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.