I have been asked by so many people, “why are you leaving Curaçao?” Believe me, there are A LOT more other reasons but the treatment, or lack thereof, of their canine/feline community disgust me. Yes, DISGUST. Any one who knows me knows animals have been part of my family since I breathed my first breath.
Witnessing horrors began since I landed. During my first week in 2014, as I drove into the parking lot of my job, I sobbed on the phone with my sister, not sure I would be able to remain in this island… just because of all the atrocities I saw happening to the dogs. She helped me gain perspective by saying: if people don’t have money to keep food on the table for their family, a dog’s life won’t matter. If the government has other issues to worry about, canine control will come last. I get it, but enough is #@-& enough.
Don’t have animals if you can’t take care of them. Do the right things and have them spayed and neutered. I have seen too many dead dogs and cats on the road as if normal. IT’s NOT!!! Dogs living chained. Dogs having litter upon litter upon litter. Dogs being starved even when they have owners. Dogs carcasses remaining on main roads for weeks on end, in the heat of this sun.
I’m pissed. I’m annoyed. There are a few people, like the volunteers at CARF, here doing their damnedest to help these animals and trying to educate the community, but the push back is real. Lord knows I can’t feed all animals, but I’m lacing up my sandals now and getting that cutie pie some real food. If anyone knows of any shelters that take international animals, please let me know. My heart hurts.
Submitted letter by: Anj.