The Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) yesterday announced that it has been granted 15 acres of Crown land in the final day of the current administration’s tenure.
The BHS said the grant was approved after many months of hard work, consultation, discussion, property searches and surveys.
BHS President Kim Arahna said being granted the Crown land means “absolutely everything” to the animal shelter.
“It’s fantastic, it’s marvelous, it gives us the chance to expand, to build a shelter, so we’ll be able to supply the country with what they need from us,” she said in an interview with Guardian Business.
“The amount of animals that need refuge now is many, many more than before, especially since we became a no-kill shelter and this is a gift from God.”
The BHS said the government-granted Crown land is near Coral Harbour where it plans to build a shelter facility that will continue to provide care and rescue operations for the animals of New Providence.
From here on, Arahna said the BHS will focus on raising money to outfit its wish list for the acreage.
“We’re going to plan out a wish list of what we think we want. Various members of the board and staff members are going to be invited to put together a wish list on how they envisage moving forward and then obviously we will get a professional architect and advice from people who have great experience in building shelters and we will take our time to do it properly,” she said.
“One dream of mine is to be able to have a pet-friendly hurricane shelter on the premises, so that if there is a hurricane and people have their pets and they don’t want to leave them alone, they will be able to shelter there. But there are so many things I want to do, the list is never-ending; it’s very long.”
Arahna said the facility would have to be built in phases as the organization raises funding, but she said a financial donor has already offered to assist.
“We are very lucky to already see people stepping forward to give us financial assistance,” she said.