Pat Summers is a New Jersey-based writer focusing on animals and the arts. An animal rescue volunteer, she has also blogged extensively about animals, most recently for three years on the Newark Star-Ledger online pets page.
Based on a passionate but nonspecific foundation—“We love animals!”—its mission statement describes sweeping plans for animal welfare in its city, and the surrounding area, and seemingly anywhere else it can locate on a map. Its members will go wherever help of any kind is needed. Its leaders say yes to any appeal for help.
An aerial view of St. Thomas—a mountainous green island in turquoise seas—gives no indication of how many homeless pets live there, breeding ever more puppies and kittens. While the U.S. Virgin Islands are often portrayed as paradise for people, few places in the Caribbean can claim to be paradise for stray dogs or community cats.
But thanks to a happy teaming of two major do-good forces there, St. Thomas is clearly moving in a more heavenly direction.