Gulf Coast Humane Society launches new neonatal care program

Posted at 5:15 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 18:21:43-04


The Gulf Coast Humane Society is now taking in puppies and kittens, as part of their new neonatal care program.

“We were turning away so many bottle fed babies we just didn’t have what it took to do that,” said Sharon Ray, executive director of The Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Ray says the shelters mission is to save lives and to place homeless animals into loving home and their new neonatal care program is set to do just that.

“I think we can do it I think we’ve got the great space and we’ve got everything we need,” said Ray.

The nursery is run around the clock where these puppies and kittens are cared for by both staff members and volunteers.

“We’re able to monitor them and we’re able to keep an eye on their health make sure everybody is progressing very well,” said Kristen Bily. “Then from there we’re able to slowly get them to the adoption floor and then into forever homes.

Right now we’re at full capacity with all the animals so the more volunteers we can get the more babies we can take in,” said Bily.

Volunteers are certified to bottle feed and sanitize the animals because much like human babies, Bily says these animals are sensitive.

“You want to take those proper precautions that we have wearing gloves washing our hands,” said Bily.

For the first 4 weeks of their lives they require bottle feeding until they’re old or large enough to be offered up for adoption

“Find them forever homes and also complete families which are what we’ve been doing since 1945,” said Bily.

If you’d like to volunteer you can contact the shelter at 361-225-0845