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Get ready for the 29th annual HSGB dog show!
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:18

Get ready for the 29th annual HSGB dog show!

Get your dogs ready to strut their stuff at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's annual dog show on Saturday, March 1st.  Don't have a dog? Come in now or next week to choose a shelter dog to show off for the day! Or just come out and enjoy the big variety of beautiful dogs, from tiny to giant, from Purebred to mixed breed to our amazing Royal Bahamian Potcakes. There will be plenty to do in between events for adults and kids alike.

The Flea Market tent will have some great bargains as always, and you can quench your thirst and get something tasty to eat at the grill or the bake sale.  Kids can enjoy carnival games, face painting and pony rides.  And of course we welcome everyone to tour our shelter.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids over two.  Entering your dog is $5 per group or category entered.  

Here is the schedule of events and times:

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Heroes among us
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:10

In the midst of an awful lot of crazy and sad, we are reminded from time to time that there are still good and caring people in this world.

We have come to know one of these people over the last few years.  For the longest time, we didn't even know there was a farm way back in the bush a short distance from our shelter.  But there is, and it has been our privilege to get to know the owner a little over the last couple of years.

We know that a number of dogs get dumped at night in front of our shelter.  We know for sure about the ones that get tied to our gate or left in a box outside the gate.  But we also have found a number of dogs over the years roaming in our vicinity (we are not that close to any residential areas) that we believe were dumped there.

Turns out this farm has attracted a number of dogs lately, and we suspect at least some of them were initially dumped outside our gate during the night and decided to find their own safe place to go.  They lucked out by ending up at this farm, as the owner is a compassionate man who has a deep love for animals.

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T'ings tough
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 08:56

When the HSGB has to postpone a formerly popular event like our ladies lunch, we know it's time to be worried.  With our deepest apologies to those awesome 22 ladies who did buy tickets, we simply could not afford to hold the event for so few people and still hope to benefit our animals at all. 

Our fundraising committee is conferring and regrouping to come up with a fabulous alternative which will be announced soon.  We hope that our local supporters will be excited and come out for a fun event to help our animals!  And of course those who already purchased tickets can get a refund at any time, or hold onto their tickets which will be valid for the TBA event.

Don't forget the annual HSGB Dog Show will be held on Saturday, March 1st, at the shelter grounds on Coral Road - mark your calendars for this ever-popular event!

Thanks to economics we are forced to make some really hard decisions lately.  In an effort to give every animal a chance, we have undertaken a herculean effort to photograph every one of our dogs and puppies and we have almost all of them posted now, on our Facebook albums.  See below for the links.

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama hosts 'spicy' fundraiser
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:19
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.

 
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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