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Humane Society of GB Update
Sparkle and Ali, Star and George - just a few of the beautiful pets available at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:20

Over and over we hear, people just have no idea of the quality of dogs and cats at our shelter looking for forever homes. We are showcasing a few this week.

But please know at any given time we have up to 200 dogs and puppies and up to 80 cats and kittens, all in need of homes. There is nothing wrong with these pets!

They ended up in our shelter through no fault of their own, and honestly, the public is really missing out on some amazing animals by not checking us out!

Ali the pitcake was found by us three years ago running down GB Highway. We suspect she had been dumped.

This little dog is the most amazing dog ever. She goes with us on school visits and loves to give kisses to all the students. When she gets tired of giving kisses she flops over for belly rubs.

She is only about 40 lbs. She is long overdue for a home of her own.

HSGB on a roll with Dog Days, Posh Paws and a new website
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:34

First, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama would like to publicly thank the organizers of last weekend’s Dog Days Half Marathon, 5K & 1 Mile Fun run/walk held in memory of Sir Jack Hayward. 

Nikki Grasso-Waugh and Siobhan Antoni-Bates did an absolutely incredible job of organizing this amazing successful event and the HSGB is so very grateful they chose to support our shelter and the work we do.  

Big paws up, tail wags and meows from all our furry critters, and to all the many sponsors and participants too!

Mark your calendars for our next event.  On Saturday, 23rd May, Port Lucaya Marketplace will be hosting the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's (HSGB) Posh Paws Fashion Show 2015 to benefit the shelter’s dogs and cats, in partnership with many of its restaurants, boutiques and shops.

In addition to the fashions, the entertainment will include Johnny Mathiesen on guitar playing some old classics and the ever popular Luchan as DJ.  To close out the evening, Grand Bahama's own fabulous KB will perform two songs, one of which will be a brand new song written and produced just for the HSGB.

Entrance to the arena at the centre of Count Basie Square will be available for a small donation of $10.  This will include:

  • Seating and therefore best viewing for the fashion show and entertainment
  • Special discounts/offers at participating boutiques for that evening
  • Appetizers, plus discounts/offers for dining at participating restaurants for that evening
  • Special prices for Sands beer, Entwined wines and Perla beer, and Bristol Cellars’ wines
  • Ability to purchase raffle tickets for the Chinese auction with excellent prizes to be won
  • Option to buy donated ladies clothes - many new, dog outfits and other merchandise
Blessings from afar and a renewed focus on humane education - help needed!
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:14

Elaine arrived bearing many gifts for the shelter!We were blessed the last two weeks with the presence of one of our favorite supporters.  Elaine Charter of Ottawa, Canada came bearing gifts of medical, educational, and other supplies, that she has been collecting for months. 

Elaine spent a lot of time here on Grand Bahama years ago, so our island is special to her and over the last two years, she has done so much to help the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.  

Elaine is particularly interested in helping us with our humane education programme.  Last week she assisted our Education Chair Doreen Jamieson on several days with visits to four Grade Two classes at Hugh Campbell Primary, and on Friday we visited Grade Two at LIS. 

The LIS class is sponsoring a shelter dog named Ginger, and Ginger was quite excited to go see "her" class again!

Elaine is quite the artist as well.  After the first day of school visits it occurred to her to draw a picture of a person, and one of an animal, noting that both have brains, hearts, stomachs, etc. 

New board elected at Humane Society's Annual General Meeting...and Freeport get ready to run (or walk) for the animals!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:55
Our friend Elaine Charter from Ottawa, visiting since last week with the donated medical, educational and other supplies she brought for our shelter The HSGB held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at the Garden of the Groves.  Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to many board members staying on, and we were very pleased to add a few new members as well.  We are looking forward to much progress being made in the coming year.  As we continue to work through our financial difficulties, we still intend to serve Grand Bahama and its voiceless animals to the very best of our abilities.  

2015-2016 Board of Directors  

  • Brian Botham      - President
  • Joe Darville         - Vice President
  • Clarence Green   - Treasurer
  • Susan Krupica     - Secretary
  • Bev Dobinson      - Fundraising Chair
  • Lisa Pakosh         - Newsletter Chair
  • Doreen Jamieson - Education Chair
  • Caraline Holding
  • Erika Gates
  • Nancie Pollard
  • Jill Cooper
  • Penny Ettinger
  • Debbie Botham
  • Kelley Adams
  • Keva Lockhart
  • Gloria McGlone, Honorary Board Member  

We are still in need of volunteers to assist especially with fundraising and education.  If anyone would like to help in either of these areas please email Tip at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will put you in touch with the appropriate person!  

Humane Society Annual General Meeting next week!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:36
Please consider attending our Annual General Meeting next Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Garden of the Groves.  Members and prospective members are welcome.  

We are also looking for a limited number of people to join our Board of Directors and serve as Committee Chairs or Members for committees such as Education, Memberships, Fundraising, Grants and Newsletter.  

Light refreshments including 2 glasses of wine will be available for $8 per person.  

Hope to see you there!  

Enjoy this sneak peak of a few of our amazing dogs and cats looking for their forever homes.  Local photographer Astrid Thomas has spent hours and hours at the shelter trying to get the perfect pictures to help them get adopted, and we think her efforts have absolutely paid off.  

New hope for Grand Bahama pups in New Providence
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:34

Almost a year ago our friends in Nassau began having to deal with yet another devastating round of Canine Distemper (CDV).  

After many months of battling this horrific disease, and thousands of dogs and puppies losing their lives to it in our capital, it seems that it has finally subsided somewhat.  Our friends at the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) have found themselves with a shortage of dogs and puppies.  

Last August, the Bahamas Dept. of Agriculture instituted a supposed ban on sending puppies under six months old outside of the country. 

Despite the only public account of this ban only including dogs from Nassau in this, the Dept. of Agriculture has insisted that no puppies under six months old be sent from any island and no dogs over six months old be sent without a rabies endorsement from their Department.  

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