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.
A spay/ Neuter Clinic sponsored by the Royal Potcake Rescue located in Atlanta, GA, was held on Green Turtle Cay April 23-24.
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.
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.
Early Saturday morning on Dec 6, the sleepy little fishing towns of North Abaco buzzed with activity. Newcomers were seen combing the neighourhoods with open cans of dog food in their hands, making odd whistling noises as they walked in a half crouch through the houses. Trucks and trailers loaded with dog crates and traps, were spotted cruising slowly through the previously empty streets. It was a curious sight for the towns people. But the news had already travelled from Cedar Harbour to Fox Town in a coconut-telegraph minute. The North Abaco Spay and Neuter clinic had come to town.
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.
October is observed as 'Adopt a Shelter Dog’ month' in the United States and so this is a very appropriate time to give thought to be animal shelter here on Abaco. Sadly, too many people abandon their dogs which are often not spayed or neutered. They reproduce in large numbers and live malnourished lives on the streets.
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.
Approximately 200 animals were spayed and neutered during the Spay and Neuter Clinics held on April 25, 26 and 27. While a few of these were cats, the majority were dogs. This service was absolutely free and several community members who could not otherwise afford the charge brought in their dogs. However, most of the animals were stray potcakes brought in by volunteers who spent the three days catching stray animals.