There are several places where a person can rescue a puppy/dog in Barbados from an animal shelter  instead of obtaining one from a breeder.

Some of these puppies/dogs are found wandering the roads and/or beaches and may be brought to one of the rescue organisations by kind people.

The main organisations I am aware of which have the opportunity for dog/puppy rescues in Barbados are:

The Hope Sanctuary and The Arc are no-kill shelters, non profit organisations and are run through the help of donations and fund raising. They also have volunteers who help walk and take care of the dogs. Sometimes their facilities  are both so full I am told they have advised people at times that they are unable to take in more dogs. These dogs may include pure bred medium to large size dogs as well as the small mixed breed dogs.

The above organisations will neuter the dog and I believe may also inspect the home the animal is going to before they release it. They will also assess whether it will get along easily with other animals such as cats and other dogs. The rescue dog will be treated for ticks and fleas and worms before it goes to its new owners.

RSPCA  is a  veterinary facility.  It also  seems to do an excellent job of promoting its rescued/abandoned dogs through its facebook page and it provides photos of the people who are taking home a “rescue” from their facility.
RSPCA Barbados contact: Tel: #426 3077

The B’dos. Government’s Animal Control Department does have dogs brought into its facility but I would think it might have a time frame that the dog can stay there before being euthanised.
Animal Control Centre contact: Tel: #425 1033

I know of several people who found mixed breed puppies, especially in the country areas and kept them.  One person found a puppy tied to her fence and kept it. The person who tied the puppy to her fence probably knew that she loves dogs and would take care of it. Much kinder than some of the other alternatives.

One of my neighbours opened her door one morning to be greeted by 3 puppies which someone had placed over her fence. She kept them and they are shown, as adult dogs,  in the below pix.  She has become very attached to them but was not looking for a puppy/dog when they arrived.


Rescued dogs in Barbados

Puppies which were abandoned find a good home

Some of these dogs are in these facilities because their owners have moved, sometimes left the island, are deceased, can no longer afford to keep a dog , no longer want them, or they are puppies from the dogs which survive in the countryside and other areas on their own.

A lot of them will make excellent pets.  Some will have their issues: they might have been abused and it may take some time and loving care for them to adjust to their new homes.  Some might already have had basic training and might also be very easy to train and be very loyal to the person who has rescued them and is now caring for them.

I have come across a few of these rescue dogs  as they have trained with my Tibetan Terrier on various classes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club.

Some of these “rescue” dogs enjoy agility classes at The Barbados Dog Training Club which seems to help them a lot in developing confidence. The mixing and also socialising with other dogs in an enclosed environment and training seems to do wonders for them. The “rescue” dogs receive treats and/or toys as positive reinforcement for their participation in jumping, and doing the obstacles such as tunnels which most dogs love, in agility classes.

Tibby’s obedience class at The Barbados Dog Training Club also has rescue dogs achieving and working towards the Novice and Open obedience titles.  To gain these titles is not easy but it shows what can be achieved with these rescue dogs and with the right owners and training.

All types of people in Barbados have “rescue” dogs, they are people with large properties and people who live in small homes.  They are locals and they are expats, What they have in common is that they seem to  love dogs.  Some people who could buy any breed dog prefer to rescue the local ones and give them a good home.

My Tibetan Terrier arrived from the UK in a wooden crate which I would not be using after her arrival and I put a for sale leaflet on a vet’s notice board.  I had an immediate response from two women who had each rescued dogs on the beach, had fed and cared for them and were  taking them home to the UK.  The first person who came to my home  had an extremely nervous dog and I agree the barking of my dogs which were put up probably frightened it further.  That small dog she found on the beach and befriended could have fitted into the crate but the owner was just as nervous as the dog and without lifting the dog said the crate was too small!.  The other person has a friendly larger rescue dog which walked into crate (I did reward with a treat) and that rescue from Barbados did travel home to the UK in the crate with its owner being friendly enough to send a thank you e-mail and to let me know they had arrived safely in the UK.

Nice to see that not only Barbadians rescue dogs in Barbados but that Bajan dogs are also getting resettled in other lands!

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