Galveston Animal Shelter Needs Assistance
We are fortunate in Galveston to have a terrific animal shelter that makes every
effort to care for homeless animals and find them new homes. Right now our
shelter is bursting at the seams.
Even if you can’t adopt a pet, there are many ways you can help the Animal
“One easy way a lot of people are not aware of is ordering from Amazon Smile. They can shop for us directly from our Amazon wish list, or for themselves but by
placing the order through Amazon Smile and selecting us as the nonprofit
organization,” said Dantelle Nordstrom who works with volunteers at the shelter.
As a thank you, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase.
They can also register their Kroger Plus or Randall’s card at the customer service
desk to donate to the shelter with every grocery purchase. There is no additional
cost and we get lots of funding from this program.
The shelter does have some immediate needs. They are:
– Paper Towels
– Laundry Detergent
– Dish Soap
– Copy Paper
– Hand Sanitizer
– Canned Pate Kitten Food
– KMR Kitten Formula
– Dog Treats
– Dog Collars
– PetSmart, Walmart, Target and Home Depot Gift cards
And, there is always a need for volunteers and for individuals who will foster animals,
Nordstrom said. Applications for both can be found on their website.
The foster will receive emails on what we have available so that they
can choose what would be the best fit for their home and life style. We provide all
things necessary for the animal including food, medical needs, litter, kennels, or
whatever they may need. Fostering is typically 6-8weeks depending on the
situation. The foster will have opportunities to join us at adoption events to help
find the animal a forever home.
There is a $25 fee ($20 for students) which includes a t-shirt and
adds the person to our insurance. We hold orientations twice a month, with upcoming orientations on Saturday, Aug. 4 at at 9 a.m. and Wednesday August 8 at 5:30 p.m. After attending orientation, volunteers must complete dog or cat training before they begin. If the person does not want to work directly with the animals, we still have several opportunities for them as well. We only ask for minimum commitment of four hours a month.
Helping GISD Erase the Student Lunch Program Debt
Mary Viegas has made it her mission to see that every child in GISD has a hot lunch every day and that no one is turned away. Thanks to her efforts, GISD now has a program in place for next year that will provide each kid with a hot lunch. In the meantime, volunteers are seeking funds to erase the current year’s debt for these lunches, and to make sure that (as in past years) teachers don’t have to cover it out of their pockets.
The lunch debt for the end of this school year is $2,814. Claire Reiswerg, another local volunteer asks that you consider a donation – any amount is welcome.
This year will be the last year for student lunch debt, as GISD will implement a
universal free lunch program calledThe Community Eligibility Provision whereby no student pays for a hot lunch. This begins in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to GISD Child Nutrition Department with the notation “student lunch debt.”
Checks will be held until the goal of $2814 is reached, then Reiswerg will take the donations to the Child Nutrition Department. You can mail checks to Mary Viegas at 1521 Driftwood Lane, Galveston, Texas 77551. Or, Reiswerg will even pick them up. To schedule a pickup, call Claire Reiswerg at 409.771.0844.