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Seasons greetings from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama [video]
Thursday, 18 December 2014 08:01

From Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New year from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.  Wishing everyone on Grand Bahama and far beyond, the joys of the season, and health and happiness in the coming year.

Please remember our homeless animals who need us every day of the year.  Without support we cannot continue to help them.  With the advent of new taxes in 2015, we are very unsure what the future holds for us and the animals who need us.  We are already struggling to keep our doors open.

We are so grateful for our faithful supporters both here and abroad, and hope 2015 will bring more new friends to our door, and our cause!

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I would especially like to recognize our staff - all of whom appear in this video at least once.  They work hard 365 days a year - we cannot close on Sundays or holidays, because the animals still must be fed, cleaned and cared for.  The young - and not so young - people who come to us looking for jobs give us hope for the future.  Not everyone is cut out to do this job, but those who hang in there and embrace the concept of compassion and caring for God's creatures who can't care for themselves, are special indeed and deserve the community's appreciation for doing what is too often, a thankless job.

Will these dogs and cats get to go home for the holidays?
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:15


Our amazing dogs and cats really deserve a chance to go home for the holidays. Everyone who adopts a pet between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 3, 2015 will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous gift basket.

One for dog adopters and one for cat adopters. These baskets contain carefully chosen items for your new family member including designer dishes, toys, blankets, a three month supply of Vetri-Science flea/tick preventative, car magnets, collars, vouchers for a free bath, veterinary exam and nail clip, and a microchip discounted price of only $15, among other useful and fun items. Both baskets have a value of approximately $150!

The drawing will be held on Monday, January 5th.

If you have been thinking about adding a furry four legged friend to your family, please consider adopting and come meet our wonderful dogs and cats. With over 150 dogs and puppies, and 75 cats and kittens to choose from, our adoption counselors can surely match you up with the perfect pet for your family.

Our dogs and cats are fully vetted and up to date with vaccines, dewormer, flea/tick and heartworm preventative. ALL our adoptions include a 30 day health guarantee including a free exam within that 30 days. (If you're thinking about buying a puppy from a breeder please ask the seller if they are going to include all those things!)

Normal adoption fees apply - $75 for dogs, $50 for cats and $0 for senior citizens - and our normal requirements also apply. We prefer our cats to be inside cats, or at least inside at night. We prefer our dogs to be both inside and out, but for outside dogs a secure fence and appropriate comfortable shade and shelter is a must. Tethering/chaining or caging dogs - sorry but no.

Humane Society of Grand Bahama unveils 2015 calendar
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:43

The first ever Humane Society of Grand Bahama calendar is here!  Under the leadership of Board Member Lisa Pakosh, it was launched on September 1st with a fun photo contest.  HSGB adopters were invited to submit photos of their adopted pets (only pets adopted from HSGB) for consideration for the twelve months, and the coveted cover shot.

Over 200 photos were sent in and our panel of impartial judges had their work cut out for them.  Truly every picture sent in was a winner.  After the judging was done, both adopters and the public were able to purchase dates of their choosing, and send in photos to appear on those dates in each calendar.  Those photos could be of any pet of their choosing, whether adopted from HSGB or not.

119 dates filled later, Lisa completed the calendar layout and it was off to the printers.  The HSGB is very proud of this calendar - the quality is amazing, and the wonderful pet photos make it a joy for any animal lover to display in their home or office.

Just in time for holiday gifts, the calendars are available at the HSGB office on Coral Road, Dolly Madison, and Del Sol (at the harbour), for only $20 each.  For our friends abroad, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order, add $3 for shipping, and we will have them sent to you from the U.S. For our friends on other islands, please email the same address and we can send to you from Freeport.

The cover shot is of Potcake Tiki Marie.  She was adopted in the spring of 2013 by Scott Bursa and family of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during one of our big Operation Puppylifts.  Her adoption story is HERE.

Thanksgiving reflections from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:39

Even though Thanksgiving is not an official Bahamian holiday, it has become more and more popular here as a time of year to give thanks in general (and also eat some delicious food).  There's never anything wrong with being grateful - or eating good food!

On this Thanksgiving ... we are thankful for a number of things.

1.  We are thankful to still be here!  To be honest, this last year has been extremely tough.  Some of our regular financial support was cut pretty drastically, and due to ongoing economic lows, our base of support has become even narrower.  However, we are still standing - still open - and still serving our clients; the homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals of Grand Grand Bahama.  Which means we are also still serving the wider community and the people of Grand Bahama.  If we have to close who will take in these 1400+ animals every year?  Who will spay and neuter over 1000 per year to keep the population from exploding even more?  What would this island look like without the HSGB?  

So - yes, we are very grateful to still be here, and functioning.  Are the tough times over?  Not by a long shot.  We are still in dire need of more support.  But with deep appreciation for our relatively small (but so wonderful!) base of supporters, we are hanging in there...for now at least.

2.  We are thankful for a great staff who come to work every day with cheerful and compassionate spirits, and do their largely thankless jobs without complaint. Their jobs are not easy physically or emotionally, yet they have all found within them, a purpose; and a connection with the animals they care for.  Even if sometimes all the thanks they get is a tail wag or affectionate meow, we want them to know we are grateful for each and every one of them, and how meaningful their jobs really are.

3.  We are thankful for a caring Board of Directors and volunteers  who work very hard to promote our cause, raise funds, and provide immeasurable support for everything we do.  We are also grateful for their dedication to our mission to alleviate animal suffering and promote responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals.

4.  We are thankful for our faithful supporters!  From both near and far, and both individuals and corporations.  Their donations, encouragement, and promotion of our cause, helps us keep going both literally and figuratively.  No donation or gesture of support is too small, and all are equally appreciated.

Creative Posh Paws Fashion Show event a 'paws-itive' winner for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:43

It was a beautiful night for cocktails and fashion under the stars at the GB Sailing Club this past Saturday night. Over 125 people enjoyed The Humane Society of Grand Bahama's "Posh Paws Fashion Show" making it a resounding success for our furry friends at the shelter.

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D.J. Unkle Sammy provided mellow party music all night and M.C. Kenton Pinder learned a lot about fashion while he entertained the crowd with his usual blend of wit and aplomb.

The drinks flowed and guests enjoyed the delicious array of appetizers presented wonderfully by our student servers, as they perused the clothing sale - with fantastic bargains on designer clothing - and the Chinese Raffle items.  The amazing HSGB 2015 calendar also debuted at this event and sales were brisk!  Calendars are on sale now at the shelter for only $20 - they would make great holiday gifts. They will also be available for sale later this week at Dolly Madison and DelSol.

Volunteer brings pet care presentation to schools
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:13

 Elaine with HSGB pup Sadie and fascinated first graders.We're thrilled this week to welcome back supporter Elaine Charter to Freeport.  Elaine is from Ottawa, Canada and has done some amazing things to help our animals.  Including hosting a fundraiser in September (in Ottawa!) that raised over $1350 for the HSGB!  Elaine is a talented artist with a huge heart for animals.

She put together a slideshow presentation perfect for young children on responsible animal care and the difference between cold and hot climates in terms of what pets require. On Tuesday, she accompanied our Education Chairperson, Doreen Jamieson, to Walter Parker Primary School and helped present our message to over 100 first graders.

Elaine absolutely exemplifies the premise that one person CAN make a difference.  We are so grateful for her ongoing support and concern for our homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals. We hope that more people will follow her lead, and get involved!

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, look no further than our Posh Paws Fashion Show.  Come out to the GB Sailing Club Saturday night and enjoy the fashion show, the clothing sale (designer clothing at bargain prices!), and a few surprises, too!

The food is going to be scrumptious and plentiful.  ​Cocktails, good food, fashion in a beautiful waterfront setting - what could be better on a balmy November evening in Freeport?

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