Spay/Neuter 1,000 Stray Dogs & Cats in The Bahamas

by Baark!
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Gabby setting a cat trap
Gabby setting a cat trap

June 20th 2016 - Baark! Report #14 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

This quarter we've been super busy with spay and neuters, doing both clinics and having volunteers out on in the communities ‘stray busting’.  We helped facilitate a clinic in Andros May 21-22nd where 28 sterilizations were done in an area that does not get regular vet visits.

Then the following weekend, May 28th, we worked in collaboration with local veterinary practice Happy Pets Animal Hospital in the Gambier area, Nassau, collecting 37 dogs and cats in just one day. Gabby, aged just 14, was trapping for the first time and said although it was hard work it was a lot of fun and nice we are able to help animals who are in a bad situation. Laura, Baark's president was also trapping during the day commented how wonderful it was to work in collaboration with local vet clinics and all coming together to reduce the number of homeless and suffering animals here in The Bahamas.

These two clinics along with our other work has bought our spay/neuter total for 2016 to an amazing 812 !  Well on our target to the annual goal of 1,000 sterilizations.  Plus we have some very exciting news to share......these numbers give Baark! a total of 5,161 spay /neuters since we first started in 2010. We are incredibly proud of this achivement and its YOUR donations who have helped us reach this.  Thank you !

Summer may be a little quieter for spay/neuters due to the weather here being too hot for clinics but we will continue helping low-income families who need assistance with spay/neutering their pets.  We help make appointments, offer transport and vaccinations where necessary.

 

Education Update

In May  Baark! visited St Andrews school to speak to all the preschoolers about dog safety and spaying and neutering. Baark has strong ties with the St. Andrews preschool, and visits every year without fail. Mambo, our Baark canine ambassador, has been visiting this particular school since 2008! And this year we introduced Harriet to the school visits, so we can cover more children. Harriet is a rescue from a Baark mash clinic, who has the perfect temperament for meeting children. Next month Baark will sponsor two children from a local children's home, to attend a week long summer camp based at the Bahamas Humane Society. Baark! works closely with The Bahamas Humane Socitety as we have the common goal of helping the stray and roaming dogs and cats  and teaching about being kind to and respectful of animals. In fact, it is Baarks education volunteer, Shelley, who runs the two weeks of summer camp at the BHS, attended by 30 children.

Getting ready to sedate the dogs for surgery
Getting ready to sedate the dogs for surgery
The clinic and trappers - one big team
The clinic and trappers - one big team
A family brings in their pets for spay/neuter
A family brings in their pets for spay/neuter
Mambo in action
Mambo in action
Shelley & Harriet teaching how to pet dogs safely
Shelley & Harriet teaching how to pet dogs safely

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Spay/Neuter at the Nassau Landfill
Spay/Neuter at the Nassau Landfill

March 22nd 2016 - Baark! Report #13 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

It is just March of 2016 and so far Baark! have already completed almost 300 free or subsidized spay and neuters !

As well as handling calls/request from low income famlies for assistance we have run two clinics to tell you about in this report.

On Sunday January 31st Baark! was welcomed by Renew Bahamas to trap, neuter and return dogs that reside on the landfill site in the center of Nassau. Laura  (president of Baark) noted that after visiting the area several years ago she was pleasantly surprised to see vast changes, improvements and organization of the landfill. Baark! was happy to discover that the team at Renew Bahamas are supportive of the feral dogs living in the area but understanably wanted to maintain a healthy population. So we set up a one day MASH Clinic with local vets who volunteered their time to perform the surgeries. 15 dogs and 1 cat were trapped, neutered and released.  Julia, one of our clinic volunteers, who had spearheaded the operation had to say about the experience “The dogs are like a family, when we released the ones we had trapped back to the landfill after they had recovered from surgery their family members ran up to them, happy to see them back. It was such a rewarding experience to be a part of.”

Then during the first weekend in February, volunteers and local vets traveled to Nicholls Town on the island of Andros to team up with a local group  "Potcakes of Andros".  The MASH clinic there was open to the members of the public to bring in their animals, a number of volunteers also set traps for feral dogs and cats.  During the weekend an amzing 108 spay and neuters were performed! Volunteer Stephanie, who was part of the volunteer group said  “It is encouraging to see the change in the mindsets of people. When we started coming to Andros a few years ago to provide free spay and neuters, people were not interested, now they are seeing how much healthier their dog or cat is and we have so much support from the entire community.”

Since forming in 2009, Baark! has completed over 4,600 spay and neuters all over the Bahamas !

 

Education Update 

Baark! is actively promoting their spay/neuter and education projects to create cleaner, safer and more responsible communities in the Bahamas.

During January and February, the  Baark education team has met over 150 children in the preschool and Grade 1 of Claridge Primary and The Della & Stanley Wilson Preschool. Both schools provided very warm welcomes, with the children behaving impeccably. The children are always surprised to hear that Mambo and Harriet are Potcakes! After they have spent time learning how to be safe around dogs, why we spay or neuter our pets and how to be responsible pet owners, they enjoy meeting the dogs individually and practicing how to meet dogs safely.

 

 

Julia ready for trapping
Julia ready for trapping
Hall being used for the Andros clinic
Hall being used for the Andros clinic
Mum and Pups to all be spayed
Mum and Pups to all be spayed
Surgery during our MASH clinic
Surgery during our MASH clinic
Volunteers Steph and Tahnee busy trapping dogs
Volunteers Steph and Tahnee busy trapping dogs
Shelley & dog Harriet educating school children
Shelley & dog Harriet educating school children

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Volunteer Taylor setting the traps
Volunteer Taylor setting the traps

December 22nd 2015 -  Baark! Report #12

 

Spay & Neuter Update 

In our last report we gave you an update about a dog and her puppies that we had been made aware of by a concerned member of the public. We've also told you stories in the past about both wild cats and dogs which we trap for Spay/Neuter.  This quarter we've been busy with those types of things again but also we have been helping out The 'Breezes' hotel in Nassau and their 6 resident cats who live on the property.

The cats are fed and kept an eye on by members of staff who have grown very fond of them hanging around the pool area. They also get attention from a lot of guests and have even been known to have been invited to spend a night or two in guest rooms.  We are an advocate for having cats on large properties such as hotel sites as it keeps the rodent population to a minimum.

However the numbers do have to be humanely managed and this is where Baark! stepped up to help. After being approached by Breezes, our volunteers along with a local student Taylor who has chosen to help Baark! as part of her community service went along with traps, carriers and a supply of sardines.  The cats were actually very friendly and they were able to pick up 4 of the cats and put them straight into carriers.  Two of the shyer ones needed trapping but they went quickly in there and were taken to the vets for their surgery the next morning.  After being spayed/neutered and a quick wellness check, once awake the cats were returned to the property.  As you can see fromt the photos they were very happy to be back on the sand !

Baark! was very happy to see this example of a resort acting responsibly when it came to their cat managment and we were delighted to assist.

As ever, it is with the help of your generous donations that we are able to continue with such programs and keep on spaying/neutering to reduce the number of homless and suffering animals.

Our total sterilizations for the year so far is 700 ,  taking our grand total since our inception in 2009 to over 4000 spay and neuters !

 

Holiday Wishes !

Everyone at Baark! and on behalf of all the animals in the Bahamas, we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season followed by a happy, healthy 2016. We hope to continue to count on your support.

Some of the friendlier cats we picked up
Some of the friendlier cats we picked up
Let me out !
Let me out !
Sometimes 2 have to go in 1 !
Sometimes 2 have to go in 1 !
Covered and ready to go
Covered and ready to go
After being returned....first thing
After being returned....first thing's first !
They are well fed and well looked after here
They are well fed and well looked after here

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One of the puppies just found
One of the puppies just found

September 13th 2015 - Baark! Report #11

 

 

Spay / Neuter Update

 

Our volunteers handle many calls from concerned members of the public when seeing stray dogs or cats, those with puppies or kittens are a high priority to us and we try and handle these cases as soon as possible. Today we’ll give you an example of what happens….

Lisa, one of our expert trappers received a call from a lady who said a dog had puppies in her carport and she thought there were 3. On arrival there were no puppies in obvious site she said it was three pups. However after a full search of the surrounding area a local security guard alerted her to a large truck on a vacant property. After crouching down and crawling underneath, Lisa could see some puppies and there was more than 3! After going further under and with assistance of the security guard she was able to retrieve a total of 7 puppies from large dirty puddles of water. There were 2 males and 5 females approximately 4 weeks of age.

Unfortunately the mother dog was not around at the time but Lisa will go back to the area again to trap her to have her spayed. So we have 7 now lucky and healthy puppies but now happens? Fortunately for us we have some great fosterers and networkers who work tirelessly to find homes for these little pups. Candice is one of these great people who was able to find homes immediately for three of the puppies, and then a foster for the other 4 to which she also provided them with puppy food and goats milk for nutrition. We’re happy to say that the remaining 4 also have homes waiting for them when they are ready.

At 8 weeks old all of the puppies will get spayed/neutered paid for under Baarks program working with local veterinarians.

With all of these programs combined, our update for the year so far is 275 spay/neuters for dogs and cats.

 

Education

 

As you’ll know from your previous reports, education is also a big part of the work that we do, with school visits to educate children on how to be responsible citizens through humane treatment of animals and care for their environment. Studies have shown that cruelty to animals in adolescence can lead to violence towards people in adulthood. Hence why we want to speak to young minds and shape them into caring, accountable young adults. Our interactive presentations cover dog bite prevention, spaying and neutering and responsible pet ownership.

With school starting, Shelley our education co-ordinator, is busy making appointments for visits to grades 1 and 2 classes. We’ll give you more info and how they’ve been getting on in our next report !

 

 We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and generosity !

6 found, 1 to go
6 found, 1 to go
Feeling safe, secure and warm
Feeling safe, secure and warm
Daisy now in her new home !
Daisy now in her new home !
Max is now living with another rescue
Max is now living with another rescue

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Our May $10 promotion
Our May $10 promotion

June 1st 2015 - Baark! Report #10

 

Spay / Neuter Update

Baark! have been busy so far in 2015, we've been fundraising at our exciting new ‘Carnivale Night’ event and putting the money from that and your donations to work with our spay/neuter and education projects, creating cleaner, safer and more responsible communities in the Bahamas.

Due to the outbreak of Canine Distemper we are still unable to carry out any high volume MASH spay/neuter clinics for dogs but we have been working with local vets to continue sterilization of dogs either bought in by our 'stray busters' or owned pets.  We ran a promotion during the month of may for $10 spay and neuters, available to low income families who could transport their dog but would ordinarily unable to pay the full costs.

To reduce the risks of the distemper we have also been providing free vaccinations for dogs before their spay/neuter surgeries where needed.

Luckily cats are not affected by distemper and we have been able to continue high volume clinics, our latest was a mini one day clinic carried out on Sunday May 17th at the Bahamas Humane Society.  Owners were encouraged to bring in their cats in the morning and following the surgery they could be collected the same day. We also had several trappers at different locations bringing in cats for spay/neuter and a simple ear clip before being released back to their environments. We had a challenging yet fun experience trying to catch several illusive cats at a gas station on Paradise Island, the majority of cats there have already been fixed and observed us , seemingly with some amusement, as we were setting the traps!

With all of these programs combined, our update for the year is 189 spay/neuters compeleted, which includes 71 dogs and 118 cats. 

 

Education

We beleive that education on animal welfare works in tandem with the spay/neuter and is of utmost importance to our overall program's success. We have held two interactive kids camps at the Bahamas Humane Society this year, the first for 14 children from Gambier Primary School, ranging in age from 4 to 11 and the second for 23 Grade Three students from Adelaide Primary School. The youngsters learn about having compassion and respect for animals and how to be responsible pet owners. This is done through classroom-based activities, hands-on practical encounters with the shelter animals and question and answer sessions with Inspectors and staff.

Shelley Hardman is our education co-ordinator and runs these camps with so much passion and purpose.  She says she hopes that we are able to create and cultivate animal ambassadors for the future. With all the cruelty and neglect that we witness on a regular basis, not just towards animals but also amongst people, we are trying to create a future generation of compassionate individuals who are capable of great empathy toward their fellow Bahamians and the animals they share this beautiful Island with.

Baark! will carrying out more camps and visits once the schools return in September.

 

We'd like to take this opporutnity to thank you all for your continued support and genorosity - we could not make such a difference without you !

Advertising our Free Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
Advertising our Free Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
Master trapper/volunteer Vickie in action
Master trapper/volunteer Vickie in action
Im already fixed - check out my ear clip !
Im already fixed - check out my ear clip !
Volunteers helping with post surgery recoveries
Volunteers helping with post surgery recoveries
Devon playing with a puppy during kids camp
Devon playing with a puppy during kids camp
Jaylyn learns cats like to play too !
Jaylyn learns cats like to play too !

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Location: nassau, new providence - Bahamas, The
Website: http:/​/​www.baarkbahamas.org
Project Leader:
sarah kennedy
Nassau, New Providence Bahamas, The

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