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Humane Society of GB Update
When dogs bite, chase or attack
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:35

Puppy Hilary, a new arrival.The wonderful thing about living on Grand Bahama is our temperate climate, our great roads and paths, our fairly low crime rate, and how conducive all this is to pursuing a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Whether your thing is walking, running, cycling, or even skating, Grand Bahama's roads, sidewalks and bike paths make it easy for you.  

The down side to this utopia are the few stray or roaming owned dogs who sometimes spoil this nirvana for everyone.  We have been made aware recently of several instances of runners, cyclists and walkers being threatened by dogs.  In all but one case the dogs are known to be owned.

Last week, a runner was severely mauled by an owned dog, and it evidently took some doing for authorities to take this seriously. The outcome of that particular case remains to be seen; as it is an ongoing police investigation we will not provide many details.  

We WILL say this.  In this case, the person attacked did not do one thing to provoke the dog. Our questions are, what training has this dog had? What is his history?  We have since heard that this dog is a menace in the neighborhood and has attacked cars; and no one that lives close by will walk or run down that street because of this dog. Why have the owners not done a better job of keeping him confined to their property?  What kind of upbringing and training did they provide this dog, to cause him to charge and maul a completely innocent passerby?

Why has no one reported this dog previously, to either the HSGB or the Police?  Or have you done so and received no response? Please let us know!  We want to help.  

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Happy trails for potcake Quincetta in Colorado
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:02

Emily and Quincetta.We're not often able to meet in person the wonderful people from abroad who adopt our potcakes. It was our absolute pleasure two weeks ago to have one of them visit our island and our shelter.  Emily FitzRandolph of Denver, Colorado adopted our amazing and beloved Quincetta two years ago.

Quincetta spent almost two years in our shelter, after coming in as an abandoned stray with her litter of tiny puppies in July of 2011.  She quickly became a staff favorite with her calm and loving demeanor and we were overjoyed when she was adopted by Emily via Operation Puppylift in March of 2013.  It was a match made in heaven as our readers can see here via Emily's article!  

EMILY WRITES:

Two years ago Quincetta joined 65 other adult dogs and puppies for a Puppy Lift to Colorado.

She has become a major focus in my life and in my activities. Together we are a therapy team visiting patients in a nearby hospital, homeless women staying in a shelter and listening to first graders read at the local elementary school.

Tip Burrows had told me that Quincetta was named for Quincy who worked in the shelter for a number of years. I always felt indebted to him because she is such a loving, gentle dog. Because I didn’t know anything about her first couple of years of life and had never toured the Bahamas, I decided I wanted to visit.

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What is wrong with allowing a horse excursion business to re-open in Harbour Island
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:51

Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, Humane Society of Grand Bahama

There is nothing inherently wrong with running a business that happens to utilize horses as part of their business model. There is however, something very wrong with running a horse-based business without having every single requisite in place to ensure the well-being, comfort, and care of the horses.  

In 2011, five horses had to be rescued from Harbour Island due to their extreme states of neglect, malnutrition and dehydration at great cost to the Bahamas Humane Society (Nasssau) and others.  Three of the five did not survive.

The operator of that beach excursion “business” now wants to import four or five new horses from the U.S. and start up again.  This should be a no-brainer, right?  What sensible person would support or approve this person to be entrusted with the care of more horses?  Who in their right mind would sell such a person any horses?  

To the dismay of many people in the Bahamas and abroad; evidently there is a seller in Florida willing to sell this person new horses, and it seems the powers-that-be are leaning towards approving this importation and venture.

I found out today the cost of an import permit for a horse to enter the Bahamas is $10.  That’s it.  The same $10 it takes to import a dog, or a cat, or any other animal.  As long as the importer has the proper health certifications and pays the $10, they can import a horse.  The Bahamas Department of Agriculture apparently doesn’t care where the horse is going, what it will be used for, or what the living conditions will be.  This must change.  (For other animals, too, but that’s a topic for another article, another time.)

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Proud pups and parents strut their stuff at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's 30th Annual Dog Show
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 14:09

 Best In Show Winner Gnasher with (L-R) Owners Caraline and Mick Holding, Judge Kim Aranha, Joseph Darville and Tip Burrows of the HSGB.Despite intermittent afternoon showers, the HSGB's 30th Annual Dog Show was a howling success, held last Saturday, March 7th, on the shelter grounds on Coral Road.  An incredible array of handsome dogs showed off their skills, or sometimes just their beauty, to the delight of their proud owners​ and onlookers alike.  

Guest Judge Kim Aranha, Bahamas Humane Society (Nassau) President, certainly had no easy task choosing the winners in each group, and then in the most difficult of all, the incredibly tough Best in Show finale.  Mrs. Aranha said, "Truly every single participant here today is a winner, and these dogs' owners should be very proud of themselves and their dogs."

Congratulations to Gnasher, a gorgeous 3 year old Potcake mix, and his proud parents, Mick and Caraline Holding, who walked away this year with the coveted President's Trophy for Best in Show.  

The ever popular No Fleas Flea Market tent was busy all day with discerning shoppers walking away with great bargains.  We changed up our usual Raffle to make it a Chinese Raffle, where ticket buyers could choose which raffle prizes they wanted to compete for, and a great variety of raffle prizes were awarded as a result to happy prize winners.  

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Freeport for their superb grilling skills once again and their hard work under the food tent all day.  And to Brian Botham (Mr. Red Beard and HSGB Vice President) who organized all the food and drink and ran the bar all day for us.) Delectable baked goods were also available for purchase - all sold out by the end of the day!  

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama ready to launch 'Pennies for Potcakes' initiative
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 07:43

With heartfelt thanks to Carol Grant of Peddlers, the HSGB now has a plan ready to launch, to help us keep our doors open and continue serving the Grand Bahama community.  Carol contacted us after seeing the coverage of our press conference.

In her words, " I read with dismay, an article in last week's Freeport News stating that due to the harsh economic times that we in Freeport are experiencing, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama is in danger of closing its doors.

I believe we all take the Humane Society for granted and don't take the time to consider the huge impact that they have on our community.

Unwanted pets are taken in and put up for adoption, strays, starving and disease ridden dogs no longer roam our streets, thanks to the untiring work of the Humane Society.

The time has now come for the entire community to step up to the plate and do whatever we can to ensure there is sufficient funding to cover all operating expenses, thus keeping the doors open."

In order to put this plan in motion we now need volunteers to help us accomplish it, and we need business owners (individuals welcome too!) with compassion in their hearts to keep an open mind and consider helping us in this small way.  In the coming days and weeks many companies will be approached by one of our board members or volunteers. 

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama update
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:13
Photo: Board & volunteer meetingWe would like to thank everyone who has donated or supported in any way since our press conference of January 28th.  Some amazing things have been happening.  

An online fundraiser started by potcake foster/adopter Shannon Rothenberg in Colorado http://www.gofundme.com/savethehsgb To date this has raised over $8000 for our shelter.  Please continue sharing it and donating what you can.  Every little bit helps.  

Our petition to the Bahamas Government has garnered almost 4000 signatures already (as of Tues. night).  Please keep sharing to get more signatures.  The Government needs to know that both residents and visitors are concerned about this issue.  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/165/997/323/save-the-humane-society-of-grand-bahama/?cid=FB_TAF  

Several meetings of concerned volunteers and HSGB staff and board have occurred.  Stay tuned for news very soon of our new campaign which will be starting in the next few days.  We are not out of the woods but we are pleased with the support so far and hope it will continue.  

Exciting news - our cats new cages are here!  Thanks to Chris and Allan Gardner, and to Freeport Ship Services for clearing them.  

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