Stray cat and dog populations in Soufriere and Gros Islet to be controlled

Press Release: Over the next two weeks, TOCOPAWS, a collaboration between TOCO (They Often Cry Outreach), and HelpAWS (Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia), with the assistance of the World Vets (A US based veterinary team) and the Ministry of Agriculture, will be putting on a FREE spay and neuter clinic in the towns of Gros Islet and Soufriere.

This initiative is geared at addressing the animal overpopulation issue in these two communities.

The first clinic will be held on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th, at the Old Gros Islet Police Station from 8am to 3pm.  While the second, scheduled for Soufriere, will be held on Tuesday October 31st and Wednesday, November 1st at the Still Plantation from 8am to 3pm.

Medical studies show that a dog and a cat can each have 6-10 young ones twice per year, and these young ones within six months can have a litter of their own.

At this phenomenal reproduction rate it is no surprise that the result is far too many animals being born and left to scavenge, and others to die on the streets from lack of care, disease, accidents and cruelty.

Unfortunately, the surviving population of strays is exposed to abandonment and cruelty. They also create a number of problems, to include, waste management control, disease transmission and a reduction in the aesthetic appeal of our communities and consequent negative impact on the tourism image of our towns.

However, studies have shown that the stray animal population can be controlled and its attendant problems reduced by spaying and neutering these pets and stray animals.  Most importantly, this intervention allows the pets to live longer, reduce their chances of transmitting diseases and enable them to grow larger.

Cognizant of these findings TOCOPAWS and World Vets have organized these two clinics to treat pets and strays for persons who would otherwise not bother because of the cost, lack the means of transporting them or the time.  The clinics are totally FREE and do not require users making an appointment; however, the earlier pet owners arrive the faster their pets will be seen.

Clinic organizers would like to thank the Royal St. Lucia Resort, Anse Chastanet Resort, HTS, Soufriere Foundation, 88.5 Soufriere FM  and Rising Stars Youth and Sports Club for their assistance with accommodation, advertising, etcetera.


  1. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    How about we declare open season for the Chinese

    1. Anonymous
      October 26, 2017 at 8:07 am

      How about if you have nothing smart to say keep your mouth shut

  2. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    What about vieux fort

  3. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Ok how about the guys the need to be spayed and nuetred

  4. Anonymous
    October 25, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Some of the rural communities also have lots of these stray animals as well. These too require some attention. Some pet owners are just cruel and heartless.

    1. Anonymous
      October 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Especially anse la raye…all jombies have dogs..

    October 25, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I find this practice irrelevant to the main subject which is over population of these poor wrestles and hungry animals i mean how does making them leave longer solves their problem of hunger how does making them grow larger solve their problems of hunger along with the other personal issues that they face if already they having over bearing amts of young ones and has no food to eat this doesn’t solve the over population yet to top it off which abandoned cat or dog of this magnitude has an owner yet alone to escort them to the clinic plus Sunday is the big eat day creole day this is a good approach but needs reconsidering to better suit these actual stray animals not those with owners cause i own a dog along with 4 cats which all came from different parents and i find these stray animals are the ones who needs this opportunity the most.if you boy cot what he real problem is then tell me how is the situation suppose to change when given remedies to live longer. am not criticizing i just find that these stray animals are still excluded from the main subject and that ‘s my take on this matter. good initiative but need better reasoning.the strays are the real problems not those with owners strays don’t have owners m ppl.

    1. Positive Citizen making a difference
      October 27, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Spay and neuter is STOPPING animals from having babies, FOREVER!! So literally this means stopping the over population from breeding so in fact solving the problem of strays on the streets. Also, don’t forget 90% of the dogs you see in the street that look like strays, have owners.

  6. Angs trom
    October 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

    The problem lies with people taking on a pet in a rush of enthusiasm; feed it and pet it for a few days,them get bored or find it inconvenient.So they just ignore it – let it loose and hey presto, another stray out on the streets scavenging , ripping into garbage bags and being maltreated by kids whose parents have little or no consideration for life generally ….and there goes another cycle!

  7. hmm
    October 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    This spay and neuter thing does not make sense. A crew needs to be deployed to capture the dogs and they then need to be put down. Why would you waste time and money on spaying an neutering. The appearance of doing something is not the same as doing something.

    1. Anonymous
      October 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Best comment here!

  8. Patriotic
    October 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Every time they have spay and neuter exercise is endless bourgeois people who driving expensive Audi, BMW and Benz does line up for the free service (without shame) to the detriment of the maleway who can barely afford an injection for their dogs. The rich will always be rich.

    1. Positive Citizen making a difference
      October 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Ok Shirin. Enough already!

  9. DIZZY
    October 26, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Castries please!!