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Animals that are rescued to shelters, are just as beautiful as any. Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to adopting sheltered animals because most people have a preferred breed in mind or just don’t trust what they’ll get. Hopefully, Upful can enlighten you and will encourage a more open-minded view when looking at the rescued animals of Trinidad and Tobago.

Common myths from the Trinibagonian folk:

Dora puppy“I doh want no stray. I want a purebred and they won’t have the one I want.”

The word stray is used because a lot of these animals have strayed from home and their previous owners have not come back for them. It does not mean that they are bad.

With respect to purebred animals, did you know that over 20% of the animals rescued are purebreds? For real! Just go and look… your breed might even be there!

“That animal must have something wrong with it. If they didn’t want I, why would I?”

Most of these precious animals’ previous owners are going through serious changes in their lives. For example, some owners might be moving to another country or a non-pet friendly apartment and simply cannot house their animal anymore. They could have gotten divorced or widowed and it became too costly or difficult to manage their animals alone. Some owners outright admit that they just don’t have the time to care for their pet and want to give them a chance of finding a better home. Lastly, due to cruelty, some of these owners have been forced to give up their pet and now the animals have a chance for a better life.

“OK, so it’s a good animal, but it probably have all kinda diseases and ting, nah!”lena kitten

The goal of the organisations like the TTSPCA and AWN (Animal Welfare Network) is to prevent cruelty to animals and so they will provide the care necessary if an animal is not well. However, most have nothing wrong with them! They just need a home.

The majority of the animals at these shelters are mixed breeds and for people who are cautious about owning a “pothound” or “pottong”, did you know that these animals are less likely to have certain hereditary diseases because they’ve come from a more diverse gene pool? They will have the least health concerns and therefore, lower vet bills! So don’t hate on the “pottongs”.

raniYes, we believe adopting is a great option to consider but please don’t think anything is wrong with getting your dog from a responsible breeder (some ways you can tell if your breeder is responsible). It’s just good to know all of your options. Most importantly, you can save a life!

Over hundreds of animals are rescued by the TTSPCA and AWN every month and there just aren’t enough people willing to give them a home. If saving a life doesn’t really do it for you… you can also save lots of money by adopting rather than buying and be just as happy.

So just think about it — that’s all we ask!


P.S. To help solve the overpopulation problem, please spay and neuter your animals!

There are many positive behavioural and medical reasons for this as well. So, it benefits your animal and the society you live in. Win-win!

Yes, Trinbagonian men, I do understand that seeing the balls hanging from your animal makes you feel like he’s more of a man. And you are convinced that this will change their personality. I encourage you especially to stay tuned for the next article on why spaying and neutering is not as bad as you may think.

 tinkerbelle puppy

**All of the pictures above (unless captioned otherwise) are from AWN’s 2014 calendar. Only $40! All proceeds from this calendar are donations for their primary school education programme, so that the awareness can start from young. You can find the calendars at Stationary Plus, Hallmark, Sunnyview Vetcare, North West Veterinary Clinic, Vinmar Veterinary Clinic and the TTSPCA (not the Gulf City branch).