CAMILLE McEACHNIE

Fewer stray animals in Tobago may be euthanized because of new support for the Tobago branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA), by the Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Division of Health, Wellness, and Family Development.

The Division has pledged a monthly subvention of $10,000 to the Tobago Shelter—a non-governmental organization.

It is the very first time in the NGO’s history that the THA has given monthly financial assistance.

According to a release from the THA, since COVID-19, the shelter’s income dropped. However, there has been an increase in stray animals dropped off at the facility for care, or found on roadways.

Unable to house and take care of the animals, the shelter has been euthanizing three animals per day. Prior to the pandemic, three animals were euthanized per week.

Veterinarian at the Tobago Shelter, Dr Raquel Small said they are glad for the funding.

“This will allow the shelter to expand its premises to accommodate more strays, help meet the cost of their treatment, and educate the public on taking care of animals,” she pointed out.

At a simple ceremony last Friday to pledge THA’s support, Secretary for Health, Wellness, and Family Development, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, said the THA was happy to partner with the NGO.

The shelter’s management told Guardian Media everyone could play a part in helping the strays. Persons can donate funds, time, and energy and patronize the shelter’s daily services. 

The shelter is located close to the stadium in Bacolet, and can be reached at 639-2567.