Another highly successful spay and neuter clinic was held in Marsh Harbour during April, running the weekend of the 24th through the 26th. One hundred and forty three dogs and sixteen cats, males and females, were neutered or spayed under the determined care of talented veterinary professionals and volunteers.
Dr. Derrick Bailey of Island Veterinary Clinic provided the venue as well as his service together with Dr. Dwight Dorsett from Nassau and Dr. Chante Wildgoose and her assistant from Freeport.
The clinic was primarily organized by Abaco Shelter, but many Bahamian animal rescue organizations supported the event such as the Royal Potcake Rescue and BAARK which helped fund the clinic and the Bahamas Humane Society which donated 150 vaccine treatments.
Over a stressful three days, stray animals had to be picked up or trapped, transported to the veterinarian’s premises, catalogued and prepared for the surgery, then finally returned to their original location.
The usual volunteers such as Leisa Plummer, Chris and Molly Roberts, Dale Coteman, Donna Rees, Shirley Carroll, Jillian Albury, Bruce Ost and Nancy Mayo to mention only a few donated a lot of their time. Their efforts were also helped by ten extra visitors, some of whom came from Nassau and others who were lending an international hand from the United States and Canada.
The repeated spay/neuter clinics held regularly all over Abaco are aimed at combatting the overpopulation of stray animals as well as increasing their quality of life and reducing the potential spread of disease.
Three more clinics to be hosted in Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point and Cooper’s Town will take place before the end of the year.
The Abaco Shelter is in the process of planning an extension of the present kennel facilities in order to accommodate more dogs and create an even safer and healthier environment for the animals.
As always, vaccinated and spayed / neutered potcakes are cared for at the Abaco Shelter and are available for adoption to a caring home.
Contact the Abaco Shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for a good pet and companion.