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Humane Society of GB Update
Cassie the blind cat and a boy named Wanda
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:12

Sometimes it's overwhelming to think about the difficulty in finding good homes for the 1400+ animals that enter our shelter every year.  In fact, sadly, we are not able to find homes for all of them.  Locally we adopt less than 10%.  Thanks to rescue friends another 40% or so are saved.

So - rather than focus on those depressing facts, maybe we can find homes this week for two - only two! - amazing pets.  Surely this is possible!  If you can't adopt yourself, please help by sharing this story with everyone you know, and asking them to share also.

Cassie the blind cat

Cassie was brought in by her owners with a severe head injury right before Christmas of 2012.

There was a lot of swelling and she was bleeding from both eyes. Dr. Gibbs saved her life, but her eyes were permanently affected and she is completely blind.  Her owners didn't want her back when they found out she was blind.

She is an extremely sweet and gentle cat who loves to be petted and talked to.  She is in one of the quieter, less populated rooms of the shelter cattery, and has learned to navigate very well.  She is very content but we think she deserves a real home and person or people of her own.

She needs to be strictly an indoor cat, and a fairly calm household would probably suit her best.  

See more of our shelter kitties HERE

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
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".

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:

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. 

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!

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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