New Providence, Bahamas – Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness (BAARK), take seriously their responsibility to protect animals in our communities. The organization teamed up with Nassau’s leading Waste Management Company, Bahamas Waste Limited, to host one of their three annual spay and neutering campaigns, known as MASH, Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital. The first event of the year saw the group perform procedures on nearly two hundred dogs and cats for free.
“Spaying and Neutering is a very important aspect of caring for domesticated animals” explained President of BAARK, Laura Kimble.
“Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your female pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases while neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.”
As part of the partnership with BAARK, Bahamas Waste (BW) – which is the only company in Nassau that offers premier hazardous waste disposal services – provided biohazardous waste collection, daily garbage services, on-site port a potties, and cleaning areas as well. “We’ve had the pleasure of partnering with BAARK on a number of their initiatives,” explained BWL Operations Manager, Ethelyn Davis. “From fundraising efforts such as their popular Potcakeman Triathlon and ‘Strutt your Mutt’ events, to more hands-on help in facilitating their spay and neuter clinics.”
According to Kimble, the MASH clinics take a huge amount of effort to organize and coordinate, “We have about 20-30 volunteers at the clinics, plus local vets provide the surgeries at a reduced price to make this vital service available for those who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets. Franny and Ethelyn make it so easy – I email them and they kindly assist and they are so reliable and it just takes a huge task off of our plates so we can focus on all the other tasks such as getting animals in and back home as quick as possible.”
Bahamas Waste staff help prep for the event and then come at the end of each day to empty all bins, clean the port -a-potties, and take away all bio-waste. The MASH events are paid for by private donors, local corporate sponsors, participants who support their many events, as well as the donation by Bahamas Waste, which Kimble said is invaluable for them.