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.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Baark! On: Our Weekly Sunday Dog walk
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