DoA hires intern to help with hurricane evacuees’ pets
The Department of Agriculture (DoA) in a release on Monday said that they had hired a temporary intern to assist with the care of pets belonging to hurricane evacuees who have since relocated to the Cayman Islands.
19-year-old Kameron D’ Hue, who began on October 9, was the successful candidate for the internship.
The DoA collaborated with the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) on the move to hire the intern, noting that both entities saw it as an opportunity for an individual to work and gain hands-on experience as a Kennel Attendant with the DoA.
“Caymanians who had a keen interest to work with pets (dogs and cats) ,as well as, the aptitude to learn and understand basic veterinary terminology and procedures were given consideration for the post,” read the release.
“The Department of Agriculture is indeed very pleased to be able to partner with the NDWA and to be able to use this opportunity to enable a young Caymanian to gain invaluable experience in the work place in general and specifically in the area of animal welfare and the care and maintenance of pet animals” said Adrian Estwick Director of Agriculture.
According to Dianne Conolly, NWDA Training and Development Manager, “These internship opportunities provide interns with meaningful experiences that can enhance their employability.”
The cabinet in September 2017, approved two proposals that were aimed at alleviating some of difficulties faced by persons wishing to relocate temporarily as result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
As a result, the DoA commissioned a temporary quarantine facility for pets that do not meet the current import conditions.
The Cayman Islands Government, as good will gesture,noted that they would foot the cost for the daily maintenance and running of the quarantine facility; such as feeding, walking, and cleaning the animals, and providing 24-hour security.