Please Vote for The Humane Society of Grand Bahama
* WE NEED FAMILIES!
We are the only animal rescue organization on Grand Bahama Island, which is 73 miles long and 1 to 7 miles wide, with a human population of around 50,000, and a large homeless animal population.
We are working hard to alleviate the homeless animal problem through our free spay/neuter and educational programs, but it is a constant struggle.
We moved into our brand new, badly needed shelter in June 2008! However, our operating costs have increased tremendously and we need your support more than ever! Please consider donating today (link below). Please help!
At present, our maxiumum capacity (which is often exceeded) is 200 dogs and puppies and 60 cats and kittens. Stray, homeless, unwanted, and abandoned dogs are by far our biggest problem on the island.
Unfortunately, with such a small human population on our island, our adoption rate for dogs is AT BEST, 10%, and since we take in over 100 pets per month, we sadly...and tragically... do not have the luxury of being a no-kill shelter.
Our fundraising ability is also limited by the finite pool of potential donors as we are only one of many charities on the island, and unfortunately, animal welfare is low on most residents' list of priorities.
The majority of our dogs are of mixed breeds, locally referred to as
"Potcakes." This name is derived from a popular dish here, peas and rice.
The "cake" that sticks to the bottom of the pot was usually thrown into the yard
for the dogs (and in many cases, it still is). Potcakes are an officially
recognized breed in the Bahamas!
Potcakes typically have smooth, short fur with little or no undercoat, cocked ears, a hound-like rib cage and long terrier-shaped faces. More rare are the shaggy or rough-coated Potcakes. The "typical" Potcake is brown, but colors range from party (brindle) to black, white, cream, yellow, and red. Adults stand about 24 inches high at the shoulder. Normal adult weight is 25 pounds in the bush, but once healthy and homed, they can weigh 30-45 pounds, depending upon bone structure.
Potcakes are genetically-engineered to tolerate heat, long-term physical stress, extreme competition for food, and a low protein diet. As pets, Potcakes comprise the "traits of the Potcake breed" and are highly-intelligent, fiercely loyal, and very enthusiastic, bonded companions. These dogs are generally uncommonly smart, easily-trained, and make the most loyal and loving companions you could ever want. They are usually so grateful to live in a house, that they almost housetrain themselves!
We require that all our dogs be real members of their new family. We do ask for references, particularly from the adopter's regular veterinarian. We also try to arrange for a local rescue group or animal shelter to make a home visit on our behalf.
Our adoption fees locally are $75 for dogs and $50 for cats. They include up to date vaccinations, deworming, any other meds required, flea/tick preventative, and sterilization.
U.S. adopters are able to easily and inexpensively transport their pets from the island to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, via GB Express, a local import/export company with whom we've aligned to make stateside adoptions possible. The adoption fee for puppies under 20 lbs is $125, puppies and dogs over 20 lbs, $150, both of which include shipping to Ft. Lauderdale.
NOTE: The cost and responsibility of transporting the animal
further than Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is the adopter's, although we have
established a network of animal rescue people stateside, who on occasion are able
to help with temporary housing and/or transport!
Can you imagine what a fun trip it would be to fly down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to meet your new pet? Visit a dog park, go to a dog beach, maybe even dine at a dog-friendly outdoor cafe -- just enjoy some rest, relaxation and your RESCUED DARLING, then fly home together!? WOW.
*Shop to help the GBHS animals! Up to 26% of each purchase that you make with iGive.com goes to The Humane Society of Grand Bahama! Your shopping at hundreds of online stores helps GBHS with each purchase. It's free and completely private. Join today by clicking on this link: http://www.iGive.com/GBHS and filling in your email address! Then simply shop and help us to save animals! Thank you!
*Adopt one of our special pets and save
not just one, but TWO, lives! You save the life of the pet that you
adopt, and you make room for us to bring another homeless pet into our facility in
hopes of finding a loving, forever family and living a long and happy life.
*Sponsor a potcake (dog) to be vetted and transported to a no-kill facility in the states! This is the perfect gift for an animal that you are not able to adopt, yourself! It's only $175 to sponsor one of these precious and special pets and give him or her a chance at a long and happy life!
*Sponsor a shelter cat or kitten to be fully-vetted and made adoptable! Already have enough pets of your own? Landlord doesn't allow pets? Allergic to cats, but love them? What a wonderful lifesaving gift to give an animal who, because of you, will live a long life! It's only $100 to sponsor a cat or kitten!
*Send a donation for the fund for items for our new,
hurricane-proof facility! Our new hurricane-proof facility is
now open!! The pets will be safe during storms! It is so beautiful...and it's
thanks to you!
Even though the new shelter is already built, we still need to install cages for the pets, put in cat trees, install a washer and dryer, etc! Can you please help us?
Your thoughtful gift will forever change the lives of the animals on Grand Bahama and will dramatically impact the future of the island.
We know that there are many organizations requesting your help with donations, so we are especially grateful to you for caring about us.
Our shelter and pets are in desperate need of help. Because
we take in so many pets, we need many things to help get them adopted (as well as
to keep them comfortable while they're awaiting their forever families)! Will you
please help us?
Please Come Visit Us on beautiful Grand Bahama, in the city of Freeport, on Coral Road! If you visit our island, please stop in at the shelter, we'll be happy to give you a tour! Come see the difference that you are making in the pets' lives and on the island, itself!
Our hours are 9 - 5 Monday through Saturday.