Press Release: Gulf Coast Humane Society Announces New Executive Director

By brianwierima

[Fort Myers, FL, May 20, 2024] The Gulf Coast Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Darcy Andrade as its new Executive Director. 

Mrs. Andrade’s 30-year career has been focused on animal protection and welfare.  Most recently, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Animal Control Association and as the Executive Director for the Florida Animal Protection and Advocacy Association and the Florida Animal Protection Foundation.  She is also actively involved in a leadership capacity for the Florida Animal Friend and the Florida Leaders in Lifesaving.  Mrs. Andrade has worked at Lee County Domestic Animal Services and Collier County Domestic Animal Services; receiving the Walter Turken Award by the Naples Humane Society for her animal welfare and lifesaving achievements.

“Darcy will be a wonderful asset for Gulf Coast Humane Society,” said President Lee Hall, Board of Directors. “She has extensive animal welfare and nonprofit experience and strong community partners to propel us in future planning and growth.”

The Gulf Coast Humane Society provides medical, behavioral, social, and nutritional care to every animal staying in their care until their forever family adopts them. The nonprofit established in 1947 also subsidizes healthcare for pets in the Southwest Florida community through its affordable Veterinary Wellness Clinic and SpayNeuter Clinic.  Additionally, since 2020, the nonprofit offers a Pet Food Pantry that has become vital in this economy. 

Mrs. Andrade begins her new position on May 20th.

Contact for More Information: Lori Burke, Development Director, 239.332.0364 ext. 321, [email protected]

Press Release: Gulf Coast Humane Society Announces A New Program to Provide Peace of Mind to Pet Owners

By brianwierima

[Fort Myers, FL, May 13, 2024] The Gulf Coast Humane Society, the most tenured animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida, is offering a new program designed to provide peace of mind to pet owners as they organize their estate planning.

The new program named the Pet Legacy Program ensures the well-being of a person’s cat or dog after their passing.  The Pet Legacy Program provides the Gulf Coast Humane Society with a provision to take care of their pets until a loving family adopts them.  The planning is simple and includes a step-by-step process facilitated by the GCHS Development Team. This guarantees a pet’s future is secure and notifies the person’s family of the person’s wishes.

“We are pleased to provide the Pet Legacy Program to our community.  When people make plans for their pets, they are ensuring a lifetime of love and care for their pet; even when they can’t be there,” said Lori Burke, Development Director.

For more information about the Pet Legacy Program, contact Lori Burke, Development Director at 239.332.0364 ext. 321 or [email protected]

Contact for More Information: Lori Burke, Development Director, 239.332.0364 ext. 321, [email protected]

Press Release: Gulf Coast Humane Society Announces New Donor Recognition Levels to Honor Exceptional Supporters

By brianwierima

[Fort Myers, FL, May 20, 2024] The Gulf Coast Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Darcy Andrade as its new Executive Director. 

[Fort Myers, FL, May 7, 2024] Gulf Coast Humane Society, the most tenured animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida, is excited to launch two new donor recognition levels designed to honor and celebrate the exceptional contributions of its most dedicated supporters.

The new recognition levels celebrate cumulative gifts both lifetime and annual. “We are thrilled to introduce the new Pack Leader and Lifetime Pack Leader Clubs to show our immense appreciation for the generous support that allows us to focus on our mission 365 days per year,” said Lori Burke, Development Director of the Gulf Coast Humane Society.  “Our donors are the backbone of our nonprofit’s three mission areas: our shelter, affordable SpayNeuter Clinic, and affordable Veterinary Wellness Clinic. The two donor recognition levels are just a small way to show how much we value our supporters.”

The Lifetime Pack Leaders Club recognizes supporters with lifetime gifts totaling $50,000 or more with several benefits including being able to name a shelter animal and the semi-annual shelter animal meet and greet.  The Pack Leaders Club recognizes supporters with cumulative annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more.  This donor level also has several benefits. 

For more information about the Lifetime Pack Leaders Club, Annual Pack Leaders Club, and their benefits, contact Lori Burke, Development Director at 239.332.0364 ext. 321 or [email protected]

Mother’s Day Celebrations to Include Canines

By Bruno Zanini

Mother’s Day is a special occasion to honor the love and dedication of mothers, both human and animal. This year, consider extending your Mother’s Day celebration to include the mothers at the Gulf Coast Humane Society. These animals have given the precious gift of life to their offspring and are now waiting for loving homes. Adopting one of these mothers is an excellent way to pay tribute on this day.


     Rose: Rose is an intelligent and well-behaved terrier mix who is also potty trained. She would be delighted to share her affectionate nature with you on the couch next to you. Her eagerness to learn makes her an ideal companion for either active families or those who prefer to stay at home watching movies.

●     Mother Nature: Mother Nature is a social kitty who would love to greet her family at the door every time they come home. Her friendly demeanor makes her an excellent choice for any household. Once she gets acquainted with you, she will shower you with love and companionship.

●     Lady: Lady is a gentle girl who enjoys being petted after she becomes comfortable with her new surroundings and people. She has a refined taste in food, preferring wet meals over dry ones, and also appreciates catnip toys as treats. Her calm nature makes her an ideal companion for individuals or couples looking for a low-maintenance friend.

●     Emerson: Emerson is a relaxed girl who loves taking naps in sunny spots and enjoying gentle pettings from her loved ones. Her easy going personality makes her an excellent choice for those seeking a quiet companion who doesn’t require excessive attention or stimulation.

●     Wendy: Wendy is a sweet-tempered kitty who loves being petted and receiving treats as tokens of affection from her family members. Her gentle disposition makes her an ideal companion for individuals or families seeking a friendly feline friend who will bring joy and companionship into their lives without demanding too much in return.

●     Kaleidoscope: Kaleidoscope is an outgoing girl who loves sharing stories about her day with her human friends through meows and purrs. Her talkative nature adds charm and entertainment to any household, making her an excellent choice for individuals or families seeking a lively companion that will keep them engaged and entertained throughout their day-to-day lives.

●     Maiasaura: Maiasaura has an affectionate demeanor and would be a helpful friend, assisting her human companions in various tasks around the house while purring contentedly by their side throughout their endeavors. She would be an exceptional choice for those seeking companionship combined with assistance in managing daily household chores or tasks.

All these mothers have been spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped.

Come into Gulf Coast Humane Society today to meet them and all the other amazing animals looking for forever homes.

Learn About Heartworm

By Bruno Zanini

Heartworm disease poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of our beloved pets, making heartworm medication a crucial aspect of their care regimen. Transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes, heartworms can wreak havoc on a pet’s cardiovascular system, leading to potentially fatal consequences if left untreated. Heartworm medication not only serves as a preventive measure against this debilitating disease but also plays a vital role in interrupting the heartworm life cycle, ultimately safeguarding pets from its devastating effects. A yearly heartworm test is recommended to ensure you can purchase the proper preventative prescription medication.

Regular administration of heartworm medication is essential for maintaining the long-term health of pets, as prevention is far easier and safer than treatment once infection occurs. By staying consistent with heartworm prevention, pet owners not only protect their furry companions from suffering but can also save themselves from the emotional and financial burdens associated with heartworm treatment. Prioritizing heartworm medication ensures that pets can lead happy, healthy lives free from the threat of this potentially deadly disease.