Are appointments required to come in?

There are currently no appointments required to come in and take a look at our animals. However, if the COVID-19 situation worsens, appointments may be required in the future. These updates will be here on our website and on social media if they occur, so make sure you follow us!

What do I need to bring with me to adopt?

We recommend bringing everyone that lives in your home to come and adopt so we can ensure your new animal gets along with everyone. If you have other pets in the home already, please bring all vet records with you as this will speed up your adoption process. 

What if I already have other pets in the home?

If you have other pets in the home, please bring all vet records when you come in to adopt a new animal. For dogs, a minimum of one meet & greet is required. We will recommend meet & greets between cats and dogs on a case by case basis.

How old do I need to be to adopt?

In order to adopt, you must be 21 years old or 18 with a parent or guardian's consent. If a parent or guardian is required to adopt, that person must be present when your adoption takes place.

What do I do if it's not working out with my new pet?

We understand that sometimes it's just not a good fit. Returns are by appointment only and must be scheduled through our intake coordinator. Click here for more information on surrenders and returns.

Can I foster an animal first before adopting? 

Foster to adopt is done on a case by case basis. You'll need to talk about your options with staff when you visit the shelter. Please note that fostering to adopt at GCHS is typically only done with special circumstance cases and is not guaranteed. 

What's the best way to find out more information?

Have a question that hasn't been answered here? The best way to get more information is by calling us at 361-225-0845. We are open 7 days a week from 11am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Our front office staff will be more than happy to assist you!