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Humane Society of GB Update
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?

Latest Operation Puppylift almost covers the continent
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:58

On Friday, Oct 31st, 67 precious souls winged their way to new lives in Florida, Colorado, New York, Michigan, Wyoming and Montana! Big thanks to intrepid puppy washers Ivy Elden, Paul Sullivan, Jill Cooper, Susan Krupica, Sharie Benoit, Cassie Bolt-Meredith, and several HSGB staff. Also thanks to Barb Stollery, and Penny Ettinger for invaluable paperwork/crate labeling help Thursday. Potcake adopters Valerie and Leo Cegelka from Connecticut were visiting and came in last  Wednesday to assemble crates for several hours which was a huge help!

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For many reasons, this puppylift was so incredibly challenging to organize but the end result is worth every bit of it. Many tears were shed at our shelter Friday morning saying goodbye to so many long timers and more recent special favorites. It is always bittersweet to send them away. We only work with caring, responsible rescues and we know they will be loved and cared for just as much as here. We shed our happy/sad tears and know that the special people we are entrusting them to will care for them as we did (and still do).

Neglected: Too many animals are suffering
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:24

Too many people on Grand Bahama are breeding small dogs and pit bulls.  We have a steady stream of toy dogs, pit bulls and pit bull mixes entering our shelter in various stages of neglect.

Please spread the word - anyone breeding these dogs on Grand Bahama really needs to take a step back and reconsider.  There are obviously not enough good homes for them all because many of them are ending up at our shelter.

This poor soul was brought in on Tuesday; found roaming in South Bahamia. The collar that was embedded in her neck was cat size, and probably fit just fine when she was a small puppy but was never removed as she grew.  She is going to be fine and hopefully we can find her a good home.

Several little ones have come in this past week in terrible condition.  Not having seen a bath or a grooming tool in quite some time, and with various injuries and illnesses.

Please do not buy puppies from people who are only concerned about getting paid and not concerned about what kind of pet owner you are or home you will provide!

Humane Society of Grand Bahama readies for popular No Fleas Flea Market and Dog & Car Wash October 25
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:15

The popular event is back at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.  The No Fleas Flea Market and Dog & Car Wash will be held on Saturday, October 25th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.​​ at the shelter on Coral Road.  Adding to the fun is a 'car boot sale'.

Come on out and sell all your unwanted items, we have plenty of space!  Load up your car.

$15.00 per seller's car (all proceeds to benefit the shelter). Sellers can set up from 9:30am onwards.  If you would like to reserve a spot please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sands beer, wine and sodas for sale to keep you refreshed, and homemade cookies and cakes to buy.  While having your dog and/or car washed, browse our flea market for new and used goods. 

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend whether there’s any ‘washing’ included or not!

The flea market always has a wide selection of goods including household and kitchen items, electrical gadgets, clothes, books, magazines, toys and assorted bric-a-brac.

You never know what you’ll find!

​Flea Market and Boot Sale: ENTRANCE - Early birds $5.00 allowed in at 10.30am for early browsing, 11am onwards $2.00 entrance.

(Photos from 2013)

It takes a village to rescue - whether one dog or nineteen
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:14

Pilot Allan Weltman checking his cargoDespite many recent challenges, this week we were grateful to Pilots n Paws, and specifically pilots Donna Shannon, Pat Picornell, and Allan Weltman. 

They flew over here to rescue 19 shelter dogs whose chances of local adoption are slim to none, given that our local adoption rate hovers around 7% of our 1500+ annual intake.

Two pups went to a West End GB second home owner in Washington DC who helped rescue them a few months ago and waited for them to be old enough and healthy enough for us to send to her. 

The rest went to our most favorite rescue friends in Colorado.

Most of the pups were treated to an overnight stay in Ft Lauderdale with our amazing Florida volunteers rallying once again to care for them and get them on to their final destination.

Sip & Chip event highlights benefits of microchipping your pets
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:46

Brave little Holly was the first customer.Our first Sip & Chip event was held Saturday evening and was a lovely evening which also raised a nice amount for our shelter pets.  Eight dogs were microchipped - Holly, MJ, Dingo, Tootsie, Daisy, Bear, Carly and Gizmo - well done for being so brave. About 30 people enjoyed the wine tasting.

Huge paws up to Ashley Baker-Comarcho and Gwynn Stegar-Porter of ENTwineD for hosting this event for us and for donating the wine and the great raffle basket on the night.

Big thanks to HSGB Board member Penny Ettinger for donating the tasty appetizer pairings, and to Judy Rose, Boryana Korcheva, Doreen Plummer and Sharie Benoit for helping Penny make them.  Martha Cartwright made and sent some delicious Polly McQueen's Cheese Biscuits; from an old family recipe which everyone clamored for.  Our good friends at Sweet Affairs 242 donated some lovely mini cupcakes and we appreciate their support as always.

Why microchip your pet?  As with anything, it's good for pet owners to inform themselves.  There is a wealth of information on the internet about microchipping, and of course you can always consult your veterinarian.   

The main reason to microchip your pet is that in case your pet is ever lost or stolen, if brought to a shelter or a vet clinic, it can be scanned and reunited with you.  Pets all over the world have been reunited with their worried owners, sometimes years later, because of a microchip!

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