SCARBOROUGH, Tobago: The Division of Tourism and Transportation (DOTT), the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA) and the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment are working in concert to control the stray animal population in Tobago.

The Spaying Prevents Overpopulation in Trinidad and Tobago (SPOTT) programme was introduced by the TTSPCA in 2008 to provide low cost spaying and neutering services for pet owners. With its mission being to “prevent cruelty to animals”, the Association implemented the programme as a means to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens from overpopulating the island.

SPOTT will offer spaying and neutering services to the Tobago public on August 4th and 5th, 2012 at the TSPCA clinic, Friendsfield Road, Bacolet and the Charlotteville clinic, Government Station - Breeding Unit, Charlotteville Village. To benefit from this opportunity, pet owners must register at either clinic at a cost of $20. Interested persons can also stop by the TTSPCA Book Sale (outside Stumpys) on Saturday 28th July between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to register.

Stray animals are notorious for preying on wildlife, damaging local flora and fauna, and generally interrupting the serenity of the island’s most picturesque venues. Thus the Division joined forces with the TTSPCA in a bid to reduce this nuisance and maintain an idyllic tourism product. The Division anticipates that this annual programme will alleviate the negative impact stray animals have on the island’s ‘clean, green and serene’ image. Additionally this year, the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment has been instrumental with its donation of medication for the weekend-long drive.

With the impending ‘Dangerous Dog Act’ coming into effect on August 1, 2012, owners of dangerous dogs, as classified by the Act, are required to have their animals spayed or neutered within a three month period. As such, pet owners can take advantage of the free services provided by the SPOTT programme. For more information contact the TSPCA Clinic at 639-2567/ 355-9715 or the Charlotteville Clinic at 379-3817.