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The Galveston Island Humane Society (formerly The Animal Shelter and Adoption Center) was formed in April 1981.

Since that time we have been able to hire staff and institute programs including humane education, spay/neuter assistance and prevention of animal cruelty. The greatest service the GIHS provides for the community is simple; a humane shelter for lost and unwanted animals.

Board of Directors

Paul Vincent - President
Liz Rogers - Secretary
Lynn Eanes Treasurer
Sonny Vaiani Past-President
Caroline Dorsett-Pate - Executive Director

Board Members

Brenda Atchley
Jim Atchely
Diana Barr
Joel Caldwell
Tara Cantieri
Bradley Cardenas
Cathy Conlon-Townsend
Ken Diestler, DVM
Marte Hersey
Gene Hornstein
Margo Markowitz
Maureen McCutchen
Allison Schoenvogel
Sandy Stamoulis
Ed Walsh
Ann Winkelmann
Our Mission


The Galveston Island Humane Society, Inc. is solely dedicated to the cause and welfare of unwanted or homeless animals. This organization provides a temporary refuge for these animals, arranges placement in responsible homes, and provides community education toward the prevention of cruelty to animals and the instruction of humane pet care.

The Humane Society has some specific goals (objectives) that we would like to accomplish in the future. The following is a list of some of those goals:

  • To find good homes for all of our animals as an alternative to euthanasia.
  • Obtain enough funding to continue our current programs and expand into other areas.
  • Seek funding to enable the GIHS to build a healthier, larger, better-equipped facility. This will include individuals and/or businesses interested in donating money, materials, and expertise.
  • Initiate and coordinated comprehensive spay/neuter programs, city-wide to stop the influx of unwanted and homeless animals in the shelter.
6814 Broadway
Galveston, Texas 77554
(409) 740-1919
(409) 740-4616 fax

Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm
Sat: 11am-5pm
Sun: Closed Sunday
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Galveston Island Humane Society    6814 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77554    (409) 740-1919
Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm    Sat: 11am-5pm    Sun: Closed Sunday
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