It is obvious that there is a huge problem with the massive over population of dogs and cats in Barbados. Our shelter, and others on the island, are permanently full beyond capacity. Stray, dumped and abandoned dogs are roaming the streets. Female dogs are tied outside with nothing to secure them from any passing male dog impregnating them, time and time again. These animals are reproducing at an alarming rate.
WARNING: The following images are graphic in nature and might be disturbing to some viewers. Unfortunately this is the sad reality. This is what we face everyday, as a tourist – this is the ‘beautiful’ Barbados you don’t see!
SPAY/NEUTER – Why it’s SO important!
- A pair of unaltered dogs and their litters can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years!
- A pair of unaltered cats and their litters could produce 420,000 cats in just seven years!
This is a problem for many reasons:
- The resulting puppies and kittens are not wanted or cared for and generally die miserable, painful deaths; or are surrendered to us sickly and infested. If they come to us, on average each puppy will cost us at least US$250 – and still might die.
- The nursing mothers are forced to scavenge for food, causing a public health problem. Very often, they are eventually poisoned, accidentally or on purpose. The puppies then generally die, or if old enough to somehow survive, go on to reproduce more sad and sorry offspring to endure the same fate.
- People often report to us stray animals that are being are being stoned, poisoned, beaten, or have chemicals thrown at them. This is because they have annoyed the community they are within. This is not a spectacle that should be visible on the streets of Barbados. It is abhorrent and we deplore these activities. We need to prevent unnecessary animals being subjected to this.
- Cat colonies reproduce at an alarming rate. Once a female cat is old enough, for her entire life she is either in heat, pregnant or nursing. That creates a lot of cats, who all do the same. These colonies can become unsanitary public health hazards. Again, once this happens, the poisonings and the cruelty begin.
- All these sad and emaciated animals, flea infested, and tick ridden are not what tourists want to see when they come to Barbados for their dream holiday. As we desperately strive to get our tourism sector re-established post Covid19, this is something that we know first-hand works against us. We have many visitors who volunteer at Ocean Acres, and they don’t like what they see in Barbados with regard to animal welfare.
Spay/Neuter Project, targeted at:
- Community outreach dogs and cats
- Cat colonies: Trap/Neuter/release (TNR)
- Ocean Acres cats and dogs
We have a plan to fix this:
- Over the next 3 years we intend to spay/neuter like never before.
- Then we will assess and continue for another 2 years.
- So, a 5-year project in all.
This is a national issue!
We cannot do this alone. We are reaching out to corporate Barbados for support. We are imploring corporations to commit to sponsoring neutering. It’s essential that we have a continued and consistent effort over a specific period. To begin with we would like a 3-year commitment. We will do all the work.
Join With Us
Pet overpopulation prevention, be part of the solution to the dog and cat welfare crisis in Barbados. Please support The Spay/Neuter Project. These are the dogs and cats of Barbados. They did not ask to be here. We are all responsible for them. The people of Barbados have failed them. Now is your chance to help put that right. They deserve it and we can do it. We cannot stand by and let this suffering continue, day in and day out.
Below are some examples of monthly contributions that can be made. Alternatively, we can tailor a package to suit your preference.
Ways to Pay:
- By Cash: in person or collected (please do not post cash)
- By Cheque: addressed to: ‘Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary’
- Direct Deposit at any branch of the CIBC Barbados to: Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary (Account #1001202486)
- By Bank Transfer (details below)
- Via PayPal
- PayPal: Recurring Monthly Payments (using the form directly below)
Our Bank Details
Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary
First Caribbean International Bank (Barbados) Limited
Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados
Account Number: 1001202486
Swift Code: FCIBBBBB
Transit No. 9646
Barbados urgently needs this campaign and your support. Countless dogs/cats/puppies/kittens are being dumped or worse. The colonies of feral cats in communities have become unmanageable and cats and dogs are regularly poisoned. All the shelters in Barbados are overflowing. We must change this. Other countries have succeeded, we can too.
If you’re an individual, a group, an event planner, a business owner and would like to help us raise funds for this vital project, please contact us. We’d love to hear your ideas and gratefully welcome all support. Please help us to make a difference by being the difference.
If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
To book a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered, please contact our S/N Dept. Call or Whatsapp: