The Animal Shelter will be holding a Spay and Neuter Clinic on October 24, 25 and 26 at Dr. Derrick Bailey’s Island Veterinary Clinic next to Abaco Hardware. This service is absolutely free to any persons with dogs who cannot otherwise afford to have these animals spayed or neutered. Persons are encouraged to bring in their own pets and inform the clinic or Abaco Shelter of any other dogs they know of that need bringing in.
Volunteers will be available on those days to trap any stray animals and bring them in to be spayed or neutered. During the previous spay and neuter clinic from April 25-27 200 animals were spayed or neutered.
It is very important to have animals spayed or neutered not only for their own well-being but to reduce the numbers of stray dogs on the streets. These dogs not only suffer but often bite and cause a very bad image for our visitors. In six years one female dog and her offspring can produce almost 70,000 pups. A female will come in heat every six months from the age of five months and have an average of 6-10 pups in each litter.
This cycle must be stopped to reduce the number of stray dogs throughout the island.
Financial donations are needed to assist with the operation of this spay and neuter clinic and may be made by check to Pop’s Animal Shelter or online. Please make it clear if the donation is for the Spay and Neuter Clinic or Shelter Care. Donations of sheets, towels, Q tips, cotton balls, alcohol, garbage bags, bleach, dog food and newspapers are also needed and may be dropped off at the following locations: Island Properties in the Iggy Biggy Complex, Java Coffee shop and the Jib Room.