May 5, 2014

Baark! May 2014 Spay /Neuter Update

Poster for a free spay/neuter clinic
Poster for a free spay/neuter clinic

 

May 4th Report #6 - Global Giving 

 

We've been part of the Global Giving community now for just over a year.  We're feel very lucky to have received so many generous donations from people around the world helping us in our mission to reduce the number of stray/suffering animals on the streets of The Bahamas.  So far this year alone we have provided 596 free or subsidized spay/neuters which is the most proven to be the most humane and effective method to reduce the number of animal overpopulation. We thought this was a good opportunity to explain a little more about how we go about these projects.  

 

Family Island MASH (mobile animal sterilzation hospital) Clinics

Are carried out in islands of the Bahamas that do not regular access to vets, or in some cases none at all.  They take a lot of planning, working together with people from the local communities, finding a suitable venue for surgery and recovery, postering and telling local people about the clinics so they will bring in their animals and scouting out areas of stray animals that can be trapped and transported.  The Baark van goes ahead of time on the ferry and volunteers fly in the day before to set everything up.  We are so lucky to have such dedicated volunteers !

We've had a busy first half of the year with family island MASH clinics as we dont do them in summer as its too hot for the animals to be crated before and after surgery.  

March - Gregory Town, Eleuthera, 96 spay/neuters

 

April  - Inagua , 103 spay/neuters

April - Marsh Harbour, Abaco, 195 spay/neuters

We are also planning a clinic in South Eleuthera in mid May.
Inagua was particulary interesting clinic, both challenging and rewarding. The island has absolute no vet care for animals, if owners want their pet spayed/neutered they have to send them to the capital Nassau and a few days stay. There was a also a huge tick problem, amounts of wish we had never seen before. We took great delight in teaching a policeman who loved his dog how to care for him better and learning how to remove the ticks.  He stayed and helped us for the entire clinic and was excited about going  back into the community and spread the word about responsible pet ownership.

 

MASH Clinic, Nassau - 37 spay/neuters

On March 26th , Baark volunteers in Nassau set up a mini mash clinic day using tents and tables in the outdoor grounds of a church.  Local people were encouraged to bring in their animals as well as those caught by our expert trappers.  It was a long and hard days work for everyone, especially those on their knees all day in recovery, but once again rewarding that so many lives could be saved from preventing unwanted puppies and kittens from being born.

 

Stray Busting

We've continued our TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs locally of catching stray dogs and cats from neighbourhoods, having them sterilized and checked over before returning them back to their environments. While we would love all animals to have a loving home, with feral animals this is simply not possible.  Throught spay/neutering the population slowly reduces over time.

Stray-Busting as we fondly call it, is not an easy job and can be time consuming.  Not only do the animals need trapping - and some are quite tricky to catch, they need bringing to the vet clinics for surgery, picked up again the following day and returning to their areas. 

 

Assisting Pet Owners

Baark! also continues to assist pet owners who cannot financially get their pets spayed/neutered themselves or dont have means of transport to get them there.  We take requests both on the phone and via email or our website. Recently a lovely 15-year old school girl called Georgette contacted Baark! about a small kitten she had found and wanted to keep but her family could not afford the cost of spaying.  She had learnt that spaying not only makes an animal healthier but was sensible to realise her family couldnt have coped with more than one cat. We were very proud that this young lady was so smart and responsible and were delighted in helping her set up an appointment with a nearby vet to take in her kitten for spaying and vaccinations.

Baarks truck getting ready for departure
Baarks truck getting ready for departure
dogs waiting at the Gregory Town clinic
dogs waiting at the Gregory Town clinic
a successful days 'stray busting'
a successful days 'stray busting'
Inagua spay/neuter clinic
Inagua spay/neuter clinic
No more puppies for this Mama dog
No more puppies for this Mama dog

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Feb 3, 2014

Baark! February 2014 Spay /Neuter Update and Andros Clinic Report

Mangrove Cay Clinic Adoptions
Mangrove Cay Clinic Adoptions

February 1st 2014 - Baark! Report #4- Global Giving

Spay/Neuter Update

2013 was a fantastic year for Baark! as we exceeded our goal and ended with a count of 1,061 spay and neuters. Thank you for all of your donations last year, your contributions really did make a tangible different and saved literally THOUSANDS of puppies and kittens being born into a life of suffering.

We kicked off our 2014 program with a return visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros.   As you'll read a MASH (mobile animal surgical hospitals) clinic is not always straight forward, changes are often made last minute and the teams need to work together and adapt.  Everyone joins to work for one goal, we all start and finish together at the same times, no man (or animal) is left behind.  They are especially important on our 'family islands' of the Bahamas who dont have regular access to a veterinarian. 

Resident of the area and Baark! volunteer Rick Goolander gives us an insight into the clinic.

Baark! Mangrove Cay Andros Maintenance Clinic, 10-12 Jan 2014.

Convinced that volume would be much less for a maintenance clinic given the success of Baark!'s first clinic in Mangrove Cay (101 procedures), Baark! planned accordingly. After two postponments due to high sea state preventing the transport of the Baark! truck and necessary accompanied gear Baark! were not to be dissuaded nor discouraged and the team set another date. At seemingly the last minute, it was discovered that there was a scheduling conflict with the intended clinic location. Island residents in support of Baark!'s efforts scrambled for an alternative location and found that the Mangrove Cay Homecoming site could be an acceptable alternative and things were set to go.

The Team arrived in Mangrove Cay (Andros based on 09 Jan 14) and (Nassau based on 10 Jan 14). However, the truck and gear had yet to arrive.......Weather of course. In the mean time, the clinic location was prepared for the upcoming days and was opened late afternoon, 10 Jan 2014. The following two days were full on non-stop furthering of Baark!'s educational out-reach, trapping of strays at the community dump, collections from residences without transportation and of course walk-ins. Of those walk-ins, we were quite pleased to see the smiling familiar faces of members of the Mangrove Cay Community, walking in with their very healthy Potcake yearlings who had been adopted at the Baark! 2013 Mangrove Cay Clinic.

In less than 15 working hours of the clinic being fully operational, 50 procedures were performed and 10 (some semi-feral when we first collected them) puppies found new and loving homes through adoption. Administrator Knowles himself (and his daughter) adopted two. The Baark! Team on the ground performed miraculously under adverse conditions and circumstances, especially considering that they were working with two less personnel than expected.

The People of Mangrove Cay, Andros absolutely embrace the Baark! influence and impact to their communities. The proliferation of feral/stray and unwanted Potcakes in Mangrove Cay has definitively been reduced as a result.

Thank You Baark! Volunteers: Dr. Dorsette, Tawnee Harvey, Carla Johnson, Stephanie Keston and Diane Wiktorowski

And Special Thanks to Mangrove Cay Residents: Joan @ Mickey (Seascape Inn), Jeff and Jean Jolly, Liz Bain (Mangrove Cay Club who also adopted) and Mangrove Cay District Administrator, Mr. Gregory Knowles.

Dog labeled and ready to go !
Dog labeled and ready to go !
No more puppies for this Momma dog
No more puppies for this Momma dog
Puppies ready to be fixed
Puppies ready to be fixed
Tahnee working hard and dogs in recovery crates
Tahnee working hard and dogs in recovery crates
2 lucky pups from the clinic getting a new home
2 lucky pups from the clinic getting a new home

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Nov 4, 2013

Baark! Update and Thank You - November 2013

Thank you for the quick surgery
Thank you for the quick surgery

November 4th 2013 - Report #3 - Global Giving 

Spay/Neuter Update

At the end of October 2013 Baark! had completed 784 (either free or subsidized) spay and neuters in the Bahamas. This is a combination of owner calls in, 'stray busting' pickups and our MASH clinics in the family islands, most recently in Marsh Harbour Abaco where 151 spay/neuters were done in just one weekend.

Our goal for this year is to complete a massive 1,000 spay and neuters, we are close to our goal and with your continued help are very confident we can achieve this.  

We know that spay/neuter is the only (and most humane) way to effectively reduce the animal overpopulation in a community. Each sterilization Baark! completes literally saves thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born into a life of suffering.  With each surgery we also give each animal a vaccination and worming medicine.

 

A Special Thank you Message

Firstly a big thank you to ALL of you who have donated to our projects.  No amount is too small! We wanted to share this special thank you message from the point of view of one 'patients' hoping to give you a glimpse into how life changing a simple spay or neuter can be.


Thank you for deciding to help us,

Six months ago I had been struggling to feed myself and my five puppies for quite some time before you caught us. I was tired, sick and hungry. My puppies were filthy and always in danger. When we were found by you, all of that changed. You reassured us that we would be taken care of and you were right.

I have had four litters of puppies and all of my years of being a mother I have never been able to provide my puppies with safety, we lived on the street and wandered the neighborhood for food and drink. I have seen five of my puppies pass away from various diseases and two of them die from the horrible traffic we live near. I know now my last five puppies have a home that is safe. As a mother I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

I also want to thank you for the quick surgery you did for me. I understand that this surgery will save me from having any other litters. I have loved all my puppies but the toll it has taken on my body is enormous and I could not fathom having another litter without serious consequences on my health and that of my puppies. Thank you for taking the time to support Baark! and the wonderful work they are doing, I owe my new chance at life to your kindness . Thank you ever so much

Sincerely

A grateful mom


Vets and volunteers at the Abaco clinic
Vets and volunteers at the Abaco clinic
Mom and Pups ready to be spayed
Mom and Pups ready to be spayed
In the recovery area
In the recovery area
The whole team
The whole team

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