American celebrity and wife reaches out to St. Lucia stray animals

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American celebrity and wife reaches out to St. Lucia stray animals
Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and his wife ask wedding guests to donate to St. Lucia animal shelter.
Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and his wife ask wedding guests to donate to St. Lucia animal shelter.
Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and his wife ask wedding guests to donate to St. Lucia animal shelter.

Stray animals in Saint Lucia are getting some much needed attention as an American sports celebrity who recently wedded here has come to their aid.

Cornerback for the Tennessee Titans Logan Ryan and Ashley Bragg tied the knot at Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia on April 7, where instead of accepting gifts from guests, asked that they make donations to Help Animal Welfare in Saint. Lucia.

The 26-year-old NFL star and his wife, who is a professional dog trainer, got the idea when they arrived in St. Lucia, ABC news wrote in an article on its website.

“When we got to St. Lucia we noticed on our drive all the stray dogs and cats on the street. It was very strange to us,” his wife Ashley told ABC news.

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During a post wedding photoshoot in Soufriere, the couple noticed a stray dog which ended up in one of their photos.

“We were just having fun, having just gotten married,” Logan said. “We’re walking the streets, doing this photo shoot and this dog kind of chose us.”

Logan said that he and his wife felt “attached” and needed to do more.

They learned about the Help Animal Welfare in St. Lucia animal shelter through their photographer and contacted the organisation.

“We …talked about how we could help because we got married in Saint Lucia and it had become a special place for us, so it was a great way to give back,” Ryan’s wife said.

Meanwhile, the animal rescue organisation expressed gratitude to the Ryans in a statement.

“Running a rescue anywhere in the world is financially, physically, and mentally draining and it is impossible to do it without help from people like the Ryans,” their statement began. “It is so easy to see a problem and walk right past or continue scrolling through your news feed hoping someone else will deal with it. Not many people actually stop to see what they can do to help when faced with a situation like this. Their actions showed us how big their hearts truly are,” the statement said.

Logan is considered an animal welfare activist as he has been quite vocal on issues of animal rights.

In April this year, the Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) announced that about 50 dogs had been sent to Canada for a better life.

SLAPS said that it would be partnering with the United States-based rescue group Global Strays, which will help local rescue groups with funding and seek loving homes in the US for local stray dogs.

According to SLAPS officials, homes are found for the dogs and puppies that are rescued before the animals are sent overseas.

SLAPS President Pamela Devaux said local volunteers were working with a group of supporters in Toronto on the initiative.

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  1. dogs are more worthy of the help . reading the comments only proved it . human need to stop breeding. youre no help to anyone else or yourself or even a dog. means stop breeding. youre a burden. the dog is loving loyal innocent. and more intelligent too. more divine.

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  2. Wow i love people more than animals but humans,animals mean the world to me.To see Ashley Bragg and Logan Bragg on the street walking with a stray Dog who just wants love and care.My people we have to do better,what a beautiful dog.All in the photo shoot.A lucky doggie.And what a handsome guy and a beauty.This story bring tears to my eyes,thanks guy's.

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  3. 'The greatness of a nation... can be judged by the way its animals are treated' Gandhi.

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  4. Am a lover of dogs,and I c nothing wrong in helping them ,dogs are so loveing i have 4 of my own and I love them so much, if we had that kind of love for eachother st lucia whould be a better place,but most of us treat each other so badly we don't have love for each other far less the animals so y talk when someone is helping.

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  5. Am a lover of dogs,and I c nothing wrong in helping them ,dogs are so loveing i have 4 of my own and I love them so much, if we had that kind of love for eachother st lucia whould be a better place,but most of us treat each other so badly we don't have love for each other far less the animals so y talk when someone is helping.

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  6. I'll tell you why nobody does help lucians. Becz half the island schemers and tiefs. Ppl come and help their friends and in return get robbed or taken advantage of. Offer a Lucian a job and he gon show up and scope what you have just to rob you later. As a people, lucians need to wake up. No dog eva rob me. Be thankful someone helping when y'all won't. I doesn't see none of yall dollars feeding or taking care of the stray dogs.

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  7. Many humans feel like they are the only living organism on this planet that matters and should prosper, and any other forms of life is insignificant. Animals do need love and need to be taken care of as well. (They get hungry, sick and hurt just like us too you know)

    Some Lucian's mentality is just too stubborn and when they share their opinions they are just so obnoxious at times. The people can choose to spend/invest their monies however they want too, -um it is theirs.

    Dear Humans, you are not the only living organism on this planet, even viruses, parasites, plants and bacteria try to strive and live too. (And animals too)

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  8. I know that there are many hungry students who come to school everyday with nothing to eat.
    Sorry but children come before animals.
    If someone is willing to help provide breakfast for these children or any other means please inbox me
    Or just reply to my comment.

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  9. Lucians sicken me. Everytimensomeone does this you all beat your mouths. Some of you. I see nothing wrong with this. It's not like the homeless and the poor are not being assisted. Dogs have feelings too. No wonder the animals here run from black ppl and come to white ppl. Some of you Blacks are too wicked. BTW who the hec are you to tell the ppl how to spend their money? Have several seats. Smh. Not gonna lie it's ppl like you that make others like animals more than humans.

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  10. Sooo they wanna help the stray dogs, so what? Animals need love too. If our own government not helping the people in need, we ourselves are not helping our own people in need, why yourl want them to do it? If yourl want to see a change and yourl feel sorry for the needy, the poor, then the change starts with you!

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  11. lord have mercy on this people that is writing this comment.its their choice what they do with their money.you'll cannot tell them what to do with it or on who to spend it smh

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      • Couldn't have said it any better. They are do stuck in their bubble and ignorance and refuse to see life differently. They're the first to cry out why God is not helping them. Don't be so closed minded and judgemental St Lucians. Open up and be free of the barriers, the demons that are stifling you. Encourage one another, encourage one another and stop tearing people down because of your own demons that are beating you down. This is 2017, you would expect the mentality of the people to be different by now, but they are stuck in time with the same mindsets of our people before us. That was then and this is now. From yourselves from mental slavery. Open up and accept better.

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  12. I'm really disgusted by some of you ... Most of you are quick to dismiss the good that these people are doing just to fatten your egos. You guys are quick to to ask " Why dont they give the money to our children or people in need ? " or the infamous "we have people starving and they just want to take care of stray dogs " ... Yall mfs need to check yourselves because when half of yall have to opportunity to do something as simple as giving a dollar or two to someone on the street who stretches their hand towards you a lot of you always have the notion that "They'll use it for drugs " or "They can work for it " . Im sure that most of yall dont even donate or volunteer at shelters and the like .... And then yall will wonder why Slu is so economically,socially and culturally stagnant ... Yall cant complain about these people helping the animals when most of yall dont do shit in the areas that yall suggest the money should be used in instead .... These animals really need help .. just as much as the needy ... These people can do whatever they damn well please with their money .... Get yall paper and then yall can talk ... Ridiculous

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    • @ Anonymous.......Thank you so much for your comment you are a sensible person. Can you imagine the audacity of some of the stupid idiots commenting here? It's all about them me me me give me give me to be honest the dogs are more loving and loyal than them. If only you all know how loving the dogs are you all would keep you all greedy asses close. The dogs you feed them take of them they do not require much, they are your friend for life compare to you all eating and drinking with each other and stabbing each other in the backs. You all are so ignorant you all need to stay away from the computer and let the freaking couple spend their monies they work so hard for where the hell they feel like. I hope they are not reading you all stupidity because idiots surrounded by idiots are very dangerous. Thumb me down all you all want I DO NOT GIVE A RATS ASS.

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      • Honestly ... I swear I love Saint Lucia but most Lucians are just plain stupid ... Animals are loyal creatures ... My dog has saved my live so many times ... I could never imagine him being in the state that most of the animals in Saint Lucia are because that would honestly break me .. The sad thing is that its their fault that the animals are like this .. Most of them were once domesticated and the owners either abused or released them when they wanted to .. Most of all these bloody idiots commenting on how the money could be used need to piss off ... Yall want the people to give THEIR money to all sorts of other causes ... Most of yall complaing about the needy will not give a small portion of your pay cheques to aid them ... Disgusting people

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  13. Find it in ur heart to give to dogs hope u donated to some of the foundations for poor children or the homeless who are jus as in need as the strays also how did this make news anyway smh it's true animals need care but I wonder how many ppl asked for a dollar An got it animals wild or domestic don't need cloths or shelter like ppl .

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  14. WoW..its a Shame to be reading those comments. .they have a right to chose.who they whant to help.Shm the dogs cannot help them self.so if you all are not willing to care for them let Some one else do it.neg ma rong