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VSPCA Bequia fund-raiser, huge success


Last month the Bequia community responded overwhelmingly to the Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ first fund-raiser on the ‘Island of Clouds’.{{more}} “It was an amazing day,” said VSPCA President Mary Barnard, a sentiment also expressed by the 75+ supporters who helped raise nearly $13,000 for vaccines, medications, carriers, vet and surgical costs, education and much more, including a start-up fund for a mobile clinic.

The relaxed atmosphere of the recently renovated Sugar Reef at Industry, a venue kindly donated by Heather Evans and Emmett Pace, stimulated both conversation and appetites. A fabulous curry buffet, created through the generosity of a dozen supermarkets and individuals, was prepared by volunteer chefs, most notably Winston Ferguson and Leslie Barnard of the Driftwood Restaurant on St Vincent.

A perfect complement to the ambience of the afternoon was the music and singing of Bob Berlinghoff, after which a lively auction took place, with Sam Tull as the encouraging auctioneer (the Sam who set up a dog neutering and spaying programme on Bequia). “This is for the animals,” he would remind the bidders as he raised money from items donated by hoteliers, restaurateurs, other businesses and individuals.

Without the commitment of volunteers and the generosity of supporters, the VSPCA couldn’t fulfill its mission: to develop the infrastructure for the protection and rehabilitation of animals in need; to promote public awareness and understanding of the proper care of animals; and to strengthen the human/animal bond.

If you’d like more information on how you can help, please contact the VSPCA at 784/532- 9327; email: [email protected]; visit our website:; or visit us on Facebook: Vincentian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Any gift of supplies, vet items or expertise, monetary contributions, auction items, and especially your time (a little or a lot) to help in areas of administration, education, public relations, rescue, fostering, and community outreach would be greatly appreciated.

The Directors and Officers of the VSPCA, speaking for themselves and the animals of SVG, extend a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Bequia fund-raiser.

In the near future the VSPCA hopes to form a branch on that island.