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 21, 2016

Baark! Spay/Neuter & Education Update June 2016

Gabby setting a cat trap
Gabby setting a cat trap

June 20th 2016 - Baark! Report #14 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

This quarter we've been super busy with spay and neuters, doing both clinics and having volunteers out on in the communities ‘stray busting’.  We helped facilitate a clinic in Andros May 21-22nd where 28 sterilizations were done in an area that does not get regular vet visits.

Then the following weekend, May 28th, we worked in collaboration with local veterinary practice Happy Pets Animal Hospital in the Gambier area, Nassau, collecting 37 dogs and cats in just one day. Gabby, aged just 14, was trapping for the first time and said although it was hard work it was a lot of fun and nice we are able to help animals who are in a bad situation. Laura, Baark's president was also trapping during the day commented how wonderful it was to work in collaboration with local vet clinics and all coming together to reduce the number of homeless and suffering animals here in The Bahamas.

These two clinics along with our other work has bought our spay/neuter total for 2016 to an amazing 812 !  Well on our target to the annual goal of 1,000 sterilizations.  Plus we have some very exciting news to share......these numbers give Baark! a total of 5,161 spay /neuters since we first started in 2010. We are incredibly proud of this achivement and its YOUR donations who have helped us reach this.  Thank you !

Summer may be a little quieter for spay/neuters due to the weather here being too hot for clinics but we will continue helping low-income families who need assistance with spay/neutering their pets.  We help make appointments, offer transport and vaccinations where necessary.

 

Education Update

In May  Baark! visited St Andrews school to speak to all the preschoolers about dog safety and spaying and neutering. Baark has strong ties with the St. Andrews preschool, and visits every year without fail. Mambo, our Baark canine ambassador, has been visiting this particular school since 2008! And this year we introduced Harriet to the school visits, so we can cover more children. Harriet is a rescue from a Baark mash clinic, who has the perfect temperament for meeting children. Next month Baark will sponsor two children from a local children's home, to attend a week long summer camp based at the Bahamas Humane Society. Baark! works closely with The Bahamas Humane Socitety as we have the common goal of helping the stray and roaming dogs and cats  and teaching about being kind to and respectful of animals. In fact, it is Baarks education volunteer, Shelley, who runs the two weeks of summer camp at the BHS, attended by 30 children.

Getting ready to sedate the dogs for surgery
Getting ready to sedate the dogs for surgery
The clinic and trappers - one big team
The clinic and trappers - one big team
A family brings in their pets for spay/neuter
A family brings in their pets for spay/neuter
Mambo in action
Mambo in action
Shelley & Harriet teaching how to pet dogs safely
Shelley & Harriet teaching how to pet dogs safely

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Mar 22, 2016

Baark! Spay/Neuter Update March 2016

Spay/Neuter at the Nassau Landfill
Spay/Neuter at the Nassau Landfill

March 22nd 2016 - Baark! Report #13 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

It is just March of 2016 and so far Baark! have already completed almost 300 free or subsidized spay and neuters !

As well as handling calls/request from low income famlies for assistance we have run two clinics to tell you about in this report.

On Sunday January 31st Baark! was welcomed by Renew Bahamas to trap, neuter and return dogs that reside on the landfill site in the center of Nassau. Laura  (president of Baark) noted that after visiting the area several years ago she was pleasantly surprised to see vast changes, improvements and organization of the landfill. Baark! was happy to discover that the team at Renew Bahamas are supportive of the feral dogs living in the area but understanably wanted to maintain a healthy population. So we set up a one day MASH Clinic with local vets who volunteered their time to perform the surgeries. 15 dogs and 1 cat were trapped, neutered and released.  Julia, one of our clinic volunteers, who had spearheaded the operation had to say about the experience “The dogs are like a family, when we released the ones we had trapped back to the landfill after they had recovered from surgery their family members ran up to them, happy to see them back. It was such a rewarding experience to be a part of.”

Then during the first weekend in February, volunteers and local vets traveled to Nicholls Town on the island of Andros to team up with a local group  "Potcakes of Andros".  The MASH clinic there was open to the members of the public to bring in their animals, a number of volunteers also set traps for feral dogs and cats.  During the weekend an amzing 108 spay and neuters were performed! Volunteer Stephanie, who was part of the volunteer group said  “It is encouraging to see the change in the mindsets of people. When we started coming to Andros a few years ago to provide free spay and neuters, people were not interested, now they are seeing how much healthier their dog or cat is and we have so much support from the entire community.”

Since forming in 2009, Baark! has completed over 4,600 spay and neuters all over the Bahamas !

 

Education Update 

Baark! is actively promoting their spay/neuter and education projects to create cleaner, safer and more responsible communities in the Bahamas.

During January and February, the  Baark education team has met over 150 children in the preschool and Grade 1 of Claridge Primary and The Della & Stanley Wilson Preschool. Both schools provided very warm welcomes, with the children behaving impeccably. The children are always surprised to hear that Mambo and Harriet are Potcakes! After they have spent time learning how to be safe around dogs, why we spay or neuter our pets and how to be responsible pet owners, they enjoy meeting the dogs individually and practicing how to meet dogs safely.

 

 

Julia ready for trapping
Julia ready for trapping
Hall being used for the Andros clinic
Hall being used for the Andros clinic
Mum and Pups to all be spayed
Mum and Pups to all be spayed
Surgery during our MASH clinic
Surgery during our MASH clinic
Volunteers Steph and Tahnee busy trapping dogs
Volunteers Steph and Tahnee busy trapping dogs
Shelley & dog Harriet educating school children
Shelley & dog Harriet educating school children

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Dec 23, 2015

Baark! Report #12

Volunteer Taylor setting the traps
Volunteer Taylor setting the traps

December 22nd 2015 -  Baark! Report #12

 

Spay & Neuter Update 

In our last report we gave you an update about a dog and her puppies that we had been made aware of by a concerned member of the public. We've also told you stories in the past about both wild cats and dogs which we trap for Spay/Neuter.  This quarter we've been busy with those types of things again but also we have been helping out The 'Breezes' hotel in Nassau and their 6 resident cats who live on the property.

The cats are fed and kept an eye on by members of staff who have grown very fond of them hanging around the pool area. They also get attention from a lot of guests and have even been known to have been invited to spend a night or two in guest rooms.  We are an advocate for having cats on large properties such as hotel sites as it keeps the rodent population to a minimum.

However the numbers do have to be humanely managed and this is where Baark! stepped up to help. After being approached by Breezes, our volunteers along with a local student Taylor who has chosen to help Baark! as part of her community service went along with traps, carriers and a supply of sardines.  The cats were actually very friendly and they were able to pick up 4 of the cats and put them straight into carriers.  Two of the shyer ones needed trapping but they went quickly in there and were taken to the vets for their surgery the next morning.  After being spayed/neutered and a quick wellness check, once awake the cats were returned to the property.  As you can see fromt the photos they were very happy to be back on the sand !

Baark! was very happy to see this example of a resort acting responsibly when it came to their cat managment and we were delighted to assist.

As ever, it is with the help of your generous donations that we are able to continue with such programs and keep on spaying/neutering to reduce the number of homless and suffering animals.

Our total sterilizations for the year so far is 700 ,  taking our grand total since our inception in 2009 to over 4000 spay and neuters !

 

Holiday Wishes !

Everyone at Baark! and on behalf of all the animals in the Bahamas, we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season followed by a happy, healthy 2016. We hope to continue to count on your support.

Some of the friendlier cats we picked up
Some of the friendlier cats we picked up
Let me out !
Let me out !
Sometimes 2 have to go in 1 !
Sometimes 2 have to go in 1 !
Covered and ready to go
Covered and ready to go
After being returned....first thing
After being returned....first thing's first !
They are well fed and well looked after here
They are well fed and well looked after here

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