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What every dog owner should know about Canine Distemper in the Bahamas
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:10

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is a serious and deadly illness with no cure. The vast majority of infected dogs will succumb to it or be humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering.  Very few dogs survive even with the best of veterinary care, which can only treat the symptoms.

Currently the island of New Providence is experiencing a serious CDV outbreak.  At last report, over 400 dogs and puppies have already lost their lives to this virus, and those are just the ones known to the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) since early June.  The numbers seen by private veterinarians or by the government run Canine Control Unit have not been reported (why not?), and of course, sadly, there are likely to be many dogs affected that have and will suffer and die on the streets.

CDV affects only dogs and other canids (e.g. raccoons, ferrets and other wildlife like wolves and foxes not present here in the Bahamas).  It is not transmissible to humans or cats or any other animals, but it is highly contagious from dog to dog as it is an airborne virus.  People who have been around an infected dog can also spread it via their clothing or shoes from one place to another.

The symptoms and details are readily found online and in the sources cited below which were also used in writing this article.  Responsible dog owners already know that any unusual symptom their dog exhibits should be seen immediately by their veterinarian.  Inexperienced and new dog owners are urged to take note.

The symptoms of CDV can vary widely and some can also mimic other diseases, just as other diseases' symptoms can mimic CDV.  The main thing to know is that if your dog or puppy starts coughing, stops eating, has any discharge from the eyes or nose, becomes lethargic, loses weight rapidly, exhibits vomiting or bloody diarrhea, or any of the above; he or she needs to get to a vet right away.  None of these necessarily indicate CDV, but any one of these symptoms do indicate a serious problem.

Volunteer brings light to the plight of two blind cats
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:20

Last week something amazing happened.  Generally when amazing things happen, it is because of something or someone.  In this case, someone had an amazing idea and with our blessing, set it in motion.

Delfina Altamuro, one of our favorite volunteers of all time, is back for the summer.  She's already busy taking amazing pictures of our cats and kittens (and some puppies too).  She renewed friendships with some of her favorites, including our two blind cats, Fortune and Cassie.

She was happy to see them, but sad they had not been adopted yet.  She set out to look for options for them abroad and came across the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina.  

Delfina emailed them with an inquiry as to whether they would consider taking our two girls.

The answer came back quickly; no, they couldn't take them as they focus on saving truly desperate blind cats who end up in high kill shelters and are at immediate risk of euthanasia, BUT - they would be willing to post them on their Facebook page.

Delfina sent photos and stories right away.  True to their word the kind folks at this amazing sanctuary posted our girls almost immediately.  To our astonishment, thousands of people "liked" the post within the first few hours!  To date, almost 10,000 people have liked it, almost 1300 have shared it, and there were hundreds of comments.

Even better - there were at least a dozen emails to us inquiring about adopting one or the other of them.

Humane Society of Grand Bahama asks: Are humans more important than animals?
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:34

Are humans more important than animals?

Talk about a controversial topic!  Ask this question of a group of people in person, or in an online forum and be prepared for a myriad of answers and a lively debate.

Those who say yes, quote Biblical scripture or cite mental superiority.  Those who say no, quote various researchers or cite arrogance of humans.

Obviously, it's not quite that clear-cut but those seem to be the prevailing opinions.

No matter what your answer is, it's quite clear that humans have completely subjugated, dominated, exploited and mistreated animals in just about every way possible, and surely that is not moral or ethical.

Consider the global issues of factory farming, factory fishing, bear bile farming, dolphin and whale slaughters, zoos, marine aquariums, circuses, shark finning, fur farming, bullfighting, dog and cock fighting, bear baiting, sport hunting, vivisection, "research", skinning or boiling all manner of live animals, rodeos, baby seal clubbing, over breeding of domestic pets, just to name a few.

Lots of activities coming up at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:56

Lots going on these days at the Humane Society.  We have had a record number of animals enter our shelter so far this year; 487 dogs and puppies and 67 cats and kittens, and that's just through April!  We're excited about our new Board of Directors and their enthusiasm and look forward to better days, with their help and the support of the community.

Potcake Pals Summer Camp 2014

Your kids will learn from an on site vet,animal care, puppy obedience,why we spay and neuter,what the Humane Society is all about and what we do on a daily basis and much much more.  See poster below.

We have fun activities lined up for them - visits to the Garden of the Groves, Ol' Freetown Farm,Beach Day and lots of arts and crafts.

If you are interested in signing up the kids please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will send you the registration form, or call into the shelter and pick one up.

Help Our Kitties

Thanks to new board member Kelley Adams, please check out this fundraising campaign to help our cats! If you can donate, even $5 helps, and please share, share, share!   Click on the link to read more about our plans and needs.

Help Our Pups

We have a number of dogs with rescue/home commitments in the U.S., but we need to get them off the island and do not have the funds for a major puppylift at this time. We're looking for people flying to the following destinations whether privately or commercially to help:  Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, Denver.  We do all the work and pay the costs (for commercial flights) - just need transport assistance.  Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Tip or Keva at 352.2477 if you are traveling in the coming weeks and are interested in helping save the life of a deserving HSGB dog or pup.

Microchips now available at the HSGB!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 07:02

Microchipping your dog or cat can make all the difference in being reunited should your pet become lost. 

Collars and tags can come off but a microchip is a permanent ID method and most shelters and vet offices around the world now scan all incoming found pets for microchips. 

Microchips are also required for anyone wishing to take their pet back to Europe or the U.K., for example.

The process of chipping your dog or cat is simple and quick and no more painful than getting a vaccination shot.

The microchip itself is about 12mm or about the size of a grain of rice. It’s made of a bio compatible glass that the animal’s body will almost always accept. 

The encased chip itself is passive, meaning it’s not transmitting anything and has no internal power source.

The cost for our SmartTag microchips are $65 and discounts will be offered to HSGB adopters, past and future. 

Pilots N Paws and US shelters assist the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:02

18 lucky pups and 1 little kitty flew away to second chances and new lives last Saturday.  Thanks again to Pilots N Paws and awesome pilots Allan, David, Andy and Chris!   Couldn't happen without our good friend and pilot Pat Picornell organizing the flights down to the last detail even though she couldn't come this time (and for fostering kitty Casper). Big thanks to our friends at Tri State Pet Rescue for transporting and long time friend Mary Kelly for organizing rescue for 16 of these pups with Tompkins County SPCA in New York!

Tompkins County became the first no-kill community in the United States under the leadership of Nathan Winograd ( and their commitment to saving every healthy or treatable dog and cat continues over a decade later.  We have worked with them in the past and are thrilled that they were able to take in these precious souls.

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See all the photos HERE.

The HSGB has some fun events coming up!  

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