Volume 4, Issue 12 | December 2021
Critter Chronicles

On behalf of the entire GMHS team, thank you to all of the individuals, families, and businesses who have donated to the Phantom of the Shelter Matching Gift Challenge. Each gift has an impact and helps to save lives!

Through January 31, 2022, we hope to raise $100,000 in monetary donations to unlock the life-saving power of challenge. We are grateful beyond measure to the anonymous donor who has offered this matching gift and incredibly excited for the resources and opportunities the funds raised will bring to our organization and the pets in our care.

With GMHS' intake doubled from the previous year and no signs of abating, homeless pets are counting on us. Your support ensures GMHS continues to meet this demand.

Whether you are planning your end-of-year giving or planning ahead for 2022, I invite you to join me in contributing to this challenge. Each gift has life-saving powers, and 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to providing shelter and care for our homeless pets.

Donations may be made via PayPal, phone (804-693-5520), and mail (P.O. Box 385, Gloucester, VA 23061). 

We hope this matching gift will inspire those with a heart for homeless pets to give, knowing their contribution will be doubled. Countless lives continue to be saved and transformed, because of your friendship and support. Thank you for making it so!

With heartfelt appreciation,
April Martinez
April Martinez, CEO

PS Click here for more exciting information about our January 29, 2022, Phantom of the Shelter Gala and Auction, purchase raffle and event tickets, bid on the amazing sealed bid auction offerings, 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. GMHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID# is 51-0206238. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
December 2021 Heart Connections

December was a great month for adoptions, with 42 pets finding their forever homes! Also, 75 pets were transferred to adoption-guaranteed partners through our Highway to Home program. Thank you to everyone for making December such an amazing month for the people and pets of the communities we serve and helping us end the year on a high note!

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!
December 2021 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 Has
Record-breaking Year

2021 has been the busiest year yet for GMHS' Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic since opening in 2008. The clinic altered 3,882 pets in 2021! 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 2021 and look forward to continuing to offer access to low- and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries in 2022!

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.
Jonah (pictured on the left) made his heart connection through our Highway to Home program in 2021! He is living his best life with his adopter and feline sibling Marius.
Highway to Home Sees Growth and Success in 2021

GMHS is thrilled to share 1,111 pets were transferred to adoption-guaranteed partners through Highway to Home in 2021.

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 2022!
We're Growing Our Team!

We are looking to add a Veterinary Care Coordinator and Veterinary Assistant to our life-saving team. If you share our same heart for homeless pets and want to help give pets the second chance they deserve to lead lives filled with comfort and care, dignity, and respect, we encourage you to apply!

Please email a resume, cover letter, and completed GMHS application.

Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer.
Compassionate Community
Many thanks to Emergency Pest Control for providing a special holiday lunch for our GMHS team. You made our day, and we appreciate the holiday wishes shared with us all!
Christian brought some holiday cheer to the pets of GMHS, and we are grateful for the donation of pet supplies. We are thankful to call you our friend!
Thank you to our friends at Piankatank Community League for your generous donation, including items from our wish list. We couldn't provide care for so many pets without the support of our community.
Millie is wishing you and yours a happy New Year and best wishes for a fantastic 2022!
Keep in Touch
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