Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Inc.
6620 Jackson Lane
Gloucester VA 23061-0385
Mission Statement
To improve life for all animals by providing temporary shelter, compassionate care, community support and education.
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Love and a second chance
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CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nichola Redmond
Board Chair Dr. Richard Crowder
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Contact Information
Address 6620 Jackson Lane
Gloucester, VA 230610385
Telephone 804 693 5520
Fax 804 693-2009
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $795,335.00
Projected Expenses $795,335.00
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While the initial focus of the GMHS was on the humane treatment of farm animals in this rural, agrarian community of the early 20th century, the decades to follow would bring additional attention to the treatment of companion animals, and to the growing number of homeless animals in Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex Counties. 

The new shelter facility of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, named the Gloucester-Mathews Animal Shelter in recognition of the counties it serves, is a blend of artful architecture designed for light openness and the technology necessary for hospital-worthy cleanliness standards.  The shelter’s main lobby features an open ceiling with exposed beams and braces, set off by up-lighting and plenty of natural sunlight.

To improve life for all animals by providing temporary shelter, compassionate care, community support and education.

In 2015, GMHS committed to improving the quality of care of every animal in our shelter, increase adoptions, and increase live release rates (i.e., adoptions, transfer to guaranteed adoption facilities, and return-to-owner). We successfully met each one of these goals.

As a part of our goal to improve the quality of care, GMHS committed to not euthanize animals for treatable diseases like ringworm and heartworms. Cats are tested for FeLV/FIV and dogs are tested for heartworms. All heartworm positive dogs are treated. All animals are treated for parasites and upper respiratory infection (if applicable) spayed/neutered, and most other medical maladies are addressed. Dogs are given a behavior evaluation upon intake, and, based on the results, our Behavior Coordinator develops a program of enrichment activities specific to each dog’s needs that allow them an outlet to release the stress inherent to a shelter environment that can lead to negative behaviors, such as resource guarding. We have noticed a significant drop in negative behaviors developing since the implementation of the behavior programs.

In 2015, GMHS adopted out 4% more animals than 2014, a statistically significant improvement given GMHS remained an open-admission shelter, meaning we accept every animal surrendered to us despite age, pre-existing health conditions, or temperament. GMHS implemented an aggressive transport program to move animals to guaranteed adoption facilities in areas of the country that enjoy fewer homeless pet populations or are more populated so the ratio of homes to homeless pets is greater. With this program coupled with an increase in adoptions, GMHS saved 99.9% of dogs in our care, 97% of cats, and 100% of pocket pets in 2015.

In 2016, GMHS is working toward becoming financially solvent and to become known as a community resource for pet related concerns.


Our greatest material need is a panel van to assist with our transport program. Without the Highway to Home transport program, which moves animals to guaranteed adoption facilities where they have a better chance at being adopted, GMHS would not be able to save as many lives as we have been. Currently, we rent vehicles, but this strategy is not financially sustainable. We are raising funds to buy a pre-owned panel van costing approximately $30,000. .

We have implemented a free spay/neuter program to address overpopulation of cats at the source, as we intake more cats than dogs. The program costs $1200/month. We are greatly in need of financial support to sustain this vital program.

GMHS spends about $50,000 of our budget treating heartworm positive dogs, a preventable disease. As heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, coastal Virginia animals are at an increased rate of infection. Financial support may allow us to expand our Pet Pantry program, which provides free pet food to struggling families, to include heartworm preventative.

GMHS needs to develop a greater volunteer base, as well. We foster, transport, and dog-walking volunteers. The success of many of our programs hinges on volunteer participation.

Our greatest need is financial support. Saving lives is expensive. 

A century ago a small group of Gloucester and Mathews citizens, deeply concerned by the abuse of farm animals, banded together and founded the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. Their work was primarily political, seeking to bring cases of abuse to public attention. In the mid-60s, the Society expanded its efforts by bringing veterinary care to the area and working to find homes for abandoned cats and dogs. In 1977, they opened the first shelter, a modest facility that had a capacity for 20 cats and 20 dogs.
One hundred years later, we can proudly say that we have come a very long way. Our present facility, the Gloucester-Mathews Animal Shelter, is state-of-the-art, housing as many as 78 dogs and 127 cats with a small animal room for other companion animals such as gerbils, rabbit and birds, and a pasture and barn for a small number of livestock and poultry. When the foster program is included, some 500 animals are now being cared for as they await adoption.
Our new shelter, opened in 2010, was privately funded by gifts and grants solicited through a volunteer-led capital campaign. None of this would have been possible but for the selfless and loyal support of the people of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Gloucester County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Richard Crowder
Company Affiliation retired
Term Mar 2014 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Steve Bland Alcova Mortgage
Dr. Richard Crowder Retired, Internal Medicine Associates of Gloucester
Scott Grady Community Volunteer
Ken Houtz Ken Houtz Chevrolet Buick
Barbara Kerr Community Volunteer
Mr. Donald Layer Board Member
Ms. Lizz Lester Board Member
Madeline Mayhood Writer, Community Volunteer
Lynn Ripley Community Volunteer
Jeffrey Smith Wells Fargo
Angela Stanaway Veterinarian
P. B. White Commonwealth Travel, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Nichola Redmond
Former CEOs
Betsey Henderson -
Amanda Wroten -
Senior Staff
Ms. Sharon Hawksworth Accountant
Amanda Scott Shelter Manager
Ms. Kristen Jo Solada Community Programs Manager
Full Time Staff 14
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 108
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
We collaborate with the ARF Spay/Neuter Clinic and the multiple local veterinarians to spay/neuter shelter animals. We also collaborate with Sharon's Critters Auction Team (SCAT) for fundraising efforts. We also collaborate with local Middle Peninsula businesses to help fund programs like low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter.
Volunteers are involved with:
  • Transport
  • Foster
  • Canine and Feline Wellness
  • Off-site Adoption Days
  • Outreach
  • Administrative
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $795,335.00
Projected Expenses $795,335.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$24,250$33,750$101,408
Individual Contributions$276,630$299,322$234,017
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,114$2,366$2,716
Membership Dues------
Special Events$240,649$119,471$168,707
Revenue In-Kind$151,315$108,341$44,521
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$955,619$930,657$733,430
Administration Expense$50,510$51,204$53,828
Fundraising Expense$100,669$57,251$49,588
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.750.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%90%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%11%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,470,471$3,594,375$3,694,260
Current Assets$208,789$242,627$259,386
Long-Term Liabilities$207,242$56,534$74,534
Current Liabilities$51,995$190,155$17,266
Total Net Assets$3,211,234$3,347,686$3,602,460
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.021.2815.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%2%2%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 8/2016View