GCHS' COVID-19 Updates
GCHS is dedicated to doing its part during this COVID-19 Crisis. With the Governor's safer-at-home directive being enacted late this week, we are doing as much as we can to be safe and healthy, while still caring for the shelter animals.

GCHS staff are considered essential employees and will be working on the shelter's premise to take care of the shelter animals here. With the Governor's directive, it also means volunteers cannot volunteer at the shelter until this directive is lifted.

To keep up on GCHS' COVID-19 updates, follow on Facebook HERE or visit the GCHS COVID-19 Resource page by CLICKING HERE.

Other updates concerning GHCS include:

  • GCHS Veterinary Clinic is still Open: The GCHS Clinic remains open, but by appointment only. IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT AND NEED TO CANCEL, PLEASE CALL TO INFORM THE CLINIC! Your slot can be filled with another pet owner. If you are a new client, walk-ins are not allowed, you will need to make an appointment. When arriving, you will be asked to stay in your car and in the parking lot. Please, only one person per pet when entering the Clinic, we are trying our best to limit human interaction with each other. To make an appointment, please call 239-332-2719. Visit the GCHS Clinic webpage.

  • Fostering is saving lives: We asked and the community delivered! GCHS is caring for over 180 shelter animals, with only 47 on property as of April 4. The rest? They are in foster care! If interested in fostering, please email outreach@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org to set up an appointment. The animals who are available are larger or have a medical condition and will need to be the only pet in the home. These shelter animals still are sweet and loving, and deserve their chance to be in a home as much as any other foster pet. Fosters who indicate they do not have any other animals in the home and are willing to take in a larger pet or a medical case, are being sought. The number of animals which will be in GCHS' care will change daily, as we are still intaking animals, so keep updated on the GCHS website and Facebook.

  • DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED: Any type of donation will be much appreciated! Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page to find Amazon links to item donations. Monetary donations are always important, please click the button below to donate what you can, which will benefit the GCHS shelter animals during this time of crisis! You can drop off, or mail donations to: 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, Fla. 33916.
Have a PLAN for your pets if you fall ill
With the COVID-19 virus spreading throughout the world, there is a chance you could become sick. If this should occur, ask yourself, do you have a plan for your pets? What would happen if the worst would occur and you have to go to the hospital?

Have a chain of people you trust and have an understanding they will take in your pets and care for them if you are unable to. Have your pets' medical records accessible and numbers for your veterinarian ready to hand over. You can make up a suitcase with your pets' favorite comfort treats, toys and food to help them transition into their temporary new home. Go over the plan with your trusted party, if they will be staying at your home or the pets being sent to their home. Hit on all the details such as key exchange if they are staying in your home with your pets.

Write out instructions about certain behaviors your pet has, any special diet requirements or what things make your pet happy and comfortable, so there are no surprises.

Do not wait until the last minute, be proactive, and HAVE A PLAN!!
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