ACC - The Animal Care Center of St. John, Inc., is a non-profit organization,
staffed by paid staff and volunteers, dedicated to the well-being and care of the homeless,
abandoned and abused animals on our island.
The ACC began sometime in
the 1970s by a small group of concerned citizens working primarily out
of their homes. The "shack" went up in 1985 as a visiting place for veterinarians
from St. Thomas. The new facility, opened in March 2003, stands in the
same place as the old "shack" (across from the library in Cruz Bay).
We now have an adoption center, a humane trap rental program, available
space to house animals awaiting good homes, a food supply program for
"bush" cats, a trap/neuter(spay)/return program, a spay day for "bush"
cats (every Wednesday) at participating veterinarian offices and some
pet supplies available for sale.
Keeping the shelter open, reducing the feral cat population through trap/spay/release, providing medical care to sheltered and treated animals are all expensive. Our 2014 budget is $220,000. With less than 10% of that from the VI Department of Agriculture by contract to Operate an Animal Shelter and perform Animal Control duties. We have calculated the cost of these functions and note that we are seriously under funded! We depend on our members and generous donors to make up the difference. We have a long-term goal of a shelter on land where we can provide boarding and clinic services, a thrift shop, etc so that we become self sustaining and do not have to depend on the following events for our survival.
Staff expense reflects the need for more volunteers to help at the
To spay/neuter and medically
clear all the homeless animals on the island.
To educate the public
on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
pet over-population, alleviating the suffering of unowned animals.
care for and find good, loving homes for abandoned animals.
the funds for medical attention to abandoned animals in need.
food and water to unowned animals in the bush.
like you!!! Generous, caring residents, in cooperation with the ACC
volunteer their time, energy and money to provide care for the animals
in residence at the shelter. They provide foster homes for animals that
are in need of special attention. They help to keep the shelter clean
and sanitary and feed and walk the animals daily. They assist at feeding
stations for the "bush" cats. They pick up donations and deliver them
to the shelter. They do maintenance and construction at the shelter.
They spend countless hours doing whatever it takes to help the animals
in our care.
You can help by joining our volunteer team or donating money or items
that appear on our wish list. We are always in need of volunteers to
help with all sorts of tasks.
If a cat is found to be healthy after a veterinarian check-up, it is spayed
or neutered and then returned to its original location. We have volunteers
who provide fresh food and water daily to these cats, and they are no
longer reproducing. When we come across a cat that has potential to be
adopted we place it at the shelter.
If the dog is deemed abandoned, we give it a check-up and treatment at
the veterinarian, then it is placed at the shelter and is available for
adoption. If the dog appears to be lost or misplaced we put up posters
advertising a lost dog and attempt to reunite it with its family.
Yes, the ACC
is a 501(c)(3) organization that legally holds a non-profit status. We
receive no government assistance and ALL our finding comes from private