Who We Are

Founded in 1973, the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center (AWC) provides and promotes the humane treatment of animals through humane education, animal protection and community service. Our duty is to the orphaned, abused, neglected and otherwise unwanted animals of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

The AWC is proud to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Healing Paws Sanctuary, Inc., expressing mutual support and cooperation in advancing the cause of animal welfare on St. Croix.

What We Do

As the only companion animal shelter facility servicing St. Croix, AWC provides care to thousands of dogs and cats each year. We fulfill the Territory contract for animal control, provide animal abuse response and investigation in collaboration with VIPD. We adopt out hundreds of animals locally and off island via our transfer program in cooperation with Healing Paws Sanctuary, “Paws from Paradise”. We are committed to lessening our intake numbers and promote spay/neuter via low cost or no cost to qualified participants. We want to break the cycle of neglect and promote responsible pet ownership via our humane educational outreach to schools and adults.

Learn more about becoming a member sponsor of a cat or dog. Give of your time and volunteer to support the animals. Join the pack; contact St. Croix AWC today!

Our Staff

The staff of St. Croix AWC is committed to turning the tide for our island animals. We are united in applying our knowledge, compassion and professional skills for the betterment of the animal population on St. Croix.

Board of Directors

The Advisory Board facilitates the long range planning goals and strategies of the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center.  The Board meets monthly and holds a public meeting in January of each year.

  • Beth Moss – President
  • Polly Baxter- Treasurer
  • Sali Gear- Secretary
  • Donna Cascarelli
  • Therese Donarski
  • Paul Chakroff
  • Mike Meluskey


  • Dr. Michelle Mehalick – Shelter Veterinarian
  • Moises Carmona- Head of Animal Control
  • Shana Alexander- Administrative Coordinator
  • Stephany Dejesus- Treatment Supervisor
  • Keyshawn Silcott- Kennel Technician