P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary and Humane Society was founded nearly a decade ago to control animal population through sterilization, as well as to conduct humane education, throughout the island of Caye Caulker, Belize.
P.A.W. is directed by Madi Collins, who welcomes volunteers from around the world to help with a variety of projects, such as general cat care, veterinary assistance, community education, construction, gardening, and website development.
In Belize, common housecats are perceived less as companions and more as pests—as a result, they might be mistreated, killed, or left to the streets to fend for themselves. Oftentimes, these feral cats aren’t spayed or neutered, breeding new generations of cats that are treated the same way.
Volunteers help to care for the sanctuary’s cats, educate the community about humane animal treatment, assist with general sanctuary upkeep, and help with smaller projects such as gardening or blogging for the sanctuary’s website. This program is entirely funded by providing housing to volunteers and to general travelers—all of the income that P.A.W. generates from providing accommodation is funneled directly into their cat care program.
The goal today is to raise enough funds to help revitalize the sanctuary—whether through purchasing supplies for cat care (food and medicine), tools and equipment needed to rebuild P.A.W.'s five catteries, or other much-needed assistance.
P.A.W. is owned and operated by one person with the help of volunteer travelers. Let's help her get the funding she needs to keep the sanctuary successful and sustainable!