Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, and in an effort to reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread to more people via gatherings of people and protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff and volunteers, as well as our community, the Galveston Island Humane Society has decided to close to the public again starting Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

We will continue in our mission to provide every animal exceptional care and loving home. At this time, we are redirecting resources to support our pets and our community.

We will continue to offer adoptions on an appointment basis, as we continue to have many wonderful animals in need of new homes. Per the City of Galveston mandate, you must wear a mask during your appointment. You can take a look at our adoptable pets online.

If now is not the right time for your family to adopt, please consider becoming a foster family. We ask you to please set up an appointment to foster as well by calling (409) 740-1919.

As always, pets needing to be surrendered to the shelter will require an appointment. If you find any animals, please call the Animal Services Unit, 409-765-3702.

Adoption and foster applications can be found online by clicking HERE.

We will continue to assess the situation to determine when it would be appropriate to invite the public back into our facilities. This timeline is subject to change depending on what best guidance we receive from local and national public health officials, so please monitor this page for regular updates.

Animal care staff and volunteers will continue to meet the daily needs of our shelter pets, who are not at risk of contracting or transmitting coronavirus, and employees in some departments may be working off-site in our effort to minimize any interactions that may unnecessarily expose people to this virus.

At this point, as well, we continue to have volunteers who are filling important operational roles. But, we are ensuring that we schedule volunteer shifts so that we maintain compliance with CDC recommendations regarding numbers of people gathering in close proximity. We are also emphasizing to all staff or volunteers that they should take care of themselves first and not work or volunteer if they or anyone in close contact with them is ill.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to ensure not only the public’s safety, but also provide staff and volunteers with the opportunity to focus on their own health and personal care.


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