Castries, Saint Lucia: HelpAWS, a Castries-based dog shelter, has shared an update about two puppies which were given to them by a family which do not want male dogs. While sharing the story about the puppies, the organisation also shed light on the fact that male dogs face inequality as they don’t give birth to babies.
The post by HelpAWS read that day in, and day out, the organisation see the destructive effects that human selfishness, callousness, and ignorance have on innocent animals who are born into an existence that no one would choose. It’s sad to see the emptiness and fear in their eyes, but it also lights the fire that keeps us pushing ahead one day at a time, one animal at a time.
The organisation furthermore mentioned that it’s very common on the island that people prefer to have male dogs rather than females. Although both are subjected to the same illnesses, hunger, and calamities that so many island animals suffer, people prefer to own males because they don’t have puppies. It matters not to them that their male dogs contribute to the epidemic of unwanted animals here on the island or that they’re susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases. Because they can’t have babies, they’re the preferred gender to own.
The post also informed, “These two little beauties came to us from someone who showed up wanting to get rid of them. There were six pups in the litter, but she only brought the girls to us as she intended to give all the males away. Although we tried our best to convince her to bring all six pups to the shelter, she ended up showing up with just these 2, having made good on her decision to give the other four away.”
It added, “They hung their heads and trembled with fear and confusion as we went about their intake. Not only are they in a completely new environment, but they’ve also lost the comfort and feeling of security they’ve had with being part of their pack of littermates. If only we could read minds, we can imagine how tormented they are feeling right now. Before knowing how good they have it now, they barely ate and remained huddled together, keeping a watchful eye on anyone who passed by. But by the end of the day, their tails were wagging, and they were begging for our love and attention.”
“Nothing makes us happier than when we realise we are loved, wanted and cared for,” it concluded.
Furthermore, it stated that, unfortunately, the number of pups at the shelter continues to increase, and the operating budget continues to be stretched thin. Donations are so appreciated and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using e-transfer, PayPal, or Zelle or to @helpaws using Venmo.