As most of you probably know, Nassau Bahamas faced a huge outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus that started in June of 2014 and raged for several months. The vets and local experts estimate anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 deaths of dogs - both owned and stray/roaming. It was devastating and proved how important spay/neuter and vacinnations are PLUS education/awareness. Please note - It is not transmittable to humans or cats. As a result we had to revamp our plan for this year's Operation Potcake because the Vet Association advised that with some cases of distemper still present we could not risk a large volume clinic.
SO! When life gives you lemons - you make lemonade. We have so many feral cats on this island, and they get overshadowed because they are not as visible as the dogs. We always talked about focusing on the cat issue and here was our chance.
Between January 29th and February 2nd 2015 406 cats were spayed or neutered! We had close to 40 cat traps out and about (25 brand new traps were purchased just for this project), close to 100 carriers, mostly borrowed and some we purchased for this project which we can use for future projects.
We had volunteers out in communities trapping, people calling us to tell us where there were cats that needed trapping, people bringing in cats in all sorts of inventive methods of transport and in 5 days we spayed and neutered 406!!! On the Saturday we actually hit 100!
We worked out of the Bahamas Humane Society Shelter so it was great to work out of a proper clinic. The vet/clinic team were amazing along with all the volunteers from people answering the phone to field inquiries, cleaning cages and out trapping and returning cats.
We are hoping to see less kittens at the shelter this kitten season :)
We are really pround of our 3 year progress for Operation Potcake! Thank you for your help. Without you it wouldn't have been possible.
2015 - Grand Total - 406 cats spayed and neutered in 5 days at 1 clinic
2014 Grand Total - 1184 dogs AND cats spayed and neutered in 5 days at 4 clinics
2013 Grand Total - 2,315 dogs spayed and neutered in 10 days at 5 clinics
We have planned another road count to see how the population of dogs is doing and will be comparing it to the data from our 2012 road count. Stay tuned... and thank you for your continued support!
Portion of Team
Recovering is hard work!