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 20, 2017

March 16th 2017 - Baark! Report #17

A cat awaiting surgery
A cat awaiting surgery

March 16th 2017 - Baark! Report #17

 

Spay and Neuter Update

In 2016 Baark! completed a total 1,803 spay and neuters ! We have started 2017 with enthusiasm and ready for action.

Almost all of Baark's volunteers are stationed in Nassau, New Providence, however Baark! tries to travel to other family islands of the Bahamas as frequently as possible to assist animal populations outside the capital. 

From March 3rd- 5th, 2017, 8 volunteers, 2 vets(Dr. Solomon and Dr. Dorsett) and 2 vet techs travelled to Grays, Long Island to carry out a spay and neuter initiative for the animals on the island. 

Although Dr. Dorsett is a frequent visitor to the island to provide private care, this was the first trip for Baark! to Long Island to provide free spay and neuter for the animals of the island.

In total, 126 spays and neuters were carried out over 3 days. Most were cats that had to be trapped by volunteers and then transported to the clinic site for surgery. Vet techs and volunteers assisted vets through surgery and particularly in aftercare where the animals are monitored closely following their operations. Feral cats that were trapped were then returned to their communities, where they were found, in order to live out the rest of their lives contently without adding to the population of cats on the island. Dogs that had been spayed/ neutered were also happily reunited with their appreciative owners. 

Equally rewarding as providing care to the animals was the support Baark! received from the community of Long Island. Being a first for the island, residents were eager, helpful and grateful for the assistance given. Through hard work and dedication, this initiative proved to be an invaluable experience to the volunteers, community members and most importantly, the animals of Long Island!

 

Education Update

 

 

On Wednesday March 8th, 22 Grade One students from Adelaide Primary School, New Providence, took part in a half day field trip sponsored by Baark! and the Bahamas Humane Society. Accompanied by volunteers from the school, the children participated in classroom based activities that centered on safety around dogs and kindness towards animals. They practiced techniques to protect themselves and how to approach dogs safely, preventing potential bites. They then toured the shelter, and were given the opportunity to put their new skills into practice! They socialised with adoption animals and saw the veterinary clinic in action. Last but not least they enjoyed a story about adopting a dog from a rescue and also colouring activities which focused on responsible pet ownership. 

 

The Baark! van travels on the ferry
The Baark! van travels on the ferry
Clinic setup
Clinic setup
Drop off / registration area
Drop off / registration area
Setting a cat trap
Setting a cat trap
Kids talk at The Bahamas Humane Society
Kids talk at The Bahamas Humane Society
Petting in the cat enclosure
Petting in the cat enclosure
Poster advertising The Long Island Clinic
Poster advertising The Long Island Clinic
Dec 19, 2016

December 2016 - Baark! Report #16 - GlobalGiving

Kitten Rescue
Kitten Rescue

December 16th 2016 - Baark! Report #16 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

It has been our very best year so far and in 2016 we have completed more than 1,600 spay and neuters. WOW.  As you know our goal for the year is 1,000 so we are extremely proud to have exceeded this and also extremely thankful to YOU for taking the time to donate to our cause and support our program.

Every day is different for Baark! volunteers and today we'll share a quick story of an unexpected kittens rescue.

After receiving a call from Nassau Flight Services about some stray cats that needed trapping for spay/neuter -  on returning 11 cats after surgery, trapping volunteers Natalie and Sarah heard tiny meows. Following quite a dramatic search including breaking down of a door and crawling into a very small and dirty space, we found 6 tiny kittens. Luckily we were able to recatch their mamma who helped bring them up along with our fosterers. Sadly one kitten did not make it  (another reason why spay/neuter is so important) However we had 5 kittens , 4 boys and 1 girl that through our network we were able to find wonderful homes for.

You can see more about this super sweet rescue in this video link:

  Kitten Rescue Video

Education Update

In November The Bahamas Homeschool Association met up with our Volunteer Education Coordinator, Shelley, to participate in the dog safety and pet responsibility program. As they do not have a classroom, we were kindly hosted by the BHS and enjoyed a tour of the shelter as well.

We have also been in local schools and preschools with our ambassador "Mambo" spreading the message how to look after your pets and the importance of spay and neuter.

Bath Time
Bath Time
Kittens Growing Nicely
Kittens Growing Nicely
Two of our rescue kittens after adoption !
Two of our rescue kittens after adoption !
Hermoine Kitten - now named
Hermoine Kitten - now named 'Cher' with her buddy
Education day at the Bahamas Humane Society
Education day at the Bahamas Humane Society
Mambo leading the lessons at Harmony Pre-School
Mambo leading the lessons at Harmony Pre-School

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Sep 19, 2016

September 15th 2016 - Baark! Report #15

Two cats checking out the trap
Two cats checking out the trap

September 18th 2016 - Baark! Report #15 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

We have been BUSY ! So far in 2016 we have already completed 1,263 spays and neuters !  WOW.  Our annual goal is 1,000 fixes so thanks to YOUR donations we have already exceeded this amount.  

Heres a story about the kind of things we get up to and how are programs are helping the community.

In early August Baark!  received a  pleading phone call from a family in the Marathon area in Nassau, Bahamas. Fredrica originally had a few cats she fed but only two had been spayed. She was now dealing with a growing colony of cats in her yard due to the breeding of the unaltered cats in her neighborhood.  

Volunteers Michelle and Aliya set out early on a Sunday morning to assess the situation and begin the TNR (trap, neuter, release) process. They found that not only were the cats in Fredrica's yard but they had also taken up residence on the neighbor's property, too. Within about an hour ,  4 cats were caught in traps, transported to the vet's clinic, spayed / neutered and returned to the yard where they were found following their recovery. One of the cats trapped and neutered is a friendly stray named 'Stretch', introduced to us by Fredrica's son.

A few weeks later we returned to Fredrica's  house where more kittens had since been born and were running the risk of being killed due to dogs in the neighborhood or cars . We were able to trap 7 cats in total , including 3 young kittens and a mama cat who we were sure was the mother of many a cat in this colony. On this visit, Michelle and Aliya had help Fredrica's son assisted them by closing  a trap door when one of the cats entered.  Again , volunteers transported the cats to the veterinary clinic where they were spayed and had their ears clipped ( identification showing a cat has been spayed or neutered). 

Since the spaying of the 11 cats in Fredrica's  yard , the population is already much more manageable and the family appreciated Baark!'s efforts. Plans are in the making to return to the house and continue the TNR process until all cats in the colony have been spayed. 
While we have aleady exceeded our spay/neuter goal , while we continue to fundraise we will keep working to do more snips, help people like Fredrica and continue to reduce the homeless and suffering animal populations.  Please continue to donate to help us !
This female kitten is now fixed
This female kitten is now fixed
This large male is about to be neutered
This large male is about to be neutered
Check out
Check out 'Stretch' and his ear clip
The group of cats at their feeding area
The group of cats at their feeding area

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