The Bruno Project was founded in 2016, when Vanessa Deline spotted Bruno (pictured at left). She was shocked and saddened by how thin and dirty he was. She fed him several times and made her friend, Doris Jolicoeur, who lives in St Lucia, promise to continue to feed him.
In time, Doris and her husband took in Bruno and adopted him. He was treated for mange, tick fever, dehydration, worms, fleas, ticks and malnutrition. Dr Scotland, our veterinarian only gave him a 50% chance of survival.
Bruno now lives a comfortable life, free of the fear, hunger and neglect that were his only companions as a stray dog. He is very loved by Doris and Don as well as by their other dogs Dude, Momma, Beau and Hitch.
Both Doris and Vanessa were moved to take action and change the everyday reality of at least some of the strays in St Lucia. They researched the rules and laws governing the importation of dogs and established a strong network of volunteers. Working closely with the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS), as many dogs as possible are adopted. Every animal is medically inspected and meets the exact criteria of their respective importing nation.
Since 2016, over 1,350 dogs (and counting) have been given new lives in forever homes in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Applications for dogs are screened by a team of volunteers and new adopters are found. When flights are available, each pet is scheduled for a time to fly. They are driven to the airport by K9 couriers, escorted on their journeys by puppy porters and received at their destination by their new families.
Led by Doris and Vanessa's dream, the team of volunteers is focused on every aspect of the adoption process and is proud of the many happy endings.