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

by Baark!
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A cat awaiting surgery
A cat awaiting surgery

March 16th 2017 - Baark! Report #17

 

Spay and Neuter Update

In 2016 Baark! completed a total 1,803 spay and neuters ! We have started 2017 with enthusiasm and ready for action.

Almost all of Baark's volunteers are stationed in Nassau, New Providence, however Baark! tries to travel to other family islands of the Bahamas as frequently as possible to assist animal populations outside the capital. 

From March 3rd- 5th, 2017, 8 volunteers, 2 vets(Dr. Solomon and Dr. Dorsett) and 2 vet techs travelled to Grays, Long Island to carry out a spay and neuter initiative for the animals on the island. 

Although Dr. Dorsett is a frequent visitor to the island to provide private care, this was the first trip for Baark! to Long Island to provide free spay and neuter for the animals of the island.

In total, 126 spays and neuters were carried out over 3 days. Most were cats that had to be trapped by volunteers and then transported to the clinic site for surgery. Vet techs and volunteers assisted vets through surgery and particularly in aftercare where the animals are monitored closely following their operations. Feral cats that were trapped were then returned to their communities, where they were found, in order to live out the rest of their lives contently without adding to the population of cats on the island. Dogs that had been spayed/ neutered were also happily reunited with their appreciative owners. 

Equally rewarding as providing care to the animals was the support Baark! received from the community of Long Island. Being a first for the island, residents were eager, helpful and grateful for the assistance given. Through hard work and dedication, this initiative proved to be an invaluable experience to the volunteers, community members and most importantly, the animals of Long Island!

 

Education Update

 

 

On Wednesday March 8th, 22 Grade One students from Adelaide Primary School, New Providence, took part in a half day field trip sponsored by Baark! and the Bahamas Humane Society. Accompanied by volunteers from the school, the children participated in classroom based activities that centered on safety around dogs and kindness towards animals. They practiced techniques to protect themselves and how to approach dogs safely, preventing potential bites. They then toured the shelter, and were given the opportunity to put their new skills into practice! They socialised with adoption animals and saw the veterinary clinic in action. Last but not least they enjoyed a story about adopting a dog from a rescue and also colouring activities which focused on responsible pet ownership. 

 

The Baark! van travels on the ferry
The Baark! van travels on the ferry
Clinic setup
Clinic setup
Drop off / registration area
Drop off / registration area
Setting a cat trap
Setting a cat trap
Kids talk at The Bahamas Humane Society
Kids talk at The Bahamas Humane Society
Petting in the cat enclosure
Petting in the cat enclosure
Poster advertising The Long Island Clinic
Poster advertising The Long Island Clinic
Kitten Rescue
Kitten Rescue

December 16th 2016 - Baark! Report #16 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

It has been our very best year so far and in 2016 we have completed more than 1,600 spay and neuters. WOW.  As you know our goal for the year is 1,000 so we are extremely proud to have exceeded this and also extremely thankful to YOU for taking the time to donate to our cause and support our program.

Every day is different for Baark! volunteers and today we'll share a quick story of an unexpected kittens rescue.

After receiving a call from Nassau Flight Services about some stray cats that needed trapping for spay/neuter -  on returning 11 cats after surgery, trapping volunteers Natalie and Sarah heard tiny meows. Following quite a dramatic search including breaking down of a door and crawling into a very small and dirty space, we found 6 tiny kittens. Luckily we were able to recatch their mamma who helped bring them up along with our fosterers. Sadly one kitten did not make it  (another reason why spay/neuter is so important) However we had 5 kittens , 4 boys and 1 girl that through our network we were able to find wonderful homes for.

You can see more about this super sweet rescue in this video link:

  Kitten Rescue Video

Education Update

In November The Bahamas Homeschool Association met up with our Volunteer Education Coordinator, Shelley, to participate in the dog safety and pet responsibility program. As they do not have a classroom, we were kindly hosted by the BHS and enjoyed a tour of the shelter as well.

We have also been in local schools and preschools with our ambassador "Mambo" spreading the message how to look after your pets and the importance of spay and neuter.

Bath Time
Bath Time
Kittens Growing Nicely
Kittens Growing Nicely
Two of our rescue kittens after adoption !
Two of our rescue kittens after adoption !
Hermoine Kitten - now named
Hermoine Kitten - now named 'Cher' with her buddy
Education day at the Bahamas Humane Society
Education day at the Bahamas Humane Society
Mambo leading the lessons at Harmony Pre-School
Mambo leading the lessons at Harmony Pre-School

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Two cats checking out the trap
Two cats checking out the trap

September 18th 2016 - Baark! Report #15 - GlobalGiving 

 

Spay/Neuter Update

We have been BUSY ! So far in 2016 we have already completed 1,263 spays and neuters !  WOW.  Our annual goal is 1,000 fixes so thanks to YOUR donations we have already exceeded this amount.  

Heres a story about the kind of things we get up to and how are programs are helping the community.

In early August Baark!  received a  pleading phone call from a family in the Marathon area in Nassau, Bahamas. Fredrica originally had a few cats she fed but only two had been spayed. She was now dealing with a growing colony of cats in her yard due to the breeding of the unaltered cats in her neighborhood.  

Volunteers Michelle and Aliya set out early on a Sunday morning to assess the situation and begin the TNR (trap, neuter, release) process. They found that not only were the cats in Fredrica's yard but they had also taken up residence on the neighbor's property, too. Within about an hour ,  4 cats were caught in traps, transported to the vet's clinic, spayed / neutered and returned to the yard where they were found following their recovery. One of the cats trapped and neutered is a friendly stray named 'Stretch', introduced to us by Fredrica's son.

A few weeks later we returned to Fredrica's  house where more kittens had since been born and were running the risk of being killed due to dogs in the neighborhood or cars . We were able to trap 7 cats in total , including 3 young kittens and a mama cat who we were sure was the mother of many a cat in this colony. On this visit, Michelle and Aliya had help Fredrica's son assisted them by closing  a trap door when one of the cats entered.  Again , volunteers transported the cats to the veterinary clinic where they were spayed and had their ears clipped ( identification showing a cat has been spayed or neutered). 

Since the spaying of the 11 cats in Fredrica's  yard , the population is already much more manageable and the family appreciated Baark!'s efforts. Plans are in the making to return to the house and continue the TNR process until all cats in the colony have been spayed. 
While we have aleady exceeded our spay/neuter goal , while we continue to fundraise we will keep working to do more snips, help people like Fredrica and continue to reduce the homeless and suffering animal populations.  Please continue to donate to help us !
This female kitten is now fixed
This female kitten is now fixed
This large male is about to be neutered
This large male is about to be neutered
Check out
Check out 'Stretch' and his ear clip
The group of cats at their feeding area
The group of cats at their feeding area

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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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Baark!

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