Volunteers gathered on the grounds of Friends of the Environment on the weekend of November 18, where the large covered porch and a separate room had been made into a temporary Spay and Neuter clinic.
62 animals, mostly dogs, underwent surgery during the three-day period. The procedures were performed by Dr. Chantae Wildgoose from Freeport and Dr. D’eYanza Hanna. Many volunteers were involved, among them Donna Rees, Leisa Plummer, Nancy Mayo, Chris and Molly Roberts, Cinda Parks, and a regular clinic volunteer from Nassau, Tahnee Harvey. They received the animals, tagged them, took care of them after the surgery, and handed them back to the people who had brought them.
Dr. Wildgoose arrived from Freeport on the first plane Friday and was already starting the operations by 9 a.m., joined by Dr. Hanna. They concluded procedures for the day around 7:30 p.m. Saturday was an even longer day for the group, with the crew closing up after 8 p.m.
Dr. Wildgoose was back bright and early on Sunday morning to perform some of the last surgeries. She was leaving back for Freeport in the afternoon.
While performing the last details of the final operation of the weekend, Dr. Hanna mentioned that he had just graduated from Veterinarian School at the University of the West Indies. He has presently no fixed job, but helps local veterinarians when the need arises. He will be participating again in the next Spay/Neuter Clinic that will be held in Cooper’s Town on December 9 & 10. The surgeries will take place in the mobile clinic, mentioned another volunteer, Julie Whittingston from Treasure Cay, who will also help in Cooper’s Town.
Rees explained that there is now a greater participation from the public. More people know what the clinics are about and are willing to bring their animals to be “fixed.” The clinics are an easy way to have the animals taken care of, but Mrs. Rees said that people can bring their pets any time for free spaying or neutering.
The Spay/Neuter Clinic was sponsored by the Royal Potcake Rescue of Atlanta and by the local bake sale organized by the Abaco Shelter.