Local stray dogs being exported to Canada

Stray dogs that have been rescued by the Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS), are  being exported to Canada, the society’s President, Pamela Devaux has revealed.

Devaux explained that local volunteers are working with a group of supporters in Toronto on the recent initiative which started about a year ago.

An estimated 50 local dogs have been sent to Canada since the initiative began.

She told a news conference this morning that homes in Canada are found for the dogs and puppies that are rescued before the animals are sent overseas.

“They are not going to end up in a shelter somewhere,” the SLAPS President disclosed.

Devaux said the organization has been working with animals here since 1998 with the support of volunteers.

But she observed that one of the main factors contributing to the stray dog problem in Saint Lucia is garbage.

The SLAPS official asserted that the garbage problem needs to be addressed.

At today’s news conference it was announced that SLAPS is partnering with the United States based rescue group – Global Strays.

Global Strays President, Jean Shafiroff, said her organization will be helping local rescue groups through grant making and when possible, bringing a few dogs to the US to find loving homes.

Shafiroff, who is also an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and serves on several charity boards, observed that yesterday was observed in the US as National Pet Day.

She suggested that a similar observance can be considered in Saint Lucia to honour pets.

“I see here in Saint Lucia that there are many stray dogs, but this is not just a problem in Saint Lucia – this is a global problem and our interest is to help Saint Lucia, its government and its charity groups that are working to reduce the number of stray cats and dogs on the Island,” the Global Strays official explained.

Shafiroff, who spoke highly of the people of Saint Lucia,  expressed the view that more affordable spay and neuter programmes are needed.

“I think if everybody works together this can be achieved – the Island is not too large, there are not that many strays – there are thousands yes, but this problem can be solved and we want to help. We can all do it if we work together as a team,” she declared.



  1. TC
    April 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    st lucians not a shame. Canada wants ur’ll dogs but not your’ll . HAHAHA

    1. Anonymous
      April 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Yup ship all uh dem….canada afford to take care of them…we cant!!

  2. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    watch dat. even dogs doh need visa to go canada. i wish i was a dog.

    1. si si boo
      April 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Lolsssdss that one touch me self lmao

    2. Anonymous
      April 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Haha good one

    3. Anonymous
      April 12, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      lmaoooo dead

    4. Anonymous
      April 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm


  3. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Well de Canadian Chinese make it!!

  4. sharon terrell
    April 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    TC…My heart breaks its like throwing gabage away only that Canada has more love to give.But am not surprise,we cannot even take care of our children its not stray dogs we will be able to care for.Charity starts at home.St.lucians need to spay and neuter their Cats and Dogs,the animals cannot take care of their selfs.Unfortunately thats how God made their lives.Now the poor Dogs will be deported from their land of birth because of humans.Thanks to Canada.People should be arrested or charge for not spaying and neutering their Cats and Dogs.And all Cats and Dogs should be licensed and registered,to hold people accountable for abandonment and animal cruelty.

    1. Tina Demasi
      April 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thank- you from 🇨🇦 Canada ! We have people who do not spay or neuter dogs or cats either …. but we will help because that is who we are !
      Very proud Mother in law and friend of Winston A. Trim who just lost his life 2 weeks ago in St. Lucia We love our beautiful dautgher in law we love St. Lucia and it’s people ! All are welcome come on up ! Thank you Tina

      1. Greatful
        April 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

        Thank you!

  5. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    There are a few in my area preventing people from sleeping at nights. I must call SLAPS so these can be sent to Canada too. yes man

  6. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    they should catch any dog on the road without an owner. Both stay and those the owners cannot take proper of.

  7. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Very good initiative but Canada can put Visa on Human beings but take dogs for free….I hope the does got their visas too

  8. Me
    April 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Is it China Town Canada they’re going to? Cuz really, why would Canadians want the stray mongrels we have here? If not, cudos to this group for their work.

    1. Whatever...
      April 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      So what! I have a stray Mongrel and take very good care of it with no intention of cooking it…some people do care…..

  9. Calvin
    April 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    One great thing about our stray dogs is that they are mixed breeds, not pure. Mixed breeds of almost anything are generally more hardy, less disease resistant, and live longer.

    The dogs will find wonderful loving forever homes up there in Canada, they treat their dogs like members of family and care for them as such, doggy supply stores, doggy treats, doggy toys, doggy spa days, off-leash park areas, annual physicals, the whole bit.

    Heck, they do an Annual Pet Wellness Report.https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/documents/canada-s-pet-wellness-report2011
    We should be so lucky if our government did something like that for us humans here!

    Bravo for Canada.

  10. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Canada greatest country in the world bar none! Niggers stay out, dogs are welcome.

  11. Lol
    April 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah. …President Treaded is my kinda guy

  12. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Hahaha crazy wow . Youall killing me woyieeeee.

  13. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I am a Canadian living in St. Lucia. I am so totally against shipping these stray dogs to Canada. Canada has enough dogs and cats in emergency shelters, why do they need more. Ridiculous. My friends to the north, you want to help control the situation of strays, send down a unit to spay and neuter the dogs for free, probably cost less than shipping them up north. SMH, think people think. You spending all this money on dogs, what about the children who have no food or shoes or clothing, should they not come first?????

    1. Calvin
      April 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Dogs are cheaper to feed and less troublesome than we St. Lucians that go up there and overstay our welcomes and get involved in petty crime.

      As for the children here, what are you doing, as a Canadian living here enjoying our weather, lifestyle and people, to help out St. Lucians? Something that might be of benefit given that you’re a Canadian and see firsthand how dire our circumstances are here might be to appeal to all your friends in Canada to start giving to St. Lucia and get them to start clothing collection drives and pay to send it down here. Perhaps start a FB page or a crowd-source funding page in Canada. You might not be front of line there, though, apparently fast-tracking Syrian and African migrants is the new Canadian aid flavor of the day. God luck, though!

      1. Johnny Wishbone
        April 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

        Johnny says dogs are God’s gift to man. People dat not like dogs are turning their nose to God’s gift. Canada taking this dogs means they know God and receive his many Blessings as oppose to us

      2. Anonymous
        April 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        Actually in troubled times i.e Hurricane Thomas, I was front and center in Canada organizing food and clothing drives and arranging shipment of said items to St. Lucia. I have arranged for school items to be put into backpacks and sent to the schools, I have volunteered in many projects to help the people of St. Lucia and continue to do so.

      3. Calvin
        April 13, 2017 at 12:04 am

        Good to know, and thank you so much for helping. Tomas wiped us, almost as bad as Hurricane Allen back in ’81.
        You Canadians are good people.
        Canada sounds like a great place to live. I’m going to get to Canada and get a piece of all that Canadian good life and the free things there. I want to live in one of those tall apartments in Brampton, get my monthly cheque, and drive a nice Lexus like everyone else in all the pictures of there I see.

    2. Don Summers
      April 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Actually, most of the dogs we send have homes before they leave the island. All the adult dogs certainly do and only a few pups don’t. For those that don’t, we work with three shelters that love to have the puppies. The puppies attract folks in to see them and they usually have more adult dogs from Canada adopted due to the increased traffic and interest. All the shelters we work with are no-kill facilities. No Canadian dogs are refused shelter due to Lucian dogs being taken in, again usually more Canadian dogs are adopted when Lucian pups are at the shelters.

      Additionally, we are working with a specialist trainer that selects some pups to train to become service dogs. They may assist the blind or otherwise handicapped persons. Some have been trained as service dogs for former Canadian soldiers with PTSD.

      The dogs are shipped at cost, there is no profit being made by SLAPS. The goal is to save the lives of these animals and reduce the stray population on the island.

      I’m sorry that you don’t see the value of the work being done, but if you have questions, please feel free to ask. Knowledge is power and assumptions help no one.

      1. Calvin
        April 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        Bravo for your efforts.

        With respect to the upcoming spay and neuter clinic, perhaps the St. Lucia Times and St. Lucia News Online might be willing to post it in the days before as a press release? That would help boosts awareness.

      2. Don Summers
        April 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        Thank you for your kind words. It is very much a team effort with volunteers here and Canada doing great work. Also, excellent suggestions about the news outlets, I will certainly pass that along to the folks handling the clinic. Thanks again!

      3. Anonymous
        April 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

        The best way to help Lucian families that need it is to offer employment.

      4. Don Summers
        April 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

        Yes, we do employ Lucian’s and we appreciate their hard work and skills, just as SLAPS does. Why do people like you search desperately for any negative in any good deed? You are a sad and pathetic human being, especially at Easter. Enjoy your membership in Angry Loner Land….that’s all that you have or ever will have until and unless your attitude improves.

    3. Don Summers
      April 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Also, I forgot to mention that SLAPS does run spay/neuter clinics that are free. I believe we have the one coming up later this month, but I may be wrong about the timing.

      And you are right, families and children in St Lucia could use help. What steps have you taken to accomplish that goal? My wife and I would love to contribute in some way to whatever project you’ve established or work with to help Lucian families.

      As a side note, all the work done by SLAPS is done entirely through contributions from generous and kind donors. No government funds have ever been disbursed to SLAPS. The work of SLAPS is achieved through volunteer work, donations and a desire to prevent suffering.

  14. The Commentator
    April 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I hope this livestock export to Canada is captured by the Statistics Department under the category LIVESTOCK-Stray Dogs. So how much revenue does the country get from exporting stray dogs?

    When I die and reincarnate I want to come back to Saint Lucia as a stray dog so that they can send me to Canada. Good karma!

  15. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Have 4legs, whosoever that says they wish they was a dog

    1. Patriotic
      April 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Four legs good, two legs better!

      1. Calvin
        April 13, 2017 at 12:21 am

        Four legs:
        — Provides unconditional love.
        — Remains 100% committed
        — Doesn’t care if you leave the bathroom door open when you’re on the toilet.
        — Is happy to simply nap and wait anytime you leave the house and doesn’t care about the time.
        — Is always very, very happy to see you when you arrive home, independent of the time.
        — Is very low-maintenance.
        — Is happy with having the same thing for every meal, every day.
        — Never requires 60 minutes of prep before leaving the house to go out.
        — Never gets jealous.
        — Can be ignored if yapping.
        — Will never take half your stuff if they run away from home.

      2. Anonymous
        April 14, 2017 at 8:16 am

        And unless you’re into bestiality, there’s one thing good old 4 legs can’t do for you …

      3. Calvin
        April 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        Yes, Very True! Several things, actually.

  16. Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    lucians leaving their country to go and eat dog lol

  17. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Good news, We can barely take care of all the people in Saint Lucia we don’t really have time or money to take care of Stray dogs

  18. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    You know I have learnt one thing in life. a simple rule: if it does not make sense. it does not make sense. and that story makes no sense. to travel to anywhere animals have to be given all kinds of shots to make sure they dont spread disease. then all of a sudden you have this canadian charity so called saying they taking dogs to canada. does that sound right to you? that charity needs to be investigated big time both in st lucia and in canada. meanwhile i have to look carefully at any meat i buy. i shudder at the thought. but am old enough to know that if its sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    1. Don Summers
      April 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      What exactly are your concerns? Each animal is inspected by local veterinarians as well as by the Royal St Lucia Veterinarian. Both offices supplie certifications of vaccinations and health. Import permits are done up for Canada Border Services Agency. We have never had a dog refused entry.

      As of today, some 63 dogs have a new chance at life, with loving homes. If you would like to learn more about the process, please contact me, we’d love to go over it with you. You may even be inspired to help out.

      As for your insinuation that the dogs are being slaughtered for food, that is both ridiculous and insulting. But, the path to changing your view is via learning, hence my offer to demonstrate the process to you. Be better than your fears and jealousies, accept that there is good work being done and rejoice in that.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      1. Anonymous
        April 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        ha!ha! is it to make sure the chinese chicken is quality meat? ha!ha!

  19. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Who in Canada want’s these flea bitten mongrels?

    1. Don Summers
      April 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Well, they aren’t flea-bitten once they are in SLAPS care. Every dog is treated for fleas, ticks, tick fever and worms. They are all vaccinated, except for rabies as St Lucia is rabies-free and recognized as such by Canada.

      As for their pedigree…well, they’re mutts. Sweet, affectionate, loving and adorable mutts. By not being pure breeds they are generally healthier and more robust. We have seen dogs come in at 39 lbs with a host of issues and after treatment, proper diet and affection, they turn into 65 lb beauties with a lot of love to give.

      Basically, St Lucia breeds some remarkable and very pretty dogs, when they get half a chance.

      1. Calvin
        April 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

        Never mind the flotsam and jetsam of some of the ignorant internet trolls that post on this site. You’ll note that, aside from comments about mixed breed dogs, many seemingly in-bred readers seem to have an issue with mixed breeds generally, including issues with inter-racial people.

        Keep up your good work.

  20. Anonymous
    June 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Great work! We, at the VSPCA (St.Vincent) have helped many tourists and medical students here take unwanted animals home with them. People come down here on vacation, on business or to study and fall in love with a stray or two, and we help them maneuver the bureaucracy of taking these animals to their homes outside of the island…usually Canada, US and the UK. Believe it or not, many Canadian shelters don’t have as many animals as they used to simply due to better spay/neuter laws and programs in that country. Keep up the good work! All animals deserve a good home!

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