WHEN a St Breward couple went to stay with friends on the exotic island of Grenada, the temptation was to spend their vacation on a beach – but instead they volunteered for one of the Caribbean's oldest humane societies.
John and Kirsty Hewitt, both 38, spent the month of November visiting friends on the island but didn't just want a beach holiday; they also wanted to help The Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA), a non-profit organisation founded in 1936 and run solely by volunteers from across the world.
The GSPCA was the perfect choice for the Hewitts as they love animals and one of their hosts is a volunteer.
Before their trip the pair wrote to local pet shops and vets throughout North Cornwall asking for donations to take out with them for the society.
"Animals are treated terribly in Grenada and John and I have our own dogs so we really wanted to do something to help," Kirsty said.
"It was a great experience; we took a whole suitcase with us full of goodies and the GSPCA was thrilled to bits with the toys, leads, bedding, medicine and others things, and for the help they received.
"Our friends were also thankful because they have a ridiculous number of pets themselves, including five dogs and eight cats, some with disabilities, so we were able to muck in and ease the pressure on them as well."
The Hewitts' trip wasn't all hard work; they managed to explore the entire island and take some time out to relax.
"We couldn't spend the entire time on a beach; we'd both get bored pretty quickly," Kirsty said.
"We loved exploring and Grenada is still very much a developing country but the people were lovely and we were made to feel welcome.
"The GSPCA is always looking for supporters and volunteers and has its own Facebook page, Grenada SPCA Animal Shelter."
The couple want to thank the following Cornish businesses for their generosity: Doggy Stylin UK in Wadebridge, Petz of Wadebridge, The Tintagel Pet Food Store in Tintagel, Nute G and PJ in Wadebridge, JJ Holts in Camelford, Penquite Petcare in Blisland, Pelyn Veterinary Group in Lostwithiel, Pets at Home in Bodmin, Trago Mills in Liskeard and the toy manufacturer Kong Toys.