Every Friday, as many as 50 dogs and several cats are put down at the Government Pound. With your help, we can shift the focus from killing suffering animals to prevention, through spay & neuter programs and public education on responsible pet ownership.
Whenever we talk to people about
spay or neutering their animals, most are in total agreement. The idea of
operation potcake which took place last year and helped alter 2,315 animals
here in Nassau was well received and highly supported. We found that most
people, even non animal lovers are in favor of lowering the number of “nuisance
animals” here on the island. By nuisance animals they mean the potcakes that
litter the streets, homeless and abused. But when we asked them if they had spayed
or neutered their animal, we get a different story. “No, my dog is a pure
breed, I cannot spay her!”
We have to ask it; why is there
such a difference of opinion when it involves sterilizing potcakes vs. pure
We have heard the excuse pure
bred dogs are so much cuter than potcakes. Sorry, but have you seen a potcake
puppy, and can you claim any sense of originality in the look of a pure bred?
There are similarities for our Bahamian Potcakes but each one offers a unique
look, we are sure there is one at the Humane society for you!
Another reason we encounter for
not spaying or neutering their pure bred animals is because the person has
intentions of breeding the animal to sell the puppies or kittens. They firmly
believe that they will be able to sell every animal that is produced and
therefore do not believe they are adding to our stray dog population. This is
simply not true, there are many pure bred animals that end up on the streets or
shelters because they not able to be sold and then are simple discarded.
Please encourage your friends and family to
spay and neuter their dogs and cats, all of them – pure breeds and potcakes
alike. Consider adopting not shopping for your next dog or cat, the difference
starts with you and the stance you take in your family.
spay and neuter your animals.- All your animals!
ensuring your animal cannot produce more litters you are saving lives and
decreasing the suffering of unwanted animals.Please consider donating or helping with Baark!’s efforts to improve
animal welfare in the Bahamas.
Every Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm, Baark! organizes a dog walk for all the dogs
in the Bahamas Humane Society shelter.
arrive with leashes in hand to take the eager dogs out for a much needed walk
around their neighborhood. The dogs have spent most of the week in their
kennels and are needless to say, more than excited to get going. Once the leash
is in place, the dogs pull and the humans lead all in a blur of excitement.
is a slight chaos that continues for 10 minutes at the start with everything
needing to be sniffed at and examined by the curious canine nose. But soon
after, the dogs settle into the walk and a calm to comes over them. It was
almost as if they remember how to be a dog. Nose the ground, tongues hanging
out and the occasional grateful look back towards the human walking them. The
tails however are the most noticeable. Wagging tails everywhere, such happiness,
such joy for these wonderful beings.
volunteers they would unfortunately be stuck in their cages. All it took was
the ability to open the cage, but it was not something that the dogs could do
for themselves. A cage was holding these dogs back until the doors were opened,
allowing them the space to be the fabulous dogs they were meant to be.
in a shelter, while keeping them alive and safe is hard for dogs. Dogs tend to
be more stressed and often have a hard time gaining weight and keeping their
coat healthy. All due to stress, The staff at the shelter do amazing jobs with
such care but the bottom line is that it is not a natural place for an animal
to be and therefore stressful.
Why does Baark! do
this? Because although our primary focus is our spay and neuter programs we
recognize there are many dogs that still require a forever home and deserve to
live with respect and compassion. We support the Bahamas Humane Society’s
massive efforts to take in needy and helpless animals. We want to help the dogs
find their homes and believe that helping them socialize around safe humans is
one way to help them with successful adoptions.
is proud to provide this small but important service to the amazing dogs at the
Bahamas Humane Society. Please consider joining us on Sundays at 4:30pm for
this marvelous hour of dog walking.
Please spay and neuter
your animals, this simple procedure saves lives and decreases the suffering of
This column is proudly
brought to you by BAARK!
The Bahamas Alliance for
Animal Rights and Kindness
Written By St
Andrews School students: Emily Wilson and Hope Nevins
For our St Andrews
School vocational experience we had the amazing opportunity to work with
Shelley and Baark (Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness) to help
spay or neuter dogs. This is a free service for strays and pet owners who
cannot afford to pay for it themselves. Throughout the course of three days we
have gained new knowledge and understanding of this amazing non-profit organization
and the treatment of animals in this country.
On the first day of
the vocational we went straybusting with Shelley in the South Beach community.
We met lots of new faces, both dogs and humans. To begin, we visited a location
with five potcakes that had to be spayed and neutered to avoid unwanted litters
of puppies. Trapping the dogs humanely and lifting them in the van was a
challenging but we were able to get the job done. We then continued down the
street and met Ricardo, the interesting yet loving owner of two beautiful
potcake puppies. We were able to take the pups for their first vaccinations and
worming, another service Baark provides in addition to spaying, to prevent the
spread of fatal puppy diseases. In the same neighbourhood we met 4 additional
dogs that required Baark’s assistance.
The following day we
collected the dogs from the vet after their surgery. The dogs were all given
wormer and vaccinations. Unfortunately, one puppy was suffering from jaundice
caused by leptospirosis and had to be euthanized as he was going downhill
rapidly. The dog was contaminated from the urine and feces of rats, this
disease results in the yellowing of the skin and gums. This personally affected
us both, and highlighted the importance of puppy shots!
During the course of
our days we observed some poor conditions that dogs are kept in, including
being chained, not fed properly, or having adequate shelter. We were not
expecting to see this. However it was a surprise to see that these dogs can
still be friendly despite what humans have done to them. It is heartbreaking to
witness the human neglect that these poor dogs go through. However thanks to
Baark! and the Bahamas Humane Society, a lot of these dogs get the help that
they need, whether it’s rescue or working with their owners to improve their
The last three
days have been extremely fun even though we’ve been through a lot. Some aspects
have truly broken our hearts, but thanks to Shelley and the BAARK team we know
there is hope for other dogs. Shelley and other Baark volunteers give a new
meaning to the term “dog lovers”. We owe them a lot for what they spend their
days doing without getting paid, it’s truly inspiring and we hope one day we
can be as empathic and caring as they are
Please spay and neuter your animals, this simple procedure saves
lives and decreases the suffering of unwanted animals.
This column is proudly brought to you by BAARK! the Bahamas
Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness.