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Humane Society of GB Update
Proud pups and parents strut their stuff at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's 30th Annual Dog Show
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:09

 Best In Show Winner Gnasher with (L-R) Owners Caraline and Mick Holding, Judge Kim Aranha, Joseph Darville and Tip Burrows of the HSGB.Despite intermittent afternoon showers, the HSGB's 30th Annual Dog Show was a howling success, held last Saturday, March 7th, on the shelter grounds on Coral Road.  An incredible array of handsome dogs showed off their skills, or sometimes just their beauty, to the delight of their proud owners​ and onlookers alike.  

Guest Judge Kim Aranha, Bahamas Humane Society (Nassau) President, certainly had no easy task choosing the winners in each group, and then in the most difficult of all, the incredibly tough Best in Show finale.  Mrs. Aranha said, "Truly every single participant here today is a winner, and these dogs' owners should be very proud of themselves and their dogs."

Congratulations to Gnasher, a gorgeous 3 year old Potcake mix, and his proud parents, Mick and Caraline Holding, who walked away this year with the coveted President's Trophy for Best in Show.  

The ever popular No Fleas Flea Market tent was busy all day with discerning shoppers walking away with great bargains.  We changed up our usual Raffle to make it a Chinese Raffle, where ticket buyers could choose which raffle prizes they wanted to compete for, and a great variety of raffle prizes were awarded as a result to happy prize winners.  

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Freeport for their superb grilling skills once again and their hard work under the food tent all day.  And to Brian Botham (Mr. Red Beard and HSGB Vice President) who organized all the food and drink and ran the bar all day for us.) Delectable baked goods were also available for purchase - all sold out by the end of the day!  

Humane Society of Grand Bahama ready to launch 'Pennies for Potcakes' initiative
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 07:43

With heartfelt thanks to Carol Grant of Peddlers, the HSGB now has a plan ready to launch, to help us keep our doors open and continue serving the Grand Bahama community.  Carol contacted us after seeing the coverage of our press conference.

In her words, " I read with dismay, an article in last week's Freeport News stating that due to the harsh economic times that we in Freeport are experiencing, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama is in danger of closing its doors.

I believe we all take the Humane Society for granted and don't take the time to consider the huge impact that they have on our community.

Unwanted pets are taken in and put up for adoption, strays, starving and disease ridden dogs no longer roam our streets, thanks to the untiring work of the Humane Society.

The time has now come for the entire community to step up to the plate and do whatever we can to ensure there is sufficient funding to cover all operating expenses, thus keeping the doors open."

In order to put this plan in motion we now need volunteers to help us accomplish it, and we need business owners (individuals welcome too!) with compassion in their hearts to keep an open mind and consider helping us in this small way.  In the coming days and weeks many companies will be approached by one of our board members or volunteers. 

Humane Society of Grand Bahama update
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:13
Photo: Board & volunteer meetingWe would like to thank everyone who has donated or supported in any way since our press conference of January 28th.  Some amazing things have been happening.  

An online fundraiser started by potcake foster/adopter Shannon Rothenberg in Colorado To date this has raised over $8000 for our shelter.  Please continue sharing it and donating what you can.  Every little bit helps.  

Our petition to the Bahamas Government has garnered almost 4000 signatures already (as of Tues. night).  Please keep sharing to get more signatures.  The Government needs to know that both residents and visitors are concerned about this issue.  

Several meetings of concerned volunteers and HSGB staff and board have occurred.  Stay tuned for news very soon of our new campaign which will be starting in the next few days.  We are not out of the woods but we are pleased with the support so far and hope it will continue.  

Exciting news - our cats new cages are here!  Thanks to Chris and Allan Gardner, and to Freeport Ship Services for clearing them.  

Humane Society of Grand Bahama looks to the future with new initiatives
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:12

We at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) have been overwhelmed and heartened by the outpouring of concern and support since our press conference last Wednesday.

We are so grateful for our regular supporters (local and abroad) stepping up to help once again, and for some wonderful new supporters, both local and abroad.

However, we must emphasize that we are not out of the woods. This is not a temporary crisis with a quick fix.  We need to obtain enough funding to keep our doors open. And we should be able to find this within ourselves and our island. 

In order for the HSGB to continue to provide all the services necessary for Grand Bahama's animal issues, we not only need an influx of funds to pay off our debt (as of Tuesday night, funds raised will cover about 15% of this), we need increased ongoing support in order to stay out of debt.  Especially from those who benefit directly from the work we do; that is, the residents and businesses of Grand Bahama.

With the help of a few concerned residents and business owners who have come forward recently, we are exploring some potential initiatives which we are very excited about.

Humane Society of Grand Bahama in danger of closing due to lack of support
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:36

By Tip Burrows/Executive Director of the HSGB at a press conference January 28, 2015

Humane Society of Grand Bahama in danger of closing due to lack of support.  Management and staff held a press conference at the shelter on January 28, 2015.The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) is one of the oldest non profit organizations on this island, founded in 1968.  As the human population of Grand Bahama has grown, we have also grown, from a small charity that helped a few animals in need, to the largest animal shelter in the Bahamas.  Last year we took in almost 1,500 unwanted, abandoned, abused or neglected animals from the Grand Bahama community.  

We have done our best to alleviate animal suffering, nuisance animals, stray and roaming animals on this island and we are proud of what we have accomplished.  At just the time we should be working even harder to achieve a lasting difference, we find ourselves in the untenable situation of being unable to continue operating.  This would ultimately mean an increase in the number of starving, neglected dogs and cats roaming the island, which would not be pleasant for residents, visitors, or potential investors.  

The Grand Bahama Port Authority funds us to a certain extent in exchange for us providing animal control services within the bonded area of Freeport.  Over the last several years they have reduced their contributions for our services to the point where we can no longer provide the same level of service.  The Bahamas Government has never provided one penny towards the work we do and they provide no animal services on Grand Bahama.  In most developed nations, animal control is considered a responsibility of government.  

We cannot pay all our bills.  We cannot pay our staff.  Since the first of the year we have laid off three staff, and more layoffs are imminent.  We must drastically reduce the number of animals we care for.

In Loving Memory of Sir Jack Hayward, O.B.E.
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:10

Sir Jack Hayward O.B.E. (file photo)Sir Jack Hayward did so much for this country. He came here as a young man and carried on his father's work and he did so with enthusiasm and diligence.  He loved Freeport so much that he made it his home base, and he devoted his life to the betterment of Freeport, and indeed, the entire island of Grand Bahama.

He had an amazing life, filled with adventure and lived with gusto.  He was also a great patriot, an astute businessman, and a generous philanthropist. He was an incredible raconteur and could hold any audience, large or small, spellbound with his stories.  During meetings, he had a knack for putting everyone at ease immediately with his charm, but he would also never lose sight of the main point and never hesitated to express his views or give his thoughtful advice.  

One could not help but enjoy and appreciate his sharp intelligence and common sense, his humour, and his overall zest for life, all of which he retained until his very last days; just as he would have wanted it.  

HSGB President Joseph Darville says, "Even though Sir Jack is gone, we pray his legacy lives on.  Up until his last days, he shared his hopes with us for the return of the Magic City in all it glory, opportunities and beauty. We know that from the lofty abode in which he now finds total joy and full completion, he will still look down on this city with its enormous potentials, awaiting the day of its glorious resurrection."

The list of organizations and indeed, even individuals, that he chose to support or assist is too long to list here.  Actually no such list may ever be complete as Sir Jack always worried that if his name were attached too prominently to any cause, it would prevent others from contributing.  He wanted the entire business community and individuals too, to do their part philanthropically.  

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