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Humane Society of GB Update
In loving memory of a shelter dog: Sapphire gone too soon
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:02

Last week one of our long time shelter dogs was bitten by a centipede on her foot. We couldn't have known of Sapphire's hypersensitivity to such a bite nor predicted her adverse reaction to the standard medication used for these things, which typically are absolutely survivable, especially for a large dog like her. Over a period of only a few days, despite superb veterinary care, it was clear she was declining. Her foot was turning black (necrosis) and infection was spreading. We posted her story on our Facebook page Thursday evening asking for prayers and good wishes for our beloved girl. We were deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support for her.

On Friday, her condition had worsened and it was agreed that her only possible chance of survival was to amputate her leg. Our dedicated, amazing staff veterinarian Dr. Gibbs and her assistants took her into surgery. Unfortunately, Sapphire's heart stopped about an hour into surgery when they were almost finished, and she could not be revived.

Our hearts are broken on pretty much a daily basis, but this one really hit us a little extra hard. Sapphire and her brother Gunner have been with us for three years waiting for a home and in that time we have all come to know and love those two big goofy happy-go-lucky dogs. Their antics were a constant source of love and laughs. The messages of sadness and support from our supporters who follow our Facebook page have been truly heartwarming. We didn't even realize how many people had connected with this beautiful dog until now. We appreciate every single Facebook post, message, email, and phone call.

One email we received especially touched our hearts and also contains an important message about adoption and animal welfare. Elaine Charter of Ottawa has been a regular visitor to Freeport over the last few years and she spends much of her time here volunteering, particularly for our education initiative. If we're ever going to break the cycle of animal over-population, abuse and neglect, it must begin with the kids.

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Attention pet owners - how to prevent your pet from going missing and what to do if it happens
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:56

We pick up a lot of animals who obviously had homes at one time, and may still have homes and people missing them. Unfortunately we reunite far too few lost pets with their families for various reasons:

1. Too few people do not report their lost pets to us! We're not sure why people don't automatically think of the one and only animal agency on the island when their pet goes missing but hopefully we can change that. Report it ASAP, not weeks or months after the fact. Please know that we cannot keep stray animals indefinitely. We have financial and space constraints, and unfortunately we are not a no kill shelter. The law only requires a four day holding period! Do not wait to report your missing pet!

2. Too few people have collars with ID tags on their pets, and too few people microchip their pets. We scan every animal brought into our shelter. Seldom do we find a microchip. If more people would microchip their pets, we could reunite far more of them with their families.

3. Too few people put in the effort and time it takes to find their pets. We are not a pet detective agency and while we will keep an eye out for your missing pet, once we know about them, we do not have the resources to do the work for you.

Obviously, we all hope our pets never go missing in the first place. To reduce the chances of that happening, please don't let your dog out unattended especially if your yard is not fenced. Walk your dogs on a leash even for five minute potty breaks. If you have a fence, make sure your fence is secure and escape proof, and put locks on your gates. If you have cats that go outside, KEEP THEM IN AT NIGHT! Night-time may be when many cats want to be outdoors, but it's also the riskiest time for them to be outside due to roaming dogs and other threats, including raccoons.

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President's Cocktail Party a great success for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 08:29

Our 2016 President's Cocktail Party was an amazing night under the stars at the ever fabulous Garden of the Groves!

Over 100 people enjoyed incredible food, drinks and great ambiance and convivialit​y. The HSGB is grateful for everyone who came out to support and who became a member or renewed their memberships. Thanks to all who attended and supported the silent auction and the cash bar. It was a super successful night and a great start to a new year for our homeless dogs and cats!

If you weren't able to make it Saturday, you can join or renew your membership at the shelter or online. (Download membership form HERE). It's a great way to support in a way affordable to just about anyone.

We must thank the following for making this such a great night:

- Our Board of Directors especially our Fundraising Chair, Beverley Dobinson, and Vice President, Caraline Holding, and Erika Gates. Board Members President Joe Darville, Treasurer Penny Ettinger, Nancie Pollard, Jill Cooper, Jaye Andrews, Susan Krupica, Doreen Jamieson, Gloria McGlone, and Lisa Pakosh.

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Start the new year with a fun party to support the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:23

Happy New Year from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama to all our friends and supporters!

We are kicking off 2016 with our annual President's Cocktail Party and invite all our current members and supporters to attend - it's a modest yet sincere thank you for your contributions last year. We would welcome any potential new members on the night so please join us!

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Bring your chequebooks and wallets for memberships and a small silent auction with some real treasures up for grabs. Delicious appetizers will make this a fabulous cocktail party not to be missed.

Current (2015) members will receive two free drinks and new members who sign up on the night will receive one free drink. There will also be a cash bar.

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A Christmas shelter pet’s poem and HSGB holiday video
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 08:26

A Christmas shelter pet’s poem

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found.

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.

They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie — come fetch your new ball!”

But now we sit here and think of the days
we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.
Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

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VIDEO: Happy Holidays from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama 2015
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 08:26

Featuring K.B. with 'Potcakes Howl'

Please enjoy our 2015 holiday video. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our staying afloat this last year!

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