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Gulf Coast Humane Society has shared their love of animals for more than 60 years. This private non-profit animal welfare organization encourages adoption through myriad programs including sheltering, fostering, donations, spaying and neutering, a veterinary clinic, and awareness against dog fighting and the homeless pets crisis.
This no-kill shelter doesn't receive any support from federal, state, or county authorities or the Humane Society of the United States. They rely solely on community donations and contributions to provide pets with safe refuge, medical care, and the opportunity to be safe and loved until they meet you.
The adoption process at Gulf Coast Humane Society is very easy. Every animal in the shelter has been examined to determine their temperament, health, and lifestyle, so you’re going to receive as much information as possible to wisely choose a pet that will match your expectations (and vice versa).
Visit their website or stop by the shelter to check on the beautiful, playful animals waiting to meet you and your family.
Visiting and getting to know your new bestie is requested prior to adoption. Bring your other dogs with you! The new addition to your family should have chemistry with the whole pack.
Then the formal application process begins. To formally adopt a pet, you’ll only need a couple of things:
Adoption fees at Gulf Coast Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, temperament evaluation, and professional examination.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.