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DealTaker is partnering with The Kohn Foundation, the official US charitable foundation supporting The Humane Society of Grand Bahama to help rebuild and care for the 75 dogs and 50 cats that survived after the devastation of hurricane Dorian.
As the wind and rain subsides in the northern Bahama islands the true devastation is revealed by helicopters and high-water vehicles. Over the holiday weekend while Colorado enjoyed beautiful weather, the Bahamas dealt with a vastly different scenario. Hurricane Dorian hammered the northern islands leaving the homes and buildings destroyed from flooding and level EF4 tornado winds. For the time being the death toll sits at 5 and 21 people injured. Unfortunately, we are sure this is going to rise as search, rescue, and recovery continue. Our hearts go out to the people lost in this natural disaster and the families they left behind.
DealTaker owner and Colorado Animal Welfare League Vice-President, Beth Lazar, watched Facebook helplessly as volunteers for The Humane Society of Grand Bahama scrambled to assist the 200+ shelter dogs and cats as the category 5 hurricane ripped through their safe place. At one point six HSGB shelter volunteers were trapped in neck deep water in a room in the shelter hoping for rescue. Commenters on the situation assumed the animals would be a total loss.
Cheers and prayers were offered when HSGB Director, Tip Burrows, announced that the volunteers were rescued and safe as we waited with bated breath to find out the fate of the animals hunkered down at the shelter during the storm. The shelter was full of not only homeless cats and dogs, but also many island residents that had to seek shelter for their families were resigned to leave their family pets at the shelter assuming it was the safest place for them during the storm.
The bittersweet announcement came the morning of September 4th where we learned that at least 75 dogs have survived as well as 50 or more cats – Tip was having a hard time counting those! HSGB is asking us to continue to pray for their rescuers, animals and the Islands of the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm on record to hit the Bahamas. As communication is reestablished, we will be able to update more. Funds are needed to rebuild the shelter and support the animals that have survived. Imagine the hysteria and fear the dogs and cats experienced as their owners dropped them in the shelter where they thought they would be safer as they went to human shelters. All the volunteers at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama risked their lives to protect and care for these animals.
We are asking for any donation amount to provide much needed aid for the loved pets lost and found in leu of the deviation caused by hurricane Dorian.
There will be a lot of rebuilding to do get back to the amazing work this shelter does in saving the potcakes (Bahamian island dogs) and in conjunction with The Kohn Foundation, DealTaker and The Colorado Animal Welfare League are asking for donations that will directly fund The Humane Society of Grand Bahama.
Please help our friends at The Humane Society of Grand Bahama by donating today!
Your donation will be tax deductible through The Kohn Foundation.
About The Kohn Foundation:
The Kohn Foundation (TKF) is a non-profit (501c3) organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S. TKF received its non-profit status in April, 2004, prior to Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances, which devastated Grand Bahama Island. Deeply moved by the starving, sick and undernourished potcakes roaming the streets, Ellen Kohn contacted Tip Burrows, the Manager of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) in 2005. A strong partnership ensued, where TKF began to raise money for critically needed medicines, vaccines and food for the HSGB. Today, more than 15 spay/neuter clinics have been performed by U.S. veterinary teams, with the money and supplies being funded by TKF supporters. Additionally, TKF and HSGB have joined forces to literally rescue puppies and adult dogs via our famous �puppy lift� operations, where dogs are flown by cargo out of Freeport to dozens of cities across the U.S., sparing their lives. We continue to be a very strong pair, motivated by our ongoing successes and the grateful potcakes who have been given a second chance. http://www.thekohnfoundation.org/
DealTaker is a digital marketing marketplace for finding coupons and deals on the internet. DealTaker Owner/Partner Beth Lazar is also the Vice-President of The Colorado Animal Welfare League who has worked closely with The Humane Society of Grand Bahama in potcake puppy lifts as well as on-island spay/neuter clinics to help reduce the overpopulation of homeless dogs on Grand Bahama. https://dealtaker.com
About Colorado Animal Welfare League:
Colorado Animal Welfare League (CAWL) is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded with the mission to protect homeless animals in Colorado and the surrounding states of Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico. We are currently made up of a small group of committed volunteers trying to save one animal at a time. As an all volunteer administration, any donations made to CAWL go directly to servicing the needs of the animals we save. CAWL has partnered with The Humane Society of Grand Bahama to bring hundreds of potcakes to Colorado in “puppy lift” operations over several years. CAWL President, Lisa Petri, has also participated in on-island spay/neuter clinics at HSGB. https://coloradoanimalwelfare.org