President of BAARK Laura Kimball with another kitten looking for a home
At present the Bahamas Humane
Society Shelter is over flowing….we have too many of everything… too many
puppies, too many dogs, too many kittens, too many cats and lo and behold too
many rabbits !!! Not enough homes!
Break down in numbers:
25 Puppies and
If you could but see that amazing
array of cats and dogs we have, mixtures, crossbreeds, big, small, long fur,
short fur….every colour and personality…
We are not a “no kill” shelter,
but deep down inside that would be THE dream, huh?
However we really HATE the idea
of putting to sleep (nice term for killing) a dog, or cat, or any animal for
that matter just because there is no room for them, no space in the inn…not a
corner to shelter them…but I am so sure that these animals will make wonderful
pets for people needing one in their home.
At a shelter you painstakingly
care for the animals to the very best of your ability. Each and every animal,
found or surrendered, has a full check up, bath and their personality is
evaluated… unless there is something seriously, drastically wrong with the
animal they are admitted into an adoption area and then the long haul of
looking for a home / being chosen starts…
These animals crave attention, we
give then what attention we are able to, a stroke behind the ear here, a nose
stroke through the chain link there… never enough, but a start. The staff bring
some dogs and kittens into the office for a few hours a day to get used to
being indoors and with people…the dogs play in the paddock with fellow adoptees
if they are friendly enough…and then there is the Sunday Dog Walking Club that
comes and takes the adoption dogs out for a wonderful walk at Fort Charlotte.
God bless this group of wonderful and kind hearted people organized by BAARK…
what a wonderful opportunity for these dogs to have a couple of hours
interacting with humans, stretching their legs and may-be, just may-be somebody
will see them and want to home them.
I appeal to people to stop before
buying a dog or cat right now, in fact stop and think before breeding your dog
or cat, or worse still letting them breed because you never bothered to have
them fixed or keep them in. This is a particular time of need…there are so many
animals being surrendered weekly, perhaps because of the economy (sorry Mr.
Roberts, said it again!), perhaps because of what I wrote about last week, the
fact that people do not honour the commitment between pet and owner. Perhaps
because we are just not a caring country!
Get me outta here!!!! Fudge (the canine) rescued from certain death at the pound on Thursday morning
Whatever the reason, the bottom
line is that there are hundreds of good, beautiful, cats and dogs out there
begging for homes. At the Bahamas Humane Society we have 135 animals looking
for homes…in Nassau, but that’s not ALL…
Natalia Nunez has lots of rescues
she is caring for, BAARK has others in foster homes…people all over New
Providence are looking for forever homes. Not to mention the abandoned,
homeless, abused, ignored and starving animals in the out islands…Grand Bahama
is overflowing, thank God for those lovely people in Miami who helped them in a
time of need, but it’s not over. Soon Grand Bahama will be full again…we have
got to try and help get ourselves out of this terrible situation. There is a
way and there can be a plan but it has to be embraced by everybody, not just
the conscious few.
your pet spayed and neutered
your neighbours to do the same.
your own dog on your own property
your neighbours to do the same.
don’t buy, and open up your heart to the homeless.
your local animal group, financially or personally. There are things you can do
to help that cost you no money.
kind, care, love and give…
If we in the Bahamas could follow
those seven steps, in a few years our stray dog and feral cat problem would be
greatly reduced, perhaps even gone… Cruelty would not be an issue (be kind,
care, love, and give…remember?)
And of course, the word nobody
really likes to bring up: MONEY… to continue with a rigorous spay and neuter
programme it costs money… The animals don’t get neutered for free; the bills
have to be paid…by whom? We at the Bahamas Humane Society are constantly trying
to think up new and inventive ways to raise money. We strive to be in the press
to keep you informed as to what we are doing so that perhaps you might like to
give us a donation soon…every little penny counts…Sometime people slip me
$20.00 and say apologetically “it’s not much”…NOT MUCH! If everybody gave me
$20.00 we could tackle this problem starting today and be able to have a clear
and defined difference in five years time, a noticeable difference…It takes a
Please, one and all: come out to
the Bahamas Humane Society and adopt a pet…give fluffy or Fido a home. Go to
sleep thinking that you made a difference, you may well have saved a life, a
small heartbeat, but a life that will love you, and cherish you and defend you
for their entire life…
As Anatole France said -
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains
Time to wake up
Andreas with kittens exploring !
About the author:Kim Aranha grew up in the
Berry Islands with her first dog, a beloved potcake named “Friendly” (who was
anything but!). First educated at home, and then in boarding school in
Switzerland, Kim moved to Rome, Italy in 1974 to pursue a career in the
dramatic arts and ended up working as an interpreter. She moved back to The
Bahamas in 1980, and now lives in Nassau with her husband Paul, and their two
grown sons. Kim has 3 dogs, 3 goldfish fish, a tank of freshwater exotic fish,
11 turtles (2 babies, 6 adolescents. 3 adults), 1 Asian box turtle and 4 Budgerigars.
Her idea of relaxing is being home to take care of all her pets. Kim is
President of the Bahamas Humane Society, and serves on the board of BREEF, and
is co-chairman of the Bahamas Sea Turtle Conservation Group. Kim can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org