Re-evaluate the plight of dogs, cats in Tobago
the Editor: "A nation, and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."
So spoke Mahatma Gandhi in his autobiography. Bearing that quote in mind, we need to look around, and re-evaluate the plight of our dogs and cats on Tobago.
I recently met a female tourist from England who just loved it here; but won't be back. She just couldn't bear to see the plight of so many suffering, starving and neglected dogs, wantonly breeding.
My wife and I had recently volunteered at the Tobago Animal Shelter (T&TSPCA) on Friendsfield Road in Bacolet, (near the Dwight York Stadium).
The Tobago Shelter seems to be single-handedly tackling this huge problem as best as they are able.
Run with a small staff, and relying on many volunteers, and mostly private donations, the Shelter conducts veterinary clinics, spay and neuter campaigns, feeding and housing for stray dogs and cats, and adoption services for the public. For further information, call 639-2567.
Whenever there is a dire domestic animal situation anywhere on Tobago, the Shelter is the main source which is usually called upon to help. The THA does fund the Shelter on a small level, but by no means is the funding nearly adequate to the current Island-wide problem. If you say, "What problem?", let me remind you of Mr. Gandhi's quote above.
You don't have to look around too hard to see many problems.
With the THA concerned about its image abroad, especially as it relates to Tourism, there needs to be more of a regular and reliable financial commitment to the Tobago Animal Shelter.
The THA should consider this as an investment that will go a long way for the future of Tobago's Tourism, Tobago's Economy, the level of public compassion, and of course, the lives of the animals.