Abaco Shelter presently cares for approximately forty dogs and with more being rescued on a regular basis, the pens are getting too few and too small. Several compatible dogs are penned together, but sometimes aggressive dogs can find a way to their enclosure.
“There are too many dogs, said President Leisa Plummer during a meeting on March 21. They pack and they fight. More space has to be provided.”
During the meeting, all the volunteers and board members met to discuss a proposed extension. It would run 50ft in length on each side of the existing main building which is used to quarantine sick or hurt canines, administer care such as bathing and taking care of skin problems as well as storage for supplies.
During the meeting, each volunteer giving opinions and ideas and reviewed a prospective list of materials to build the extension which they hope could be completed before hurricane season.
Besides the use of a bulldozer to clear the grounds for the addition, fencing material, posts, gates and concrete are desperately needed to fence areas. Wood and material to build housing and shelving are also on the list as well as tarps and old camper tops to be used as roofs for protection against sun and bad weather. They are also hoping to obtain a few trees for additional shade.
More volunteers are also needed and money to pay hired help. Presently, approximately fifteen volunteers take turns to clean the pens and feed the dogs each day, seven days a week. They also check settlements where problems have been reported, such as too many puppies and injuries. Others, such as Mr. Chris Roberts make repairs to the existing structure.
The number of volunteers will shrink when second home owners and visitors leave the island.
Several spay/ neuter clinics have been held from Sandy Point to Crown Haven and Marsh Harbour where another clinic is to take place the weekend of April 24 to 26. Towels, sheets and supplies are also needed to run the clinic.
People willing to volunteer or donate can contact Mrs. Plummer at 365 4648.