Volume 3, Issue 12 | December 2020
Critter Chronicles
Dear Friends:

On behalf of the entire GMHS team, I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to the Top Hats and Tails Matching Gift Challenge. We are humbled by your generosity and are off to a great start towards meeting our $170,000 fundraising goal!

Through January 31, 2021, we seek to raise $170,000 in monetary donations to unlock the life-saving power of this matching gift challenge. As an additional bonus for donors--unlike other years when charitable gifts are limited by a percentage of adjusted gross income--charitable donations made in 2020 to qualifying organizations are 100% tax-deductible (CARES Act).

We are grateful beyond measure to the five anonymous donors who have offered this matching gift as well as those who will be inspired to donate in response to the challenge. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for the people and pets served by our organization and positions us to save even more lives.

Whether you are planning your end-of-year charitable contributions or planning ahead for 2021 gifts, I invite you to join me in making a donation that will help us reach our fundraising goal. Donations may be made via PayPal, phone (804-693-5520), and mail (P.O. Box 385, Gloucester, VA 23061). 

We hope this matching gift challenge will inspire those with a heart for homeless pets to give in support of our mission, and thank you for ensuring GMHS remains a beacon of hope and safe harbor!

With gratitude and in friendship,

April Martinez
April Martinez, CEO

PS Click here for more exciting information about our January 30, 2021, Top Hats and Tails At-home Gala and Auction, purchase tickets to the virtual event, and more!
GMHS is neither affiliated with any national animal welfare organizations nor do we receive funding from the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States.
December 2020 Heart Connections

December was a great month for adoptions, with 61 pets finding their forever homes! Also, 90 pets were transferred to adoption-guaranteed partners through our Highway to Home program, making it our best month of the year. Thank you to everyone for making December such an amazing month for the people and pets of the communities we serve.

Adoptions continue to be conducted by appointment only and with an approved adoption questionnaire. You will be excited to know this approach is working: We are making more heart connections than ever before! Visit GMHS on the web to view all the homeless pets searching for a forever family and submit your adoption questionnaire electronically. Once approved, a member of our Adoption Team will schedule a time for you to make your very own heart connection!
December 2020 Shelter Snapshot

Our annual statistics are available on our website, and we also offer you a monthly snapshot. December was another super month for adoptions and and transfers through our Highway to Home program. We are grateful to all who made it so! The generous support of staff, volunteers, and donors enables GMHS to provide daily care, cover special medical needs, foster animals in homes as needed, and arrange transportation to adoption-guaranteed partners.
Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic Has Record-breaking Year

2020 has been the busiest year yet for GMHS' Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic since opening in 2008. The clinic altrered 3,263 pets in 2020! These animals include GMHS/GCAC pets and pets from members of our community, other local shelters and rescues, and community cats. We are grateful for an amazing 2020 and look forward to continuing to offer access to low- and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries in 2021!

Call (804) 694-0349 to inquire about services and make your pet’s appointment. Stay in touch with the clinic team by visiting them on the web and Facebook.
Highway to Home Sees Growth and Success in 2020

GMHS is thrilled to share 502 pets were transferred to our adoption-guaranteed partners through Highway to Home in 2020. Forty-seven percent of intakes in 2020 were transferred through Highway to Home, and 90 of those pets were transferred in December alone—a GMHS record!

When a pet from GMHS goes to one of our trusted partners, they average less than one week in the new shelter before being adopted. We work with our partners to help place homeless pets in areas where adoption demands are high and rescues have space. Thank you to all of our GMHS staff and volunteers for making this incredible year possible, and we look forward to saving and transforming even more lives in 2021!
Compassionate Community
Our friends at Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester, Massachusetts, sent a donation of pet food and treats for our shelter pets back with our volunteers after a recent Highway to Home transport. We are thankful for their life-saving partnership!
This month, GMHS received an inspiring letter sent to us by Avery with Avery's Pawsitive Change. Avery is a 13-year-old girl with a love for all animals. Her mission is to send gift cards to animal shelters all around the world, and one day run her own shelter. Avery raises funds and sends personalized cards all while fighting an aggressive cancer. This young girl's story and letter brightened our day. Thank you, Avery, for sharing your heart for homeless pets with us!
Many thanks to the Poland and Larson families for providing special treats for our dogs and cats. You made their day, and we appreciate the well wishes shared with us all!
The Romero family brought some holiday cheer to the pets of GMHS, and we are grateful for their donation of pet food, treats, and toys. We are thankful to call them friends and appreciative for their support!
On behalf of Emergency Pest Control, Robert Donnelly brought a donation of canned food and cat litter for our homeless pets. Thank you for this gift and your life-saving partnership!
Nacho is wishing you and yours a happy New Year and best wishes for a fantastic 2021!
Keep in Touch
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