First Friday 40!

Introducing… 1st Friday 40! Tomorrow is the first Friday in June, and to celebrate, we’re reducing adoption fees! All canines who have been in the shelter for 40 days or more, can be adopted to loving homes for $40 on the first Friday of each month. 

Want to meet some of these cool canines? All of the dogs below have been at the GBHS for 40 days or more, and would really love to find their fur-ever homes tomorrow!


Addison is 5 year old terrier/chihuahua and she would love to meet you! Find out more about her in her profile.


Reese is a 6 year old poodle who is currently available for adoption in foster care. Read her story here.


Scrappy Doo is a 3 month old shepherd puppy. He’s a little bit bigger now, but still has that same adorable face! Learn about him on his pet profile.


Meet Cheese, a 2 year old chihuahua/beagle. Cheese is a shy guy who will love you forever if you give him treats. Read Cheese’s story here.


Roy is quite the character! He is a senior Italian Greyhound who will keep you entertained. Find out more about Roy on his profile.


Go Gidget Go! Gidget is an adorable 3 month old lab mix puppy. You know you can’t resist those eyes! See more information on gidget here.

Please spread the word and help us get these 6 canines the wonderful homes they deserve during First Friday 40 tomorrow!


Do Dah Day Dos and Don’ts

It’s that time again: Do Dah Day, one of our favorite Birmingham events, is back in its 33rd year this Saturday! The GBHS is lucky to have been named one of the beneficiaries of Do Dah Day once again in 2012. Do Dah Day is a FREE, pet-friendly music festival that takes place in Caldwell and Rhodes parks along Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside area. For complete event information, band schedules, and more, please visit the Do Dah Day website.

We hope to see you out in the parks with your pet(s) this Saturday! Here are a few tips on how to have the best Do Dah Day experience possible:

-Friendly, leashed animals are welcome at Do Dah Day, but aggressive or uncontrollable animals are not. If you have any reason to believe that your pet may be aggressive or difficult to control, please do not bring them to Do Dah Day. If your animal shows any potential for hostility toward people or other animals, you will be asked to remove the animal from the park.

-Please be responsible: clean up pet waste! It’s always a good idea to have poo bags on hand 🙂

-VERY IMPORTANT: Monitor your pet for signs of overheating! It is typically HOT on Do Dah weekend each year. Pets can overheat quickly, and in extreme situations, can die from heat stroke. Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating in pets:

  • excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • drooling
  • mild weakness
  • stupor and even collapse

Simple precautions can help prevent your pet from overheating. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, seek out the veterinary tent at Do Dah Day immediately. Make sure that your pet has a constant supply of cool water to drink. If you start to notice any of the symptoms above, find one of the baby pool stations in either Caldwell or Rhodes park, put your pet in a baby pool, and cover the pet’s body with cool, fresh water to slow down the overheating process.

Hope to see you out in the parks on Saturday and let’s have a fun, safe year of Do Dah Day with our pets!