On January 9, volunteers from SOS of Ohio, (Shelter Outreach Services) will be traveling to New Providence Island in the Bahamas to begin “Operation Potcake and The Bahamas 5 Year Spay and Neuter Initiative.”
Operation Potcake is a ten-day intensive spay and neuter campaign that runs from January 10 through January 21. The goal is to sterilize 2,000 animals during that 10 day time frame.
Operation Potcake will spay and neuter feral and stray dogs and cats who will probably never see another vet during their lifetimes.
The 5 Year Initiative plans to help dog and cat owners who need low cost vet care for their pets. The surgeries are being offered for FREE to owners.
All of the clinics during Operation Potcake are being run by volunteers. People are coming from around the world to help with this intensive 10 day spay and neuter campaign.
It is estimated that there are 20,000 dogs on New Providence alone! If there are 20,000 dogs, I can only imagine how many cats there probably are!
So where does the word “Potcake” come from in Operation Potcake?
Potcakes are local dogs, usually mixes of several different breeds. In the Bahamas, a “potcake” is the leftover food on the bottom of a pot of rice. These unwanted food remains were traditionally fed to stray dogs and, thus, the name potcake came to be associated with the dogs.
For more information on this huge initiative, visit the Animal Balance web site HERE.
Follow this link to a YouTube public service announcement about Operation Potcake: YouTube Link
Here is a brief list of items the SOS volunteer team would like to take with them as they head to the Bahamas. You can drop off items to SOS before January 9th. They are located at 691 E. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus.
1. Shipping tags (the old fashioned brown card with string type–often found at Office Depot).
2. Cotton Balls
5. Spray bottles
6. Tupperware containers–assorted sizes with lids
7. Old socks (without holes) to cover the hot water bottles (recycled bottles)
8. Brushes and Combs
9. Triple Antibiotic Ointment
10. Monetary donations–which can be sent to SOS of Ohio, 691 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Please take the time to see if you can round up any of these items to help out the volunteer team from SOS. Many of these items we all have around our homes in abundance or we can purchase at low cost to help the animals.
To find out more about SOS’s ongoing efforts, visit their Facebook page HERE.
Click on the flyer in the upper righthand corner to enlarge and read!