Much needed medical supplies were donated to Operation Potcake by Ports International.

The Solution to the Street Dog Problem in New Providence

What is Operation Potcake?

‘Operation Potcake’ is a 10 day high volume, high standard cat and dog sterilization campaign, often called a MASH clinic (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) targeting up to 2,000 of the unowned and loosely owned cat and dog populations of New Providence.

The cats and dogs will be sterilized in large numbers so that the populations are unable to reproduce and start to decline naturally. The animals will be treated for internal and external parasites and vaccinated against disease. The goal is a healthy population of cats and dogs who cannot reproduce.

EVERY animal protection organization on New Providence has joined forces to form a coalition to organize this campaign, in conjunction with Animal Balance, an international NGO who assists islands with humane animal management strategy. The local organizations are; The Bahamas Humane Society, The Veterinary Association Medical Association of the Bahamas, The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture, BAARK!, Stray Busters, ARK, Proud Paws, and Pink Potcake.

What About The Future?

Operation Potcake will address the cats and dogs who will probably never see a vet in their lives, while the New Providence 5-Year Low Cost Spay and Neuter Initiative will continue to address the sector of the populations who have owners in low income areas. The Veterinary Medical Association of the Bahamas (VMBA) has pledged to sterilize 60 animals a week at a cost of $50 per animal, which totals 3,000 animals per year. The VMBA states

“It is anticipated that Operation Potcake’s contribution during 2012 would give a substantial boost to the total number of spays/neuters during the first year of our five year project. If, indeed, a total of 5,000 dogs and cats are spayed/neutered during 2012, [3,000 by members of the V.M.A.B. and 2,000 by Operation Potcake] this would provide an almost immediate reduction in the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the subsequent years, and would effectively jump-start the 5 year program”

Contact Email for Operation Potcake: potcake2013@gmail.com

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