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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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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