Spay and neuter clinics were held at Dr, Bailey’s Island Veterinary Clinic October 24-26. These clinics are completely free to people who cannot otherwise afford to have their animals spayed or neutered and are invaluable in helping to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets. Unfortunately, owing to the extremely rainy weather on Friday, numbers of animals having surgery this time were down.
During the inclement weather some owners brought in their animals and volunteers collected what animals they could in the rain. After the surgeries the stray animals were not released into the rain but kept overnight and released into the sunshine on Saturday.
Altogether a total of 112 animals were spayed or neutered- 76 dogs and 36 cats. Three veterinarians donated their time and expertise for this clinic- Dr. Chante Wildgoose from Freeport assisted by her vet tech, Stenicqua Beckles, also from Freeport, and Dr. Dwight Dorsett from Nassau. Dr. Bailey was called into Nassau for the weekend so was only able to operate on the Friday.
The areas focused on during these clinics were Dundas and Murphy Towns, Marsh Harbour, Central Pines, and the Mudd. Some animals were also brought in from Casuarina Point, Spring City and Sand Banks. Altogether 31 animals were brought in by owners while 87 were trapped on the streets by volunteers.
Since canine distemper is still a very large problem in Nassau distemper shots were given to all of the dogs. Persons wishing to protect their animals from distemper in the event that it could come to Abaco can take their dog at any time to Dr. Bailey’s clinic for a free shot. These free distemper shots have been organised by the Bahamas Humane Society which has sent over a large amount of vaccine along with some from the veterinary section of the Ministry of Agriculture.
In order to try and hit other far out areas two small clinics will be held shortly, one in Sandy Point November 8-9 and one in Fox Town December 6-7. The veterinarian for these clinics will be Dr. Bailey. Free distemper shots will also be given at both of these clinics.
The recent clinics were funded and put on by volunteers from the Abaco Shelter and Royal Potcake Rescue. Monetary donations are needed to help towards the funding of the next two clinics and may be made locally or online at the website Abacoshelter.org which is linked to PayPal. Donations of towels, sheets, paper towels, bleach, alcohol and garbage bags are also needed.