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Humane Society of GB Update
Humane Society of Grand Bahama's new board excited about upcoming year
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:40

Front row L to R: Erika Gates, V.P. Brian Botham, Pres. Joe Darville, Sec. Susan Krupica, Treas. Clarence Green.  Middle row L to R: Bev Dobinson, Kelley Adams, Debbie Botham, Tip Burrows, Jill Cooper, Doreen Jamieson, Penny Ettinger.  Back row: Nancie Pollard, Lisa Pakosh, Dr. Dawn Gibbs, Ana Carroll.The HSGB Annual General Meeting was held Monday April 28th at 6:00 p.m. at Red Beard's Pub.  25 people attended which is the best turnout for this meeting in quite some time.

Several board members regrettably had to vacate their positions due to work or family considerations and we are grateful for their service and support.  Tiffany Dennison had served as a director since 2005, and as President from 2010-2012.  She has also been the HSGB's legal counsel all those years and while not serving on the actual board of directors this year, she will remain a supporter and legal counsel as needed.  

Michelle Lovatt has served since 2011 and has also been one of our most amazing volunteers and foster moms.  We wish her and her family all the best as they move back to the U.S.  

Siobhan Antoni-Bates and Letitia Parker both have exciting new chapters coming up in their work and personal lives; while unable to continue as board members, they will still volunteer and support our organization.

The new Board of Directors is as follows:

  • President Joseph Darville
  • V. Pres.  Brian Botham
  • Secretary Susan Krupica
  • Treasurer  Dr. Clarence Green
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Join the Humane Society of Grand Bahama at their Annual General Meeting, Monday, April 28
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:26

Join the Humane Society of Grand Bahama at their Annual General Meeting, Monday, April 28 at Red Beard's Pub at 6:00 p.m.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) has worked tirelessly for 45 years to tend to the thousands of animals that others put aside.  1,492 animals in 2013; 7,500 over the last five years.

Education.  Spaying and neutering.  Medical care.  Housing.  Adoption.  Cruelty rescue.  Picking up stray animals.  We do it all, amazingly with not one penny of government funding.  As you can imagine, it’s a hugely difficult task.  

We take in cats and dogs that Grand Bahamians no longer want, or cannot afford to care for.  Our doors are open to any animal in need brought to us, or often just tied to our fence.  We go out on the streets daily to pick up strays – dogs that roam neighbourhoods, beaches, wooded areas, tourist destinations and business centres.  Many people have told us that we “do a good job of cleaning up the stray dog problem.”  It’s an enormous struggle.  

Please consider what you can do to help the HSGB to continue in our very important work.  Several current board members are stepping down this year due to work and personal reasons.  As a non-profit organization; an energetic, enthusiastic Board of Directors is crucial to us meeting our goals and helping as many animals as we can, which also improves our community. We need board members in general but also especially in the areas of Secretary, Fundraising, Newsletter, and Education.

Please see HERE for our Constitution (PDF), which includes our mission, philosophy and Board "job descriptions".

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Hope finally on the horizon for Grand Bahama's animals?
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:33

Over the years, we have both written, and read, a number of articles pleading with the Bahamas Government to do better for animals. We instigated and assisted with a grueling campaign on behalf of marine turtles that ultimately resulted in the banning of capturing and killing sea turtles. 

We have seen several other pieces of legislation enacted to protect marine resources but our beloved companion animals kept being left out.

One such article is here, from 2011:

http://political-bahamas.blogspot.com/2011/11/protection-of-animals-from-abuse-and.html

In the late spring of 2010, we were overjoyed to find out that Parliament was finally going to debate and vote on the new Animal Protection and Control Act, which had been languishing for almost ten years after having been diligently worked on by many dedicated people. 

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Humane Society continues fundraising with Flea Market at Spring in the Garden this Saturday
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:10

Caraline Holding, far right, overseeing admissions at our recent Mission: Potcake spay/neuter clinic.Awesome flea market on Saturday to benefit the HSGB at Spring in the Garden (Garden of the Groves)!  Don't miss some amazing bargains!  From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you can't attend on Saturday, please know that our animals are in need every single day. 

We very much appreciate anyone who can give donations, whether monetary, or items for selling (even for the Elite Garage sale if they’re leaving the island or don't have time to sell something  themselves), attend fundraisers – lunches, dog show, dog & car wash, flea markets, annual evening bash, etc.  

Basket full of puppies surrendered during the clinic.Caraline Holding can be contacted about any items you are willing to donate for sale to benefit our animals.  Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will put you in touch with her.  

The HSGB receives no government funding, and very little local corporate funding.  Despite providing a service which benefits all Grand Bahama residents.

We desperately need more of our community to support our work!

Please check us out at the Garden of the Groves on Saturday - we  have lots of books and lots of children’s toys and cuddly things and household items ... don't miss this amazing event!

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Stories from the heart after Mission: Potcake
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:43

There were so many individual stories involving both people and animals during Mission: Potcake ... some happy, some sad, and some just downright heartwarming.  We asked some of our local volunteers if they would be inclined to write a few paragraphs about any part of their experience, in order to share a different perspective.

Below are two such stories, both written by HSGB Board Member Michelle Lovatt.

Andrew (in Mission Potcake shirt).Andrew and Tracey

Andrew showed up the first day of the clinic.  I did not know him nor did I know that he had brought his dog Tracey and his calico cat to be fixed.  It was the first day of the clinic so things were new to everyone and it was my job to run the board and see that no unauthorized people entered the surgical area.

The cats were being placed by the entrance and there was a young man that kept talking to a cat. I asked him what he was doing there and he told me that was his cat that he was talking to and that he had also brought his dog Tracey to be fixed.  

I told him he could stay as long as he didn’t get in the way and I asked him where his dog was and he showed her to me.  

Tracey was a beautiful black dog, she was stunning.  It was clear to me that he took care of her.  Their surgeries went fine and both were able to go home later in the afternoon.  

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Mission: Potcake a tremendous success
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:11

Mission: Potcake began Tuesday morning (March 18th) with high winds and blowing rain causing some delays, but the rest of the week we were blessed with beautiful weather.  Once we got rolling, we really rolled!

260 dogs and cats were fixed in the five day clinic. Working in the "out areas" is always a challenge as there is usually a high number of difficult, lengthier surgeries due to many compromised animals, and this week was no exception. Many dogs and cats were malnourished, and plagued with parasites; for most this was the first time (and likely to be the last) they have ever seen a vet.

An astonishing 60% of the female adult dogs and cats that we fixed were in early stages of pregnancy; thus at least several hundred more unwanted puppies and kittens were prevented from being born in the coming months.

We were overwhelmed by the incredible support given by the West Grand Bahama District Council. They didn't simply provide a room in a building. They provided incredible physical and moral support as well, and their enthusiasm and dedication were absolutely vital to the success of this clinic. The council members and staff went above and beyond each and every day for this project.

There is still much work to be done in West Grand Bahama (indeed, all of Grand Bahama) but we are very encouraged with what was accomplished last week. We are confident that, going forward and with adequate support; we are on the right track to accomplish our ultimate goal of alleviating pet overpopulation and animal suffering on this island.

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