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Humane Society of Grand Bahama conducts survey in Eight Mile Rock area
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:03

We know from our shelter intake figures that our western communities need targeted, comprehensive spay neuter services. Our shelter intake just through October of this year is over 1,100 animals, including 26% from West Grand Bahama alone!

With a view to holding a spay/neuter clinic early next year in this area, we are undertaking a community survey to better determine the number of animals in need, which will be invaluable in fundraising and planning for the clinic. We started last Saturday with Eight Mile Rock, the largest settlement in the entire Bahamas.

Thanks to students from the GGYA and Interact groups from Jack Hayward High School, and Chervita Campbell, organizer supreme, we visited a total of 105 homes in Hepburn Town, Bartlett Hill, Hanna Hill and Pinedale.

We have already found 154 dogs and 53 cats that need to be fixed. We will continue with the rest of Eight Mile Rock on Saturday November 30th. We would be grateful for more adult volunteers - if you're interested in helping us with this important project, please call Tip at 352-2477 during the week, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or message or post on Facebook HERE.

We would especially be grateful for anyone with pick up trucks as it was really helpful to be able to move big groups of students from area to area with vehicles.

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Upcoming HSGB project targets western districts
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:11

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama's Dog n' Car Wash and No-Fleas Flea Market held last Saturday was a successful event despite the grey skies.  Many thanks to all who came out and who helped organize or donated to the flea market or the bake sale. 

Too many people contributed to mention individually but we must give a special thanks to Caraline Holding who organizes all our Flea Markets along with some trusty assistants.

Upcoming Project:

Through October of this year, 26% of HSGB's animal intake came from western Grand Bahama; even without us having a regular presence outside of Freeport.  The majority were puppies, kittens or young dogs and cats. 

With many people in the outlying communities unable to easily access or afford veterinary services, it is clear there is a need for a spay/neuter clinic in West Grand Bahama.

The HSGB plans to canvass the western communities to obtain approximations of just how many animals are in need.

Saturday, November 16th, approximately 60 students from the Jack Hayward High School's GGYA and Interact groups will assist the HSGB with collecting data in Eight Mile Rock.

In the coming weeks, we will also be canvassing in Pinders Point, Hunters, Holmes Rock, Deadmans Reef and West End.

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Highs and lows - more highs needed for our animals!
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:58

Life in the animal welfare world of the HSGB has been pretty tough lately.  We have had some encouragement this last month which gives us hope but still need much more support.

Last Thursday, the Rotary Club of Freeport awarded the HSGB $3000 from their amazing Wine & Cheese event held on October 5th.  We are so very grateful for this amazing donation and especially look forward to the promised collaboration which is meant to provide many volunteer hours to the many needs of our shelter, both on and off-site.

On Halloween night, the jointly held Halloween event between the GB Sailing Club and HSGB was well attended despite the early rain.  Final figures have not been tabulated yet but the HSGB and the GBSC are very grateful for all who attended to make the event successful.

Red Beard's Pub held its annual Halloween Bash on Saturday night, which was their best attended ever!  Brian and Debbie Botham of Red Beard's had decided that this year, the HSGB would be the beneficiary of the cover charges.  Several HSGB staff came out to support and man the door and over $2000 was raised for the needy animals of Grand Bahama!

Back in February, we wrote an article about some challenges we were facing: HERE.

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Pawzapalooza All White Cocktail Party and Auction!
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:30

(Photo courtesy of: Keen i Media Ltd) The magical garden behind the white wall on Albacore Drive in Freeport was the setting for a successful event for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama Saturday night.  Fairy lights and fountains added to the ambiance and the smooth sounds of "Freeport Jazz" and later on, "Two Left Feet", as guests enjoyed signature white drinks and delicious food.

The all white theme lent elegance to the evening - congratulations to Karen Clarke whose elegant ensemble won her the Best Dressed prize.

The silent auction featured a unique array of items from artwork to jewelry to home decor to fabulous trips, and the auction area at the top of the garden was a busy place indeed until the auction was called.

(Photo courtesy of: Keen i Media Ltd) The HSGB is very grateful to hosts Achsah Venter and Anthony Welch, who truly spared no effort to make the evening as successful as possible.  Many others also contributed to the event. 

Redbeard's Pub provided the bar, and among those who contributed to the food preparation were Judy Rose, Julie Ryan of the Garden Cafe, Susan Jensen Sweeting, and Barbara and Jane Stollery. 

Other sponsors and contributors were Barefoot Marketing, BahamaIslandsInfo, Purina, GBS Bahamas and Keen i Media.

(Photo courtesy of: Keen i Media Ltd) Silent auction donors were Beth and Scott Albury, Old Bahama Bay, American Airlines, Sky Bahamas, Greg Farrington, Alisa Robinson, Dale Bethel, Lou Lihou, Kay Hardy, Ashley Murphy, Caraline and Mick Holding, Dirtbags & Co, Shanin Weber Hughes, Grand Bahama Nature Tours, Ol' Freetown Farm, Erik Mosvold, Paint Fair, Take the Cake Bakery, Red Beard's Pub, Dolly Madison, Furniture Plus, The Art of Giving, Mary Goldie, The Parker Family, Lisa Pakosh, and Tiffany Hynes.

 

 

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Wanted: Special families for special pets
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:55

Rosie and LenaIt just doesn't get any better than this.  Perfectly healthy, happy, socialized and pretty much housetrained puppies and kittens ready to move right in with their forever families!

Thanks to two amazing foster families we are proud to feature Rosie, Walter, Lena, Felix and Peaches this week.

We have very few people willing to foster puppies and kittens; when we find good fosters we really hope they keep fostering when needed (when they can, of course), and one concern is always finding great homes for the little orphans they take in to nurture; as simply returning them to the shelter to languish is just not an option for loving foster parents.  

LenaWe have a perfect record so far but lately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have not been able to get many pups off the island.  We are still looking into offshore rescue outlets for these three pups, but in the meantime we thought it only fair to share these spectacular babies with Grand Bahama in case the perfect home for any of them is right here in our own backyard.

Michelle Lovatt and hubby Dennis have been fostering Rosie, Walter and Lena for ten weeks now. 

Thanks to their loving care, these puppies are simply gorgeous; and they are also healthy, well socialized, well behaved, and crate trained.  They have grown up with a cat and adult dogs and do well with both.

Lisa and Jarrod Pakosh and family have been fostering little Felix (white and grey) and Peaches (orange and white) - since they were only nine days old. 

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama participates in Florida conference
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:48

By Tip Burrows

Hail before heading to Ft. Lauderdale.Last week I had the privilege of attending the Best Friends Animal Society's No More Homeless Pets Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  

On the first leg of my journey, thanks to rescue friends in Ft. Lauderdale for facilitating the adoption process, I had a traveling companion named Hail, who I delivered to his forever family the same night.  Hail (now Kirby) ended up in one of our traps last May, and no one ever came looking for him.

This lucky little Golden-ish potcake was a real trooper on the fast ferry ride to Florida.  His new family love him to bits already and I'll be visiting them this week.  

The four day conference was both inspiring and informative.  I attended a total of eleven general and workshop sessions.  

The hardest part was deciding which sessions to attend, as at any given time there were up to eight to choose from on topics as diverse as adoptions, animal behavior, fundraising, marketing, advocacy, spay/neuter, shelter medicine and technology.  Our good friend and south Florida volunteer Heike Dose, made that a bit easier with her arrival on Thursday evening, as she and I decided to attend different sessions to maximize our experience and learning.  

You can read a little more about the conference HERE.

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