Supporting local charities has never been easier

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Don’t just take your dog for a walk… Take your Walk for a Dog! Go to, download the app, and support your local animal shelter every time you walk your dog.

The Walk for a Dog program is a revolutionary dog-powered fundraising tool for animal shelters. Support the Greater Birmingham Humane Society simply by walking your dog! Download the app on your phone (available for both Android and iPhones) and use it each time you grab for the leash. You can add the GBHS as the shelter you are walking for in the setup menu of the app.



Amazon Smile

You can support our shelter every time you shop online! AmazonSmile connects with your existing Amazon account, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.





You are invited to a family fun day at GBHS

Join the Greater Birmingham Humane Society for a family fun day, Sat., Aug. 2!

Join us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free community festival event. The event will include music, food, children’s activities, face painting, pet photos, animal rescue partners, pet supply vendors and more!

We are looking forward to having these great groups join us!

Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic

AlphaDawg Pet Sitting

Cahaba Beach Dog Park


Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation

Hollywood Feed

Jazzy J. Designs

Just Happy Hounds

NOLA Ice, Birmingham

Sojurns Fair Trade

16 Paws K9

With special guests:

Birmingham Mtn. Radio

Our rescue partner friends are also going to be attending: 

Adopt a Golden Birmingham

Bama Bully Rescue

Rotties and Notties Rescue

Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue

Many thanks to our sponsors and these fine establishments for your contributions and support of our mission and this event:

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Earthfare Birmingham (Hoover)

Royal Cup Coffee

Whole Foods Birmingham

We Talk Dog

Local pets that have been adopted through the GBHS are invited to reunite with the GBHS staff and volunteers for a fun weekend.


Our girl Penny gives birth to six, foster home needed

We want to introduce the newest members of the GBHS family. Penny – who lives at the adoption center – had 6 puppies!


Penny, a black lab, gives birth to six pups

We love it when tiny paws come into the world, but our facility is not the best environment for a new mom dog and her pups because it’s crowded and noisy. These future pets need a quiet, calm environment during the next few weeks. At times like this, our need for foster parents goes from great to urgent.

So, what’s up with this foster program?

The GBHS Foster Parents provide short-term homes for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats who need need a little extra TLC before they can be adopted. Your spare bedroom or bathroom could be put to use giving puppies or kittens somewhere to grow for two to three weeks, or you could give a dog undergoing heart worm treatment somewhere soft to lay down at night for just a few short months.

By offering your time, love and attention, you prepare your foster dog or puppy for adoption into a permanent, loving home. Opening your heart and home to a pet in need is one of the most rewarding ways to make a difference. All you need is a small space and a lot of love—we supply everything else.

Foster Parents are required to attend a brief orientation session and must have all other pets in their home up to date on shots and spayed or neutered prior to having a GBHS pet placed with them.

If you are able to fill this need, please contact Stella Burton, For more information on Penny, her pups, or our foster program, please call (205) 942-1211.



Be part of the GBHS Barking for Bucks fundraiser!

Support the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s commitment to our communities with a donation made through the Barking for Bucks campaign, a live telethon fundraising event. The annual “Barking for Bucks” telethon will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. the weekend of Aug. 2-3 at the GBHS Adoption Center, located on Snow Drive in Homewood.

Hosted live by local television talent Mickey Ferguson and Jeh-Jeh Pruitt, the telethon will feature adoptable pets, local celebrities and live interviews. This family event is a great way to learn about the many programs provided by the GBHS and to see the positive impact the organization is making on the community and animals.

In conjunction with the Barking for Bucks telethon, GBHS is hosting a family fun day Saturday, Aug. 2. Join us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free community festival event. The event will include food trucks, children’s activities and pet supply vendors. Local pets that have been adopted through the GBHS are invited to reunite with the facility and staff for a fun weekend.

In 2013, the telethon event raised more than $73,000 and received donations from 830 individuals. All proceeds from the telethon directly support the mission and operations of the GBHS. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for the televised event.

Vendors and friends are invited to set up a table to promote your organization or business at no cost. Booth set up begins at 9:45 a.m. and the community festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.

Interested in being a vendor? Email or call (205) 397-8524 to confirm your spot!

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For over 130 years, Greater Birmingham Humane Society has been promoting respect for life through education and prevention of cruelty to animals and people.

Pet grief counseling group to meet July 15

Dixie’s Group will meet Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Homewood Library. Please contact Randy Hayes at (205) 542-7111.

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If you’ve struggled with losing a pet in the past year, we invite you to join Dixie’s Group. This is a weekly meeting program dedicated to helping people through the process of losing a beloved pet.

The group will be lead by Dr. Larry Michael, an experienced grief coach who understands the impact of loss. He served as a pastor for over thirty years, and more recently served as director of a local grief agency. In addition to helping individuals who have lost loved ones, he is a pet lover and has a desire to help those who are grieving the loss of a pet.

Dixie’s group will be a six-week program that meets on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at the Homewood Library. The group is open to those who have lost a pet in the past year.

To register, call Randy Hayes at 205-542-7111. There is a $25 fee for the four sessions. In order to properly serve attendees, space is limited to 15 participants at this time.

Why “Dixie’s Group?”

I received a phone call from Randy a few weeks ago. He said his sweet yellow lab, Dixie, had recently passed away. He searched the area for a grief support group, and when he couldn’t find anything in Greater Birmingham, he contacted us and volunteered to help get the ball rolling. In loving memory of the pet who inspired this program, we have named it Dixie’s Group.

Quick Facts

  • What: Dixie’s Group, a pet loss support group
  • When: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Homewood Library
  • Who: Up to 20 participants and Dr. Larry Michael
  • How: Contact Randy Hayes at 205-542-7111

Vet professionals warn against leaving animals unattended in summer heat

Did you know it is illegal to leave an animal alone in a car in Hoover, Alabama? Phil Doster, director of operations at the GBHS, and our friends at the Grants Mill Animal Hospital tell reporter Joey Kennedy that leaving animals alone in a vehicle can be a deadly mistake anytime, but especially this time of year.

“The inside of a car can be 20 to 30 degrees or more hotter than the air temperature. Do the math. As our temps get closer to 100 degrees, we’re talking 10 or 15 minutes for a dog to suffer from heat stroke,” said Dr. Lindsey Petras, owner of Grants Mill Animal Hospital.

Even with the heat warnings and pet care education, it is common for people to leave pets unattended, even for brief periods of time. For those like Petras and Doster, this is cause for action. What should you do if you see a pet locked in a hot car?

“What I generally recommend is make a phone call and wait,” Doster said. As far as breaking out a window, “if it comes down to the dog dying, I’m going to do it,” Doster said. “But I don’t recommend other people do it. It’s going to be better for a law-enforcement officer to do it than you.”

The article states it’s against the law to leave an animal in an automobile alone, at any time of year, and maybe that’s an ordinance that should be adopted by other municipalities. Then, at least, there would be more justification for a forced entry into a car containing an unaccompanied canine. What do you think?

Read the full article by Joey Kennedy here.

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

As the 4th of July approaches, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society wants pet owners to be prepared and aware of the dangers associated with the fun and festive activities that occur this time of year. Summer holiday activities and fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for all animals.  To help pet owners keep their pets calm and safe, GBHS and ASPCA recommend the following tips:

BBQ wants you to have a safe and happy Independence Day!

BBQ wants you to have a safe and happy Independence Day!

  • Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification tags that list their name, your name, home address and phone number.
  • Loud fireworks scare many animals, and festivities including visits from friends and family can often create extra distractions for pet parents. It’s best to make plans for your pet before guests arrive. If your dog is anxious, consider keeping them in a quiet but cool room indoors and make it a point to check on them regularly.
  • Keep matches, citronella candles, bug sprays, sunscreens and lighter fluid out of your pet’s reach. These products can all cause serious health problems for animals.
  • It’s not a good idea to give your dog (or your kids for that matter) free roam of the yard when the grill is on. Burns can happen in an instant.
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.
  • Brush up on your dog’s training. Your dog should have basic obedience training, and should easily respond to you.

“We want to make sure your pets stay safe, not only on the 4th of July, but throughout the year,” said Karen Peterlin, Executive Director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. “Educating pet parents and the community is a major focus of animal welfare organizations like us.”

Have questions? Contact the Greater Birmingham Humane Society at (205) 942-1211 for more information. To report animal cruelty, please call your local Police Department.

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The Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy, and services.

Dogs, lawyers and artists, oh my!

By Hailey Rogers, Events and Communications Coordinator |

This Thursday, March 13, we get to be a part of two cool events–both are at schools and both will feature adoptable dogs!

Rascal Day

Rascal Day is held each year at Cumberland School of Law, located on campus at Samford University. Rascal Day has been a part of Cumberland’s Law Week for many years.

Photo courtesy of Cumberland School of Law.

Photo courtesy of Cumberland School of Law.

Cumberland’s website says, “According to tradition, Rascal faithfully attended classes at the law school’s former campus in Lebanon, Tennessee, beginning in 1933. In 1937, he was awarded the rare degree of doctor of canine jurisprudence. Legend states the diploma was awarded in recognition of the hundreds of classes and mock trials at which Rascal’s attendance had been difficult to ignore.”

We were invited to celebrate the life of Rascal and this fun tradition with the students at Cumberland. We hope you’ll join us from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Samford University. We’ll have adoptable dogs with us, too!

McAdory Elementary Art Show

McAdory Elementary School art teacher Shelly Bailey contacted us this past fall. She said that her second grade students had been learning about pet care, and she wanted to do a corresponding art lesson.

She had the almost 200 students draw pictures of pets and then delivered the artwork to the GBHS to get a very special “paw-tograph” on each drawing.

Wall-E had been at the adoption center for a quite a while, but he made the perfect candidate to stamp his big paw on each child’s artwork while getting lots of love and encouragement from GBHS staff.

Here we are, many months later, and the artwork is ready to be sold with proceeds benefitting the GBHS.

Come join us and the McAdory students at their school on March 13, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the art show. We’ll be there with our mobile adoption unit, TARA, and adoptable dogs.

You can see all our adoptable pets here.

HB 141 passes Health Committee into Rules Committee

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By Hailey Rogers, Events and Communications Coordinator |

House Bill 141 passed through the Senate Health Committee meeting, but there is still much work to be done!

The bill must be chosen by the Rules Committee as a special order. If that happens, it will then be put on the Senate floor for a vote. We need your help to make this happen!

Please click here to see which senators are on the Rules Committee and access their contact information. (This can also be found at the bottom of this post.)

Rep. Todd speaking to the Senate Health Committee.

Rep. Todd speaking to the Senate Health Committee.

Today marks progress that has been years in the making. Representative Patricia Todd stood at the podium to present HB 141 to the Health Committee. Senator Bussman made a motion to vote on the matter, which Coleman seconded.

Eight senators voted in favor of passing HB 141 on to the Rules Committee, while four voted against it.

In favor:

  • Greg Reed
  • Slade Blackwell
  • Linda Coleman
  • Harri Anne Smith
  • Cam Ward
  • Jabo Waggoner
  • Jerry Fielding
  • Del Marsh


  • Paul Bussman
  • Billy Beasley
  • Gerald Dial
  • Tom Whatley

“The passage of HB141 out of the Health Committee was a great victory in the fight to keep the non-profit spay and neuter clinics open. They need to remain operational to help reduce Alabama’s pet overpopulation,” said GBHS Executive Director Karen Peterlin. “The overpopulation creates both a public health and safety issue. Alabama does not need to remain one of four states that do not have spay and neuter legislation.”

Rules Committee

Jabo Waggoner (Chairperson)
16th District (Jefferson, Shelby)

Jimmy Holley (Vice-Chairperson)
31st District (Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston)

Scott Beason
17th District (Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair)

Roger Bedford
6th District (Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Winston)

Gerald Dial
13th District(Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Randolph)

Priscilla Dunn
19th District (Jefferson)

Vivian Figures
33rd District (Mobile)

Rusty Glover
34th District (Mobile)

Tammy Irons
1st District (Colbert, Lauderdale)

Arthur Orr
3rd District (Limestone, Madison, Morgan)

Trip Pittman
32nd District (Baldwin)

Paul Sanford
7th District (Madison)

Clay Scofield
9th District (Blount, Madison, Marshall)

Paul Bussman
4th District (Cullman, Lawrence, Winston)

World Spay Day


By Hailey Rogers, Events and Communications Coordinator |

Peggy (FCDF) and Laura  (AL SNC) in the GBHS lobby registering people for $20 s/n certificates and making appointments for pets’ surgeries.

Today is World Spay Day and we are excited to partner with Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation (FCDF) and Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic (AL SNC) to offer $20 spay/neuter certificates to those in need.

Spaying and neutering is critical to overcoming pet overpopulation in our area and worldwide. “Spay and neuter is the first step towards reducing homeless pets in our area,” said GBHS Cruelty Prevention Officer Phil Doster, “Educating the public on this important aspect of responsible pet ownership is just as important as feeding and caring for a pet.”

World Spay Day is an international effort to do just that. According to WSD’s website, more than 800 events have been held in the U.S. and abroad in February to further spay and neuter efforts.

The GBHS, FCDF and AL SNC are all partnering to offer $20 s/n certificates to the first 100 people who come to the GBHS. It all kicked off at 9 a.m. this morning, but there are still certificates left! Once we run out, they will still be here offering s/n services for the regular, reduced fee (price varies depending on pet), until 4 p.m. today.

World Spay Day in the media:

Peggy Cropp (FCDF), Laura Brinkman (AL SNC), Karen Peterlin (GBHS) and Dani Pelt (AL SNC) take a break from working to pose for a photo.

Peggy Cropp (FCDF), Laura Brinkman (AL SNC), Karen Peterlin (GBHS) and Dani Pelt (AL SNC) take a break from working to pose for a photo.


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