Operation Potcake 2024

by Baark!
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024
Operation Potcake 2024

Project Report | Feb 22, 2024
Operation Potcake 2024 - Final Report

By Tamara Morton | Project Administrator

**Summary Report: Operation Potcake 2024**


Operation Potcake 2024, was a collaborative effort between The Bahamas Humane Society, Baark! and Animal Balance, made a significant impact in addressing the stray animal crisis in New Providence, Bahamas. Over eight days, with the dedication of over 100 international veterinary professionals and nearly 100 local volunteers, the program successfully spayed, neutered, and vaccinated 2,253 cats and dogs across five clinic locations. The clinics, strategically positioned in densely populated areas, not only provided essential veterinary services but also raised community awareness about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

The success of Operation Potcake 2024 was made possible by the tireless efforts of the volunteer teams. From veterinarians and veterinary technicians to recovery care personnel and registration staff, each played a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of the clinics. Trappers, drivers, and runners facilitated the collection of animals, while cage cleaners, instrument cleaners, and autoclave operators maintained hygiene standards. Additionally, the involvement of child education specialists helped in engaging the community and fostering a deeper understanding of animal welfare issues.

The program received overwhelming support from the community, including endorsements from Prime Minister Philip "Brave" Davis and corporate sponsorships from esteemed partners. In addition to achieving its medical objectives, Operation Potcake 2024 sparked a national dialogue on animal welfare, highlighting the importance of sustained efforts to address the root causes of the stray animal crisis. Moving forward, plans for follow-up mini spay and neuter campaigns are underway to ensure the long-term impact of the program. Operation Potcake 2024 stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, community engagement, and compassion in creating positive change for animals and communities in need.


Baark!s President Laura Kimble was the clinic co-ordinator at East Street (one of the five clinics set up) Here is her account from the field.....
"Operation Potcake 2024 was an invaluable learning experience as an organizer and local clinic coordinator.  For me, this project began in May 2023 and slowly ramped up the closer we got to January 2024.  We started the month canvassing the communities and spreading the word.  Clinic set up for the 5 locations began on January 15th and our breakdown was completed on January 30th.  Carefully planning out logistics and communications were key.  We still have a lot of follow-up work left so its far from complete for the main committee.  
As a clinic coordinator our days began at 7am and finished at 7.30pm.  Approximately only 10% of our dogs and cats were brought in by their owners,  which made it very labour intensive as most of the dogs needed to be collected and then returned by our collection team.  We strategically focused on a specific area which we canvassed ahead of time.  We went up and down the streets one at a time, collecting any dog the owners would allow us to spay/neuter and that we could trap or collect.  
Most of the community was really grateful for our efforts.  We had great volunteers, a mixture of local people and those who had flown in all working together as a team which is very important.  We had a great flow going, worked very hard - along the way sharing good laughs and some hard moments.  It truly is such a deep bonding experience and these relationships built in the trenches of a MASH clinic will last a lifetime.  Every volunteer from those cleaning cages to those carrying out surgeries, are vitally important to the success and flow of a MASH clinic.  We dealt with litters of puppies who were abandoned and could not be returned.  Several dogs we collected were not doing well health wise and we were glad to be able to bring them off the streets.
All I can say is I am so grateful to have been a part of such a huge project.  It builds serious grit and pushes us to our limits yet its beyond rewarding.  We have made long lasting relationships with people who are eager to come back and volunteer with Baark! in the future so I am very excited about Baark's programs evolving going forward".  
Donations such as yours, knowing you share our goals and ambitions, really helped to boost the team on those long and hard working days so THANK YOU for being a part of this special program !


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Location: nassau, new providence - Bahamas, The
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Baark! (BaarkBahamas)
Project Leader:
Laura Kimble
nassau , new providence Bahamas, The

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