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Humane Society of GB Update
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!

Runaway on the runway: Potcake Caddy's tale from lost to found to forever
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:11

Ever since Lisa Petri, founder of Colorado Animal Welfare League, walked through our shelter back in March during our spay/neuter clinic, choosing dogs her rescue would take; we'd been trying to prepare our shy petite Caddy for a new life, indeed a new world.  But how do you really prepare a timid little island dog for the biggest event of her life? 

Finally the big day came.  Ready or not, on the morning of Father's Day 2014, two kind Pilots n Paws pilots (one plane) arrived in Freeport to pick up our precious cargo of five adult dogs.

We knew ​​Caddy was nervous and worried.  She was leaving the only home she had known for the past year, and sadly our shelter was probably the best home she'd ever had.  She was trembling with fear, and we comforted her the best we could.  ​​

We've sent timid dogs to rescue before and it always turned out well, so we reminded ourselves of those dogs and thought we were giving her the best possible chance for a happy long life.

After landing at the St. Lucie International Airport, the unthinkable happened.  As one of the pilots was lifting her out of the plane, another pilot nearby started his plane engine and the loud noise spooked Caddy.  That split second of the pilot not having a good grip on her leash was all it took and Caddy was off like a shot, running across two live runways and disappearing into a heavily wooded area. We were all distraught and frantic with worry.  

In fifteen years, we had never lost a dog during a transport.  And she was lost in a completely foreign, heavily wooded area filled with swamps and dangerous animals! ​

How one dog changed the life of a Humane Society of Grand Bahama volunteer
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:52

Volunterr Steph with shelter dog Isis.From our good friend Stephanie Winus of Long Island, New York.  As always we appreciated Steph's help and enjoyed her visit very much.  We're also grateful to her for transporting one of our blind cats on her return trip to New York to meet up with her adoptive mom​!  

As I contemplated my recent trip to Freeport to volunteer at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, I couldn’t help but think about how it all began. This trip, my sixth summer visit to the island, went much the same way as the five previous ones have gone. I spent the weekdays at the shelter, helping where I was able, observing the day to day operations, and of course interacting with its residents --- the many homeless dogs and cats.

Well, they do have a home for now --- an animal shelter that truly cares for them, providing them with food, water, exercise, medical care and a safe place to sleep at night. But is this a true home for such loyal and lovable creatures?

I have to go back ten years to pinpoint what made my presence in this setting possible: it is one solitary dog that truly changed my life. I have been fortunate to have a total of five different dogs as pets in my adult life. Each one of the three that have passed on have affected my life in an important way. The two dogs that I currently have (both Potcakes) continue to enrich me.

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