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Humane Society of GB Update
Kids and pets
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:51

"The kids are not taking care of the dog." Or cat, or hamster, or bunny. We hear this fairly often as a reason to surrender a family pet to our shelter. There are so many benefits for kids to grow up with pets that is makes us sad when the parents make such drastic decisions.

Did you know that some studies have been done that show that children growing up with pets in the home are healthier the first year of their life than children without pets? And that growing up with pets seems to reduce the likelihood of kids developing common allergies and asthma by as much as 30%?

Children with pets generally have higher self esteem, make friends easier, and develop important values such as empathy and compassion. Children with reading challenges are often helped greatly by simply reading to their pets. Up to the age of about seven, many children genuinely believe their pets are comprehending what they're hearing - and who knows, perhaps they are!

Children with pets, particularly dogs, spend more time outdoors, and in this electronic age where it seems every kid over the age of two has an electronic device or two, anything that encourages them to get outdoors for fresh air and exercise has to be a good thing.

Kids with pets also learn more about nurturing and responsibility. There is nothing wrong with making some pet chores part of a child's expected household help but to expect a child to be solely responsible for all aspects of care for the pet is simply not realistic.

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Sweeting's Cay potcake puppy captures the heart of West Palm Beach visitor
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:06

Sweeting's Cay kids with Shadow, one of our first customers of the day, who will be neutered, treated for a venereal tumor and returned to his owner. And more news from a busy week at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama

A nice lady from West Palm Beach was with family and friends on their boat at Sweeting's Cay two weeks ago and found (and fell in love with) a malnourished, mangy tick infested puppy.

With it being a weekend she didn't know how to make arrangements for the puppy but she contacted us after she got back home to ask if we could help, saying she would like to adopt this puppy if we could rescue him.

She also made a generous donation to defray our costs for the trip.

After much scrambling and organizing, we put as many crates and traps in our little Ford Explorer as it would hold and set off last Wednesday morning.

Sweeting's Cay mama dog and her baby, we were able to catch baby, will return for mama asapOur Colorado State MBA students/volunteers met Lucille and Tip in McLeans Town to assist.

Mr. Tate was our awesome boat captain and also kindly drove us up and down the cay in his truck collecting dogs and puppies.

We located and secured the lucky pup in question first and then filled up our crates.

All too quickly the space was taken up.

We collected a total of five new puppy residents for the shelter and three adult dogs for spay/neuter/return. When we return the spay/neuter patients we will collect as many more animals as we can.

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama: Our week in review
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:43

What a busy week! Thanks to our amazing MBA student volunteers from Colorado, we launched our new pet supplies shop, and numerous other initiatives are in the works as well.

We are very pleased to announce the addition of some unique and special artwork to our shop - hand painted one of a kind conch shells by Grand Bahama's own Nikki Kelly. We so appreciate Nikki's support. For every shell sold through our shop, our shelter animals receive a wonderful commission.

We also, as usual, rescued a number of animals.

"Fergie" (our name not the dog's real name) was found wandering on Coral Road last week. She has some serious eye issues. Her owner has come forward and we are working with her, hoping she is serious about treating this sweet little dog's medical problems. She has had several litters of puppies and the owner is willing to get her spayed, finally, which is great, but the eyes are a real worry.

We would just remind everyone that dogs are meant to be pets and companions, not businesses. Too many people acquire these toy breeds (and larger dogs, too!) for the wrong reasons, and often times serious medical concerns are ignored as long as the dog can produce puppies.

Tiny Mighty Mouse was found Tuesday morning wandering around the huge tank farm at Borco. Nobody knows how he got there, but he had to be de-oiled with Dawn dishwashing detergent, and hopefully will make a full recovery from his encounter with petroleum products, thanks to his quick rescue.

He is very scared but also very willing to give us scary humans a chance. He would really benefit from a loving foster home for at least a couple of weeks if anyone is able.

Big thanks to Borco staffer (and HSGB supporter) Letitia Parker for rescuing him and bringing him to us! (Before and after de-oiling photos).

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Retail space at the Humane Society boosts local economy
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:28

... and a great puppy rescue by visitors to Grand Bahama

When President of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama Board Brian Botham stopped by the facility last week he was astonished at the re-model of the retail area. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Brian. “The colours made the space pop with brightness and the layout was inviting with a variety of diverse products.”

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama is debuting a new retail space now open to the public.

“Before, I would just come to drop my dog off for baths or shots, now I can buy food, medicine, toys, treats and everything else I need in one location - it’s fantastic,” said another customer, a proud owner of an adopted HSGB dog.

The response to the new pet supply offerings has been overwhelming and will help the Humane Society to increase their efforts of controlling animal overpopulation and keeping Freeport a beautiful city that tourists will continue to want to visit.

With the help of four Master of Business Administration students from Colorado State University, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama is getting an overhaul.

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Volunteer MBA students assist with transformation at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:26

Kellys' staff putting together the donated shelving.Months of correspondence and conference calls have resulted in an amazing blessing for our shelter. In late January, Julia Hebard, a Colorado State graduate student, reached out to us with a unique proposal. (Julia knew of us from volunteering with one of our Colorado rescue partners, and one of her best friends adopted one of our potcakes last year.)

Fast forward to today. Julia, along with Carmelo Mannino, Long Tran, and Eric Alm; are here in Freeport, until the end of July, on a voluntary basis. They are helping us build a more sustainable business model, including streamlining shelter operations to be more efficient, improving community outreach, and increasing shelter revenues. They are also conducting an economic analysis of the HSGB's impact on the local economy. They are all MBA students at CSU's business school with an emphasis in Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprises.

They have made an amazing start already. Our front lobby retail space is being transformed thanks to their efforts. Thanks to Kellys Freeport for the donation of shelving on Wednesday, and for even setting it up for us! The shelter is being cleaned up and cleaned out of all the junk that has accumulated over the years. Stay tuned! We welcome any and all visitors and volunteers to come by and lend a hand or just see all the good stuff going on.

From L to R - Carmelo Mannino, Eric Alm, Julia Hebard, and Long Tran in our revitalized retail spaceFurther to our story last week about our need for a van, we are very pleased to announce that a kind anonymous donor made a substantial donation which will allow us to buy something suitable for our needs. Heartfelt gratitude to this amazing person for their generosity!

Photo 1: Kellys' staff putting together the donated shelving.

Photo 2: From L to R - Carmelo Mannino, Eric Alm, Julia Hebard, and Long Tran in our revitalized retail space.

 


 
The Humane Society needs new van and Grand Bahama's first Pet Expo
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:15
We need a new (used) van.The Humane Society of Grand Bahama is in crisis mode. Our 2005 Chevy Cargo van which is our workhorse and our main means of picking up animals needs a new transmission. It would cost us more than $2000 to replace. For a vehicle with 224,000 miles on it which has also had myriad other problems, costing us well over a thousand dollars in the last year, this just doesn't make sense. We need a new (used) van. The cost in Florida for something decent would probably be between $6K and $10K, plus shipping and customs fees of approx $1500. We can bring it in bonded, therefore no customs duty at least. We will look locally but usually over here by the time someone is getting rid of a van it already has a ton of miles and problems.

The bottom line is we don't have the funds to replace this van, not even a dollar of it, but without it we are completely hamstrung and reliant on a 1996 2-door Ford Explorer that cannot hold many animals and we need that vehicle to last us a good while longer, so we can't work it to death either. And a recent amazing donation of a small Mazda 2005 truck (thank you Marshall Gobuty!) which is a real Godsend, and certainly will help, but was meant to be a supplemental extra vehicle, not our main one. It also won't hold many animals and it's not very safe to transport animals in this heat in the back of a pick up. But we only have one field staff person so even with two vehicles we do not have sufficient staff for both those vehicles to be out picking up animals. Nor sufficient funding to pay for additional staff.

We are hoping for one or a few guardian angels that could help us get a new van. We need our regular amazing loyal supporters to keep supporting our other needs, including helping us chip away at our existing debt which was reduced by about 40% thanks to the initial outpouring of support earlier this year, but still not eradicated which means we still do not have sufficient income to operate on a daily basis.

For everyone calling us with animal complaints, we beg for your patience and understanding. We may not respond to calls as quickly as we would like, and we will be prioritizing calls in order of importance (i.e. emergencies etc).

We would be most grateful if all our friends and supporters would share our plight!

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