Saint Lucia: HelpAWS working to provide shelter to close to 100 puppies
Saint Lucia: HelpAWS working to provide shelter to close to 100 puppies || Picture Courtesy: HelpAWS

Castries, Saint Lucia: HelpAWS (Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia) shared the count of the animals under their care and surveillance. While outlining the count, the organisation stated, “73, that’s how many animals we are caring for right now.”

It added that seventy-eight lives have come from various locations and circumstances, but all are in need of medical attention, shelter, love and care. At the same time, new adoption applications have fallen off the grid. It’s funny (not in a haha way, but in a way that makes one ponder the cycle) how sometimes we get swamped with new applications, and then other times it’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

As per the post by HelpAWS, although the organisation had close to 100, and 74 is a relatively low number for them, the scary part about so few applications coming in is that we know the shelter will overflow with puppies again in no time. The shelter’s volunteers took in 15 babies in the past few days. With so little interest in adopting, they will soon be bursting at the gills and jockeying puppies around, trying to make room for the new ones we know will arrive.

“At the same time, we have pups that are adopted and ready to leave us, but no way to get them off the island. The sooner we can get them to their new homes in Canada, the better it is for them and us so that we can make room for those we know will come after. We desperately need flight parent volunteers to help us get these babies home,” it stated.

Furthermore, it conveyed, “If you have been thinking about adopting but haven’t yet taken the plunge, we welcome you to go to www.helpaws.com/adopt to check out our available babies and submit an adoption application.”

In addition to this, it mentioned, “If you are travelling from Saint Lucia to Canada or the US in the near future and would be open to being a flight parent to escort one of our precious babies to their forever home, please drop us a DM or reach out to info@helpaws.com. We cover the cost to add the puppy to your reservation and will meet you at the airport with the pup in a soft-sided carrier, which you take on board with you as a carry-on and tuck under the seat in front of you during the flight. It’s super easy and even more rewarding when you hand that pup off to his excited forever family upon arrival in Canada or the US.”