The Cause for the Paws $100K Challenge: a wonderful opportunity for the Gulf Coast Humane Society
By: Kaitlin Calk
The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) has been given an amazing opportunity – one that could make a huge difference in the lives of the hundreds of animals residing in our facility.
As you may know, the GCHS is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that houses and finds forever homes for hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. As a nonprofit organization, we depend solely on donations to keep our doors open and care for our animals. Recently, an anonymous donor has agreed to donate $100,000 to the GCHS under one condition: that we raise that same amount on our own by December.
This money would make tremendous changes happen at the GCHS. Not only would the money go to the daily care of the more than 300 animals under our roof, it would also help to pay for heartworm treatments (the medicine alone is $175 per treatment), wheelchairs for paralyzed animals and treatment for other medical conditions.
Funds raised during this challenge will also help us make major renovations to our facility – changes that will dramatically raise the standard of living for the animals here. One of the most exciting changes will be installing bigger and better cat cages so that our many felines will have more room to stretch out. Most of our cats are allowed to roam freely in their designated rooms during our operating hours, but for the 15 hours that we are closed, these kitties are confined to their cages that only have room for their litter box, food and water and a blanket.
Another wonderful renovation will be completely redoing the pond at our dog park so that it is safe and sanitary for our dogs. Volunteers and staff walk our canine residents on a semi-regular basis, and the dogs do get time to play outside in fenced-off “runs,” but nothing beats our dog park. Running freely on the large expanse of soft grass and taking a dip in the pond is the highlight of these dogs’ stay here. With a poorly designed filter, the water is often deemed unsanitary, and we are forced to close the park until the problem can be resolved.
It is a poorly designed, algae-ridden pond that should be a refreshing oasis for our dogs to cool off in, especially in the dreaded South Texas heat. Instead, it is a pitiful excuse for a pond without filtration and full of algae and grime, and it is a tadpole bed. Short of finding their forever homes, bigger cages and a reliably clean pond will clearly mean the world to the animals at our facility.
Smaller improvements will include purchasing a new van and “Adopt Me” vests for events, repairing kennel doors in our back kennels and getting new Kuranda beds for our dogs.
We do not have much time to raise $100,000, but we remain hopeful. We have had several successful fundraisers, including our Adopt-A-Thon and monthly fundraisers at the Vintage Easel, but we still have quite a way to go. Our next fundraiser will be a big one, and we are very excited about it! On Aug. 16 from noon to 2 p.m., right here at the GCHS, we will be holding our first-ever Telethon hosted by KIII! We will have staff and volunteers manning the phones to take donations while stories of adoptions, tales of healing from within GCHS and information about the services we provide the community are televised.
If you would like to donate to the GCHS, now is the perfect time. You are welcome to donate in person at our facility, over the phone at 361-225-0845, on our website at www.gchscc.org or via our GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/gulfcoasthumane. You are also welcome to mail us your donation!
We are extremely grateful to that anonymous donor for giving us this challenge, and we know that with help from our community, we can make it happen!
The Gulf Coast Humane Society is located at 3118 Cabaniss Parkway in Corpus Christi, Texas. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 361-225-0845.
Photo Courtesy of Gulf Coast Humane Society