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Galveston Island Humane Society
News Release
Monday, October 02, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Animal Recovery Shelter Closed at Gulf Greyhound Park

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS – The Galveston Island Humane Society, along with Bayou Animal Services, and the League City Animal Shelter, have announced the completion of the joint sheltering effort to house animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. The three organizations had teamed up to open the “Hurricane Harvey Animal Recovery Shelter,” with the support of the Gulf Greyhound Park.

Over 100 pets were transferred to the Recovery Shelter from all three agencies, but primarily Dickinson (the shelter most impacted), with the intent of holding animals until they could be reunited with families or put into foster care to wait for the family reunion. Lost pets were also located there to create a common area for people to look for their pets. The last of the pets left the shelter on Friday, September 30th.

All rehomed animals were offered a free microchip, spay or neuter services, and rabies vaccination. Those services were provided on the mainland through the Animal Alliance or by arrangements with the Galveston Island Humane Society. All surrendered pets or pets without owners have been made available for adoption at each of the agencies.

The Galveston Island Humane Society, Bayou Animal Services, and the League City Animal Shelter wish to thank all of the fabulous volunteers who helped walk dogs, clean cages, and provided the daily support needed to care for the pets. Several area veterinarians volunteered their time as well, and core staff from each shelter put in extra hours to provide services needed for a successful outcome. Additionally, we wish to recognize the Gulf Greyhound Park for the kennel buildings and support provided for the Recovery Shelter.

For additional information, please contact Caroline Dorsett-Pate at (409) 740-1919 or

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