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Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Paws & Claws annually hosts a Fur Ball as well as a Luncheon & Style Show to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society.


Raise funds and awareness for the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Company Overview

Paws & Claws, Auxiliary to the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

The Gulf Coast Humane Society is an independent animal rescue and shelter facility, and is not directly affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.

On January 15, 1945, a group of animal lovers led by Frances Weil filed a charter to form the Gulf Coast Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. On March 22, 1947, the Society filed a charter amendment changing the name to Gulf Coast Humane Society, its corporate name until 1976, when it was amended to PAWS-Gulf Coast Humane Society.

From its beginning, the men and women of the Society acted as humane officers for Nueces and the surrounding counties. In Corpus Christi, the Society members worked closely with the police officers assigned to humane duties and the City Pound. In 1947, the Society acquired a permanent home. They purchased 3.2 acres of land on Navigation Boulevard. It was through annual fund drives, rummage sales, charity balls, and similar efforts that the Society was able to pay off the land purchases and build a very fine kennel building.

In 1997, the board of directors decided to revert back to the previous name of Gulf Coast Humane Society. In April 1998, the Society began operating from a new facility. The facility was made possible by the generous donation of Tom and Cora Keeler. The new facility is double the size of the Society's old home, allowing the organization to help more animals and offer expanded education and services to the public.

GCHS was designed for 350 animals but currently houses twice that amount due to the terrible state of stray animals in our community and is dangerously close to shutting down due to lack of resources. GCHS is the largest no- kill shelter in South Texas and will only euthanize for medically necessary situations.


If you would like to help out at one of our events, we’d love to have you. We think you’ll enjoy it too.

Please send us a short email to pawsandclawscctx@gmail.com with your name, email, telephone and

anything about yourself you'd like to share.