Shelter is currently closed to the public – please make an appointment!

Following the protocols for the Stay at Home order issued by the mayor of the City of Galveston, we will continue only essential services deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the animals of Galveston Island.

Our staff has gone to small teams so the reduction in the animals in our care is definitely advantageous for both the pets and the staff. Such a small staff decreases the amount of human interaction

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

🐶We will continue to offer adoptions on a limited appointment basis. We ask people to take a look at our adoptable pets online. If you see someone you are interested in, fill out an application and contact the shelter for phone interview to see if this pet is a good fit for your home. Email: or call (409) 740-1919.

🐱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.

Adoption and foster applications can be found online here.

 🐶If you can’t adopt or foster but would like to help, please consider donating to our work in this time of crisis.

 GIHS will continue to respond with assistance to our community with pet food if needed. It is imperative that pets not be surrendered due to lack of food. We are aware of the value pets have in a family and their social values for families. If you are able and willing to donate food to assist in this project, please contact the shelter with a drop off time and we will ask you to put it on the porch. If you need a donation slip, leave your contact information along with the value and one will be sent to you.

Obviously the timeline for our closure and reduced services depends on the best guidance we receive from local and national public health officials, so please monitor this page for regular updates.

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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