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Humane Society of GB Update
Blessing of the animals - Sunday, October 4
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:55

Bring your animals, large or small, furred or feathered, to be blessed on Sunday, October 4th, in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love and compassion for all creatures. Come early and enjoy a lovely brunch in the tranquil setting of the Garden Cafe (animals welcome).

For everyone's safety, all animals must be under handler's control/restraint at all times. Dogs must be leashed, cats and other small animals crated, and un-clipped birds tethered or crated.

No admission fee; although donations for our shelter animals would be gratefully received as always, this is not a fundraiser. This event is for the entire community, to celebrate and recognize our animal friends.

If anyone would like to bring a shelter animal to be blessed, please visit or call the shelter to make arrangements in advance.

Please join us for this beautiful and inspiring ceremony.

Many of our friends and Facebook followers already know that our shelter was broken into and robbed last week. The heartless thieves damaged two windows, broke our cash register (even though it was unlocked and empty), and took over $1000 in cash.

We are very grateful to our supporters who have come forward with financial assistance. We don't yet know what insurance will cover and while the broken windows have been secured for now, they need replacing as does our cash register. We appreciate donations of any size.

Humane Society's Road Rally and Family Fun Day
Submitted by Tip Burrows   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:05
Humane Society's Road Rally and Family Fun DayOur first ever Road Rally was a fun and challenging course through Freeport. Cryptic clues and directions took entrants on a zig zagging tour of 45 miles around the town. Sixteen intrepid teams took up the challenge which tested common sense, team work and a little general knowledge and logic. Varying degrees of success were had and we are grateful to everyone who participated, win or lose

Results were:

Place Prize Wining Car & Participants
5th $25 voucher Agave 12 - K-9 Rover – Jeremy Cafferata’s team
4th $25 voucher Molly Malone’s 7 - The Pharma Potcakes – Dave Andrews’ team
3rd $50 voucher Upstairs – the ‘Pink Place’ at Bell Channel 6 - The Royal Bitches – Doreen Plummer’s team
2nd $75 voucher After Deck 5 - Team Spot – Laurie & Barb Sykes’ team
1st - $50 voucher UNEXSO - $50 voucher Dive-in - Bottle of Champagne 13 - Purring Pussies – Vicky Greef’s team
Booby Prize $25 voucher Sand Bar 14 - No Bite Zone – Lynette McInnes’ team
Best Dressed 2nd $25 voucher Molly Malone’s 6 - Royal Bitches – Doreen Plummer’s team
Best Dressed 1st $50 voucher Garden Cafe @ Garden of the Groves 16 - Pooper Scoopers – Donna Idol’s team
Best Named $25 voucher Agave 13 - Purring Pussies – Vicky Greef’s team

The Junkanoo Beach Club was a great setting for a fun packed day, the weather was perfect; not a cloud in the sky and the water was calm as a lake. Adults and children enjoyed kayaking and they also tried their hand at Paddle boarding, the children enjoyed playing ring toss, bean bag toss and balloon dart game along with our very own tattoo station.

New video a highlight of this week's Humane Society of Grand Bahama update
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 07:38

Road Rally/Family Fun Day

Our deepest apologies to everyone regarding our postponing this event. At 10 a.m. Sunday, weather conditions were dismal and no less than four major weather websites forecast thunderstorms and 80% chance of rain for the rest of the day. The decision was made by a consensus of HSGB Board members that we should postpone.

Please remember that events like this do require some considerable preparations in advance of the event! Mother Nature loves to make fools of us humans and indeed she did just that on Sunday. Please forgive us and please do consider coming out this Sunday for what will absolutely be an amazing fun and unique event!

If you are already signed up for the road rally, you are all set. If you can't make it this Sunday, we will of course refund your entry fee, just come to the shelter. If you haven't signed up please do so! Please email Caraline Holding at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up online or for more info.

Lost Pets

Pets need a hurricane plan too
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:06

With tropical storm Erika possibly tracking our way, everyone should be thinking about their hurricane plan and stocking up just in case. Please remember to stock up for your pets also!

Pets should not be left outdoors in even a minimal hurricane or tropical storm. If you are able to stay in your home, you must bring your pets indoors. If you live in an evacuation area and will not be staying in your home, please make arrangements now to board your pets - do not wait until the last minute as the few boarding facilities (including the HSGB shelter) will fill up fast. None of the human shelters on Grand Bahama will allow pets. Make sure to have adequate water and food supplies for your pets.

Please call the shelter at 352.2477 for more information and helpful hurricane tips.

Click HERE to download a PDF with more good information about disaster preparedness for your pets.

Humane Society of Grand Bahama plans road rally event for September 13
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 09:15

September is always a month of a fresh start – the children are back at school after the long summer break and families are getting back into a routine with little on the horizon to look forward to until far-off Halloween and Thanksgiving.

However, the Humane Society, as ever, has a devilish plan to not only entertain a family on a Sunday afternoon but get their little rascals – or boring neighbours – to participate and use some need-of-oiling brain cells to help and participate in an around the island car rally – finishing with a family fun day at Taino beach with games and prizes for all the family.

The Road Rally (see poster below – Sunday 13th September) will consist of at least one driver (we insist) and a navigator (non-negotiable), and any extra helpers will be appreciated by the driver and navigator to ensure that the winning rally car and participants take home a coveted prize or two. The rally will start at the Humane Society at 1.00pm sharp, 12.30pm check-in, and participants need to register in advance to secure a place as they are limited.

Cryptic clues, provided on the day, will ​take you around the roads of Freeport – no un-bonded areas or unmade roads will be used – where you will be required to follow the route, pick up clues and pass marshals registering your progress by logging the written number on the side of your car so you collect points. Extra points will be rewarded for doing this under a reasonable time, without breaking speed limits – that will be hard while you’re fathoming out the clues anyway!, and spotting a marshal or two will bring in a few extra points to nail the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. We are awarding two extra prizes – one for the best-dressed car, participants dressed to compliment your Wacky Races’ car may help to land you that prize​;​ and another is for the best-named car.​ ​

Humane Society volunteer reflects on her annual summer visit
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 09:00

HSGB friend and guest columnist Stephanie Winus of Long Island, NYBy HSGB friend and guest columnist Stephanie Winus of Long Island, NY

Reflecting on my recent trip to Freeport, I couldn’t help but realize that my friends no longer ask me IF I am going to the Bahamas, but rather WHEN I plan on going. Since July of 2009, I have been spending a week each summer helping out at the shelter that was the previous home of my two Potcakes.

When I return each year, I am anxious to see what is new at the Humane Society. There is always something different. This year there was the new store inside the front office; it sells various pet foods as well as supplies such as collars, leashes, and toys. Speaking with the shelter director, I found out that a new feeding system had been instituted which is healthier for the dogs as well as more cost effective for the shelter. A more organized kennel card system has also been established.

All of these are good things. However, I also found myself thinking that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It may be a cliché that is sometimes overused, but unfortunately, in regard to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, it is sadly true.

What I am referring to is the sheer number of dogs that are housed inside the shelter; the number of dogs and puppies, cats, kittens and other species that are surrendered on a daily basis. The resistance on the part of some dog owners to spay and neuter their dogs.

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