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About ACC

 

doggieWhat is the ACC?
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.

When was the ACC started?
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.

How does the ACC spend the money?
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 shelter.

What are the ACC goals?
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.
To prevent pet over-population, alleviating the suffering of unowned animals.
To care for and find good, loving homes for abandoned animals.
To provide the funds for medical attention to abandoned animals in need.
To supply food and water to unowned animals in the bush.

Who is responsible for the care of these animals?
People like you!!! Generous, caring residents, in cooperation with the ACC staff, 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.

How can I help?
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.

Why does the ACC release "bush" cats?
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.

What does the ACC do with abandoned dogs?
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.

Is the ACC a non-profit organization?
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 donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wagapalooza 2016 - benefiting the St. John Animal Care Center

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