Surrendering an Animal

If you have encountered a stray animal, please contact Corpus Christi Animal Care Services, as that is the best option for reuniting the animal with their owner. GCHS assists the City of Corpus Christi by rescuing animals from kill shelters here and in surrounding areas. 


Corpus Christi Animal Care Services:

2626 Holly Road

(361) 826-2489


The Gulf Coast Humane Society is the largest shelter in Corpus Christi to have regularly scheduled intake days for individuals attempting to find placement for owned, lost, or stray pets. We are a nonprofit, NO-KILL organization that does not euthanize for space. We regularly operate near or at capacity. This means we are only able to receive dogs and cats as others are adopted and space becomes available. We are limited by clinic and kennel space and by our available financial resources. We do not receive any local or government funding. Please see the following guidelines for surrendering an animal. 

  1. Owner surrenders (Including returns) will only be taken by appointment. Owners wishing to surrender will need to contact Gulf Coast Humane Society and set an appointment.  


   2. All surrenders will have a $35 surrender fee (This includes returns after 6 months) and animals will only be accepted after medical testing. (FIV/FeLV and HW) If they test positive for FIV/FeLV they will be referred to a couple of rescues that take positive cats to ensure they receive the needed attention they deserve. If they test positive for Heart Worms, the owner will be asked to assist with the treatment through a donation. 

   3.  For intake inquiries, please email

Please note that an e-mail submission by you or a phone call by you to GCHS does not guarantee you an appointment or that we will take in the pet(s) in question. Intake Coordinator or staff must contact you with an appointment date and time for when the pet(s) will be considered for intake.

If you want to rehome your pet by yourself, please follow the instructions on the flyer below.
















Pet Owner Resources


Deploying for the military? 

Giving military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service commitments by providing them with the ability to find people and resources able to help them.

Ready to move? 

Moving can be a scary time for your pet. This link will help you and your pet adjust to your new surroundings.


Behavior Issues?

Most behavior issues can be corrected with training. Use our list of dog trainers and behaviorists if you are in need of help.

Terry - Always Faithful Dog Training - 361-219-1844

Andrea Bogle - Owner/Canine Behavior Specialist - (361) 537-0531




Abandoning your animal on our property does not force us to keep the animal.  Under the City of Corpus Christi Ordinance 6-151 Texas Penal Code, Sec 42.09  it is illegal to dump your pet.  All pets dumped are noted with Corpus Christi Animal Care and Control.  Any video footage, documentation, and evidence (including the animals themselves) are required to prosecute. Violating the state law may land you in jail for up to two years and/or up to $10,000 in fines.


E-mail is preferable with photos and a description of the pet (age, sex, weight, breed) filled out below or you can e-mail 


Intake Form

Please fill out the following form as completely as possible. If Unsure of Breed, Age, or Weight please use your best guess or approximation. We look forward to working with you.

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