Happy World Animal Day from our little happy island of Aruba!
This day serves as a reminder that every single animal deserves our love, compassion, respect, and kindness. We as humans have the opportunity to help protect their lives and surrounding habitat, ensuring for a safe and healthy future!
Whether you are able to volunteer, adopt, donate, report a lost animal or stray in need, spay and neuter your pet or a stray, or educate those around you… any little bit of effort helps and can go a long way!
If you are anything like me, animals cause your heart to beat double time, giving you a feeling of pure euphoria. Not only do animals create instantaneous happiness but they also relieve stress and anxiety! Yes, our little furry friends are miracle workers! Don’t believe me? Just curl up next to a big fluffy dog or a soft purring kitty and feel the magic happen!
If you happen to be on the island or plan to visit soon…
Here are 5 must-visit places to celebrate the animals in Aruba!
Location: Bringamosa 2-Z, Santa Cruz
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM (Opening Hours may have adjusted please contact the Donkey Sanctuary directly)
Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Palm Beach, across from Divi Phoenix
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Opening Hours may have adjusted please contact the Butterfly Farm directly)
Entrance Fee: $15 for adults, $8 for kids (4-6 years) and free for 3 years and younger. The admission fee includes a return pass which allows you to visit as often as you’d like for the duration of your vacation.
Location: Matividiri 57, Paradera
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 AM – 4 PM (Opening Hours may have adjusted please contact the Ostrich Farm directly)
Entrance Fee: $14 for adults, $7 for kids
Philip’s Animal Garden
Location: Alto Vista 116, Noord
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM (Opening Hours may have adjusted please contact Philip’s Animal Garden directly)
Entrance Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for kids (3 – 13 years), free for 3 years and younger
Aruba Animal Shelter or Animal Rescue Organizations
Location: Wayaca 128-B
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 12 PM, Friday & Saturday, 8 AM – 3 PM (Opening Hours may have adjusted please contact the shelter directly)
Entrance Fee: Free! It will only cost you some very cute snuggles during your visiting time.
Additional: Check one of the many non-profit animal organizations on the island, as they hold many events (such as adoption days, farmer’s markets, garage sales, beach dog walks, etc.) and volunteer opportunities so that you can snuggle and pet as many of Aruba’s furry friends as possible!
One of the most needed and valuable ways of contributing to a better life for the dogs and cats in Aruba is to offer yourself as a flight volunteer. If you are not able to adopt a dog or cat in need yourself, you can always assist in bringing one to their new home (such as in the US or Europe) as your travel back home from your Aruba vacation. If you are interested, simply contact Aruba Flight Volunteers or one of the many organizations below, and they will be happy to provide you with more details and arrange the entire travel of the adopted pet. Oh, and it will cost you nothing, yet the reward of giving this furball a new life filled with love and good health will be oh-so-very satisfying!
Here is a list of the different animal organizations on the island for you to contact or visit:
Animal Rights Aruba (ARA) – http://www.animalrightsaruba.org
Sgt Pepper’s Friends – https://www.sgtpeppersfriends.com
Animal Relief Foundation Aruba (ARF) – http://arf-aruba.com
Nine Lives Aruba Foundation – https://ninelivesaruba.com
Luna Foundation – https://www.luna-aruba.com
United Dogs Aruba Foundation – http://www.uniteddogsaruba.com
New Life for Paws – https://www.newlifeforpaws.org
Crijojo Trappers Aruba – https://www.facebook.com/crijojotrappersaruba/