Castries, Saint Lucia: HelpAWS, an animal welfare organisation in Saint Lucia, has recently shared an experience at a dog shelter. It took to social media to share “what happens in a day” in an organisation where animals are taken care of.
As per the update, the organisation expressed that working in animal care is not your traditional 9-5 job, where you can clock in and clock out and not have to worry about anything until the following day.
Furthermore, it shares the constant thoughts that arise daily. It stated that here at the shelter, our minds are constantly at work.
What could go wrong?
What could we do better?
Do we have enough funds to make it through this month?
Are all the dogs okay?
What will the next day bring?
So many questions, and many remain unanswered.
“We never know when someone is going to show up with a litter of puppies, asking or demanding us to take them in. Or an injured or sick baby desperately needing help. Some days it becomes too much for us to handle, so many poor helpless babies come in. At times, even when we are hopeful that we are making a difference, our perception quickly changes,” it mentioned.
HelpAWS added that aside from making sure all the babies who come into the care are healthy and happy, the volunteers are constantly educating them about how important it is to take care of animals, get them fixed, and provide them with proper medication and adequate shelter. But even that falls on deaf ears, and the organisation face the same situations day in and day out.
It also stated that, sadly, this situation is no different; these four girls are at least the second litter from a household we have rescued from before, and we need to get the adults to fix it asap so we don’t have this happen over and over again.
“We hope that all our posts, visits to schools, and work with the community will continue to make an impact, and we will continue to see changes in the stray population on the island. We will continue to hope, and we will keep supporting the island and it’s animals as best we can, thanks to your never-ending support and donations,” the organisation concluded.