AHS Rescues Bahama Dogs

August 11, 2021

Humane Heroes June 2021

Guimo, Available for Adoption!

It seems it isn’t always, “better in the Bahamas”…..

At least it wasn’t for these dogs, that were living on their own, fending for themselves and getting what scraps they could from kind-hearted people.  They’re known as, “potcake dogs”, after the kind of food that island dogs eat, which is a mixture of rice and peas, and cooked by locals to feed the many stray dogs that inhabit the islands.  They are all mixes of labs, hounds, and terriers and whatever they are, they’re all sweet, loving, grateful dogs that we’re happy to be able to help.

AHS/Popcorn Park was called by a rescue group to assist them with the many dogs that they were taking from the Bahamas.  We agreed to help because no matter where a dog is from, they all deserve a chance at a better life.  We were told that they were all very sweet, adoptable dogs, which they are, but they need a bit more help than we initially anticipated. 

The 14 dogs arrived at our Forked River facility on July 2nd and all were given medical examinations, vaccines, heartworm tests, etc.  Unfortunately, we learned that all except two of the dogs were heartworm positive.  Heartworm disease is a very dangerous disease that is caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted through the bite of a misquito.  It is often seen in dogs (and cats) that live outside and are not regularly treated with heartworm preventative.  It can be deadly if left untreated.  Sadly, one of the 14 dogs had suffered with it for so long that she passed away within a week of her arrival.

Alfonsina, Available for Adoption!

Yelena, Available for Adoption

The dogs with heartworm all needed x-rays, then they began their very expensive treatments.  While they undergo treatment, they must remain calm and have their exercise restricted to protect them from complications of the heartworms dying off.   These dogs are all available for adoption, but it’s imperative that they are leash-walked and calm for the next four months of their treatment.  They must also return to our Forked River facility for their second injection, or taken to the adopter’s veterinarian for treatment. 

We’re very happy to say that the two dogs that were heartworm negative have been adopted, together!  The other 11 are all available for adoption and are such sweet, shy, gentle dogs.  They range in age from one to four years old and although they don’t have much experience with people, they are learning quickly to love everyone they meet and enjoy being safe and cared for.  If you are interested in adopting and can provide a safe home for them during their treatment, contact us at 609-693-1900 or office@ahsppz.org.  Please consider making a donation to our ResQ Fund on their behalf.  The unanticipated expense of treating these dogs is many thousands of dollars.  Any donation, big or small, is so greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much for your support!

Apio, Available for adoption

Eddy, Adopted!

Soulili, Adopted!


Buddha has been adopted!  Paws in the air for Buddha and his new family!  We want to thank these wonderful people so much for welcoming Buddha into their hearts and home, and wish them all a long, happy, healthy life together.  Congratulations!  And thank you all for your support of Buddha!

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