabled the Humane Society to purchase the existing shelter, what was once a significant asset has become one of the charity’s biggest challenges. Overcrowding and flooding are recurring issues, as demonstrated by recent heavy rains that flooded the shelter’s offices, quarantine room and kennels.

The 99-year lease is for almost two acres of land at Camana Bay, adjacent to the proposed new rugby grounds to the south of the Cayman Islands National Gallery. Dart Executive Vice President with responsibility for community development Pilar Bush says the site was chosen because it is central to visitors, volunteers, and in close proximity to veterinary clinics in case of emergencies.

“The provision of land for community development purposes is one of the areas in which Dart is uniquely positioned to provide long-term support for established, well-run non-profit organisations that enhance our shared community,” she says.

Humane Society Board Director Lesley Walker says a new facility is desperately needed to enable the Humane Society to continue its vital work in a premises fit for purpose.

“This lease gives the Humane Society the chance for a new home so we can continue to help rescue animals find theirs,” Walker says.

In addition to the 99-year peppercorn lease, Dart will bear the cost of clearing and filling the two acre site in preparation for construction.

“Animal welfare is an important part of a healthy, thriving society and we are proud to support the Humane Society’s mission to assist the community in all aspects of animal rescue and responsible pet ownership,” Bush says.