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Humane Society of GB Update
New board elected at Humane Society's Annual General Meeting...and Freeport get ready to run (or walk) for the animals!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:55
Our friend Elaine Charter from Ottawa, visiting since last week with the donated medical, educational and other supplies she brought for our shelter The HSGB held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at the Garden of the Groves.  Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to many board members staying on, and we were very pleased to add a few new members as well.  We are looking forward to much progress being made in the coming year.  As we continue to work through our financial difficulties, we still intend to serve Grand Bahama and its voiceless animals to the very best of our abilities.  

2015-2016 Board of Directors  

  • Brian Botham      - President
  • Joe Darville         - Vice President
  • Clarence Green   - Treasurer
  • Susan Krupica     - Secretary
  • Bev Dobinson      - Fundraising Chair
  • Lisa Pakosh         - Newsletter Chair
  • Doreen Jamieson - Education Chair
  • Caraline Holding
  • Erika Gates
  • Nancie Pollard
  • Jill Cooper
  • Penny Ettinger
  • Debbie Botham
  • Kelley Adams
  • Keva Lockhart
  • Gloria McGlone, Honorary Board Member  

We are still in need of volunteers to assist especially with fundraising and education.  If anyone would like to help in either of these areas please email Tip at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will put you in touch with the appropriate person!  

Humane Society Annual General Meeting next week!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:36
Please consider attending our Annual General Meeting next Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Garden of the Groves.  Members and prospective members are welcome.  

We are also looking for a limited number of people to join our Board of Directors and serve as Committee Chairs or Members for committees such as Education, Memberships, Fundraising, Grants and Newsletter.  

Light refreshments including 2 glasses of wine will be available for $8 per person.  

Hope to see you there!  

Enjoy this sneak peak of a few of our amazing dogs and cats looking for their forever homes.  Local photographer Astrid Thomas has spent hours and hours at the shelter trying to get the perfect pictures to help them get adopted, and we think her efforts have absolutely paid off.  

New hope for Grand Bahama pups in New Providence
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:34

Almost a year ago our friends in Nassau began having to deal with yet another devastating round of Canine Distemper (CDV).  

After many months of battling this horrific disease, and thousands of dogs and puppies losing their lives to it in our capital, it seems that it has finally subsided somewhat.  Our friends at the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) have found themselves with a shortage of dogs and puppies.  

Last August, the Bahamas Dept. of Agriculture instituted a supposed ban on sending puppies under six months old outside of the country. 

Despite the only public account of this ban only including dogs from Nassau in this, the Dept. of Agriculture has insisted that no puppies under six months old be sent from any island and no dogs over six months old be sent without a rabies endorsement from their Department.  

When dogs bite, chase or attack
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:35

Puppy Hilary, a new arrival.The wonderful thing about living on Grand Bahama is our temperate climate, our great roads and paths, our fairly low crime rate, and how conducive all this is to pursuing a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Whether your thing is walking, running, cycling, or even skating, Grand Bahama's roads, sidewalks and bike paths make it easy for you.  

The down side to this utopia are the few stray or roaming owned dogs who sometimes spoil this nirvana for everyone.  We have been made aware recently of several instances of runners, cyclists and walkers being threatened by dogs.  In all but one case the dogs are known to be owned.

Last week, a runner was severely mauled by an owned dog, and it evidently took some doing for authorities to take this seriously. The outcome of that particular case remains to be seen; as it is an ongoing police investigation we will not provide many details.  

We WILL say this.  In this case, the person attacked did not do one thing to provoke the dog. Our questions are, what training has this dog had? What is his history?  We have since heard that this dog is a menace in the neighborhood and has attacked cars; and no one that lives close by will walk or run down that street because of this dog. Why have the owners not done a better job of keeping him confined to their property?  What kind of upbringing and training did they provide this dog, to cause him to charge and maul a completely innocent passerby?

Why has no one reported this dog previously, to either the HSGB or the Police?  Or have you done so and received no response? Please let us know!  We want to help.  

Happy trails for potcake Quincetta in Colorado
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:02

Emily and Quincetta.We're not often able to meet in person the wonderful people from abroad who adopt our potcakes. It was our absolute pleasure two weeks ago to have one of them visit our island and our shelter.  Emily FitzRandolph of Denver, Colorado adopted our amazing and beloved Quincetta two years ago.

Quincetta spent almost two years in our shelter, after coming in as an abandoned stray with her litter of tiny puppies in July of 2011.  She quickly became a staff favorite with her calm and loving demeanor and we were overjoyed when she was adopted by Emily via Operation Puppylift in March of 2013.  It was a match made in heaven as our readers can see here via Emily's article!  


Two years ago Quincetta joined 65 other adult dogs and puppies for a Puppy Lift to Colorado.

She has become a major focus in my life and in my activities. Together we are a therapy team visiting patients in a nearby hospital, homeless women staying in a shelter and listening to first graders read at the local elementary school.

Tip Burrows had told me that Quincetta was named for Quincy who worked in the shelter for a number of years. I always felt indebted to him because she is such a loving, gentle dog. Because I didn’t know anything about her first couple of years of life and had never toured the Bahamas, I decided I wanted to visit.

What is wrong with allowing a horse excursion business to re-open in Harbour Island
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:51

Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, Humane Society of Grand Bahama

There is nothing inherently wrong with running a business that happens to utilize horses as part of their business model. There is however, something very wrong with running a horse-based business without having every single requisite in place to ensure the well-being, comfort, and care of the horses.  

In 2011, five horses had to be rescued from Harbour Island due to their extreme states of neglect, malnutrition and dehydration at great cost to the Bahamas Humane Society (Nasssau) and others.  Three of the five did not survive.

The operator of that beach excursion “business” now wants to import four or five new horses from the U.S. and start up again.  This should be a no-brainer, right?  What sensible person would support or approve this person to be entrusted with the care of more horses?  Who in their right mind would sell such a person any horses?  

To the dismay of many people in the Bahamas and abroad; evidently there is a seller in Florida willing to sell this person new horses, and it seems the powers-that-be are leaning towards approving this importation and venture.

I found out today the cost of an import permit for a horse to enter the Bahamas is $10.  That’s it.  The same $10 it takes to import a dog, or a cat, or any other animal.  As long as the importer has the proper health certifications and pays the $10, they can import a horse.  The Bahamas Department of Agriculture apparently doesn’t care where the horse is going, what it will be used for, or what the living conditions will be.  This must change.  (For other animals, too, but that’s a topic for another article, another time.)

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