Welcome to the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society web site. The Society is dedicated to improving the welfare of all the animals on the island of St Lucia, in the West Indies. Please use the links above and to the left to explore our site and find out how you can help us.
The St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) is a registered non-profit organization. SLAPS was established in 1998 and we continue to be the only officially recognized animal welfare group in St. Lucia. For more information, please contact us by phone or e-mail.
SLAPS has a new phone number... Our new land line number is 457-5277 or 45 SLAPS. Our mobile number is the same 717-5277 or 71 SLAPS.
Please check out photos of animals now available for adoption from SLAPS. View photos.
We are also looking for homes for five kittens. Please call Pam on our new number 457-5277 (45 SLAPS) for more information.
Our new SLAPS T-Shirts are now on sale: $25 for adult sizes, $20 for kid sizes. Call 71-SLAPS (717-5277) to order yours.
SLAPS is looking for new premises for the establishment of a permanent animal shelter. If you know of any suitable property, please contact us on 717-5277.
In the meantime, rescued animals will be rehabilitated by volunteers at their homes (see below).
SLAPS needs volunteers to foster rescued animals. If you would like to help care for rescued puppies, kittens, dogs, or cats (you can state your preference) until they are ready to be re-homed, please contact us on 717-5277.
Exporting your animal to the UK: What you need to know.
St. Lucia is now part of the pet travel Scheme PETS. It allows pets that have been resident in St. Lucia to gain en-try to the United Kingdom without quarantine ONCE THEY MEET THE RELEVANT CRITERIA.
It also allows pets that were born in the UK, but are now resident in St. Lucia, to be re-exported to the UK without quarantine; again after meeting the relevant criteria.
For animals going to the UK for the first time:
MICROCHIP this a tiny computer chip with a unique number which is injected under the animals skin. When the animal is scanned with the appropriate microchip reader, the unique number is displayed. This allows the animal to be positively identified. This chip must be inserted, at the time of or before the animal is given a rabies injection.
RABIES INJECTION this vaccine will protect your animal from rabies and is an essential step in preparing it for export. The vaccine MUST be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
BLOOD TEST is required to check if the animal has developed immunity to rabies. It is called a Rabies titre, and the blood must be taken between 3 weeks to 1 month after the vaccine has been administered. The blood must be sent to a laboratory approved for FAVN rabies testing. There are many in the US. It may take up to a month to receive the original results back so keep this in mind when you are planning.
WAIT your pet needs to remain in St. Lucia 6 months after the test results have been obtained. Some other European countries may require less time. You need to check with them.
AIRLINE liaise with your particular carrier to ensure which documents etc that they require in order to ship your pet. This is important! Dont assume that because one airline allowed something that another one will do the same. Make sure that the airline is an approved transport company via an authorized route. That is it can travel directly from St. Lucia to the UK but must not pass through a country that is not on the scheme. See http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/routes
HEALTH CERTIFICATE it is usually required that the animals have a health certificate which indicates which vaccines they have been given, and that they have been examined and are free from external para-sites, and have been treated internal parasites. This is done 48 hours before departure.
GOVERNMENT EXPORT CERTIFICATE This is a requirement of the St. Lucia government for all animals leaving the country. The Health certificate issued by your veterinarian must then be taken to the Minis-try of Agriculture Veterinary Division, where they will then issue you with the export certificate. The same 48hour rule applies so it is best to make sure that you have an appointment with the Veterinary Division on the same day that you obtain the health certificate. Remember that there will not be anyone to process the certificates on weekends and holidays so plan accordingly.
Below is information taken from their website
Go to: www.maff.egov.lc and follow the link for Veterinary and Livestock.
B) If my animal is Re-entering the UK.
If your pet originated from the UK, and had its rabies vaccine, and blood titre done before leaving the UK. As long as the original titre was above the prescribed limit and the rabies vaccines are kept current
(I.E they are administered before the expiration date every year or every 3 years). Then the animal will not have to undergo another blood test.
However the other requirements are still necessary
Virgin Atlantic does not seem to transport animals from St. Lucia
Guidelines for exporting animals from St. Lucia
· Before any animal is exported out of the country, the owner/exporter must first find out the regulations and requirements for import from the importing country.
· When this information has been obtained, an appointment must be made with the veterinary authorities for certification.
· The animal and its documents should accompany the owner on the appointment date for certification. The certification is usually done 48 hours prior to scheduled travel.
Information researched and compiled by
The Veterinary Hospital, Compton Highway, P.O Box 1218, Castries, St. Lucia
Tel: 758-452-4552, Fax: 758 452 7660 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download a PDF of this information
Don't forget the flea market on the first Saturday of every month in the Coco Palm parking lot, Rodney Bay. Rain or shine, the SLAPS volunteers will be there: stop by the SLAPS' table and purchase something or make a donation: all proceeds go towards the rescuing and care of animals.
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Send your cheque to SLAPS at P.O. Box 148 or call 717-5277 to make other arrangements.
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St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS)
P.O. Box 148, Castries, St. Lucia
Phone: (758) 457-5277 or 717-5277
President - Pam Devaux
Vice President - Trevor Clarke
Our most recent IVA spay & neuter clinics were held in September and October 2007. In the picture, American vet, Karter and her assistant pose with SLAPS volunteers and rescued animals during the September clinic. For details of past clinics, click here.
'The greatness of a nation... can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' Gandhi
Looking for a home...
We have a number of dogs and kittens desperately looking for new homes. If you think you can help, please check out our Adoption section.
As we head into another hurricane season it is time to review disaster preparedness plans. It is important that animals are not forgotten in times of emergency. Ensure that you have made provision for your pets and livestock. The Humane Society of the United States website has many words of wisdom, please read our June Newsletter (JPG 430Kb) packed with useful information about including your animals in your household disaster plan.
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site, http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com and click on "Fund Food for Animals" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.