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Humane Society of GB Update
Rex and Ginger go home again while Snowflake heads to Colorado
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:10

Rex - our pictures of Rex in an attempt to find him a new home circa 2012.Rex and Ginger came to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama shelter in October of 2011 as young dogs. 

Their family had taken them in as small puppies and raised them with love and treated them as family members. They even house-trained them, and they lived both inside and out.  Sadly, their landlord realised the dogs were living inside and told them the dogs had to go.

 Ginger - our pictures of Ginger in an attempt to find her a new home circa 2012.They were bereft and so upset but were not able to move at that time, as a move to another rental at that time would have cost them too much and they were working towards buying a home of their own.  So they brought their precious babies to the HSGB shelter, where they have lived for almost two years now.

Many people surrender their pets and never look back.  Rex and Ginger's family were an exception.  They visited often and they called, too, to check on them.  We finally asked them to stop visiting some months ago as the dogs were always so happy to see them, and then so dejected when they left and we felt it was detrimental to Rex and Ginger.  We're still not sure if we were right or wrong in that decision; but to their credit the family did not give up and called often to check on them.

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A volunteer’s view: Pondering all the puppies at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:14

By Stephanie Winus, HSGB volunteer from Long Island, New York

Stephanie Winus, HSGB volunteer from Long Island, New YorkFor five years running, on a nice summer morning, I’ve boarded a plane in New York bound for the Bahamas. In some people’s minds that means a pretty resort, with fruity drinks and lots of beach time. But those who know me understand that I am headed to the island of Grand Bahama, to spend time with the people and animals of the Humane Society.

So it was with my usual happy anticipation that I set out on that July morning this year. When I finally arrived at the shelter and entered the front office, I was greeted by the familiar faces of the staff and workers who have become my friends over the years. However, when I went into the courtyard behind the building, all I could feel was disappointment.

How could there be and why were there so many dogs still here?

I follow the postings on the shelter’s Facebook page; I keep in touch with the shelter manager, so I know that there have been a number of puppy lifts. Many puppies and a number of adult dogs have been graciously accepted by various shelters and rescue organizations in the United States and Canada. As a matter of fact, I have helped transport puppies from the airport to Kent Animal Shelter on eastern Long Island, New York. So how can the shelter still be filled with so many homeless dogs?

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Those who care for animals, applauded. Those who don't, charged
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:15

What a week this has been!  Our Potcake Pals summer camp ended last Friday with a wonderful fun day on the beach and a pizza lunchWhat a week this has been! 

Our Potcake Pals summer camp ended last Friday with a wonderful fun day on the beach and a pizza lunch.  We think this has been the best camp yet; the children really enjoyed a variety of animal-related experiences, and learned a great deal in the process.

On Wednesday, they visited our friends at Ol' Freetown Farm, and interacted with a wide variety of animals including horses, ponies, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a wide variety of birds from the smallest songbirds to chickens, geese, and even turkeys!

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Potcake Pals Summer Camp 2013 off to a 'pawsome' start
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:18

What could be better than kids and kittens and puppydog tails?  What could be better than kids and kittens and puppydog tails?  

Twenty-two Potcake Pals have enjoyed a variety of activities in their first two days of camp this week at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.

On Monday, the campers used their creative skills to paint a variety of beds, boxes and jungle gym type structures, which the kitties in the HSGB cattery are already enjoying immensely.  

The structures are re-purposed wooden pallets, kindly donated by DAPL Farms, built by Dennis and primed by Michelle Lovatt, HSGB Education Chairperson and Camp co-coordinator. 

The paint and paint supplies were generously supplied by Spectrum Paints.

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Meet the Royal Bahamian Potcats
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:19
August may be the dog days of summer but at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama this week it's all about the cats!  

Thanks to summer volunteer Delfina Altamuro's wonderful photos, we present a small sampling of our amazing Royal Bahamian Potcats.  They are healthy and happy and only lacking a place to call home.

For those with busy schedules, cats can be the purr-fect pet.  They don't require as much attention as dogs do, and as a big bonus, they come already house trained.  All our cats are litter trained.  All they require from you is to keep their litter box in a quiet private area, and to keep it clean for them.

Cats are happy to see you when you come home, but they are also quite capable of entertaining themselves (i.e. mostly napping) during your long work or school days.  Make sure they have plenty of clean fresh water, a little dry kibble, and can't escape through a window or door, and they will be fine.

For entertainment and relaxation purposes, you can't beat the antics of a cat.  Having a cat for a companion is good for the soul and good for your health.  Your daily stresses melt away in the company of your cat.

Throughout August, all adoptions of cats over six months old will be reduced by 50% - for only $25 you can take your new best friend home!  Please come visit our cattery at our shelter - the bright yellow building at the top of Coral Road just before GB Highway.
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Paddle for Potcakes a splashin' good time for all
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 06:27
Shortly after 12 noon, more than 30 swimmers ranging in age from 5 to 62 had registered for the open ocean swim races. The Humane Society of Grand Bahama’s volunteers arrived early at the east deck of Junkanoo Beach Club on Saturday, July 27, to prepare for the 4th annual “Paddle for Potcakes” Family Fun Day.

The deck was soon set up with ribbons and trophies for the swimmers, kids’ game prizes, a full bar, live music, and hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst for the grill.

Shortly after 12 noon, more than 30 swimmers ranging in age from 5 to 62 had registered for the open ocean swim races.

The top results are as follows:

Short Race

Males 1-6
Tafari Fountain - age 6, time: 5:54
Ricardo Quant - age 5, time: 6:22

1/4 mile race

Males 7-10
Lamar Taylor - age 10, time: 8:22
Nigel Forbes - age 8, time: 8:25

Females 7-10
Malee Brackett -age 10, time: 11:50
Angel Percentie - age 9, time: 11:58
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