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Mar 3, 2015

March 2nd 2015 - Baark! Report #9- GlobalGiving

Very sweet cat that was caught for Spaying
Very sweet cat that was caught for Spaying

Spay/Neuter Update

 Thanks to all of your generous donations we’re thrilled to tell you that Baark! exceeded our goal and completed an amazing 1,128 spays/neuters in 2014!

With a combination of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and assisting low income families we were able to sterilize 755 dogs and 373 cats. This will literally save THOUSANDS of unwanted puppies and kittens being born homeless or ending up in already crowded shelters.  Its our pleasure to report back to you that every dollar of your hard earned money that you donate to us goes towards helping us continue these successful programs in the Bahamas.

A Special Story 

After being spotted by a concerned animal lover, our trappers went to catch a cat hanging around a sports bar. She was picked up for a routine spay and was due to be returned the next day.  However this lovely girl was particularly friendly and super sweet, everyone who came into contact with her thought she was something special.  So instead of letting her straight back to the area our volunteer fostered her and tried to find her a home.  As luck would have it there was a family saw her picture and thought she woul make the perfect sister for their year old cat.  After literally a few hours together Angelica told us "She's perfect. She loves the other cat and she's walking around like she's been here forever". What a happy ending for this kitty, now named 'Diamond' !

 

Education

Education is a very important side of our work. We arrange interactive summer camps and our volunteers go into local schools and teach children about being safe around dogs, being kind to animals and how to care for their pets .  We also specifically teach about the importance of spay/neuter and how this has such a long lasting impact.  We hope they then take this knowledge back to their families and grow up to become responsible pet owners themselves.  Recently volunteer Shelley and her dog Mambo went into a local primary school, the kids had a great time learning and Mambo loved all the attention !

Now 'Diamond' here with her new owner
Now 'Diamond' here with her new owner
Learning to love animals !
Learning to love animals !
Mambo & Baark! Volunteer Shelley At A Local School
Mambo & Baark! Volunteer Shelley At A Local School

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Nov 4, 2014

Baark! Spay/Neuter Update November 2014

Cat going towards a Trap
Cat going towards a Trap

November 3rd - Baark! Report #8 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

Thanks to your generous donations Baark! has completed 937 spay and neuters so far this year, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 1,000 for 2014. As a fully volunteer organization, ALL of your donation amount goes directly towards the cost of spay/neuter so we could not have achieved this without your support.

Unfortunetly our normal spay/neuter program for dogs has been set back this year because of the canine distemper virus being so serious in Nassau, Bahamas at the moment. However we are still working on TNR (trap-neuter-return) for the feral cat population, trying to reduce numbers in the most effective and humane method possible.  We also continue to assist with pet owners who cannot afford to or dont have the means to take their cat to the vet for spay/neutering.

 

A Note of Thanks

This quarter we wanted to share with you a note we'd received from a happy client of ours.  She did not own cats herself but had experienced the problems of ferals in the neighbourhood.  We are grateful she contacted us and we very happy to assist.  Here is a note from Kim H....

I contacted your organization, about the dilemma we were facing, with stray cats in Nassau East South. One cat took up residence in the garage of the home in which I live and her presence attracted three male strays. As a result, she had eight kittens. They are now adults. The three male strays were constantly attacking and mating with the other cats. Most of them got pregnant.

I was put in touch with Aliya Carey, who assisted us with getting the cats spayed and neutered. I have to admit I was reluctant at first to want the cats back but Aliya when came, she assessed the situation, and told us that is was Baark's policy to return cats after neutering. She explained if not reproducing stray cats could actually be good for a community, they help make sure no rats are in the area.  All of the cats were not caught at once. Aliya had to make several trips. Because of her determination and patience, she was able to trap all nine cats, along with one
of the wild male strays.

My gratitude and appreciation goes out to your organization, and in particular, Aliya, and the vets who took time to collect the cats and transport them in their vehicles, to the clinic, where they were spayed and neutered.

Since then the cats have been a lot less of a nuisance in the area, much quieter and as Aliya predicted no rats either.

Your organization is invaluable and a Godsend. I know this is not an easy task. You are certainly making a difference.
Much thanks to you and your organization for the unselfish assistance you give to the community and in turn, the country.

 

For the rest of 2014....

We'll be continuing our spay/neutering of cats an we'll do some promotions for low-income families such a '$5 felines' encouraging people to come forward and get their pets fixed before the holiday season.  We will also be in close contact with the BVMA (Bahamas Veterinary Medical Association)for updates about the canine distemper and as soon as we are able we'll be once again setting up dog spay/neuter clinics too.

We'll also be continuing with our education work in the community, teaching about the importance of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.

Stray cats getting fed
Stray cats getting fed
Cat neutering is a extremely quick easy surgery
Cat neutering is a extremely quick easy surgery
Kitten post surgery
Kitten post surgery
One of our amazing dedicated volunteers
One of our amazing dedicated volunteers

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Aug 4, 2014

Baark! Spay/Neuter Update August 2014

Cat Trapping In Action
Cat Trapping In Action

August 3rd - Baark! Report #7 - Global Giving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

Thanks to your generous donations Baark! has completed 857 spay and neuters so far this year, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 1,000 for 2014. As a fully volunteer organization, ALL of your donation amount goes directly towards the cost of spay/neuter.

 

Meow!

This report we wanted to tell you about our work with cats. We realized that not everyone is aware that Baark! also spay and neuters cats aswell as dogs and they are just as important in our work towards reducing the number of homless and suffering animals. Day to day we see less cats on the streets than dogs as they are nocturnal animals and much shyer around people.  Although it is hard guess their population in the Bahamas, it is estimated there are even more stray cats than dogs at over 20,000. Adult feral cats are not adoptable and those brought to a shelter are almost always euthanized. Our spay/neutering of cats mostly come following calls from people who have seen feral cats in their area of home or work. We 'ear clip' stray cats so that we can easily idenity which ones have been fixed.

 

Why T-N-R (Trap-Neuter-Return)

  • Stabilizes Feral Cat Colonies - it is proven that colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time.
  • Cats are healthier - health benefits of spay/neutering includes an improvement in cat's coat condition,  better chance of weight gain and elimination of risk of certain cancers. Baark! also provides a vaccine at the time of sterilization.
  • Reduces Nuisance Behaviour - Neutered male cats show less mating behaviors like roaming, yowling, spraying, and fighting. Not only are cats healthier but they are safer too, they are much more quiet for the neighbourhood.

 

A Happy Tail

On occasion we come across very young kittens that can be socialized, this role is taken on by our volunteers who foster kittens until they can be adopted.  

Recently when trapping a large colony of cats we found 4 young kittens around 3 weeks old under a large rock. They along with their mother were taken in for spay/neuter.  The mother cat was returned after her surgery and now no longer has to worry about feeding and bringing up her 4 kittens and getting pregnant again in a few months time. The kittens were fostered and when old enough adopted into loving homes.  Jack and Jill now live with two children and two dogs keeping them busy all the time.  Oscar and George have a very special brotherly bond and went to live in New York !

Unfortunetly there is not such a happy ending for all kittens born homeless, but with your help and support of Baark's spay/neuter program we can save thousands of being born each year into a life of suffering.  Our work DOES make a difference and we couldnt do it without you ! 

Kitten Post Surgery
Kitten Post Surgery
Mother Cat Being Returned
Mother Cat Being Returned
Cat that has been 'ear clipped'
Cat that has been 'ear clipped'
Oscar learning to drink milk from a bowl
Oscar learning to drink milk from a bowl
Oscar and George today in their happy home
Oscar and George today in their happy home

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