Sep 4, 2018

Baark! Sunday Clinic at the Bahamas Humane Society

Clinic setup
Clinic setup

2018 has been a busy year for Baark! To date we have spayed or neutered 1385 dogs and cats. 

We have been helping many people who call in to get their dogs and cats spayed and neutered.  Without your support this wouldn't be possible. 

Due to the high volume of calls we decided to a Sunday clinic.  Dr. Solomon held a clinic on Sunday August 26th at the Bahamas Humane Society and targeted 2 locations in Nassau - South Beach and Farrington Road.  

Residents of the areas were thrilled for the help.  Several vet techs came in to help Dr. Solomon on the Sunday.  Valentino Armaly volunteered his time with his Ambulance to go and pick up the animals and bring them in. 

We are so grateful to the 14 people who have become supporting members over the last 6 weeks to help sustain our efforts.  

We are really excited because people are becoming very aware about spaying and neutering their pets.  As a result, your donations are so appreciated and every single dollar helps to save lives and reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats being born. 

Over the next few weeks we will be putting together our dates for the MASH Clinics and fundraisers.  

 

 

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Jun 8, 2018

Baark! Report #20 - June 2018

The BAARK Team Trapping at Little Farmers Cay Dump
The BAARK Team Trapping at Little Farmers Cay Dump

Baark! Report #20 June 2018 - Spay/Neuter Update

Farmers Cay

It started in February when one of the residents of Little Farmers Cay Exuma called Baark and said they needed help to with their wild dog problem at their dump and surrounding bushes. They complained that the dogs did not have a sufficient food source at the dump and we’re coming to peoples yards and into the village to find food and frightening the tourist and even eating the baby turtles and the eggs!

Our family islands spay/neuter co-ordinator Lissa began to get in touch with different residents and piece together what exactly the situation was. She had to contact many people to get a full sense of the problem. After assessing we could assist with spay/neuter (with a lot of logistics) we planned a weekend.

 Farmers Cay is a tiny remote island and a little difficult to get to as there are no commercial flights that go there. We chartered a flight for  volunteers into Staniel Cay where we had to rent a little boat and haul the supplies from Black Point, a settlement about 20 mins away.  There is No dock to unload trucks into at this time so we had to send the supplies by pallet on two separate boats to Black Point. A local MP kindly donated funds to assist with our efforts.


Once we arrived we were met with much resistance on the spay and neuter. We talked and talked and talked about population control and the lifespan of Potcake’s out a dump and finally over the few days the residents agreed not to put poison down and that if they still had a problem in six months we would return.

Over the weekend of trapping we realized there really are not 50 dogs there might be 30 but in a community with only 50 people it seems overwhelming. 

The young man who runs the turtle encounter by the government dock was very concerned because the dogs were so hungry that they were coming down and eating the turtle eggs and baby turtles. We identified one resident that was extremely helpful to us to move forward with feeding stations at the dump to keep the animals away from the village.  We actually are working on a plan with The Bahamas National Trust to fund this by paying this resident in support of the green turtle habitat at Little Farmers Cay.

We caught Nugget in a cage on the backside of the dump the second morning we were there. She had been beaten terribly by the bigger dogs at the dump and was suffering from mange and malnourishment. (Many of the dogs had battle scars from the dump.) once we captured crouton we sedated her, gave her an iodine bath, spayed her and crated her up and took her with us on the boat ride back to Staniel Cay where we would catch our flight. She has had a very dramatic first few days around humans ! 

19 spayed and neutered 2 rehomed and many of the residents have been educated on the importance of Spay’s and Neuters!

Andros

In February the owner of Nathans lodge in Kemp’s Bay Andros called Lissa and asked for help. He had many roaming dogs that hang out on his property and although the tourist love them, they keep having puppies.

Lissa put a team together and chose he weekend of May 25 & 26 to go down and sent the Baark truck loaded with supplies at the beginning of that week.Fiona and Lissa went down on the day before to scout out the area, it was quite large, and set the traps for that night so we would have a full clinic ready to go in the morning when Dr Solomon arrived.  
Joining the team were also Brock, Callum, Joanne and Krystal!

The people of South Andros were so welcoming credibly helpful. There are many many dogs and cats but all are in really great condition! Many of the residents allowed us to place traps on their property and then helped us transport the animals when caught. We were SO busy that we even had to rent another truck to make sure took full advantage of our time there. 

Over two days we spayed and neutered 89 dogs and cats. It was a fantastic clinic and we will return as we could not get them all done. The community is eager to host the BAARK team again.

Education

While we were in Andros we took advantage of the opportunity to continue our outreach and education. BAARK was donated 40 supply filled school bags to give to the school of choice. (Donated by Equilibrium Events) We did a presentation to High Rock Primary in South Andros about the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.

Battered and Beaten Nugget looking for a Home
Battered and Beaten Nugget looking for a Home
The BAARK Truck Arriving in Driggs Hill, Andros
The BAARK Truck Arriving in Driggs Hill, Andros
Lissa setting a Trap at the South Andros Dump
Lissa setting a Trap at the South Andros Dump
Best Friends Buddy and Kitty came in together!
Best Friends Buddy and Kitty came in together!
Bluffy Rescued from Under a house in South Andros
Bluffy Rescued from Under a house in South Andros
Ava with her puppy Butch and his new collar
Ava with her puppy Butch and his new collar
School Bag with supplies
School Bag with supplies
The kids of High Rock Primary with their bags.
The kids of High Rock Primary with their bags.
With the Principle of High Rock Primary School
With the Principle of High Rock Primary School

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Mar 9, 2018

Baark! Report #19 - March 2018 - TNR

Kittens being trapped
Kittens being trapped

Baark! Report #19 - March 2018 - Spay/Neuter Update

Baark! has had a very busy start to 2018 - we have been doing lots of spay/neuter and TNR.  As the Bahamas is made up of many islands Baark carefully plans how we can help animals both locally (Nassau)  and in the family island clinics. this report we'll tell you about some recent stories of both.

Nassau - Recently, volunteer Aliya stumbled upon 3 small kittens and their mother living on the side of a busy street in a residential area. A few residents had also seen the 6 week old kittens running across the street, a very dangerous situation for the cats. 

As it turned out the kittens were living in the gated garbage area of one home but as they got bigger and older, they began to venture closer to the road in front of them, following their mother. The owners of the home had several large dogs in the backyard so the environment was not the best for the small kittens. Michelle and Aliya made a plan to trap the kittens and their mother before any harm could come to them. Luckily, they were able to trap 3 kittens and the mother in one trip. The mother was spayed by a local vet, ear clipped and returned to the area where she was found. Another cat-loving volunteer who lives in the area now regularly feeds the cat and checks on her. 

Unlike the mother cat who was more feral, the kittens were young enough to be socialized and adopted so they were not returned to the roadside. Michelle and Aliya had the kittens examined by a vet who was able to give them their first vaccinations and also have them spayed. One of the kittens had an abscess on her paw from a previous injury which was also treated while at the vet. Another kind volunteer, Christopher, agreed to foster the 3 kittens and help socialize them in order to help find them good homes. After about 2 months with lots of love and care, the kittens are now a few months old and just getting settled into their new homes and loving life. You can see from the photos of the kitten in the traps to now living happily in their fur-ever homes - Another happy rescue tale from Baark!

 Family Islands  - Baark ! has already been to and conducted spay/neuter clinics on the islands of Long Island, San Salvador and Staniel Cay, Exuma. Each clinic has a lot of planning whereby we send ahead equipment such as traps and crates and some medical equipment , also often our truck which acts as transport.  As these islands do not have a locally based veterinarian we need to arrange to send one (or two) along with techs and volunteers to help with the clinic. We work with local residents on each island to find a suitable building location and advertise the clinic in advance of our arrival.

Long Island resident Jackie headed up her local clinic helping us to complete 35 dogs/cats to be fixed - some people travelled from the opposite end of the island to bring in their pets.

The Staniel Cay Yacht club along with Nassau based volunteer Lissa helped spearhead that clinic.  While we decided some photos were too upsetting to show supporters at this time - one cat was bought into the clinic in a very distressed state.  It has an elastic band stuck around its head and mouth that had embedded into the fur over some time.  Luckily the vets were able to remove it and the cat has now been given a clean bill of health. This is just one of many examples of what we find and how we can help stray animals !

 

 

 

Kittens in foster care being socialized
Kittens in foster care being socialized
Lily now happy in her new home
Lily now happy in her new home
Cupcake exploring the outdoors
Cupcake exploring the outdoors
Dynamic Jackie with animals bought into the clinic
Dynamic Jackie with animals bought into the clinic
Elijah checking on his dog Lady!
Elijah checking on his dog Lady!
The Baark! van ready for action in Staniel Cay
The Baark! van ready for action in Staniel Cay

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