Photo: Tim Aylen
The Humane Society of Grand Bahama and HSGB Honorary Chair, Frances Singer-Hayward announced the establishment of ‘AMIGO’S FUND’ – a charitable trust in honor of late beloved potcake star AMIGO that will benefit the animals of Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and ultimately, it is hoped, beyond.
The Fund, which was founded “to give second chances to animals like AMIGO who, because of abuse and/or neglect require extensive medical rehabilitative care at a cost that is not always an option given the high volume of homeless animals brought to The Humane Society of Grand Bahama and Humane Societies throughout The Bahamas…” as exemplified by the story of AMIGO himself, a former stray potcake found in the most pitiful condition who, rescued and rehabilitated, went on to become ‘poster dog’ for HSGB and all of its programmes and a superstar in the Bahamas and Ambassador of Hope on behalf of homeless and challenged animals.
It is hoped that Amigo’s Fund will thus enable HSGB and other like minded organizations to be able to save the lives of many more deserving animals who normally would face an uncertain future due to lack of funds to pay for dealing with their tragic condition. In addition the Fund will help to support spay/neuter initiatives “of which AMIGO was such a compelling and inspiring representative during his lifetime…” and will also serve to help charitable efforts into the broader areas of animal welfare throughout the Bahamas and elsewhere.
“I am so thrilled for AMIGO, as this is the ultimate fulfillment of his mission, that of ‘making the world a better place for potcakes and all animals” said Frances Singer Hayward. “It is so incredibly touching to me that Amigo and his story touched so many hearts, and that wherever I go, people speak to me of him. “AMIGO’S FUND honors Amigo’s legacy and his wonderful contribution to the betterment of animal life, as their endearing and charismatic ‘rep,’ raising awareness to the tragic plight of so many animals in The Bahamas and the world over and I can only hope and pray that there will be many more ‘Amigos’ who are saved and given the love and care that they so deserve as a result of his and our efforts.”
Managing Director of The Humane Society of Grand Bahama, Tip Burrows said, “on behalf of The Humane Society of Grand Bahama, we are very excited about the establishment of AMIGO'S FUND which is a wonderful tribute to Amigo's memory. Hopefully this Fund will allow us to save many more animals, like Amigo, who come to us in such wretched and yet treatable condition if we were only to have the resources to help them. We hope the public will support this initiative, which will provide a tangible means of helping the neediest of animals.”
Photo: Tim Aylen
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