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BAARK! joins worldwide Spay Day campaign
By Laura Kimble
Feb 24, 2012 - 2:11:23 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - For the third consecutive year, local non-profit organization Baark! (Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness) joined in with hundreds of Spay Day events around the world during the month of February. World Spay Day is an annual campaign that creates a worldwide wave of spay/neuter awareness and promoting spay and neuter as a proven, effective means of saving animals’ lives.  

Funded by a grant from The Pegasus Foundation, Baark’s Spay Day took place on Saturday February 18th and consisted of two different projects, a community walk making appointments for spay/neuters and an education program for 35 children. President of Baark! Laura Kimble, spoke of her excitement about taking part in this event “ Baark! was proud to join in with World Spay Day” she said “it provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to come together towards a common goal – a global, united solution to end the euthanasia and suffering of homeless animals, feral cats and street dogs”  

Following a pre-spay day community meeting, Baark! volunteers walked around the St. James Road area, off Mackay street, talking with residents about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spay and neuter. Shelley Hardman, a Baark! volunteer explained the key facts “spay/neuter is the ONLY way to prevent so many unwanted animals from suffering and roaming the streets” she said “ it also keep dogs and cats much healthier, a neutered pet is less likely to mark his territory and roam away from home’. With the help of Dr Dorsett from Nassau Pet Clinic they made appointments for FREE spays/neuters, each animal will also be de-wormed and vaccinated. They also ‘stray busted’ roaming dogs in the neighborhood by using the TNR (trap-neuter-return) method, for a total of 44 spay/neuters completed. Mr. Gibson of the Kemp Road Community Center said "we really appreciated Baark! taking an interactive approach to the problem that members of the community face.  Getting the children involved is key and they were very enthusiastic about taking part." 

The education portion of the event consisted of a field trip for the children to The Bahamas Humane Society courtesy of Dan Knowles Tours. There they were given a tour of the facility, educated about the different animals housed within and learnt about proper animal care. Dominos Pizza provided lunch and each child was given a gift bag to take home full of Baark! goodies and flip-flops donated by Contrax and Windermere SpaBaark! believes education about animal welfare is vital for future generations in The Bahamas, a society that places a value on all forms of life and minimizing suffering is, generally, more humane. Such societies therefore experience less violent crime” said Ms Kimble “We hope that through teaching and hands on experiences, these children will grow up being proud of and taking care of their countries animals”.  

Baark! is an entirely voluntary organization with no government funding. Earlier this year volunteers traveled with their van to Eleuthera to assist with a spay and neuter clinic, helping to sterilize 118 animals.  If you would like to be a volunteer or can donate to Baark! Information can be found on their website www.baarkbahamas.org
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