Animal Resource Center Says Thanks During National Pet Week, May 7-13
By: Amber Adams
Animal Services Manager
Galveston County Animal Resource Center
The past several years have been full of significant achievements at the Galveston County Animal Resource Center (ARC). National Pet Week, May 7-13, is a great opportunity to highlight some of the ways your support allows us to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of loving pets.
We often ask for your help promoting pets on social media – and you always answer the call! Collectively, our Facebook posts have more than a million views, tens of thousands of shares and countless likes. Social media, more community organizations welcoming us to events and BootKikkers Bingo funding adoption specials are huge factors in ARC adoptions being up 20% from five years ago.
It takes a special person to volunteer to take an animal into their home until a permanent one can be found, especially when the pet needs medical care. That’s exactly what rescue groups do and they’re vital to our success. We’ve worked with more than 300 such groups, resulting in a 5% increase in animals sent to rescues over the past five years.
Realizing your pet has escaped his home is terrifying. When this happens and one of our animal control officers pick up the animal, the goal is to find the owner and get the furbaby home. This is so much easier when the pet is microchipped. Over the past five years, the number of ARC pets returned to owners has increased 5%. We think that has a lot to do with responsible pet owners microchipping as required by regulation in the communities we serve.
The biggest obstacle for any animal shelter is pet overpopulation. That’s why we’re so proud our adoption fee includes spay or neuter, in addition to rabies vaccination and a microchip. This means pets adopted from the ARC won’t have litters that end up in shelters. Sterilization can cost hundreds of dollars, so our $85 adoption fee is a bargain – and our frequent adoption specials are even a better value! Animal Alliance of Galveston County is a valuable partner in this effort.
All of the factors above helped reduce our euthanasia rate 20% over five years. This is a remarkable achievement for our community. While we work daily to reduce the rate even more, we are committed to staying an open-intake facility. That means when people who live in the communities we serve bring pets to the shelter, we do not turn them away. When shelters choose to turn pets away, it can lead to animals being dangerously abandoned on the street or taken to another shelter, increasing the burden on that facility.
We encourage you to visit www.arcpets.org or www.facebook.com/garcpets or call 409-948-2485 to learn more about the ARC and the many pets looking for homes. You’re always welcome to stop by the shelter, located at 3412 Loop 197 (25th Avenue North) in Texas City.
Happy National Pet Week and thank you for the support!
About the Galveston County Animal Resource Center
The largest, most modern and best-equipped animal shelter in Galveston County, the Animal Resource Center (ARC) provides animal services to Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Kemah, La Marque, Texas City, Tiki Island and unincorporated Galveston County. Learn more at www.arcpets.org or by calling (409) 948-2485.