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.
Jun 1, 2015

June 1st 2015 - Baark! Report #10

Our May $10 promotion
Our May $10 promotion

June 1st 2015 - Baark! Report #10

 

Spay / Neuter Update

Baark! have been busy so far in 2015, we've been fundraising at our exciting new ‘Carnivale Night’ event and putting the money from that and your donations to work with our spay/neuter and education projects, creating cleaner, safer and more responsible communities in the Bahamas.

Due to the outbreak of Canine Distemper we are still unable to carry out any high volume MASH spay/neuter clinics for dogs but we have been working with local vets to continue sterilization of dogs either bought in by our 'stray busters' or owned pets.  We ran a promotion during the month of may for $10 spay and neuters, available to low income families who could transport their dog but would ordinarily unable to pay the full costs.

To reduce the risks of the distemper we have also been providing free vaccinations for dogs before their spay/neuter surgeries where needed.

Luckily cats are not affected by distemper and we have been able to continue high volume clinics, our latest was a mini one day clinic carried out on Sunday May 17th at the Bahamas Humane Society.  Owners were encouraged to bring in their cats in the morning and following the surgery they could be collected the same day. We also had several trappers at different locations bringing in cats for spay/neuter and a simple ear clip before being released back to their environments. We had a challenging yet fun experience trying to catch several illusive cats at a gas station on Paradise Island, the majority of cats there have already been fixed and observed us , seemingly with some amusement, as we were setting the traps!

With all of these programs combined, our update for the year is 189 spay/neuters compeleted, which includes 71 dogs and 118 cats. 

 

Education

We beleive that education on animal welfare works in tandem with the spay/neuter and is of utmost importance to our overall program's success. We have held two interactive kids camps at the Bahamas Humane Society this year, the first for 14 children from Gambier Primary School, ranging in age from 4 to 11 and the second for 23 Grade Three students from Adelaide Primary School. The youngsters learn about having compassion and respect for animals and how to be responsible pet owners. This is done through classroom-based activities, hands-on practical encounters with the shelter animals and question and answer sessions with Inspectors and staff.

Shelley Hardman is our education co-ordinator and runs these camps with so much passion and purpose.  She says she hopes that we are able to create and cultivate animal ambassadors for the future. With all the cruelty and neglect that we witness on a regular basis, not just towards animals but also amongst people, we are trying to create a future generation of compassionate individuals who are capable of great empathy toward their fellow Bahamians and the animals they share this beautiful Island with.

Baark! will carrying out more camps and visits once the schools return in September.

 

We'd like to take this opporutnity to thank you all for your continued support and genorosity - we could not make such a difference without you !

Advertising our Free Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
Advertising our Free Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
Master trapper/volunteer Vickie in action
Master trapper/volunteer Vickie in action
Im already fixed - check out my ear clip !
Im already fixed - check out my ear clip !
Volunteers helping with post surgery recoveries
Volunteers helping with post surgery recoveries
Devon playing with a puppy during kids camp
Devon playing with a puppy during kids camp
Jaylyn learns cats like to play too !
Jaylyn learns cats like to play too !

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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!

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