Tourism, Locals and Animals

What You Might See

Nevis is known as a tourist  destination that has hosted the rich and famous, movie stars, politicians, rock stars and more. Unfortunately, Nevis also struggles with animal problems that upset tourists and locals alike.

Animals on Nevis

When visiting or living on Nevis, you will see a cross section of animal both wild, unowned and owned that come with different sets of challenges.  Here are some of the animals that will cross your path:


Vervet Monkeys

Donkeys, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Cows, Chickens

Dogs and Cats


What to Do

 We need your help to work on long term impacts and ask you to consider helping us be part of the solution by supporting education organizations like ours, contacting the police if you witness animal abuse, reach out to the local vet for animal illness or injury, not purchasing an infant puppy or kitten that is not yet weaned (under 8 weeks old).

Understanding what you see

DOGS

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The  feral (wild/unowned) and owned dog population on Nevis has had a negative impact on how many visitors and locals view our country and left many asking why Nevis doesn't do something. 


Most dogs are not spayed or neutered and roam free being allowed to breed out of control.   Although some people love and want to do what's best for their pets,  the education regarding uncontrolled breeding is limited and has created  a population overload on the island.  Whether for food or fun, dogs have  been known to attack livestock and forage through any garbage or approach the outdoor restaurants begging for hand outs.


That said, some of these dogs are often "owned" and just allowed to roam free.  Not all dogs are homeless and starving although they may look thin due to an active local dog body type often seen on island.


We need your help  to work on long term impacts and ask you to consider helping us to be part of the solution by supporting education organizations like ours, contacting the police if you witness animal abuse, reach out to the local vet for animal illness or injury, not purchasing an infant puppy or kitten that is not yet weaned (under 10 weeks old).

LIVESTOCK

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You will see many different kinds of contained and free-roaming livestock animals on Nevis. 


Please be aware as you drive around that these animals will not often give way to cars.  Be patient as the herds or single animals cross and watch for stragglers who will follow a few moments behind.


In the event of a sick or injured livestock animal, please contact the Nevis Agriculture Dept. or the local vet.


Ministry of Agriculture


Prospect Vet- ‭1 (869) 663-2117‬ or 1 (869) 665-6016

ANIMAL ABUSE

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If you see any animal being abused, please contact the local police.  There are animal welfare laws that exist but they can not be enacted unless people request intervention.  The Charlestown Police Department phone number is +1 869-469-5391