Volume 4, Issue 1 | January 2021
Critter Chronicles
Let's Celebrate 2020, a Super Year for Pets in Need
Thank you to our life-saving partners and all who made the success of 2020 possible. Thank you making GMHS a beacon of hope and safe harbor for homeless pets.The demand for our services is greater than ever. Together, in 2021, we will save and transform even more lives!
January 2021 Adoption Successes
In January, 49 (now formerly) homeless pets made a heart connection with their forever families. Our thanks to adopters for welcoming these amazing pets into their hearts and homes! Above are just a few of the new matches made this month. What a great beginning to the year 2021!

Adoptions continue to be conducted by appointment only and with an approved adoption questionnaire. 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!
Top Hats and Tails "At-home" Gala and Auction
On Saturday, January 30, animal lovers gathered virtually for the Top Hats and Tails Auction and Gala to benefit GMHS. The event offered an unforgettable experience—all to help save the lives of homeless pets in our community.

We are grateful to everyone, including guests, the Auction Committee, volunteers, staff and sponsors, who made this 2021 event such a success. Thank you for your generous support and enthusiastic participation!
January 2021 Shelter Snapshot

January was another excellent 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. We are also committed to education, outreach, and transparency. Our annual statistics are available on our website, and we also offer you a monthly snapshot.
Highway to Home
The Highway to Home program transports pets from GMHS to adoption-guaranteed agency partners. The majority of these partners are located in the northeast and are home to communities with a great demand for adoptable pets and few local homeless pets.

In 2020, 502 pets were transported through GMHS' Highway to Home program, where they went on to find their forever homes. In fact, many were adopted in a matter of days! The program's 2020 success was made possible by GMHS team members, volunteers, and funding from the Petco Foundation and individual donors. 2021 is off to an incredible start, with 138 pets traveling on the Highway to Home in January. They included 4 rabbits, 89 cats, and 45 dogs, several of whom were longer stay shelter pets at GMHS.

Pictured is Kierra, who was transported in early January. She was adopted before the transport even arrived at its destination and is living her best life with her new family.

If you would like to volunteer to pilot one of our Highway to Home transports, please contact Shelter/Volunteer Manager Waynette Petty by email or call (804) 693-5520 ext. 308.
Caring For Community Cats in Winter

Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic has spayed, neutered and vaccinated thousands of feral and community cats. They offer affordable access to a feral package, which includes spay/neuter surgery, rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, parasite control, ear cleaning, and an ear tip, to encourage and assist caretakers with their care.

Our Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic team is dedicated to helping committed caretakers provide the cats of our communities the support and care they need and offers the following tips to help caretakers and their colonies get through these cold winter months:

  • Line the inside of a Rubbermaid storage container with Styrofoam and cut a doorway to provide a warm, safe shelter.
  • Because it resists moisture, straw is the top choice for insulation and bedding. Avoid blankets, which absorb moisture.
  • Extreme cold weather can increase a cat's energy and nutritional needs, so extra water is needed to prevent dehydration.
  • Be cautious when using salts and chemicals designed to melt snow near your colonies as they can be toxic when licked off paws or ingested from melting puddles.

If you would like to help feral cats in your community, please contact Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic Monday through Wednesday of each week by email or call (804) 694-0349.
Target Circle
We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit homeless pets cared for by GMHS. For full program details and restrictions, visit Target Circle.
Become a Faithful Friend
Did you know pets at GMHS receive wellness care (testing, vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick treatment) and are spayed/neutered and microchipped before adoption into their forever homes?

Consider joining our Faithful Friends with a monthly donation and help us provide wellness care, spay/neuter surgery and more for the homeless pets of GMHS.

Simply check the box when donating to make yours a monthly contribution.

Each month, you'll receive the story of a homeless pet whose life was saved and transformed by your generosity.
Burton can't wait to meet his match!
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