SXM PAWS and R4CR upgraded St. Maarten’s only animal shelter

SXM PAWS and R4CR upgraded St. Maarten’s only animal shelter

By Foresee Foundation

In a collaboration aimed at enhancing the welfare of St. Maarten’s furry residents, SXM PAWS and Resources for Community Resilience (R4CR) joined hands to give a much-needed boost to the only animal shelter on the Dutch side. This project not only aims to improve the living conditions of the shelter, but also bolsters the island’s capacity to care for an increasing number of animals in need.

The upgrade initiative, spanning from March 2023 to February 2024, has seen a concerted effort to transform the shelter’s facilities into a haven for approximately 300 stray dogs that can now find refuge there annually. Volunteers, the unsung heroes of this project, engage in a multitude of tasks during their stay at the shelter. From washing and grooming to entertaining and even beach visits, these dedicated individuals ensure that the animals receive the care and attention they deserve.

One of the highlights of this refurbishment is the introduction of sustainable practices to make the shelter eco-friendlier. The implementation of a rainwater harvesting system for cleaning, additional drainage, and sewage removal is a step towards a greener and more efficient operation.

The refurbishment project was divided into three primary activities: Interior repairs, exterior enhancements, and the procurement of essential materials and supplies. Interior repairs focus on ensuring the safety, security, and functionality of the kennels, while exterior work includes improvements to fencing, general drainage, sewerage, and the possible installation of a vital gutter system. Some materials and supplies needed for the animals, such as medication and vaccines, are also part of the upgrade.

Crucially, the project does not only stop at physical upgrades; it extends to the health and wellbeing of the animals. As part of a collaborative effort with Animal Welfare/Animal Defenders, the shelter participated in a sterilization program for stray animals, ensuring a more sustainable approach to managing the local animal population.

So, what exactly has been refurbished with the grant?

The yard, fences, kennels, and storage areas have all undergone significant improvements, providing a more comfortable and secure environment for the shelter’s residents. The main beneficiaries of this initiative are undoubtedly the 300 stray dogs that find solace in the shelter each year. With upgraded facilities, improved living conditions, and enhanced medical care, these animals now have a greater chance at finding loving homes, both locally and abroad.


For those interested in making a lasting impact, opportunities abound to get involved. The project welcomes adopters willing to provide forever homes for the shelter’s “Coconut Retrievers”. Adoption fees vary and are determined on a sliding scale, taking into account factors such as vaccines. Prospective adopters are encouraged to complete an application, with the assurance that a dedicated team member will be in touch.

Additionally, SXM PAWS extends an invitation to volunteers:

Individuals with a passion for animal welfare are welcome to volunteer their time. Whether it’s walking and socializing dogs, assisting at feeding stations, or joining the Foster Program, there are various ways to contribute to helping animals in need. Those interested in volunteering can reach out to SXM PAWS via,, Facebook or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Daily Herald

Copyright © 2020 All copyrights on articles and/or content of The Caribbean Herald N.V. dba The Daily Herald are reserved.

Without permission of The Daily Herald no copyrighted content may be used by anyone.

Comodo SSL

Hosted by

© 2024 The Daily Herald. All Rights Reserved.