Volume 3, Issue 1 | January 2020
Critter Chronicles
From the release of 2019 end-of-year statistics to The Golden Paws Gala and Auction, January has been an exciting month for the homeless pets and people of our community!

Our thanks to you, our life-saving partners, for helping us begin the year on the right paw!
2019 End-of-Year Statistics Released
January 2020 Adoption Successes
In January 2020, more than 50 (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! Below are just a few of the new matches made this month.
GMHS Welcomes Two New Members to Board of Directors
Jim Camp
John Gordon
Please join us in welcoming Jim Camp and John Gordon to the GMHS Board of Directors. They bring with them a wealth of experience, dedication to our mission and commitment to our community.

Visit our website for their bios and those of our other board members.
2020 Gala and Auction Most Successful Yet
On Saturday, January 25, animal lovers gathered for The Golden Paws Gala and Auction to benefit GMHS. Inspired by the glamour of Hollywood, the event offered an unforgettable evening of cocktails and cuisine, the fun of bidding on exclusive live and silent auction offerings and music from Good Shot Judy —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 the 2020 gala and auction our most successful to date. Thank you for your generous support and enthusiastic participation!
Highway to Home Update
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 2019, 481 pets were transported through Highway to Home, where they went on to find their forever homes. In fact, many were adopted in a matter of days! The program's 2019 success was made possible by GMHS team members, volunteers and funding from the Petco Foundation and individual donors.

If you would like to volunteer to pilot one of our Highway to Home transports, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Waynette Petty at volunteer@gmhumanesociety.org or (804) 693-5520 ext. 320.
Fixin' to Save Performs 3,037 Surgeries in 2019
This month marks two years since Fixin' to Save Spay & Neuter Clinic has been administered by GMHS. Building on the firm foundation established by the Animal Resource Foundation, clinic team members actively work to expand the reach of their services and save more lives through access to low- and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries.

2019 marked an exciting time in the clinic’s history as 3,037 pets were altered: 1,156 dogs and 1,881 cats, including 452 feral cats.
Indeed, our community is to be proud of the number of lives saved in 2019 through their support of spay/neuter, yet more work remains to be done. 2020 brings with it great promise as Fixin’ to Save seeks to increase the number of surgeries, reduce wait times and continue to offer an outstanding customer service experience for all clients and their pets. The clinic will also kick off its dental project, which will provide basic dental care for shelter pets, increase the clinic's surgical capacity and reduce wait times.
The mission of Fixin’ to Save is to provide high quality, affordable spay/neuter services, saving lives, one surgery at a time. 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 .

Compassionate Community
Join us in thanking Chesapeake Bank, Flagship Corporate Sponsor for our annual oyster roast as well as the gala and auction, for their enduring support of our shelter.

Melissa Crawford , vice president, Business Development; Dianne Hall , vice president, Regional Executive; and Steve Callis , vice president, Commercial Loan Officer, present the sponsorship check to Steve Bland , president, GMHS Board of Directors, and April Martinez , executive director (left to right). They are joined by homeless dog Howel .

We are privileged to enjoy a long history of friendship and collaboration with Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management and are honored to count them among our life-saving partners.

A huge and heartfelt thanks to our friends at Mission Pawsible Mobile Grooming who donated 50 percent of proceeds from their monthly Wagsday promotion to GMHS. Let's hear it for owners Josh Davis and Sarahanne Gueffroy for their investment in GMHS and the homeless pets of our community!
During the month of January, the Chesapeake Bank Gloucester Branch collected monetary donations , blankets, pet food, toys, treats and cat litter to benefit GMHS. Thank you to the Chesapeake Bank team for being a life-saving partner!
Allaina requested donations of pet food and supplies for her birthday and personally delivered them to the shelter. Please join us in wishing Allaina the happiest of birthdays and thank her for sharing her heart for homeless pets with those at GMHS!
Thank you to Paige Drewry (left) of Kelsick Specialty Market and their customers for selecting GMHS as the January beneficiary of their Year of Support! We are grateful for your support of our efforts to save and transform the lives of homeless pets.
Mark Your Calendar: Community Events Benefitting GMHS
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 .
Sweet Frog Benefit
On Saturday, February 22, visit Sweet Frog 's Gloucester Courthouse location (6826 Walton Lane). Treat yourself to frozen yogurt and support homeless pets at the same time. Twenty percent of sales from 2 PM to 6 PM will be donated to GMHS!
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 click the paw print and 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.
Volunteer to Save Lives
Kitten season will soon be here, and we are actively recruiting volunteers to foster kittens.

If you would like to help save lives by fostering kittens, join us at the shelter Thursday, February 13, at 5:30 PM, for an informational session about this rewarding opportunity.

If you plan to attend, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Waynette Petty (804-693-5520 ext. 320; volunteer@gmhumanesociety.org). We hope to see you there!
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