Volume 5, Issue 3 | March 2022
Critter Chronicles
March 2022 Heart Connections
In March,57 (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.

Adoptions are conducted by appointment 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!
March 2022 Shelter Snapshot

March was another excellent month for adoptions 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.
Kitten Fosters Needed

We are looking to grow the ranks of our kitten foster volunteers. From bottle babies to those who are several weeks old, kittens reared in a home grow healthy and strong before adoption or transfer to one of our adoption-guaranteed partners.

All foster volunteers receive training and necessary supplies. If you would like to join our foster team and be a super hero for our community's kittens, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Waynette Petty by email.
Kitten Season is Here

Every year between March and April, a new kitten season begins for shelters everywhere. It usually lasts until September, or longer depending on how mild the winter was, and reaches its peak in mid-summer.

Kittens stand the best chance at life when they have their mother to take care of them. If you find one or more kittens, it is best to watch them from a distance and make sure mama is around. Mama has to eat, too! She will go out to find food for herself but always comes back to feed her babies if able to. If mama does come back and she and her kittens look healthy and are not injured, it is best to keep them where they are.

If you wait 4 to 6 hours and mama still does not come back, then it is best to take the kittens in and bottle feed them or bring them to GMHS. If you really feel that they are in danger where they are, then you can trap the mom and take her and the kittens in to GMHS or your local shelter. If you find kittens and need our help, please email or call us at 804-693-5520.
Compassionate Community
Thank you to our friends at Bayport Credit Union for their donation in support of our life-saving mission. They will also be collecting pet supplies in the lobby of their branches through the end of April. We are proud to count you among our friends and supporters.
Bayport Credit Union Gloucester Branch Manager Ricky Myers (right) and Branch Manager Mary Jorgensen (center) presented the donation to GMHS.
Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine owner Tusnee McDaniel (right) presented a donation to GMHS CEO April Martinez. We are incredibly grateful to the Bangkok Noi team and their loyal customers for their choice to support GMHS. We are proud to partner with you and appreciate your care and concern for those in the many communities served by GMHS!
Thank you to our friends of the Peasley Middle School SCA for your generous donation to GMHS, which was raised by their sale of Valentine's Day candygrams. We are proud to count you among our friends and supporters and grateful for the donation.
We enjoyed hosting second graders (pictured) and seventh graders from Ware Academy this month. They toured the shelter to learn more about our life-saving mission and met some of the amazing homeless pets awaiting adoption into their forever homes. They even wrote persuasive essays about adoption, which can be viewed around the shelter, and donated pet food and supplies. To our friends at Ware Academy, thank you for sharing your time, creativity, and heart for homeless pets with us!
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