Barbados is running out of room for abandoned dogs and cats.
This was the common cry related on Saturday by animal advocates who manage shelters across the island, as they gathered at the Grantley Adams International Airport, preparing for 200 dogs and 30 cats to depart the island for new homes in Canada.
The animals came from Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary, the Barbados RSPCA, The Ark and Woodbourne Kennel.
The initiative called The Barbados Ruffugee Project, is a collaboration between the Barbadian non-profit Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary and the Canadian charitable organisation Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue (EOPR).
Volunteer with Ocean Acres, Anna Clarke, also said that the sanctuary is saturated with additional kennels having to be built to house the scores of dogs and cats being rescued every day.
In fact Clarke, who indicated that Barbados has run out of space to keep abandoned animals, noted that animal abuse has escalated during the past year.
“We are simply out of room. We are bursting at the seams and we had to find a way. All of these dogs and cats are leaving here today and going into foster homes, they are not going into sanctuaries. I understand that there is a long waiting list in Canada for rescue dogs and we don’t have that here.
“We are out of room, we are out of help, and moving these 200 dogs and cats to Canada is going to allow us this afternoon to go and bring in all the ones that are waiting either in foster homes or in dire situations where we need to go and get them out,” Clarke said.
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