Good Will For Stray An­i­mals

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Ac­cord­ing to CEO of the Cas­tries Con­stituency Coun­cil, Anselma Calderon, the is­sue of stray dogs roam­ing the streets of Cas­tries has been a long­stand­ing prob­lem. The pub­lic and res­i­dents of the area pres­sure the CEO’s of­fice to do some­thing about get­ting the stray an­i­mals off the streets, and some­times of­fer sug­ges­tions and help for what can fea­si­bly be done.

At a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day 12, April 2017, mem­bers from Global Strays, an in­ter­na­tional, phil­an­thropic or­gan­i­sa­tion which at­tends to the care of home­less an­i­mals, dis­cussed op­tions for cleaner streets and bet­ter homes for dogs in Cas­tries. Jean Shafiroff, of Global Strays and Amer­i­can Am­bas­sador of An­i­mal Rights, men­tioned her de­light in learn­ing that the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia are kind-hearted and good-willed. Her in­tro­duc­tion to the Saint Lu­cia An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety (SLAPS) and other an­i­mal pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions gives her and Global Strays hope that the sit­u­a­tion can be re­solved. “We are here to help some of the an­i­mal pro­tec­tion groups here in Saint Lu­cia. Not only to sup­port them fi­nan­cially but per­haps bring a few res­cued dogs back to the United States,” she said.

Pamela De­vaux, Pres­i­dent of SLAPS, ex­pressed thanks to Global Strays when she high­lighted that SLAPS needs all the help it can get be­cause of the ex­pense of the work it car­ries out cou­pled with the lack of vol­un­teers. “We do have a pro­gramme in Saint Lu­cia to try to help get the stray dogs off the streets. We have taken eight dogs from Cas­tries; a cou­ple have al­ready been re­homed. It’s not that easy be­cause some of them are not in the best shape so we’re very ap­pre­cia­tive of this help.”

Some of the dogs are adopted in Saint Lu­cia, some in Canada, and now pos­si­bly in the U.S. Ac­cord­ing to De­vaux, many visi­tors to the is­land have con­tacted SLAPS about adopt­ing or oth­er­wise pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to an­i­mals. Shafiroff en­cour­aged tourists like her­self to con­tinue to help. SLAPS and Global Strays ex­pressed their need for more help from the govern­ment. Of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Dawn French, Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of Lo­cal Govern­ment, and Deepa Gir­dari, Se­nior Tourism Of­fi­cer in the De­part­ment of Tourism, were also at the press con­fer­ence held at Au­berge Seraphine.

Front left to Right: Dawn French - DPS Lo­cal Govt., Anselma Calderon - CEO CCC, Jean Shafiroff – Global Strays, Pamela De­vaux – Pres­i­dent SLAPS. Also pic­tured: co­founders of Global Strays - El­iz­a­beth Shafiroff and Lind­sey Spielfo­gel.

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