Monday 21 May, 2018

Animals of hurricane-ravaged countries not forgotten

The Barbados Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is accepting donations to purchase food aid for animals in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

The Barbados Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is accepting donations to purchase food aid for animals in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.

Hurricane relief supplies have been pouring in from across the region to assist those in the islands who have been affected by Hurricane Maria and Irma and The Barbados Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is working to ensure that animals are also catered to in the relief efforts.

The charity is currently coordinating a donation in collaboration with Humane Society in Dominica and the Humane Society in Antigua and Barbuda to purchase animal food supplies.

The situation on the ground in Dominica has been distressing since the passage of Hurricane Maria a few weeks ago with relief teams racing to ship food water and temporary housing materials for residents. Charmaine Hatcher, Manager of the Barbados RSPCA told Loop News ensuring the animals are fed and properly cared for is of paramount importance.

Hatcher said the response from the Barbadian public has been great and has allowed them to purchase and ship 12 pallets of food so far. She explained the money donated to the RSPCA will be used to purchase animal feed from wholesalers which will be packed into a container and shipped to Dominica and Antigua. She added the food aid is not only for cats and dogs but also livestock including pigs and cows.

Hatcher noted the donations will continue as long as the Humane Society in the affected islands expresses the need for food aid.

Monetary donations can be made directly to the RSPCA office on Spring Garden or direct deposits can be made to the account at First Caribbean Bank, Account name and number Barbados RSPCA Account #18000018.