Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) President, Pamela Devaux, has issued a call for young volunteers to help the organization with its animal care and rescue activities.
“We are looking for young volunteers because we need people to help walk the dogs, bathe the dogs, help with the feeding, help with the cleaning up of the poop,” she told the Times.
The SLAPS President explained that most of the organisation’s current volunteers are seniors.
Devaux said while the seniors are very happy to help, it is a lot of physical work.
“We would really like to get – especially with the holidays coming up, some teenagers who care about animals to come and help us,” the SLAPS president stated.
She disclosed that the non-profit organization currently cares for about seventy dogs several times a day.
Devaux said the animals have to be fed, checked and given medication daily.
“We could do with a young team of volunteers – it doesn’t matter how many because everybody can’t come every day. If we got a dozen that would be fantastic,” the SLAPS official declared.
She told the Times that volunteers do not need to be available all day but can come for a few hours or only on weekend.
“Whatever time they have to spare – just to help out,” Devaux said.
According to her, there are many benefits to being a volunteer.
“It gives them some responsibility, it teaches them empathy – they are doing something for the country as well as for the animals,” the SLAPS President observed.
She noted that there is currently a big volunteer push in the United States.
“I think it would be nice to see some of that in Saint Lucia – whether it is pertaining animals, children or older people- people doing something to help somebody other than themselves. It is good for the soul – it’s good for them,” Devaux told the Times.
She noted that young volunteers could tell prospective employers that they have given back to the community.
“It has benefits all way round,” Devaux asserted.