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Humane Society of GB Update
Celebrate 2015 at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's President's Cocktail Party
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 11:57

Happy New Year!

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama is ringing in 2015 with our President's Cocktail Party, this Saturday, January 10, 2015 with the help of wonderful sponsors Red Beard's Pub and Sands Brewery.  Enjoy drinks and appetizers while listening to the smooth sounds of Ryan Carroll.  And perhaps - renew your membership, or sign up to become a member of the HSGB while there!

Current (2014) members will receive two free drinks as our thanks for their support.  We are asking non members for a $10 donation which will include two drinks and as a bonus, if you sign up for a membership on the night we will deduct the $10 from your membership dues.

You may ask - why become a member of the HSGB?  Our members receive a 10% discount on services and pet supplies, and also get first notice of upcoming events. Starting this year, we will be offering members discounted tickets for all our events.  We also have some pretty cool keychains to give our members.  If all that isn't enough, how about the satisfaction of knowing you have helped the 1400+ animals that our shelter takes in every year, and helped us to continue providing a vital community service as well.

The pet overpopulation problem on Grand Bahama affects us all and only with the help of the entire community can we continue to make a difference.  Memberships start as low as $30 - you just can't beat that - what a small price to pay for helping homeless animals!

In other news, we held the drawing Tuesday for our Holiday Adoptions Raffle Baskets!  We had a record number of dog and cat adoptions in December and are so grateful to those residents who chose life saving adoption.  We are pleased to announce that Annisa Smith has won the Cat Basket, and Rickia Walters the Dog Basket.  We hope to publish photos of the lucky winners next week with the adopted pets and baskets of goodies.

A Christmas cat miracle
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Thursday, 25 December 2014 08:04

Many of you may have seen our holiday video in the past week. Turns out some of you have seen it more than once; in our desire to make sure all our supporters and friends saw it, we inadvertently emailed it to some people twice.  Sometimes mistakes can turn into twists of fate that simply cannot be explained. 

Paula Farrington of Freeport is one of the people who received the video email more than once.  She wrote to us Christmas Eve morning: "Thank you for this wonderful video card. In the video is a picture of a cat that I've been looking for:​​  

Screen shot of the cat we named Cow, from our holiday video

"About a year and a half ago this cat strolled confidently up my driveway and adopted us.  He showed up outside my door every morning and evening for breakfast and dinner used to nap on top of my Jeep:  And then one day a few months ago he just disappeared.

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.

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