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GCHS donor willing to match up to $50,000 in monetary donations

By Staff | Sep 26, 2017

GCHS kennel tech, Crystal Rios, says goodbye to one of the dogs, which were transported to Tennessee by the Animal Rescue Corp

As normalcy of life returns to Southwest Florida and the surrounding areas, Gulf Coast Humane Society is also back on track to its regular routine.

Generous donations from people have been coming in, all of which were needed.

Although damage which occurred to the GCHS facility from Hurricane Irma is still being assessed, the area’s largest no-kill shelter is still facing some serious economic struggles due to the storm. From Sept. 6 to Sept. 14, all of GCHS’ income revenue were frozen due to closings of the Veterinary Clinic and Adoption Center for preparation and eventually, clean-up from Irma.

“We lost over a week’s worth of revenues and that is a serious hurdle to overcome,” said GCHS Executive Director Jennifer Galloway. “Even though we are a non-profit, we still have bills to pay and on average, over 300 animals to care for weekly.”

Understandably, monetary donations also slowed down due to Hurricane Irma.

GCHS made several trips to local shelters and community centers, which were in need of cat and dog food.

But thanks to a very caring and generous longtime GCHS supporter, who wants to remain anonymous, closing that gap from a week’s worth of lost revenue is realistic. The supporter is offering to match up to $50,000 in monetary donations raised for GCHS until the end of October, so time is of the essence.

“We are so lucky to have many of our gracious supporters and volunteers to help our shelter animals,” Galloway said. “This offer is overwhelming, but we need help from the community to fully take advantage of this person’s aid. There has been an amazing flow of donations, both food/supply and monetary, for the shelter animals after Hurricane Irma and we are so appreciative of all the support from all over the region and even from around the entire country. The amount of volunteer hours we have also received has been unbelievable. We couldn’t have made it through without all of our volunteers and supporters.”

To offer a monetary donation, go to GCHS’ website at www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org. From there, click on one of the white and blue “Donate Now” buttons, which will direct you to a secure donation network, called Network For Good.

“Any donation of any sort is appreciated,” Galloway said. “You will know it is directly going to our shelter animals and our quest of finding them their forever homes.”

About Gulf Coast Humane Society:

Gulf Coast Humane Society is a regional organization dedicated to helping companion pets find their forever homes, no matter how long it takes. GCHS provides an adoption center, spay-neuter and veterinary clinic, as well as education and awareness to the public about the welfare of homeless pets.

GCHS’ mission is to care for companion pets in need by offering safe refuge, providing medical care and facilitating adoptions. GCHS promotes the concept the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” and help educate the community about proper and responsible animal care, while providing quality, affordable veterinary care.