By: Caroline McKenna, Executive Director
In 2019, over 1,500 cats lost their lives in Galveston County shelters. There were almost no resources for community members caring for neighborhood cats besides trapping them and bringing them to a county shelter where they may or may not be accepted. Due to the often fractious behavior of the cats (not used to being confined indoors) and overcrowding at our overwhelmed county shelters, these cats often faced euthanasia.
Community members caring for these cats felt helpless and like they had no option but to watch the cats they care for and often couldn’t touch give birth on their porches, under their trailers and in their sheds…two cats turning into five.. and then ten… and then twenty, with no end in sight.
Lifeline of Galveston County was founded in September 2020 by myself and two other women. We felt passionately that Galveston County could reach a time in the near future where euthanizing pets in our county’s shelters out of necessity for space would no longer be needed. We knew that creating programs that supported the most vulnerable populations in these shelters would need to be our primary goal.