Galveston County Animal Resource Center gives thanks for support
By: Amber Adams
Animal Services Director,
Animal Resource Center
Since Jan. 1, Galveston County Animal Resource Center has taken in more than 4,400 animals. That is a lot of cats, dogs, kittens, puppies and an occasional livestock or wildlife animal that finds its way to the shelter.
Saving and caring for these animals is hard and we absolutely could not do it without you. Nov. 3-9 marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and is a time for us to say thank you to the dedicated staff, volunteers, partners, donors and rescue groups who work tirelessly with the shelter to protect these animals.
We receive such support from the community, whether it’s fostering an animal, volunteering or donating money and needed supplies.
Our volunteers are wonderful! They take the dogs out for walks and to play in our yards, giving them a break from shelter life. We just recently launched two new programs, which rely heavily on volunteers.
Our Dogs Play for Life program provides playgroups for shelter dogs. These playgroups provide both mental and physical stimulation to shelter dogs, increase freedom and decrease stress, support better behavior and create a more natural and calmer environment.
We also recently partnered with Texas City High School’s Department of Special Education for a volunteer internship, allowing their students to volunteer at the shelter through a work-study program. They’re helping clean our glass enclosures, sweeping and mopping, socializing cats and bathing puppies. It’s been a great experience so far!
We’d love to have you come out and volunteer. Volunteers who are 18 years and younger need a guardian to attend orientation with them. Volunteers ages 16-18 may volunteer after orientation without a guardian while those younger than 16 need to have a guardian with them when volunteering.
It takes a special person 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 also have several fosters in the community who take in a dog or cat for a day, week or longer, giving them a break from shelter life while helping us learn more about the animals temperament so that our staff is able to better place them in a forever home.
Not able to foster or adopt at this time? You can still help.
Donating to our Sponsor a Heart fund gives long-term shelter animals a second chance by greatly reducing or completely doing away with adoption fees. Our Heal-A-Heart fund provides medical care to the homeless dogs and cats in our care. Many dogs and cats need veterinary care for minor complications including skin infections, eye infections, respiratory illness, urinary infections and small wounds. Every donation saves lives.
We also offer low-cost vaccine clinics each month. Clinics include vaccinations at a deeply discounted cost, plus low-cost flea control and heartworm testing/ treatment services. We also offer county registration and microchipping. Realizing your pet has escaped home is terrifying. If your pet is picked up by an animal control officer, brought to the shelter or a veterinarian office, we’re able to scan your pet’s chip and get them home as soon as possible.
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.
If you don’t follow the Galveston County Animal Resource Center on Facebook, please do. It’s our best way of communicating what animals we have up for adoption, any strays we pick up and needs we currently have with which you can help.
We encourage you to visit www.gchd.org/ARC, 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 25th Avenue North in Texas City.
Happy Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and thank you for the support!