Our History

For many years, a very few dedicated animal-lovers held fund-raising events.  Their dream….to one day build a No-Kill Shelter for unwanted and misplaced animals.

That dream came true when the Shelter opened its doors in June 1997.

Operating expenses are kept to a minimum as the Shelter is operated primarily by volunteers and a few paid employees.  Our Shelter Director works tirelessly with no compensation.

There are no holidays – animals must be fed and kennels and cages cleaned daily.

The GCHS Shelter is proud of its 97%(+) adoption rate.  Our job is to take the unwanted animals, but more importantly, it is to find them good, loving homes. Since we opened in 1997, we’ve found homes for over 97% of the animals that come to us.    Most shelters struggle to achieve a 15% adoption rate, so you can see why we are so proud of our success.

Since opening the Shelter, we have added a large cat “Hotel” with eight small rooms suitable to house several cats in each room – every room has a view of the outside.  In 2007 we added a Surgery Room to spay and neuter animals in our shelter before they are adopted,as well as enable us to offer a Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program, to help the overpopulation and prevent unwanted kittens and puppies who often die of starvation,disease or neglect.  The lucky ones are brought to a shelter, which are many times overloaded with neglected animals.  At the end of 2013 we had spayed or neutered 4,897 animals since beginning the program.