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.
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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Sep 15, 2014

Adjusting OP2015 Plans due to Distemper Outbreak - OPERATION POTCAT?!

Summer 2014 brought an unexpected turn of events for Nassau, the animal rescue groups and the OP2015 Planning Committee. 

June and July Nassau, New Providence had an awful epidemic of distemper spreading and we are still seeing cases to date and it is mid September.  We have sadly lost many dogs.  Our local vets estimate between 1,000 and 2,000 dogs have perished to this awful disease. 

The Bahamas Humane Society and the Bahamas Vet Board supported by the Bahamian Government and Humane Society International have been diligent about organizing vacinnation clinics in the communities of Nassau and educating people about proper vacinnations.  

Due to this, it was decided that in New Providence we should not host MASH Clinics for OP2015 to be on the safe side. We do not know if there will still be cases in Nassau, or if a dog carrying the disease but not showing signs could affect other dogs at the clinic. 

So we have decided to focus on cats, we will be having a cat clinic in Nassau, like we did last year, and we will most likely be doing cat clinics in the family islands as well.  There are a lot of feral cat colonies that thrive in the family islands, and we are looking at this as an opportunity to focus on the cats.

We will also plan to be incorporating vacinnation clinics in the family islands and educating people.  

The lesson learned here is no matter how much one can plan you have to be adatpable.  You can be sure that the OPERATION POTCAKE/CAT TEAM will be providing assistance to the animals of the Bahamas! 

Please keep supporting, within the next month we will have details about what the exact plan will be! 

Thank you! Laura

Aug 4, 2014

Baark! Spay/Neuter Update August 2014

Cat Trapping In Action
Cat Trapping In Action

August 3rd - Baark! Report #7 - Global Giving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

Thanks to your generous donations Baark! has completed 857 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.

 

Meow!

This report we wanted to tell you about our work with cats. We realized that not everyone is aware that Baark! also spay and neuters cats aswell as dogs and they are just as important in our work towards reducing the number of homless and suffering animals. Day to day we see less cats on the streets than dogs as they are nocturnal animals and much shyer around people.  Although it is hard guess their population in the Bahamas, it is estimated there are even more stray cats than dogs at over 20,000. Adult feral cats are not adoptable and those brought to a shelter are almost always euthanized. Our spay/neutering of cats mostly come following calls from people who have seen feral cats in their area of home or work. We 'ear clip' stray cats so that we can easily idenity which ones have been fixed.

 

Why T-N-R (Trap-Neuter-Return)

  • Stabilizes Feral Cat Colonies - it is proven that colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time.
  • Cats are healthier - health benefits of spay/neutering includes an improvement in cat's coat condition,  better chance of weight gain and elimination of risk of certain cancers. Baark! also provides a vaccine at the time of sterilization.
  • Reduces Nuisance Behaviour - Neutered male cats show less mating behaviors like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. Not only are cats healthier but they are safer too, they are much more quiet for the neighbourhood.

 

A Happy Tail

On occasion we come across very young kittens that can be socialized, this role is taken on by our volunteers who foster kittens until they can be adopted.  

Recently when trapping a large colony of cats we found 4 young kittens around 3 weeks old under a large rock. They along with their mother were taken in for spay/neuter.  The mother cat was returned after her surgery and now no longer has to worry about feeding and bringing up her 4 kittens and getting pregnant again in a few months time. The kittens were fostered and when old enough adopted into loving homes.  Jack and Jill now live with two children and two dogs keeping them busy all the time.  Oscar and George have a very special brotherly bond and went to live in New York !

Unfortunetly there is not such a happy ending for all kittens born homeless, but with your help and support of Baark's spay/neuter program we can save thousands of being born each year into a life of suffering.  Our work DOES make a difference and we couldnt do it without you ! 

Kitten Post Surgery
Kitten Post Surgery
Mother Cat Being Returned
Mother Cat Being Returned
Cat that has been
Cat that has been 'ear clipped'
Oscar learning to drink milk from a bowl
Oscar learning to drink milk from a bowl
Oscar and George today in their happy home
Oscar and George today in their happy home

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