The Galveston Island Humane Society has been truly fortunate throughout Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding that has destroyed Galveston County along  with so many of the surrounding counties. We are in the unique position of being able to go full force in to help the area shelters in need. I met with the Directors of the Bayou Animal Services and Leagues City Animal Shelter, and we have committed our support.
On Thursday we transferred a majority of the pets in our care to partnering agencies, the Houston SPCA and Austin Pets Alive, to be shared with other shelters for adoption. Our shelter is open and here to assist with lost or found animals from the island as well as the county as needed.
We are assisting their incredible staff with volunteer management and as a staging area for supplies. I am working with the directors and their supporters to bring in basic supplies, equipment, cleaning products, vaccinations and medications. The public is providing tremendous support already.
These two shelter are in need of a large safe location in Dickinson or League City to combine forces to house up to 400 displaced pets for what will likely be the next several months. We will be there to assist in any way possible.
A personal note: I would like you to know that our staff was amazing during the event. Some even slept at the shelter to assure someone would be there to care for the animals. I would also like to thank all of our supporters and people across the country who are contributing to our mission.
Caroline Dorsett-Pate
Executive Director


Paws Gala Rescheduled to November 18 Due to Hurricane Harvey


GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) The Galveston Island Humane Society wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers to all those people and pets who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Devastation of this magnitude shows the true fabric of our community and we are grateful that our shelter escaped harm and that our facility, resources, staff and volunteers were able to reach out to our neighbor organizations to help.

In light of the Hurricane, we have made the collective decision to reschedule the 2017 Paws Gala to Saturday, November 18, 2017. All details of the event, aside from the date, will remain the same. The location at the Galveston Island Convention Center Ballroom, our entertainment, live and silent auctions and Elite Pet Owners will remain unchanged.

If you are a Paws Gala Sponsor or have purchased tickets, there are several options for you: you may keep your sponsorship and tickets as is and join us on November 18th, you may request a full refund or you may roll the sponsorship or tickets over to the 2018 Gala.

If you wish to keep your tickets and sponsorship AS IS, you do not need to take action or contact us. If you wish to refund or roll over your sponsorship, please contact us via email at
WHAT: 2017 PAWS Gala
WHEN: Rescheduled to Saturday, November 18th, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 11 pm
WHERE: Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Boulevard

We appreciate our Paws Gala committee, sponsors, and supporters for understanding our dedication to the shelters mission. We would also take this opportunity to thank our collective community that has rallied supplies and provided volunteer hours.

Our immediate focus is serving the people and pets that are displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Now is the time for us to be a resource for our neighbors and to demonstrate what our passionate, animal-loving community is capable of in the face of disaster. The time for celebration will most certainly be ahead and we hope you will join us on November 18, 2017.