Where we Began


Abaco Shelter is a sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs and is located at the site of the old Abaco dump, Abaco, The Bahamas. As the island’s only shelter, it is well maintained and affords green spaces for dogs to exercise whilst providing adequate shelter in the form of covered areas and hand made wooden kennels. These serve as secure places for pups to grow in safety, and havens for those in need of special care.

The shelter was the brainchild of Willis Weatherford, a local resident and retired businessman, who in 2010, helped by a few dedicated volunteers, began construction of a secure structure to house Abaco’s homeless dogs. His vision of creating a safe environment for the stray dog population had begun, and the first dogs and puppies rescued from the streets were introduced to their new shelter home. It was certainly the first time any of them would have experienced regular food, soft sleeping quarters, and loving human hands, the sight of which provided a rich reward for Willis and his shelter volunteers. Since Willis’retirement in 2012, the shelter has continued to flourish and grow as a result of the leadership of a few very devoted volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the health and happiness of all dogs in their care.

As the only facility of its kind on the island, Abaco Shelter is an extremely valuable resource. Not only does it provide a place for needy animals to live in safety, it also caters for their physical well being. The shelter aims to spay and neuter all the dogs and provide them with essential medications and veterinary care. It facilitates adoptions, animal welfare education, and flights for pups en route to homes in the USA. In order to do this, and to provide all animals with a nourishing diet, financial donations from the public are essential. The shelter runs completely on voluntary aid.

If you would like to help us with this immensely rewarding, and literally, life saving organization, please contact us at 242-559-8063 or 242-367-0737. Any assistance you can offer, particularly if you can volunteer a few hours a week to help at the shelter, would be wonderful.
Be assured that our warm and friendly helpers will welcome you with open arms, and our dogs with the biggest smiles and the waggiest of tails.

We work hard to make sure that we take care of all of our pets here at Pop's Shelter. But, unfortunately we can't do it without people like you and your donations of time and money. So, if you ever feel like you want to be a part of our family and help some of the best animals around, check us out. 

ADOPTED

  ABACO SHELTER

SPAY - NEUTER - RESCUE - ADOPT

HOW YOU
CAN HELP

We know you are excited about adopting a Potcake. After discussing with you what you are looking for in your special friend we can introduce you to one or several Potcakes that we think fit your criteria. We have strict guidelines on adoption and require an application be filled out by every prospective adopter. We love our dogs to the moon and back and want to ensure that they are in the forever home that is right for them and you. Contact us today for more information.

These are our success stories of our wonderful rescued Potcakes that have been so lucky to find their forever homes. Take a look at these happy faces. Join the family and adopt an adult dog today!

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The Mobile Clinic - 
The clinic crew of the Abaco Shelter Spay and Neuter clinics would like to share with you a little about the Mobile Clinic. It has been generously loaned to us each north clinic that we have had over the past year. Actually the first weekend in December 2015 marks the one year anniversary of its beginning.

It is financially supported, totally

prepared, delivered and set up

by Julie Whittington and her crew.

Then broken down cleaned and

returned to Treasure Cay until the

next clinic. We have also had the

use of it for a few one day clinics

that have been held in Marsh Harbour. Credit for this Mobile unit goes to Julie & Peter Whittington as well as several other Treasure Cay residents who helped with fundraising and support. Some with ideas, others with holding fundraisers and some with donations. It is far from where we started, in makeshift rooms, under houses and in sheds. A great big thank you goes out to all that were and still are involved with seeing that we have this facility during our scheduled clinics. Our rescues during the clinic are getting top notch care with this facility and the wonderful vets that participate. Dr. Deyanza and Dr. Chante Wildgoose

Adoption
​Services