267 Saint Lucia stray dogs have been adopted by families in North America since May, 2016, officials of the Bruno Project have disclosed.
Four animals left the Island Wednesday.
The Bruno project has partnered with the Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) to find homes for the animals.
Most of the dogs that have been sent to abroad have been from SLAPS shelters, St Lucia Times was informed.
Adoption fees help cover costs associated with paying the air fare for the animals and caring here for them.
This includes providing food, and, in the case of dogs which become sick, medication.
The adoption fee for an adult dog is $375 (Canadian) and for a puppy, $450, it was reported.
The dogs are put into crates – some six to eight animals per crate, before being put on an aircraft.
According to the Bruno Project, the animals are usually accompanied by North Americans who come to Saint Lucia on vacation and are willing to volunteer to take responsibility for the dogs.
Some of the animals are sent unaccompanied and are met at their final destination by members of the families overseas who have adopted them.
The Bruno Project is a non-profit organization that finds foreign homes for homeless dogs in Saint Lucia in a bid to help reduce the number of stray animals on the streets.