The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) has temporarily moved to new premises in the North of the Island.
But the organisation has declined a government offer of land at Cul de Sac.
The society made the move to its temporary new home because the property it used to occupy at Massade, Gros Islet, is being sold.
“We’ve had to move because we still haven’t found a permanent place,” SLAPS President, Pamela Devaux told St Lucia Times.
She said SLAPS is still looking for somewhere to rent.
Devaux disclosed it’s because the society does not have the money to buy a property.
She would not reveal where in the North the society has temporarily relocated is operations.
However Devaux did explain that a private citizen owns the property.
The property owner has allowed the organisation to keep some of its animals there, while SLAPS volunteers are housing others.
She told St Lucia Times that government had offered SLAPS land at Cul de Sac.
“But it’s just not practical,” the SLAPS President stated.
“We appreciate that they’re trying to help us,” she made clear.
Nevertheless, Devaux said Cul de Sac was a distance away from where the volunteers are in the North.
In addition, the SLAPS President observed that the Cul de Sac land is flat and prone to flooding when it rains.
“Obviously we can’t go in a residential area,” she observed.
Devaux lamented the people are not behaving responsibly by having their dogs spayed or neutered.
“And then they breed and it becomes a problem because people don’t want them around. So our main work is spaying and neutering,” she said.
According to Devaux, SLAPS has been going for 22 years now.
And she expressed the view that the service the society provides is not really recognised.
“When you think of the number of animals we save, unwanted animals we have stopped from being born – we’re providing a service to the country,” Devaux asserted.
“It’s not just about oh we’re animal lovers and we want to save them,” she told St Lucia Times.