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Sip & Chip event highlights benefits of microchipping your pets
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:46

Brave little Holly was the first customer.Our first Sip & Chip event was held Saturday evening and was a lovely evening which also raised a nice amount for our shelter pets.  Eight dogs were microchipped - Holly, MJ, Dingo, Tootsie, Daisy, Bear, Carly and Gizmo - well done for being so brave. About 30 people enjoyed the wine tasting.

Huge paws up to Ashley Baker-Comarcho and Gwynn Stegar-Porter of ENTwineD for hosting this event for us and for donating the wine and the great raffle basket on the night.

Big thanks to HSGB Board member Penny Ettinger for donating the tasty appetizer pairings, and to Judy Rose, Boryana Korcheva, Doreen Plummer and Sharie Benoit for helping Penny make them.  Martha Cartwright made and sent some delicious Polly McQueen's Cheese Biscuits; from an old family recipe which everyone clamored for.  Our good friends at Sweet Affairs 242 donated some lovely mini cupcakes and we appreciate their support as always.

Why microchip your pet?  As with anything, it's good for pet owners to inform themselves.  There is a wealth of information on the internet about microchipping, and of course you can always consult your veterinarian.   

The main reason to microchip your pet is that in case your pet is ever lost or stolen, if brought to a shelter or a vet clinic, it can be scanned and reunited with you.  Pets all over the world have been reunited with their worried owners, sometimes years later, because of a microchip!

Runaway on the runway: Potcake Caddy's tale from lost to found to forever
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:11

Ever since Lisa Petri, founder of Colorado Animal Welfare League, walked through our shelter back in March during our spay/neuter clinic, choosing dogs her rescue would take; we'd been trying to prepare our shy petite Caddy for a new life, indeed a new world.  But how do you really prepare a timid little island dog for the biggest event of her life? 

Finally the big day came.  Ready or not, on the morning of Father's Day 2014, two kind Pilots n Paws pilots (one plane) arrived in Freeport to pick up our precious cargo of five adult dogs.

We knew ​​Caddy was nervous and worried.  She was leaving the only home she had known for the past year, and sadly our shelter was probably the best home she'd ever had.  She was trembling with fear, and we comforted her the best we could.  ​​

We've sent timid dogs to rescue before and it always turned out well, so we reminded ourselves of those dogs and thought we were giving her the best possible chance for a happy long life.

After landing at the St. Lucie International Airport, the unthinkable happened.  As one of the pilots was lifting her out of the plane, another pilot nearby started his plane engine and the loud noise spooked Caddy.  That split second of the pilot not having a good grip on her leash was all it took and Caddy was off like a shot, running across two live runways and disappearing into a heavily wooded area. We were all distraught and frantic with worry.  

In fifteen years, we had never lost a dog during a transport.  And she was lost in a completely foreign, heavily wooded area filled with swamps and dangerous animals! ​

How one dog changed the life of a Humane Society of Grand Bahama volunteer
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:52

Volunterr Steph with shelter dog Isis.From our good friend Stephanie Winus of Long Island, New York.  As always we appreciated Steph's help and enjoyed her visit very much.  We're also grateful to her for transporting one of our blind cats on her return trip to New York to meet up with her adoptive mom​!  

As I contemplated my recent trip to Freeport to volunteer at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, I couldn’t help but think about how it all began. This trip, my sixth summer visit to the island, went much the same way as the five previous ones have gone. I spent the weekdays at the shelter, helping where I was able, observing the day to day operations, and of course interacting with its residents --- the many homeless dogs and cats.

Well, they do have a home for now --- an animal shelter that truly cares for them, providing them with food, water, exercise, medical care and a safe place to sleep at night. But is this a true home for such loyal and lovable creatures?

I have to go back ten years to pinpoint what made my presence in this setting possible: it is one solitary dog that truly changed my life. I have been fortunate to have a total of five different dogs as pets in my adult life. Each one of the three that have passed on have affected my life in an important way. The two dogs that I currently have (both Potcakes) continue to enrich me.

Potcake Pals 2014 concluded!
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:01

The remainder of our summer camp went very well and we think all the children had a great time and hopefully also learned a lot.  We did hear that they would have liked to to spend more time with shelter animals and we will make that happen next year.  ​

​Big thanks to HSGB Board Members Beverley Dobinson and Lisa Pakosh for organizing and working hard to make the camp a success.  Also big paws up to Jade Dobinson and Sydney Pakosh, able and enthusiastic camp counselors.  ​

Day Three - We started of the day making and decorating milk carton Bird B​oxes.

The kids had a great time adding stickers to make theirs the brightest, then we played hop scotch and we beautified the entrance to the shelter by drawing with chalk, big paw prints so visitors could follow the paws to the front office. Next on the itinerary was a visit to Dr Gibbs where she had an injured dog that needed his leg putting in a cast and all the kids got to watch, and then sign the cast! 

PotCake Pals Summer Camp 2014 underway at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Submitted by the Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:01

First day of summer camp - We had 24 children signed up for PotCake Pals summer camp 2014. Thanks to Doreen our education volunteer for coming and giving a talk on how to care for your animals. Thanks to Lisa ,Sydney and Jade for helping the kids make pom poms for the cats and helping make clay models.

Day Two - We went out to Ol' Freetown Farm for a farm visit and tour. The children got to pet the Guinea pigs and rabbits, Magnolia the pony allowed the kids to come into her stable and pet her, then Mr George walked us all down to the goats to feed them, then it was around to see the chickens,peacocks and Patches the big pig. Then Casper the friendly goat came out and he was very well behaved he loved all the attention. Thanks to Beverley Dobinson and Lisa Pakosh for donating pony rides to all the children that wanted to ride :) all the kids had a wonderful time at the farm and a big big thank you to Sissel Mosvold-Johnson and George for opening up the farm to our summer camp every year.

Day Three - We started of the day with making and decorating milk carton bird boxes the kids had a great time adding stickers to make theirs the brightest, then we played hop scotch and we started to beautify the entrance to the shelter by drawing with chalk big paw prints so visitors could follow the paws to the front office. Next on the itinerary was a visit to Dr Gibbs where she had an injured dog that need his leg putting in a cast and all the kids got to sign the cast..... We got a visit from Silly the clown that helped entertain the kids with balloons and hula hoops, then it was on to our last art of craft of the day paddle boards. The last stop of the was to the cattery to give the cats some love.

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Cassie the blind kitty on her way home and an update on Canine Distemper
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:58

Cassie the blind kitty on her way to New York with Stephanie.Our good friend (and proud mom of two potcakes), Stephanie Winus, of Long Island, NY, was here for the last week on her annual visit.  It just so happened that former HSGB Board President Chris Johnston was also on the island for a few days last week. 

It occurred to us late last week that we might just be able to get Cassie to her new home in Philadelphia without subjecting her to cargo travel.

Sure enough, after much organizing, Cassie left Grand Bahama forever Tuesday, New York bound with Stephanie.  As carry on, Cassie enjoyed a comfortable ride in the cabin with a reassuring human next to her the whole way.  

Chris met Stephanie at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday night and transported Cassie back to his home in Manhattan, where she will enjoy two nights of pampering​ and kitty camaraderie with the Johnstons and their cats.

She will finally meet her new mama Thursday morning, who is driving into the city to pick her up.  Cassie will be in her forever home by Thursday evening and it all came about in the least stressful way possible for her!  ​

​Now we just have to get Miss Fortune to her new home in Louisiana and we're hoping to find an equally stress free way to accomplish that.  Her new mama lives near Folsom, which is about an hour away from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge.​

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