Operation Potcake 2024 will take place January 18-28th. A mass spay/neuter program with the aim to sterilize 3,000 animals in eight days. A collaboration of the Bahamas Humane Society, Baark! and Animal Balance, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism and the VMAB to humanely and kindly reduce the dog and cat populations of the Bahamas. A project fueled by compassion and infused with synergetic love for all.
Approximately 17,000 stray dogs, plus about the same amount of cats roam seeking food, water and shelter, fighting over limited amounts of food. Stray dogs and cats and can suffer painful diseases, some are hit by cars and others are poisoned. Thousands of animals are unnecessarily euthanized each year. The one shelter in Nassau is constantly full and overwhelmed. Since the pandemic, the dog population has exploded - many people not being able to afford to feed or keep their pets.
3,000 spay/neuters and vax for Nassau dogs and cats in 8 days will: Create a healthier environment that reduces the suffering of ALL species Reduce the disturbance behaviors of free-roaming dogs Reducing pressure on the BHS, so that they can better manage the shelter residents Improve cat/dog population management across the island for years to come Educate about spaying and neutering and vaccination of pets Demonstrate to the world that the Bahamas is a leader in humane cat/dog management
Spay, Neuter & Education is the ONLY WAY to make an impactful and lasting change. One unaltered female dog and her subsequent offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years.*(peta) An unspayed female cat and their offspring, producing two litters per year, can produce well over 100,000 kittens in five years. Less stray animals also provide safer and healthier communities. Education will bring more compassionate behavior.