The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) Friday launched an initiative to raise cash for its animal protection activities.
The organisation has a two-day sale of new and used clothing, household items, towels and bedding.
The activity began at the Rodney Bay Marina next to Café Ole between 12 and 6.00 pm Friday and will continue from 10 am to 6.00 pm on Saturday.
“There’s lots and lots of bargains,” explains SLAPS official, Sue Reed.
She disclosed that there has been a good response so far to the sale.
“Things are going fast,” Reed revealed.
The items that are on sale have been donated to the organisation by Saint Lucians and others.
“We get quite a lot from Canada,” Reed told St Lucia Times.
She explained that when SLAPS sends local dogs to Canada to be adopted by Canadian residents, the recipients return the crates in which the animals are airlifted packed with donated stuff.
According to Reed, next week Friday from noon to 6.00 pm and on Saturday from 10.am to 6.00 pm, SLAPS will be selling jewelry and books.
The money raised will help SLAPS to take care of some 180 dogs, including providing them with medical treatment.
“It seems that when a dog gets run over, everybody automatically thinks that SLAPS will fix it. We help where we can, but Vet bills are high,” Reed stated.
“What we are trying to do is turn out healthy dogs and puppies for adoption here and in other countries,” she told St Lucia Times.
Reed said that the process of getting dogs adopted by persons overseas has stalled because of the lack of availability of flights to participating countries.
As a result, she noted that there’s ‘quite a backlog’ of animals
Reed said if anyone loves dogs, they can help SLAPS to walk the animals during the week in an effort to socialise them.
While admitting that there are some people who love dogs, she lamented that others don’t care.
However the SLAPS official observed that dogs can be excellent companions, especially for the elderly and people who are home alone.