Letter From The President, 2017

Letter From The President, 2017

We held our Annual General Meeting in March, 2017; and with our new Executive Board,
experienced a wonderful year. We are hoping to be even busier in 2017/2018.

Our 4th Annual Fun Day was a financial success, thanks to all who supported; making it a great
deal of fun. It was a busy day filled with music, craft and a live auction. The raffle drawing
certainly excited the winners of over 30 prizes donated by local businesses and friends of CIHS.
I would like to say thank you to Frank and Gabi, their staff and the hard workers for a job well
done.

Since then, we have been working towards making the 5th Annual Fun Day even more
successful. All monies earned are spent on projects we support during the year.
We continue to support quarterly veterinary clinics offering free spays, neuters, distemper shots,
worming treatments and checkups. Heartworm testing, medication and flea protection were also
available at nominal costs.

Educating the community and the provision of educational materials is still on going. The past
year has seen a tremendous increase in food sales for dogs, goats and chickens, all sold by us at
cost. This has demonstrated an increase in awareness of healthy eating habits for feeding
animals.

The “Dog House Contest” was open to the public. Persons were to provide all materials, design,
build and decorate houses which were then, by a drawing, given to members of the community
desiring shelters for their dogs. We hope to continue this project throughout the coming years.
We have established a financial fund for a permanent veterinary clinic and shelters and will
continue working toward this long term goal. We are investigating all possibilities of either
building or renovating an existing property for this purpose.

We also created a financial aid fund to assist a Cat Island student wishing to pursue a career in
veterinary medicine.

As well as our fundraising events, we depend on membership dues, tee-shirt sales and the
generosity of donors and corporate sponsors. We welcome you to visit us at
www.catislandhumanesociety.org.

I would like to thank those who offered themselves in the past and in the future to this wonderful
organization. Also, thank you to those for their unselfish attitude and love for this organization
here in Cat Island and abroad. Once again, I say thank you and we are looking forward to the
wonderful years ahead for CIHS.

Danson King
President

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Board Meeting Minutes of March 25, 2017

Cat Island Humane Society Executive Board Meeting

March 25th 2017 11am Regatta Site
Present
Donna Keasler – Vice President – Animal Husbandry
Gabi Zimmerman – Vice President -Fund Raising
Kay Chriswell- Secretary
Leslie Mulford – Tee-shirts and membership
Andrew Seymour – Animal Husbandry
Miriam Donaldson – Treasurer
Apologies – Danny King – President

Meeting was called to order by Donna at 11.20am
Matters arising from previous minutes March 5th 2017
No matters arising, minutes approved, posting minutes on web site was also approved.

Document transfer to new board members
Black Book to Secretary, financial records, cheque book etc to Treasurer. Articles, AGM Procedure and Bylaws were distributed to all Executive Members for reference
Financial Report
Sent from previous Treasurer, as current Treasurer only in possession of documents as of today, approved by all present. 2017 inventory of Animal feed and Tee-shirts to be presented next meeting. Leslie to source and cost receipt books, printer ink and paper for printing etc. for CIHS use in USA and locally. Petty cash was approved for Andrew for all his travels related to animal care, vet visits etc.
Dog House Challenge 2017/2018
Draft poster and application form submitted for approval. We will approve and seek 10 Dog Houses and pay $200.00 to each one that meets the guidelines set out in application form. Posters etc to be sent out First week in September, to ensure schools have an opportunity to participate should they so desire.
Passwords for Electronic Media: Sent to Secretary by Amelia
Vet Visit
Next visit is scheduled for Saturday April 1st 4pm until sunset at Rake n’ Scrape Park in the north and then Sunday April 2nd 8am -2pm at Old Bight Primary School in the south. Miriam will assist Andrew in the north and Donna will assist Andrew in the south. Posters have been circulated in all areas.
An updated charge list is needed from Dr. Davis as it was noted that the vet charges us $75.00 for spaying a pregnant female not the usual $50.00. Provided for by CIHS at no cost to the public; spaying, neutering, routine vaccinations, worming and distemper at vets discretion (if an outbreak) Provided at a cost as determined by vet; travel letters, ALL medication, flea, tick and heart worm preparations, rabies vaccinations. CIHS will keep a small inventory of flea, tick and heartworm medications on the island for resale.
Membership
Four renewals last month still seem to be unable to attract local Cat Islanders to join. It was discussed that there is currently no benefit to joining, it was decided to price food at bare cost or below cost for members and add $5.00 per bag for non members in an attempt to attract members. Miriam will research price, shipping, vat etc and a minimum price for members will be established by next members. Membership drive to include community meetings scheduled tentatively for North May 27th 2017 and South June 24th 2017 along with a yard sale, etc. We have a new corporate sponsor to be added to the web site, information to be forwarded to the Secretary.
Animal Feed
Inventory and price list pending. Boggie Pond no longer wishes to be a depot, need to seek a depot in the north.
T Shirts
Handed over to Leslie, Greenwood needs 40 on consignment, Balance of 80 remain, Leslie will check with vendors re their requirements
Fund Raising
It was discussed and decided to have a yard/patio sale with donated items, plants, books, crafts, household goods, clothes etc in May at the same venue as a community meeting, one will be scheduled for the north? Basketball Court? May 27th 2017 and one for the south? Regatta Site? June 24th to be confirmed. Draft Poster to be created with drop off sites at Pigeon Cay Club, Donna Keasler her home in Fernandez Bay (?) Danny King in New Bight, Kay Chriswell at Orange Creek Clinic.
Advisory Board
It was discussed and decided that we would ask a variety of persons with knowledge, skills and influence to assist on the Advisory Board; a letter will be drafted outlining the purpose of the Advisory Board and inviting them to join. Any other suggestions are welcome.
Lawyer, Accountant, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Corporate / Commerce, Vets, Education, Health etc.


Meeting adjourned at 12.45pm, Next meeting tentatively for 12 noon April 29th in the north.
Minutes submitted by Kay Chriswell

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Patio / Yard Sale: Saturday May 27th 2017

Patio / Yard Sale

Arthur’s Town Basket Ball Court

Saturday May 27th 2017

Clothes, Household items, Books, Plants and much more.


Souse and drinks for sale


Please come out and support us

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Dog House Challenge 2017-18 is On

Sign up for the 2017 / 2018 Dog House Challenge

First 10 Applications will be approved:
Get together with the young folk on Cat Island and teach them some skills and enter your kennel (we pay $200.00 per Dog House built to our specifications).
Basic shelter is a need for our animals.
(See posters or see any Executive Member)

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March 2017 meeting

As of the Annual General Meeting held March 4, 2017 the following people were elected to the Board of Directors.

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Save the Date: Feb. 25, 2017

SAVE THE DATE
Cat Island Humane Society
4th Annual Fun and Games Day
Saturday February 25th 2017
Rake n’ Scrape Site

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Open to All: 2016 Dog House Challenge!

Cat Island Humane Society 2016 Dog House Challenge
Open to All: Individuals and Groups
Provide Your Own Materials: Recycle, Pallets, Beach Finds, Dumpster Dive, You Choose
Dog Houses Must meet these requirements:
3-feet by 4-feet and 3-feet-high
Weather Proof
No Lead Paint
Good Ventilation


Deliver yours to Rake n Scrape site

by 1pm on Fun Day February 28th 2017


First 10 Houses that meet the above requirements we will

pay you $200.00 for each one


Dog Houses will be raffled off on Fun Day
EVERY ANIMAL DESERVES A DRY HOME

dog-house-challenge-cihs

 

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Report on June 2016 Vet Visit

This past weekend we held our most successful veterinary clinics to date. It was exciting to see our efforts rewarded with these results. Dr. Davis performed eighteen (18) surgeries, many, many exams administering booster shots along with wormings. In total we saw 41 patients!

More people are purchasing Heartgard and Frontline. Dr. Davis introduced a new chewable flea product called NexGard, which we will now keep in stock. It offers protection for 4 – 10 pound dogs as well as the 3 regular sizes. One client reported when she tried it on her 7 week old puppy “The fleas were completely gone in 24 hours.”

It has been very encouraging to not only see the wild dog population reduced significantly, but to know that with education and the free services we offer people are caring more and treating their animals like pets.

We sincerely thank Dr. Davis and Andrew for two days of standing with no breaks.

Dr. Davis will be back in October and we hope to continue growing the clinic visits.

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Vet Alert: June 17-18, 2016

Vet Alert: Dr. Davis will be in Arthur’s Town on Friday, June 17th. Old Bight Primary School is the location on Saturday, June 18th. Spaying and neutering procedures are free, sponsored by the Cat Island Humane Society.

In the waiting room

In the waiting room

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Fun and funds at Annual Fun Day 2016

We held our fundraiser on Saturday, February 27th. This is the only event held during the year to aid with the projects we sponsor.

The turnout was good despite the cold weather and, once again, we were financially successful. A good time was had by all attending. Gabi and her crew from Shanna are to be heartily thanked and appreciated for all the work it takes cleaning and setting up the site.

Tara, Anthonese & Carla worked a long day at the Hoopla table which was very popular. Donna ran the dominoes …Stanley the basketball and Dave the pool tournaments. All first place tournament winners went home with flat-screen TVs.

We were able to give away five dog houses with a drawing, allowing more dogs on the island shelter. The school children did a great job building and painting them.

Leslie, Miriam & Toni “womanned” the raffle booth, selling tickets, t-shirts and collecting donations.

Danny emceed and sent 26 prizes home with raffle winners. The live auction raised a nice amount.

Patti, Gabi, Jan & Hannah were kept very busy in the bar and ticket booth. Jan gets a kick out of the children coming with their crumpled dollars for Hoopla.

A highlight of the day was the children’s games with prizes conducted by Kay. No one does it better.

Once again, we heartily thank all the volunteers who gave of their time so generously and without whom this event would not be possible. GREAT JOB GABI!!

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