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Humane Society of GB Update
Fundraising takes a 'spicy' twist for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:06

Save the date - February 1st for what promises to be our "spiciest" event yet!  We're going to heat up the February chill with our Saucy Salsa Ladies Lunch.  Come and enjoy margaritas and sangria, wine, fabulous food and steamy dance demos on a beautiful beach setting. We'll have door prizes, a silent auction, and party games, too.

Limited seating so get your tickets early!  See poster below.

In a field where high staff turnover is often the norm, the HSGB is fortunate to have a number of staff who have been employed with us for four or more years.  The staff who "stick it out" are the ones who have a true affinity for animals, and discover that a job can be more than a paycheque; it can also be a vocation.

One of our long time staff, Ana-Alicia Carroll, however, is leaving us this month, to our detriment and sadness.  We can never fault anyone though, for following bigger  opportunities and dreams, and while we will miss her greatly, we do wish her the very best.

Ana worked her way up from Animal Care Provider to Assistant Supervisor in her almost five years with HSGB.  Always willing to go above and beyond for the animals, her compassionate, cheerful disposition and ready smile made her a pleasure to work with.

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New year's wishes from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 07:31

Happy New Year!

Every new year brings renewed hope and determination for change, improvement and success.  New Year's resolutions, easily made, are also easily broken, or subverted along the way by circumstances beyond one's control.

For the HSGB, 2013 was not the best of years.  Due to several issues beyond our control, we did not achieve nearly what we had hoped to, and find ourselves now at the beginning of a new year merely glad to still be here, open and semi-functional.  We have a lot of work to do to assuage the hits we took last year.  We are up for the challenge and are determined to overcome, as there are so many animals depending on us.  We are their last, and only hope.

Our New Year's resolutions:

1. Recover from the financial setbacks of 2013.

2. Reduce our shelter intake by 25%.  In 2013 over 1400 animals entered our shelter.

3.  Spay and neuter at least 2000 dogs and cats.  In 2013, we were only able to achieve 600.  This is what will have the biggest impact on our intake.

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Merry Christmas, it’s a puppy!
Saturday, 28 December 2013 17:21

Written by by Jennifer Campbell / Humane Society of Grand Bahama

Merry Christmas, it’s a puppy!

 Philly holding two rescued puppies at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. (Photo by Jennifer Campbell) For those who received or bought puppies for their children as Christmas gifts, there are a few things you should know to properly take care of your new family member.  That’s what a pet is, part of the family who deserves and needs attention.

Taking care of puppies isn’t that complicated, but it does require time and patience.  They generally have a lot of energy and are very curious about their new surroundings.  

Speaking of their surroundings, you should ensure nothing breakable is within reach – remember they can jump, so low tables may be worth clearing.  All electrical cords need to be secured so your puppy can’t chew on them.  Plants, trash cans and cleaning supplies also need to be put where your puppy can’t get to them.  Many of these items can poison, choke or otherwise cause your pet to be sick.

Your puppy needs a place to sleep, just like you.  It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to be kept clean and dry.  Pet beds and pillows are sold at many department and pet supply stores.  A small area rug can also be used.  Or you may consider crating your puppy at night.  To help keep any of these items clean and more comfortable for your pet, a towel can be placed on any of these items for the puppy to sleep on.  Bedding, towels, etc. should be laundered at least once a week to be clean and to avoid unpleasant odors.  If your puppy should have an accident, launder the bedding as soon as you can.  It isn’t healthy for them to sleep on unclean items and the smell would be unpleasant for you.

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Happy holidays from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama [VIDEO]
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:43

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama wishes everyone a safe, happy holiday season.  

Our hopes for the new year are likely similar to everyone else on Grand Bahama - we hope for positive changes in our economy, good health, and less worry!  We also hope for more kindness to our animal friends, and we hope for continued support as we continue to work hard to reduce animal suffering and over population.

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We hope you enjoy this little synopsis of our year in photos and again, thank all our contributors, volunteers, rescue partners, and adopters both local and abroad, for their support.   Click HERE if the video is not displaying above.

If anyone would like to get more involved please do email us at info@hs-gb.org or call (242) 352-2477.

 
Tis the season ... to give a homeless shelter pet a chance!
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:21

Tis the season ... to give a homeless shelter pet a chance!  While we don't encourage pets to be given as gifts; certainly if a family is already considering adding a new four legged member, the holidays can be the perfect time to do so.  If you're staying home and having a fairly quiet Christmas, what better time to integrate a new pet than when the kids are out of school and Mom and Dad likely have some time off, too.

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama has over 250 dogs and puppies, and over 100 cats and kittens, all looking for forever homes.  There is nothing wrong with these pets, their only misfortune is ending up in a shelter through no fault of their own.

If you've been thinking of adding a new family member, please at least come check us out and consider adoption!  If you adopt between December 18th and January 4th, our adoption fees will be reduced to $40 for dogs and $25 for cats.

A Rescue's Christmas Poem

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full - we are lost, but not found,
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care,
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call, "Come here, Max and Sparkie - come fetch your new ball!!
But now we sit here and think of the days.. we were treated so fondly - we had cute, baby ways,
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew - now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash, they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children:, "don't come when they call", we "bark when they leave us", climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed, now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

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Spay/neuter and animal education needs highlighted as Humane Society survey continues in western Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:30

Our community animal survey continued in Eight Mile Rock last Saturday.  Thanks once again to Chervita Campbell for organizing GGYA students from Jack Hayward, St. Georges, and Eight Mile Rock High Schools.  Big thanks to the other adult volunteers, and to GB Shipyard for the bus, KFC EMR for allowing us to utilize their location as a meeting point. Thank you Sunny Isles/Crown Ice for the ice and drinking water, and also a special thanks to the residents of West Grand Bahama, most of whom received us so helpfully and pleasantly.

We were able to visit with another 125 homeowners in West Grand Bahama.  So far we have actually only talked with around 10% of the households in these areas, but it has become abundantly clear already that there is a huge problem.

These areas are known as "under-served communities" in the animal welfare world.  There are no veterinary clinics in West or East Grand Bahama.  While of course, not all residents of these areas are indigent; the fact is, that a great many are.  They simply do not have the resources, the transportation, or the means to bring their animals to Freeport to private vet clinics for treatments and sterilization.  Some (and not just those in the out areas like West GB) who do have the means, still choose not to spend their money on their pets, viewing them as expendable and not worthy to spend their money on.

Education is a big part of this problem.  Many pet owners still view pets as expendable and unimportant, and undeserving of spending money on.  If a dog or cat dies, they simply get another one.  The worst animal suffering does not seem to affect many people.  They do not form bonds with these mostly outdoor pets and there is also a prevalent perception that "animals are dirty" therefore too many of these poor dogs and cats never feel the kindness of human touch and love.

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