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Humane Society of GB Update
A volunteer’s view: Pondering all the puppies at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:14

By Stephanie Winus, HSGB volunteer from Long Island, New York

Stephanie Winus, HSGB volunteer from Long Island, New YorkFor five years running, on a nice summer morning, I’ve boarded a plane in New York bound for the Bahamas. In some people’s minds that means a pretty resort, with fruity drinks and lots of beach time. But those who know me understand that I am headed to the island of Grand Bahama, to spend time with the people and animals of the Humane Society.

So it was with my usual happy anticipation that I set out on that July morning this year. When I finally arrived at the shelter and entered the front office, I was greeted by the familiar faces of the staff and workers who have become my friends over the years. However, when I went into the courtyard behind the building, all I could feel was disappointment.

How could there be and why were there so many dogs still here?

I follow the postings on the shelter’s Facebook page; I keep in touch with the shelter manager, so I know that there have been a number of puppy lifts. Many puppies and a number of adult dogs have been graciously accepted by various shelters and rescue organizations in the United States and Canada. As a matter of fact, I have helped transport puppies from the airport to Kent Animal Shelter on eastern Long Island, New York. So how can the shelter still be filled with so many homeless dogs?

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Those who care for animals, applauded. Those who don't, charged
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:15

What a week this has been!  Our Potcake Pals summer camp ended last Friday with a wonderful fun day on the beach and a pizza lunchWhat a week this has been! 

Our Potcake Pals summer camp ended last Friday with a wonderful fun day on the beach and a pizza lunch.  We think this has been the best camp yet; the children really enjoyed a variety of animal-related experiences, and learned a great deal in the process.

On Wednesday, they visited our friends at Ol' Freetown Farm, and interacted with a wide variety of animals including horses, ponies, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a wide variety of birds from the smallest songbirds to chickens, geese, and even turkeys!

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Potcake Pals Summer Camp 2013 off to a 'pawsome' start
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:18

What could be better than kids and kittens and puppydog tails?  What could be better than kids and kittens and puppydog tails?  

Twenty-two Potcake Pals have enjoyed a variety of activities in their first two days of camp this week at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.

On Monday, the campers used their creative skills to paint a variety of beds, boxes and jungle gym type structures, which the kitties in the HSGB cattery are already enjoying immensely.  

The structures are re-purposed wooden pallets, kindly donated by DAPL Farms, built by Dennis and primed by Michelle Lovatt, HSGB Education Chairperson and Camp co-coordinator. 

The paint and paint supplies were generously supplied by Spectrum Paints.

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Meet the Royal Bahamian Potcats
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:19
August may be the dog days of summer but at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama this week it's all about the cats!  

Thanks to summer volunteer Delfina Altamuro's wonderful photos, we present a small sampling of our amazing Royal Bahamian Potcats.  They are healthy and happy and only lacking a place to call home.

For those with busy schedules, cats can be the purr-fect pet.  They don't require as much attention as dogs do, and as a big bonus, they come already house trained.  All our cats are litter trained.  All they require from you is to keep their litter box in a quiet private area, and to keep it clean for them.

Cats are happy to see you when you come home, but they are also quite capable of entertaining themselves (i.e. mostly napping) during your long work or school days.  Make sure they have plenty of clean fresh water, a little dry kibble, and can't escape through a window or door, and they will be fine.

For entertainment and relaxation purposes, you can't beat the antics of a cat.  Having a cat for a companion is good for the soul and good for your health.  Your daily stresses melt away in the company of your cat.

Throughout August, all adoptions of cats over six months old will be reduced by 50% - for only $25 you can take your new best friend home!  Please come visit our cattery at our shelter - the bright yellow building at the top of Coral Road just before GB Highway.
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Paddle for Potcakes a splashin' good time for all
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 06:27
Shortly after 12 noon, more than 30 swimmers ranging in age from 5 to 62 had registered for the open ocean swim races. The Humane Society of Grand Bahama’s volunteers arrived early at the east deck of Junkanoo Beach Club on Saturday, July 27, to prepare for the 4th annual “Paddle for Potcakes” Family Fun Day.

The deck was soon set up with ribbons and trophies for the swimmers, kids’ game prizes, a full bar, live music, and hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst for the grill.

Shortly after 12 noon, more than 30 swimmers ranging in age from 5 to 62 had registered for the open ocean swim races.

The top results are as follows:

Short Race

Males 1-6
Tafari Fountain - age 6, time: 5:54
Ricardo Quant - age 5, time: 6:22

1/4 mile race

Males 7-10
Lamar Taylor - age 10, time: 8:22
Nigel Forbes - age 8, time: 8:25

Females 7-10
Malee Brackett -age 10, time: 11:50
Angel Percentie - age 9, time: 11:58
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It's a happy new life stateside for 57 dogs from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:11

A few of Whiskers' puppies at Kent Animal Shelter in New York.While sending dogs on both small and big planes across the ocean, and across the U.S.A. is certainly more of a challenge in the summer heat; with careful planning, it is safe and do-able.  Last week, 57 precious souls winged their way stateside for the second chances denied them here.

All 57 of them are unique and deserving as are all our animals.  Impossible to write about each one in this space but perhaps a few little stories might give readers an idea of how special they all are to us; and how quickly they endear themselves upon arrival in a foreign land.

Whiskers and her newborn puppies were picked up by us in mid February from West End. 

Sandy and Icey reunited forever in Connecticut.They were too young to make the big puppylift in March, and those amazing puppies languished all this time in the shelter, with no local interest.  Until Kent Animal Shelter in NY agreed to take them.  They are a little behind in house manners etc, but they are so loving and loveable, we know they will find homes in a minute.

Frequent visitors (and HSGB supporters) to Grand Bahama, Cathy and Stan Moore of Enfield, Connecticut, adopted their first potcake a year and a half ago. 

Eve, now Sandy, has enriched their lives so much that on their most recent visit only a month or so ago, they committed to adopting Icey.  Turns out Stan was enamored of Icey all along and they had been keeping their eye on her from afar. 

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