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Humane Society of GB Update
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!

Grand Bahama's very first Pet Expo this Friday, June 5
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:59

Grand Bahama's very FIRST PET EXPO​ will take place this Friday, June 5th, 2015 at Goombay Park (behind the International Bazaar)​. ​The brainchild of young entrepreneur Alexandrea Beckles, owner of Simple Favors, this event will have something for every pet lover on Grand Bahama!

Alex's inspiration for this is born of a desire to give local pet-oriented vendors more exposure to help both current pet parents and future ones become more knowledgeable and responsible and caring. She wants to inspire local vendors to encourage and educate current and future pet parents, and to encourage people to patronize local vendors.

Also to promote local resources for pet parents to be kept up to date with good practices, nutrition and much more. She hopes local vendors can become consistent with the products they provide so that people who are satisfied with a particular product can continue to find it locally on a regular basis.

Alex, and her company, Simple Favors, deserve kudos for this initiative, and consideration for all the great services they provide for busy Grand Bahamians, to help simplify our lives!

Posh Paws Fashion Show a 'pawsome' success for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:42

The weather, the setting, the music, the models, the food, the drink, the fashions, and of course the guests! All came together perfectly for a beautiful, fun event last Saturday, May 25th at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace.

195 guests, including residents and visitors alike, enjoyed the beverages provided by our sponsors at Sands Brewery, Bristol Wines & Spirits, ENTwineD, Caribbean Bottling Co., and Crown Ice. A delicious variety of appetizers were provided by supporting Port Lucaya restaurants Molly Malone's, Le Med, Cafe Breezes, La Parilla, Zorba's, After Deck, Cappucino's, the Dive-In Bar and Pisces.

The gorgeous (and handsome) models showed off apparel from Bandolera, Animale, and UNEXSO, in addition to some donated designer clothing that was on sale by the HSGB.

Not to be left out were our show-stealing doggy models; potcakes Roy and Roxanne, HSGB alumni; and Tyson, the adorable Dachshund.

A popular and successful Chinese raffle and door prizes, included prizes donated by Columbian Emeralds, Purina, artist Bob Tarzwell, Eden Wellness Spa, Molly Malone's, and Grand Bahama: No Bite Zone. (See here for more info on this new initiative:

Johnny Mathieson set the mood early on with his melodic renditions of some old classics. DJ Luchan took us into and through the fashion show with his usual aplomb and style and to cap off the night, Grand Bahama's own fabulous K.B. performed two songs that had everyone clapping, tapping their feet, and singing along, including a brand new song written just for HSGB called "A Potcake's Howl", co-written with HSGB Board Member Jill Cooper. 

The HSGB especially thanks Mr. Peter Hunt for Port Lucaya Marketplace's wonderful sponsorship of this event, and Mrs. Karen Ferguson-Bain for her tremendous assistance and collaboration.

We'd also like to thank these sponsors for their various important assistance and ongoing support: Barefoot Marketing, BahamaIslandsInfo, Purina, Love97 Radio, Bahama Buy & Sell, Crown Ice, Bahamas Weekly, C&L Signs, and Nesbitt Rentals.

Sparkle and Ali, Star and George - just a few of the beautiful pets available at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:20

Over and over we hear, people just have no idea of the quality of dogs and cats at our shelter looking for forever homes. We are showcasing a few this week.

But please know at any given time we have up to 200 dogs and puppies and up to 80 cats and kittens, all in need of homes. There is nothing wrong with these pets!

They ended up in our shelter through no fault of their own, and honestly, the public is really missing out on some amazing animals by not checking us out!

Ali the pitcake was found by us three years ago running down GB Highway. We suspect she had been dumped.

This little dog is the most amazing dog ever. She goes with us on school visits and loves to give kisses to all the students. When she gets tired of giving kisses she flops over for belly rubs.

She is only about 40 lbs. She is long overdue for a home of her own.

HSGB on a roll with Dog Days, Posh Paws and a new website
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:34

First, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama would like to publicly thank the organizers of last weekend’s Dog Days Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Fun run/walk held in memory of Sir Jack Hayward. 

Nikki Grasso-Waugh and Siobhan Antoni-Bates did an absolutely incredible job of organizing this amazing successful event and the HSGB is so very grateful they chose to support our shelter and the work we do.  

Big paws up, tail wags and meows from all our furry critters, and to all the many sponsors and participants too!

Mark your calendars for our next event.  On Saturday, 23rd May, Port Lucaya Marketplace will be hosting the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's (HSGB) Posh Paws Fashion Show 2015 to benefit the shelter’s dogs and cats, in partnership with many of its restaurants, boutiques and shops.

In addition to the fashions, the entertainment will include Johnny Mathiesen on guitar playing some old classics and the ever popular Luchan as DJ.  To close out the evening, Grand Bahama's own fabulous KB will perform two songs, one of which will be a brand new song written and produced just for the HSGB.

Entrance to the arena at the centre of Count Basie Square will be available for a small donation of $10.  This will include:

  • Seating and therefore best viewing for the fashion show and entertainment
  • Special discounts/offers at participating boutiques for that evening
  • Appetizers, plus discounts/offers for dining at participating restaurants for that evening
  • Special prices for Sands beer, Entwined wines and Perla beer, and Bristol Cellars’ wines
  • Ability to purchase raffle tickets for the Chinese auction with excellent prizes to be won
  • Option to buy donated ladies clothes - many new, dog outfits and other merchandise
Blessings from afar and a renewed focus on humane education - help needed!
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:14

Elaine arrived bearing many gifts for the shelter!We were blessed the last two weeks with the presence of one of our favorite supporters.  Elaine Charter of Ottawa, Canada came bearing gifts of medical, educational, and other supplies, that she has been collecting for months. 

Elaine spent a lot of time here on Grand Bahama years ago, so our island is special to her and over the last two years, she has done so much to help the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.  

Elaine is particularly interested in helping us with our humane education programme.  Last week she assisted our Education Chair Doreen Jamieson on several days with visits to four Grade Two classes at Hugh Campbell Primary, and on Friday we visited Grade Two at LIS. 

The LIS class is sponsoring a shelter dog named Ginger, and Ginger was quite excited to go see "her" class again!

Elaine is quite the artist as well.  After the first day of school visits it occurred to her to draw a picture of a person, and one of an animal, noting that both have brains, hearts, stomachs, etc. 

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