The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) has appealed for help to deal with what has been described as a ‘puppy boom’.
SLAPS Volunteer, Doris Jolicoeur, told St Lucia Times on Monday that on March 22, 2020, the organisation had only five puppies ready for adoption.
“Apparently, there has been a puppy boom because as of today, we’re seeing 89 puppies in our care,” Jolicoeur explained.
The SLAPS volunteer founded the Bruno Project which finds foster homes overseas for local dogs, especially in North America.
She told St Lucia Times that the situation has been compounded by the fact that no flights are leaving Saint Lucia to get the animals to international homes.
“These are all rescued dogs that were strays,” Jolicoeur disclosed.
She made it clear that SLAPS is not breeding dogs.
“We’re just looking for good homes in Saint Lucia that will treat the dogs with respect , take care of them and give them some love,” Jolicoeur stated.
She disclosed that since St Lucia Times published an article she wrote about the matter, a few people have demonstrated an interest.
“I think we have completed two adoptions,” the SLAPS volunteer noted.
“Personally, I think that’s a success. I would have loved to see a dozen families come forward,” she stated.
“We want the dogs to have a better life and tight now they’re in pens at SLAPS. They don’t need to go inside a home, but they also don’t need to be tied up 24-7,” Jolicoeur told St Lucia Times.
She said there are many dogs to choose from.
“They’re all mixed breeds – everybody is contacting us asking if we have a certain breed, but we don’t have” the SLAPS volunteer observed.
She explained that it a challenge to care for all the animals.
Jolicoeur told St Lucia Times that a lot of the animals are in temporary foster homes.
She is caring for eight of them.