January 18th – 28th
A collaboration of the Bahamas Humane Society, Baark! and Animal Balance, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism and the VMAB to humanely and kindly reduce the dog and cat populations of the Bahamas.
A project fueled by compassion and infused with synergetic love for all.
In 2012 the Bahamas Humane Society asked Animal Balance if they would organize an island-wide high volume spay and neuter (HQHVSN) clinic to humanely manage the island of New Providence’s escalating dog population. Baark! joined forces with Animal Balance and the Bahamas Humane Society, and we formed Operation Potcake.
After a year of planning, over 100 international veterinary medical volunteers flew into New Providence. Together, we held 5 HQHVSN clinics at precise points across the island where there were high numbers of dogs, as indicated by the local census. We held 5 clinics for 10 days and spayed and neutered 2,315 dogs.
It was the largest island-wide HQHVSN event that had ever been held. It was the first time that spay/neuter activists from across the world had come together. From this event, new HQHVSN non-profits were formed and the advocacy for HQHVSN events took a huge leap forward as now we were all connected.
Since 2013, Baark! and BHS have been holding further clinics in the outer islands and annual clinics on New Providence.
Over the past 13 years Baark! has spayed and neutered nearly 30,000 dogs and cats, and more than 6,000 of those have been done since April 2022 with the addition of Baark!’s mobile clinic program. Baark!’s mobile clinic program operates 5 days a week in New Providence assisting and educating low-income communities.
NOW, we are coming together once again, post pandemic, to bring the spay/neuter professionals together again to help the islands provide humane population control for the impoverished areas of the islands.
Since the pandemic, the dog population has exploded, BUT with your help, we can spay and neuter 3,000 dogs and cats in 8 days in January of 2024.
Potcakes are local dogs, a mix of many different breeds. They may resemble a typical pariah dog or have hound, mastiff, spaniel, terrier, or retriever characteristics.
Although appearance varies, potcake dogs generally have smooth coats, cocked ears, and long faces. A “Potcake” is a Bahamian word for the crusty, leftover food that remains in the bottom of a traditional pot of rice mix. People fed the potcake to the stray dogs.
Here are the ways in which you can help us
To make this event happen, we need you to invest! Please make a donation to our Global Giving Project or through Animal Balance, The Bahamas Humane Society or Baark! for Operation Potcake.
All four NGOs are registered 501 c (3)’s in the USA:
Can you donate medical items?
Are you interested in investing with a grant from your organization? In return, we will place your logo on all of our advertising materials across the island, plus across the internet.
Can you donate meals, accommodation, transport or another way to support this incredible event?
If you are interested in volunteering and do not live on the Bahamas
If you would like to volunteer and you do live in the Bahamas
Operation Potcake 2024
What are the Outcomes?
3,000 spays, neuters and vaccines for New Providence dogs in 8 days
Creating a healthier environment and reduces the suffering of ALL species
Reducing the dog population, reduces the disturbance behaviors of free roaming Dogs
Reduces the pressure on the BHS, so that they can manage the shelter residents and ensure that they receive the necessary treatments prior to adoption
Boosts Baark!’s efforts to control the island cat and dog populations, increasing the impact on cat/dog population management across the island for years to come.
Increases the visibility and understanding across the island of spaying and neutering and vaccination of pets
Demonstrates to the world that the Bahamas, led by the Bahamas Humane Society, is a leader in humane cat/dog management
Potcake Census Data of 2021
THANK YOU for pledging your resources, for investing in the future of Nassau, being part of an event that changes the entire island in a positive way, fueled by COMPASSION for all.
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