Since 1957, the Humane Society of St. Thomas has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty, animal neglect and working to create an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals throughout the territory. Our functional campus sits on 4.7 acres and consists of five major buildings. We are open admission shelter, meaning that our doors are always open for any animal that we can legally accept. The Humane Society of St. Thomas is 501c3 non-profit organization. We are the only animal shelter serving with residents of St.Thomas, and other than a small contract with the government of the Virgin Islands we are dependent entirely upon donations and the good will of the community. Over 2000 animals pass through our shelter doors each year. We strive to provide the highest quality care to each and every visiting animal. Your membership and support are essential to our ability continually meet the demand of maintaining HSSTT campus. Whether volunteering your time, talents, or contributing funds, “You” can make a real difference in a shelter animal’s life.
Looking back at the past of the Humane Society of St. Thomas....
The history of the Humane Society of St.Thomas (HSSTT) covers over 5 decades!
The year was 1956, when several concerned citizens asked the Virgin Islands Government to help them find a solution for the stray and abandoned cats, dogs, donkeys, horses...all of the roaming animals that were starving and needing help.
Shelter was provided in the Fort Christian parking lot and stalls were built from donated lumber to house the multitude of animals. Thanks to the vision of a few caring souls the seeds of what was to become HSSTT were planted.
Health care protocols were put in place through the generosity of the late Dr. Garbutt and Dr. Andrew J. Williamson who continued to serve on the Board of the organization for many more years. Land was finally acquired in Estate Nadir and on Mother's Day 1969 the facility that the organization would call home for the next 45 years opened its doors. It took another decade before another more centralized location could be identified and then through a generous land donation as well as significant financial assistance from a local philanthropist, the vision for a state-of-the-art facility rapidly became reality. The new shelter located off the Weymouth Rhymer Highway across from Market Square opened in 2012 where over 200 animals are housed today.
Financing and finding forever homes for the over 2000 animals who annually pass through our shelter doors has been a constant struggle, but the mission of HSSTT has remained the same:
1) Maintain a shelter to care for all stray and abandoned animals.
2) Aid the VI Government in animal regulatory control programs.
3) Educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and the benefits of spaying and neutering to end overpopulation.
HSSTT advocates for the five freedoms globally recognized as the gold standards in animal welfare encompassing both the mental and physical wellbeing of animals. They include freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, and freedom to express normal and natural behavior. With these freedoms as guidance, HSSTT hopes to open a much-needed clinic so basic preventive care is available to those in our community in need of assistance for their pets as well as spaying and neutering services at affordable rates.