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“A Wondeful Place in Belize”
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PAUSE Hostel
Stockholm
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“A Wondeful Place in Belize”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed at PAW for one week, starting the end of Dec, 2011 and it was well worth it. We stayed in the Cat Mahal which soon became a home away from home. For us, the kitchen was perfect and the wonderful porch facing the water was a dream come true. We'd spend leisurely mornings drinking coffee and watching the pelicans and egrets and other birds who visit this tranquil paradise. And, of course, the dogs and cats were a joy when they came out to greet the dawn. One dog, Peaches, a very sweet light brown mix, was soon our favorite - keeping us company as much as we desired. Madi, the owner, is wonderful and an excellent source of all sorts of help and local knowledge. We certainly miss our long chats on everything from coconuts to living in New York City. If you love dogs and cats and want to help an amazing person with a seemingly impossible mission of caring for the less fortunate cats and dogs in Belize, then PAW is highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We originally booked in for 2 nights at PAW Cat Sanctuary, but ended up staying for 5 (2 nights in the cabana and 3 in the garden suite). Both rooms were great, but what really made the visit was getting to know Madi and her animals, learning about the amazing work she does, and also the beautiful setting of the accommodation. We spent a lot of time sitting on the pier with the wonderful dogs, Peaches Osso and Twinky, and appreciating the scenery, the birds, stingrays and sunsets. It's so easy to get to from the water taxi and no more than 5 mins walk to anywhere you need to be. Madi is fantastic and had so many great tips about the island, places to eat, and which are the best tours and she was spot on everytime. And despite how busy she is with the cats, she always had time to help us out. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

We spent 5 days with Madi and her extended family of 4 happy dogs and 70 something lovely cats. We stayed in the garden suite which was very clean and spacious, but I have to say the best part is Madi's company and getting to know about the wonderful work she does. When we go back we would never consider staying anywhere else.
We love you Madi!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

We found maddi and the paws cat sanctuary purely by chance when looking for accommodation on the Internet. If you love animals and want a quite place to stay then this place is perfect. We stayed in the little cabanna that's painted like a leopard,basic simple and clean and if your a backpacker it's also cheap. There are also 2 really nice rooms available if you want something bigger. Maddie does a terrific job looking after 81 much loved abandoned and stray cats, they all get time outside each day in shifts of about 12 cats a time so it's great just chillin on the sun loungers in front of the dock and giving some affection to the kitties and the 4 resident dogs.The cats have their own enclosures so there not in your living space and Maddi is always great full if you want to lend a hand in the cattery. For anyone wanting to stay for a week plus then you can be a full time volunteer as it takes a while to learn the ropes or if your like me and my boyfriend and just want somewhere to stay then you can be sure that your money is going to a good cause as all profit from the rent of the accommodations goes straight back into helping the animals.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We stayed at Paws in January of 2012. We had decided to go there for a few reasons. It was cheaper, we had a room by the sea, the money we spent went to a good cause and also because I prefer something more intimate than hotels. It was only a few minutes from accommodations (phone company, groceries, restaurants, tour operators, etc.) Our suite was super clean and well furnished. We had a fan, AC, a fridge, microwave, fridge, gas stove...everything! I loved sitting on the balcony with the cats in the morning. Madi is a great person and she goes to great lengths for helping cats. It was beautiful to see. We will definitely keep in touch and try to send more donations her way.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

A few months ago I had the best experience of my life when i came to volunteer at PAW on the island of Caye Caulker. I stayed in the garden suite which was so clean, comfortable and fully furnished. I helped with the daily feeding of the animals, cleaned, nursed sick animals, groomed the kitties, fed the feral colony, bathe the dogs, socialize the kitties, pet the animals and pet and pet some more. I sat on the dock everyday and watched the beautiful sunset with Peaches and Oso a couple of the rescued dogs.

The founder, Madi Collins is so passionate and compassion about her work with all the castaways in her care. I learned so much about selfless giving just being in this wonderful place. It was so amazing to wake up and end my day in such a paw-sitive environment!

My experience at PAW was one of a kind and I wanted to share this with everyone not only because I know that other animal lovers would also have a wonderful experience here but also because staying at PAUSE its a way to help the animals . By staying here you are helping provide food & medical care for the animals as all funds go to this cause and its program.

So animal lovers out there please share this information with every animal lovers you know.

Please tell everyone you know that on the Island of Caye Caulker, approximately 21 miles from the coast of Belize City you will find many hotels, and other accommodations, however, of all the local accommodations you will find on Caye Caulker, only one very unique accommodation called PAUSE can provide an opportunity to enjoy authentic Caribbean culture while helping a worthy cause. PAUSE or PAWS as some call it are affordable Seaside Suites that give back to the community!

PAUSE, By The Sea accommodations offers guests a unique Caribbean vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suite an array of travel preferences.

Touted as a home away from home for animal lovers, perhaps the most defining characteristic of PAUSE is that the property is also home to P.A.W. (Protecting Animal Welfare) Cat Sanctuary & Humane Society.

Separate to the accommodations is a large shelter housing eighty orphaned, abandoned and abused castaway cats & four rescued dogs . For those who wish to participate, PAWS founder, Madi Collins, will proudly familiarize you with her life’s work and offer the unique opportunity to assist in the shelter, should you wish it. While the animals have their own home and are not permitted in the suites or cabana, it is essential that guests hold a high appreciation of animals to get the full experience from this truly individual travel opportunity.

Rental fee from the cabana and suites goes to feed, sterilize and provide medical care for the animals at the sanctuary and to the on going TNR (trap, neuter & return) program to sterilize feral cats to control their population and thus their suffering as well as to the ongoing low cost sterilization clinics throughout Belize & Mexico to provide sterilization to low income families to sterilize their pets as well as to sterilize stray animals to control animal population.

Come stay at PAUSE to support this worthy cause. Or if you are in Caye Caulker here are other ways you can help:


1. Donate a few cans of friskies cat food . All male cats are on this diet to protect them from Urinary tract infections and prevent urinary blockages. In Caye Caulker you can get these at the store named PAY LESS near the Ocean Side Bar for 1.75 Belize. This is the cheapest place to get them.


2. Buy a hand painted silk scarf to support PAWS. If you are looking for a light weight gift to take back to your family and friends stop by and see the assortment of hand painted silk scarfs painted by Madi Collins, founder of PAW .


3. Have a little space in your luggage? Why not stuck a few packs of Advantage flea treatment for cats and dogs, kitty and doggie treats, catnip, toys, or/ and kitty beds. Anything new or used is welcome!

To learn more about PAWS please visit www.pawanimalsanctuarybelize.com.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Loveland, Colorado
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

My wife, my 2 daughters (ages 8 and 10) and I stayed with Madi in November 2011. We all had a great time. The location right on the water is very nice. It was a fun unique experience for all of us, much more fun than staying at a hotel or a condo. It is part home stay and part pet safari. Madi and her mother are wonderful and made us feel at home. The kids were delighted to be able to interact with all the cats and the dogs. Normally, for safety reasons, when we are traveling we don't let them do that much. Madi's animals are all vaccinated and very well cared for, so we let the kids play to their heart's content. I am not really a cat person but, it is fascinating to see how she manages her cats.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: PAUSE Hostel
Address: 1 Pasero Street, Caye Caulker, Belize (Formerly Pause Accommodation)
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Caye Caulker
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suit an array of travel preferences. Our Garden Suite has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have A private Cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps 2, with shared outside bathroom, a 10 bed & 4 bed dorm with shared bath & kitchen & a 6 bed dorm with private bath. We offer bike rentals & free kayaks, wifi & loads of coconuts for all our guests. ... more   less 

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