After more than seven decades in operation, the Gulf Coast Humane Society continues its mission of caring and finding loving forever homes for animals in the Coastal Bend.
By: Kaitlin Calk
The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) was founded in 1945 by a group of animal lovers in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the prevention of animal cruelty as our mission. As the years progressed, the mission of GCHS shifted to caring and finding loving forever homes for homeless cats and dogs, spreading the message of proper pet care and guardianship and educating on the importance of spaying and neutering. In addition to reducing the overpopulation of stray dogs and cats by promoting adoption, we provide the community with spay and neuter services with our community outreach program.
It is only through donations (item, in kind and monetary) that we are able to keep our doors open to save an estimated 1,800 animals a year. This includes working with Animal Care and Control Services to pull animals directly from their euthanasia lists on a regular basis.
These donations also allow us to operate with a full veterinary clinic, which includes an in-house veterinarian, thus allowing us to provide our animals with access to immediate, top-notch medical care. All of our animals are vaccinated and sterilized before adoption. They are also micro-chipped, behaviorally assessed and given a full physical examination before they go into their new homes.
Each adopter goes home with a bag of food, and all dogs go home with their first six months of heartworm prevention. When heartworm-positive dogs are adopted, we provide the treatment at no extra cost to the adopter.
Donations also allow us to have a successful foster care program. This program has saved hundreds of infant puppies and kittens, as well as given senior animals an opportunity to live out their golden years in a foster home. Our foster parents are provided with all food, supplies and medical care at no cost to them – all they need to provide is excellent care to the animals that they are fostering, as well as loving, temporary homes.
As we are a no-kill shelter, our staff strongly believes that every animal deserves an equal chance at adoption. All animals that come in with behavior or health problems are attended to by a caring, dedicated group of staff members and volunteers to properly socialize and provide any medical care necessary.
While we have treated hundreds of animals for countless medical issues over the years, we were recently able to nurse a kitten back from the brink of death. On a cold day in February, our staff discovered that a kitten had been abandoned on our property. She was weak and dehydrated, and she had severely infected bite wounds on her back. This little girl, whom we named Tuesday, could barely hold her head up. With hours of hydrotherapy and close monitoring over the next several weeks, Tuesday began to perk up and play. Happily, Tuesday was adopted just a few days after she became available for adoption!
GCHS has served the community for more than 70 years, and we will continue to do so until every homeless animal in our city has a loving family to call their own.
The Gulf Coast Humane Society is located at 3118 Cabaniss Parkway in Corpus Christi, Texas. Donations can be made at the facility or on the website: www.gchscc.org.
Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Humane Society