POINTE BLANCHE – Help the environment and dogs and cats as well by donating old vehicle licence plates to Sint Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF). The old plates are sold by the foundation as a unique island souvenir at the Mutt Hut at Dock Maarten and at fundraising events such as Dinghy Dock’s Yappy Hour.
The vehicle licence plates are changed annually on the Dutch side when owners pay road tax. Often these plates become trash or clutter. This led AWF to the idea several years ago to collect the plates and use them to raise funds for its spay and neuter campaign.
This year, AWF has again made the call for vehicle owners to donate their licence plates. Residents have been responding to the call and Heather Caputo of AWF estimates that well over 1,000 plates have been dropped off at Domino’s pizza locations.
Due to the pandemic, the Mutt Hut is not opened regularly, but people who want to snap up these two-of-a-kind souvenirs can grab them at Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store at Dock Maarten for US $4 per plate.
The licence plates will be available at the Dinghy Dock’s Yappy Hour today, Thursday, April 8, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The yappy hour cocktails will also support AWF with US $4 from each cocktail sold going to the spay and neuter campaign. AWF caps and T-shirts will also be on sale.