Baark!

BAARK! For a Humane Bahamas. BAARK! stands for Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness. We are a new organization formed by the members of the Facebook Group: For a more humane Bahamas Government Dog Pound. Mission BAARK! has two main objectives: 1) Immediately improve conditions and treatment of animals at the pound and rescue all potentially adoptable animals. 2) Dramatically increase public awareness and funding for spay & neuter programs in order to reduce the numbers of stray and unwanted animals in The Bahamas.
Mar 3, 2015

March 2nd 2015 - Baark! Report #9- GlobalGiving

Very sweet cat that was caught for Spaying
Very sweet cat that was caught for Spaying

Spay/Neuter Update

 Thanks to all of your generous donations we’re thrilled to tell you that Baark! exceeded our goal and completed an amazing 1,128 spays/neuters in 2014!

With a combination of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and assisting low income families we were able to sterilize 755 dogs and 373 cats. This will literally save THOUSANDS of unwanted puppies and kittens being born homeless or ending up in already crowded shelters.  Its our pleasure to report back to you that every dollar of your hard earned money that you donate to us goes towards helping us continue these successful programs in the Bahamas.

A Special Story 

After being spotted by a concerned animal lover, our trappers went to catch a cat hanging around a sports bar. She was picked up for a routine spay and was due to be returned the next day.  However this lovely girl was particularly friendly and super sweet, everyone who came into contact with her thought she was something special.  So instead of letting her straight back to the area our volunteer fostered her and tried to find her a home.  As luck would have it there was a family saw her picture and thought she woul make the perfect sister for their year old cat.  After literally a few hours together Angelica told us "She's perfect. She loves the other cat and she's walking around like she's been here forever". What a happy ending for this kitty, now named 'Diamond' !

 

Education

Education is a very important side of our work. We arrange interactive summer camps and our volunteers go into local schools and teach children about being safe around dogs, being kind to animals and how to care for their pets .  We also specifically teach about the importance of spay/neuter and how this has such a long lasting impact.  We hope they then take this knowledge back to their families and grow up to become responsible pet owners themselves.  Recently volunteer Shelley and her dog Mambo went into a local primary school, the kids had a great time learning and Mambo loved all the attention !

Now
Now 'Diamond' here with her new owner
Learning to love animals !
Learning to love animals !
Mambo & Baark! Volunteer Shelley At A Local School
Mambo & Baark! Volunteer Shelley At A Local School

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Mar 3, 2015

Operation Potcat was a huge success!

Community Involvement
Community Involvement

As most of you probably know, Nassau Bahamas faced a huge outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus that started in June of 2014 and raged for several months.  The vets and local experts estimate anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 deaths of dogs - both owned and stray/roaming.  It was devastating and proved how important spay/neuter and vacinnations are PLUS education/awareness.  Please note - It is not transmittable to humans or cats. As a result we had to revamp our plan for this year's Operation Potcake because the Vet Association advised that with some cases of distemper still present we could not risk a large volume clinic.  

SO! When life gives you lemons - you make lemonade.  We have so many feral cats on this island, and they get overshadowed because they are not as visible as the dogs.  We always talked about focusing on the cat issue and here was our chance.  

Between January 29th and February 2nd 2015 406 cats were spayed or neutered! We had close to 40 cat traps out and about (25 brand new traps were purchased just for this project), close to 100 carriers, mostly borrowed and some we purchased for this project which we can use for future projects.  

We had volunteers out in communities trapping, people calling us to tell us where there were cats that needed trapping, people bringing in cats in all sorts of inventive methods of transport and in 5 days we spayed and neutered 406!!! On the Saturday we actually hit 100! 

We worked out of the Bahamas Humane Society Shelter so it was great to work out of a proper clinic.  The vet/clinic team were amazing along with all the volunteers from people answering the phone to field inquiries, cleaning cages and out trapping and returning cats.  

We are hoping to see less kittens at the shelter this kitten season :) 

We are really pround of our 3 year progress for Operation Potcake! Thank you for your help.  Without you it wouldn't have been possible. 

2015 - Grand Total - 406 cats spayed and neutered in 5 days at 1 clinic 

2014 Grand Total - 1184 dogs AND cats spayed and neutered in 5 days at 4 clinics 

2013 Grand Total - 2,315 dogs spayed and neutered in 10 days at 5 clinics 

We have planned another road count to see how the population of dogs is doing and will be comparing it to the data from our 2012 road count. Stay tuned... and thank you for your continued support!

Portion of Team
Portion of Team
Surgery Team
Surgery Team
2015 Poster
2015 Poster
Recovering is hard work!
Recovering is hard work!
Nov 4, 2014

Baark! Spay/Neuter Update November 2014

Cat going towards a Trap
Cat going towards a Trap

November 3rd - Baark! Report #8 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

Thanks to your generous donations Baark! has completed 937 spay and neuters so far this year, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 1,000 for 2014. As a fully volunteer organization, ALL of your donation amount goes directly towards the cost of spay/neuter so we could not have achieved this without your support.

Unfortunetly our normal spay/neuter program for dogs has been set back this year because of the canine distemper virus being so serious in Nassau, Bahamas at the moment. However we are still working on TNR (trap-neuter-return) for the feral cat population, trying to reduce numbers in the most effective and humane method possible.  We also continue to assist with pet owners who cannot afford to or dont have the means to take their cat to the vet for spay/neutering.

 

A Note of Thanks

This quarter we wanted to share with you a note we'd received from a happy client of ours.  She did not own cats herself but had experienced the problems of ferals in the neighbourhood.  We are grateful she contacted us and we very happy to assist.  Here is a note from Kim H....

I contacted your organization, about the dilemma we were facing, with stray cats in Nassau East South. One cat took up residence in the garage of the home in which I live and her presence attracted three male strays. As a result, she had eight kittens. They are now adults. The three male strays were constantly attacking and mating with the other cats. Most of them got pregnant.

I was put in touch with Aliya Carey, who assisted us with getting the cats spayed and neutered. I have to admit I was reluctant at first to want the cats back but Aliya when came, she assessed the situation, and told us that is was Baark's policy to return cats after neutering. She explained if not reproducing stray cats could actually be good for a community, they help make sure no rats are in the area.  All of the cats were not caught at once. Aliya had to make several trips. Because of her determination and patience, she was able to trap all nine cats, along with one
of the wild male strays.

My gratitude and appreciation goes out to your organization, and in particular, Aliya, and the vets who took time to collect the cats and transport them in their vehicles, to the clinic, where they were spayed and neutered.

Since then the cats have been a lot less of a nuisance in the area, much quieter and as Aliya predicted no rats either.

Your organization is invaluable and a Godsend. I know this is not an easy task. You are certainly making a difference.
Much thanks to you and your organization for the unselfish assistance you give to the community and in turn, the country.

 

For the rest of 2014....

We'll be continuing our spay/neutering of cats an we'll do some promotions for low-income families such a '$5 felines' encouraging people to come forward and get their pets fixed before the holiday season.  We will also be in close contact with the BVMA (Bahamas Veterinary Medical Association)for updates about the canine distemper and as soon as we are able we'll be once again setting up dog spay/neuter clinics too.

We'll also be continuing with our education work in the community, teaching about the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.

Stray cats getting fed
Stray cats getting fed
Cat neutering is a extremely quick easy surgery
Cat neutering is a extremely quick easy surgery
Kitten post surgery
Kitten post surgery
One of our amazing dedicated volunteers
One of our amazing dedicated volunteers

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