Registration for Critter Camp opens tomorrow!

Critter_camp_sq-enewsThe GBHS is proud to present Critter Camp 2013! Registration will be open March 1-June 1.

There are two sessions, each targeted at a different age group. See the information below to figure out the best fit for your child. Both camps accommodate 20 students and cost $150 per child.

If you have further questions, check out our FAQ page or contact Kelli Holmes at or (205) 397-8539.

Camp Paws (Session I)

July 8th- 12th, 9am-4pm

This 5 day camp is designed for children 5-7 years old and will feature animal interactions, presentations, games, and crafts. Students will learn about animal care and how to be a friend to all animals in our community. Each day will feature a different subject such as animal safety, wildlife and equines.


Critter Careers (Session II)

July 15th- 19th,  9am-4pm

This 5 day camp is designed for children 8-10 years old and will feature presentations on different animal careers. Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals who work with animals every day as well as have daily hands on interactions with shelter animals.

Your dog could become a local celebrity in Mug Shots 2013

Irene Thames Gardner Photography is teaming up with A’mano to host the 2013 Mug Shots competition this March. Proceeds from Mug Shots will directly benefit the GBHS.

Just take a look at the handsome fella who won last year’s competition!

2012 Mug Shot winner

Here’s how to enter your pooch to be the next Mug Shots winner:

  • You must have your dog’s portrait taken at A’mano in Mountain Brook on March 1st or 2nd.
  •  For a $35 donation to the GBHS, you will receive a custom print of your pet. In addition, your pet’s portrait will be entered into The Best Mug Shot Contest.
  • Call (205) 871-9093 to set up your pup’s portrait time.
  • Then, share the news will all your friends and family to vote for your canine companion’s “mug” in the contest! A $1 donation is required for each vote. The voting period will last March 9th through the 15th at A’Mano.

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Canines cross the Mason-Dixon to find new homes

This Valentine’s Day some very lucky pups celebrated by heading to their new home in Washington, D.C.

IMG_1065On Thursday, February 14th, the GBHS packed up 24 puppies and dogs in TARA (Transport Assist Rescue Adopt), a 16ft state of the art mobile adoption and transport RV, in order to transport them to the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. The trip would normally total 12 hours, but our drivers had to move at a slower pace, so it ended up being a long, 15-hour drive.

Why would we drive through the night to carry animals to another shelter? They are more likely to be adopted if they are sent north!  Here at the GBHS, we take in a great number of puppies and dogs, while northern shelters do not have a constant influx.

This is due, in part to spay and neuter laws.  These are more rigorous in northern states, which leads to less animals being born, and then to less pets surrendered to shelters.  All this means that adoptable animals are in high demand on the other side of the Mason-Dixon.

Many of the 24 canines on this journey had been surrendered to the GBHS as puppies and had begun to grow up here. They were too big to be in the puppy kennels, but were too young to be walked outside. It was hard on the puppies, but now they have a better chance of having a forever home.

Because they are in such high demand, these puppies should find homes in no time! Until then, the Washington Animal Rescue League will take great care of them!


Thanks to Tony Sullivan for producing this great and informative video of the trip to D.C.!

Fifi the Fido gets another chance

A special dog got a second chance at life after her owner surrendered her to the GBHS.


The GBHS received a Shih Tzu mix named Fifi on January 30th. When Fifi’s owner brought her to the facility, she had very matted fur due to being chained outside for a very long time.

Neither the owner nor the GBHS staff knew what she looked like under all her fur, but some sores were visible on her skin.

Once the staff began to groom her, they realized the mattes in her fur had begun to intertwine with her skin.  They could not shave her because that would make it even worse, so they had to cut the mattes as close to her skin as possible.

By the time the GBHS staff was done grooming Fifi she looked like a burn patient, with sores from her muzzle to the tip of her tail.  One staff member said, “We honestly didn’t know what to expect when we were cutting her hair off. We weren’t sure if it was going to be too bad for us to keep her.”

Luckily, Fifi is a fighter and made it through the beginning of her painful healing process. She is currently in a foster home to facilitate her recovery.

Fifi will be available for adoption in about a month, so keep your eyes peeled to find this sweet girl a loving family!

If you’re interested in helping the GBHS save more lives by becoming a foster, click here for more information.




Fifi’s amazing foster mom said Fifi loves going on morning walks, and is getting used to the jacket she wears over her body. She is also very alert and likes to keep an eye on the birds, squirrels and anything else that moves.

Jazz Cat Ball recap

On February 2, the GBHS Auxiliary hosted the 2nd Annual Jazz Cat Ball, presented by Ink Realty and John 3:16.  Old Car Heaven was the perfect venue for this Mardi Gras-themed party.

The night began with honoring this year’s King, Mr. Bill Mudd and Queen, Mrs. Sara Ann Polhemus. Rob and Jeannine from Magic 96.5 awarded Shindigs the honor of being named winner for the 2nd year running in the classic Cajun cook-off. Streetkar filled the dance floor with fun tunes, and Milo’s sponsored a gaming casino. There was a live auction, as well as a silent auction which boasted almost 250 items, including a Napa Valley get away, jewelry, artwork, gift cards and many more great buys.

Missy Ellis, Kelli Holmes and Jenny Alden were the chairs for this highly successful evening. Alden said, “We would like to thank the almost 1,200 attendees, who helped raise a new record of almost $150,000 for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.”

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