The Gulf Coast Humane Society is in the final stretch to meet the fundraising goal for the Cause for the Paws $100K Challenge.
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 our animals well cared for. In May, a generous donor named Gene Bouligny agreed to donate $100,000 to the GCHS under one condition: that we raise that same amount on our own by Dec. 31.
This money would make tremendous changes happen at the GCHS. Not only would the money go to the daily care of the hundreds of animals under our roof, it would also help 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 opportunity this money will give us will be renovating our transition area. When we pull animals from Corpus Christi Animal Care and Control (CCACC), they are housed in this area first before going into adoption in order to prevent the possible spread of disease.
These animals have already been through quite a journey; they were either saved from the streets by the CCACC or surrendered by their family to Animal Control and have been examined and placed in a kennel there. By the time these animals get to GCHS, they are already shaken up by all of the change, only to go through even more change by being in an entirely different facility. These renovations will help to make the beginning of their stay more comfortable and less stressful.
Smaller improvements will include purchasing a new van, renovating our front office, repairing kennel doors in our back kennels and getting new Kuranda beds for our dogs.
We only have until Dec. 31 to raise the remaining $25,000 toward that $100,000, but we remain hopeful! We have had several successful fundraisers, including our Pawfest and Furball, but we still have quite a way to go.
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 on our GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/gulfcoasthumane. You are also welcome to mail us your donation! We are extremely grateful to Bouligny 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