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FAQ2019-05-14T16:43:58+00:00
What is Gigi’s?2019-03-20T21:57:55+00:00

Gigi’s is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 dedicated to improving the lives of shelter dogs. Led by some of the foremost leaders in sheltering and adoption, Gigi’s partners with existing shelters and adoption centers to improve the well-being of shelter dogs and increase efficiencies within the network. By leading a collaborative resource network, we’re able to help more dogs find permanent homes sooner, shorten the time they spend in a shelter and increase the network’s ability to reach more dogs in more communities.

How is Gigi’s different from a traditional dog shelter or rescue group?2019-03-20T21:58:58+00:00

Gigi’s was established with the vision of George and Tina Skestos for all shelter dogs to find a happy home. We do not operate as a traditional, independent shelter. Instead we connect the expertise of national leaders in dog sheltering and adoption to create a resource network, which includes our 15,000-square-foot dog campus in Central Ohio, within the dog sheltering community.

Gigi’s partners with existing shelters and adoption centers to improve the health and well-being of shelter dogs and increase efficiencies within the network – all to help more dogs and more organizations in more communities.

Our shelter partners face a common challenge: too many homeless dogs, not enough resources to care for them, and too few local adopters to give them a home. We regularly travel to our shelter partners to bring adoptable dogs back to Gigi’s campus, where they receive medical care and behavioral evaluation before “graduating” to one of our adoption center partners when they are ready to find their permanent home. The results? Dogs that graduate from the Gigi’s program often find a home within weeks, instead of waiting sometimes months to be adopted. Gigi’s also provides our shelter partners with medical supplies, vaccines, equipment, training tools, and coaching on their procedures – ensuring all the dogs in their care, regardless if they ever step foot on Gigi’s campus, are healthier and better prepared for adoption.

What shelters does Gigi’s currently work with?2019-03-20T22:00:13+00:00

Gigi’s partners with existing shelters and adoption centers to improve the well-being of shelter dogs and increase efficiencies within the system. Currently we work with five primary shelter partners (Franklin County Dog Shelter, Gallia County Animal Shelter, Jackson County Dog Pound, Lawrence County Dog Pound, and Scioto County Dog Pound) and three adoption centers (Columbus Humane, CHA Animal Shelter, and Cleveland Animal Protective League). As we continue to grow, we’ll expand our partnerships to include more shelters and adoption centers.

How does Gigi’s determine which shelters we pull dogs from?2019-03-20T21:57:14+00:00

Currently Gigi’s works with five primary dog shelter partners, all that identify as having too many homeless dogs, not enough resources to care for them, and too few local adopters to give them a home. As part of our partnership, Gigi’s provides our shelter partners with much-needed medical supplies, vaccines, equipment, training tools, and coaching on their processes and procedures. Our staff also regularly travel to our shelter partners to pick up adoptable dogs and bring them back the Gigi’s campus where they are prepared for adoption.

Because of our extensive commitment to our shelter partners, Gigi’s uses a variety of factors to identify and qualify potential partners. We’re looking for shelters that serve a significant volume of dogs with a team seeking additional support and willing to receive coaching and recommendations. Our shelter partners must be able to administer vaccines, effectively manage records, track detailed outcomes, and follow a strict cleaning and disease control protocol. Potential shelter partners must also have a physical facility that meets our safety and cleanliness requirements and is located within a reasonable proximity to Gigi’s campus. As Gigi’s continues to grow, we will expand our partnerships to include more shelters.

Why doesn’t Gigi’s work with my local shelter or rescue group?2019-03-20T22:01:12+00:00

Gigi’s was established to create a resource network within the dog sheltering community, helping increase efficiencies to make every piece of the adoption process more effective. Before launching Gigi’s, our team visited with 15 dog shelters that met the criteria outlined above and conducted an exhaustive review of each. We knew we needed to first partner with those shelters that were best positioned to participate in Gigi’s program, to maximize our current resources and make the biggest impact for the dog sheltering community. As we continue to grow, we will expand our partnerships to include more shelters. However, we’re committed to growing sustainably and responsibly, too – ensuring that we’re delivering the highest level of service to our current partners before we expand.

How can I get Gigi’s to help my local shelter?2019-04-23T03:47:39+00:00

Our vision is to help all adoptable shelter dogs in the U.S. find a happy home, and we will continue to expand our reach as we grow, including forging partnerships with additional shelters regionally and beyond. But to ensure we’re true to our purpose, we’re also committed to sustainable and responsible growth. We need to ensure we are delivering the highest level of service to our partner shelters before we expand our reach. If you’d like to get in touch regarding a future partnership, please use our Contact Us form. Read below to learn how else you can get involved with Gigi’s, too!

Can I adopt a dog from Gigi’s?2019-03-20T22:04:42+00:00

Because of our innovative approach, Gigi’s is not a public-facing dog adoption center, and you cannot adopt a dog directly from Gigi’s. Click here for more information about adopting a Gigi’s graduate from our primary partner, Columbus Humane.

How do I make a donation to Gigi’s?2019-04-23T03:49:21+00:00

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Gigi’s can improve the health and well-being of shelter dogs by focusing on high-quality care, efficiency, disease control and stress reduction. Every donation big or small helps us provide immunizations, medicine, nutrition, medical procedures, and transportation to get more dogs into permanent homes sooner. Click here to give a gift online using our secure portal or use the Contact Us form to connect about financially supporting Gigi’s in another way.

Can I visit Gigi’s?2019-03-20T22:06:57+00:00

Because we are so focused on serving homeless dogs and the dog sheltering community, and because individuals cannot adopt a dog directly at Gigi’s, we are not open to the public for visits. If you are interested in getting involved with Gigi’s, please click here to sign up for our mailing list to receive more information and updates.

Can I volunteer at Gigi’s?2019-03-20T22:08:24+00:00

We currently do not have opportunities at Gigi’s campus in Central Ohio for volunteers to work with dogs. However, we absolutely need your support. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents to helping Gigi’s succeed, please click here to sign up for our mailing list to receive more information and updates.

How can I help Gigi’s?2019-04-23T03:55:46+00:00

We love dogs and people who love dogs. We need your support to improve the well-being of shelter dogs and help them find a happy home more quickly. If you are interested in helping Gigi’s, click here to sign up for our mailing list to receive more information and updates.

You also can help Gigi’s by making a gift. Every donation big or small helps us provide immunizations, medicine, nutrition, medical procedures, and transportation to get more dogs into permanent homes sooner. Click here to give a gift online using our secure portal or use the Contact Us form to connect about financially supporting Gigi’s in another way.

How do I get a job at Gigi’s?2019-03-20T22:10:51+00:00

As Gigi’s grows, we will need highly-qualified, passionate people to join us. If you are interested in working with Gigi’s in a professional capacity, particularly within the veterinary science and animal care fields, please click here to apply through our partner, Columbus Humane.

Can I board my dog with you?2019-03-20T22:11:34+00:00

We are dedicated to serving homeless dogs and the dog sheltering community, and therefore we are unable to offer private dog boarding services.

How many dogs do you house at one time?2019-03-20T22:12:37+00:00

Gigi’s state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot dog campus in Central Ohio features 45 kennels, including four specifically designed to accommodate dog moms and their puppies.

How many dogs are you taking through Gigi’s?2019-03-20T22:13:22+00:00

Gigi’s leads a collaborative network within the dog sheltering community, which includes our shelter partners, adoption center partners, and our 15,000-square-foot dog campus. Together we are on track to care for more than 1,500 dogs at Gigi’s within our first year of being fully operational.

Are you a no-kill shelter?2019-03-20T22:13:59+00:00

We never euthanize animals for space or capacity reasons. We provide only the highest quality of care, and we’re able to treat a wide variety of conditions right at Gigi’s thanks to our on-site veterinary staff and animal hospital with a pharmacy, testing lab, and surgery suites. That said, there are some conditions that leave a dog in a position to cause themselves or others harm. If a shelter dog’s quality of life is poor, or if they are a threat to themselves, other dogs, or humans, we can humanely euthanize the dog in a safe, stress-reducing environment.