Nov 2, 2020

Spay & Neuter is needed now more than ever!

Baark!'s new colouring book
Baark!'s new colouring book

Spay & Neuter is needed now more than ever. Due to COVID, The Bahamas is suffering from record-high unemployment figures.  The Bahamas Humane Society is overcrowded with 450-500 dogs and cats and the number of dogs and cats being surrendered each week is heartbreaking. Anywhere from 20-50  dogs and cats are being surrendered per week. 

Baark! needs to be out in the communities now more than ever.  And we need your support!  As of September 30th, we have spayed and neutered 1786 dogs and cats for 2020.

General Spay & Neuters: Our hotline has been ringing constantly with spay and neuter requests, and our 2 vehicles have been out on the streets collecting dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered and then returned.  

Focused Community Spay/Neuter work: In our July report, we told you about one of the areas we started working on in April 2020.  The same volunteer continued in that area until September and facilitated over 150 animals in the pocket of Quakoo, Peter, Brougham, and Milton Streets (4 streets between Market and East) to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated.  She also rescued about 30 unwanted puppies and had the police assist with 2 cruelty cases. As a result of our work, we connected with the Member of Parliament, Mr. Travis Robinson.  We plan to continue our efforts, focusing on this area starting in mid-November. 

Education:  We are proud to have just introduced our new Baark! coloring book, which incorporates a story written by our Education Coordinator, Shelley Hardman, and mirrors the education program we take to Primary Schools in the Bahamas. With the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, the coloring book is a way to reach more children and communicate our message about spaying and neutering, dog safety, and responsible pet ownership in a safe and efficient way.  The book also has an important section on Hurricane Preparedness for Pet owners, an issue that Baark! realized needed to be addressed after our rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

Food Assistance: As part of our COVID plea, IFAW pledged and donated $10,000 - $3,000 of which is to be used towards food assistance so we have also been distributing much-needed food in the communities we have been working in for spay and neuter.   

Hopeful Outlook: All of us at Baark! feel that despite it being a challenging time, working together with local pet food distributors, local community leaders and so many wonderful people like yourselves, we are able to make a positive difference, one dog or cat at a time.  

Thanking local Police Officers for their support
Thanking local Police Officers for their support
Why spay and neuter is desperately needed
Why spay and neuter is desperately needed
Food Distribution
Food Distribution
Happy Customer
Happy Customer

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Oct 12, 2020

BAARK! + YOU = SO MANY DOGS & CATS HELPED

Food Distribution
Food Distribution

Thank you for supporting Baark!'s COVID PLEA!  Our project has been fully funded thanks to your support.  These funds were vital in keeping our programs going.  

September and October (to date) have been filled with lots of successes and we have helped many dogs and cats.  Our hotline has been ringing constantly with spay and neuter requests, and our 2 vehicles have been out on the streets collecting dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered and then returned.  

As part of our COVID plea, IFAW pledged and donated $10,000 - $3,000 of which is to be used towards food assistance so we have also been distributing much-needed food in the communities we have been working in for spay and neuter.   

One of the areas we have been working in since April 2020 is the Bain and Grant's Town area between East Street and Market Street.  As a result of our work, we connected with the Member of Parliament, Mr. Travis Robinson.  

On October 5th,  Baark was honored to be invited by Travis Robinson MP to attend a historic event, the launch ceremony of the Bahamas’ first Virtual Community School for Bain and Grants Town as part of the Ministry of Education’s Virtual Learning Platform.  The newly created Graycliff Campus comprises of a socially distanced classroom, complete with perspex screens and every resource needed for the students’ virtual learning experience including tablets and notebooks. This is all being made possible by the Garzaroli Family, owners of the Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant. The 72 students enrolled in the program will attend in small groups, alternating with their own school classrooms, and will even be enrolled in a learn to swim program in a pool on the premises.

This was a great opportunity for us to introduce our new Baark! coloring book, which incorporates a story written by our Education Coordinator, Shelley Hardman, and mirrors the education program we take to Primary Schools in the Bahamas. With the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, the coloring book is a way to reach more children and communicate our message about spaying and neutering, dog safety and responsible pet ownership in a safe and efficient way.  The book also has an important section on Hurricane Preparedness for Pet owners, an issue that Baark realized needed to be addressed after our rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

All of us at Baark! feel that despite it being a challenging time, working together with local pet food distributors, local community leaders and so many wonderful people like yourselves, we are able to make a positive difference, one dog or cat at a time.  

Please continue to support our efforts! 

Shelley at virtual school presentation
Shelley at virtual school presentation
Colouring books
Colouring books
Graycliff Virtual School
Graycliff Virtual School
No more pups for me!
No more pups for me!
Jul 4, 2020

Baark! keeps on spaying through COVID-19

Kemp Road
Kemp Road

 


Despite COVID-19, Baark! has still been able to assist with spay and neuters through our hotline.  Two of our volunteers were given special permission to be out on the road during the curfew, so both trucks stayed in use :).  We are so grateful to those volunteers who were willing to cautiously be out and about in order to keep saving lives! 

 

To date, we've done over 650 spay and neuters for 2020. 

Both volunteers were and continue to be very busy.  One of the two volunteers who have been given special permission to be out on the streets during the COVID-19 curfew has been focusing on streets between East Street and Market Street.  Over the last few weeks, she has collected and returned 50+  dogs and cats - now all spayed and neutered.  We have also been assisting with flea and tick treatment for dogs that have a lot of fleas or ticks.  There are two reasons for this - it assists our participating vets as we don't want their clinics to get infested when the dog goes for surgery and it is also a good opportunity to educate the community on flea and tick prevention products available from the local vets. 

We did have had to postpone our annual Potcakeman Triathlon.  Our hopeful date is October 4th, 2020.  We were also planning a MASH clinic at the end of April in Nassau, but this will be rescheduled as well, potentially in November 2020.  

Now more than ever, we really need your support.  Fewer people are able to afford the surgeries for their dogs and cats.  Every dollar you can donate helps tremendously! 

Cat Trapping
Cat Trapping
Spay and neuter
Spay and neuter
Trip to the Vet
Trip to the Vet
 
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