ARC gives thanks for support during Animal Shelter Appreciation Week By: Amber Adams Animal Services Director,Animal Resource Center
Like so many this year, the Galveston County Animal Resource Center (ARC) finds itself having to think
outside the box.
From relying heavily on pet fosters to figuring out how to host events virtually and acting as a pet food donation drop
site, staff have dedicated themselves to caring for animals while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and what that
means for pet adoptions.
Nov. 1-7 marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, a time for us to say thank you to our dedicated staff, volunteers,
partners, donors and rescue groups who work tirelessly to protect these animals.
As we face COVID-19, ARC is proactive and thinking of new ways to help.
We’re rehoming animals before they make it to the shelter.
We’re a donation drop-off site for pet food. If the only thing stopping you from keeping your pet is food, we will find a
way to help.
We’ve seen an increase in fosters – the most I’ve seen in my seven years with the ARC.
We continue our work with local and nationwide rescue groups, which are vital to our success.
And, we continue to host our monthly low-cost pet vaccine clinics offering vaccinations at a deeply discounted cost, plus
low-cost flea control, county registration and microchipping.
It has truly been a community-wide effort and we cannot say thank you enough. We are lucky to have so many
supporters in the form of volunteers, fosters and donors.
Not able to foster or adopt at this time? Borrow a dog for the day. Take your new four-legged friend to the beach, the
park or watch a movie from the comfort of your couch. This is great way to give the dogs a break from the shelter and to
help acclimate them for when they are adopted.
You can also donate. 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.
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! The charitable Boot Kikkers Bingo fund, Animal Alliance of Galveston
County and the Sponsor A Heart fund are valuable partners in this effort.
Follow us @garcpets on Facebook. 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.
Visit www.gchd.org/ARC or call 409.948.2485 to learn more. Happy Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and thank you for
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GCHD provides services and programs that protect the everyday health and well-being of Galveston County.
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