Charlie is one of several dogs that lives at the Animal Care Center. For those of you unfamiliar with the Animal Care Center, it’s an organization that does a tremendous job caring for the island’s homeless cats and dogs. It has an extremely successful trap and spay/neuter program, as well as feline feeding stations throughout the island. (You can read story that we wrote about that here.)
I heard a few weeks back that the ACC was at capacity in terms of the number of dogs it was caring for. A great majority of the ACC’s dogs get adopted stateside, but the summer’s hot temps prohibit dogs from traveling up north this time of year, according to Ryan Moore, the ACC’s manager. Therefore it’s pretty typical that the shelter gets crowded during the summer and early fall.
Knowing this, I decided to help. I contacted the ACC and offered to foster one of its dogs for a week. I chose Charlie, an adorable little Pit Bull/Korgi mix.
(Disclaimer: Prior to me doing so, Mr. News of St. John said there was no way I could simply “foster” a dog for a week. Just tuck that in the back of your mind for a bit…)
So my new BFF Charlie and I palled around for the past week. We took walks, visited friends, made quick cameos at a few of our favorite island watering holes, delivered some St. Johnopoly games and took a nice little hike out near Leinster Bay. It was fabulous!
Now guess what… Guess who plans to get a new dog… This girl!!!
Yup, Mr. News of St. John was right. I fell in love with little Charlie, and hopefully within the next few weeks, he will be my little buddy permanently. How exciting is that?!
So why am I sharing this with all of you? Because you can help Charlie’s little friends over at the ACC. If you aren’t in the position to foster or adopt, that’s totally cool. The ACC is always looking for people to take the dogs for a walk, keep the kitties company or donate items or money to care for the animals. Every little bit helps. (You can learn more about how you can help by checking out the ACC’s website here.)
The ACC is also planing a few events of their own to raise funds for the animals.
- October 11th – Flea Market Clothing Sale – 10am-3pm @ the Marketplace next to STJ Hardware. All leftover clothing will be sold the following Saturday at the General Flea Market.
- October 18th- General Flea Market – 10am – 3pm @ the Winston Wells ball field. If you are interested in having a table to sell goods, you can stop by the shelter and fill out the paperwork. Tables are $30 (food and drink sales are prohibited).
- December 11th – ACC Holiday Open House (one of the ACC’s most fun nights) – 5:30 @ the shelter where they will have food and beverages available. This is a just a casual night at the shelter where you can hang out with the animals, staff, volunteers, board members and good friends.
- January 24th – Winter Gala – This year’s Gala will be held @ Edens Whim in Great Cruz Bay @ 6pm (Theme still to be decided.)