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, gbhsfoster@gmail.com. For more information on Penny, her pups, or our foster program, please call (205) 942-1211.



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.

3rd Annual Barking For Bucks Telethon

The 3rd Annual Barking For Bucks Telethon is upon us!!! It takes place August 4-5 2012 and is a huge event for The Greater Birmingham Humane Society. GBHS is a non-profit and everything given goes into the welfare of the animals.

The telethon will aire on Fox6 from 7a.m. until 9a.m. on both days. During the telethon, viewers will learn about the day-to-day lives of our furry residents and the staff and volunteers that work so hard there.  There will also be spotlights on adoptable pets and information on how you can help The Greater Birmingham Humane Society save more lives and bring together more families.
For more information or to donate, please go to GBHS.org

GBHS brings the Circus to town!

The Circus has arrived early at Greater Birmingham Humane Society! Led by Ringleader and Jumbo, we’ve got ten performers up for adoption this week! From Bearded Lady all the way to Flying Grayson up on the wires, these sweet lab/boxer blends are ready to find a forever family and bring the joy and amazement of the Circus to your home!

Ringleader has only been in his position for almost 3 months now, but things couldn’t be better for these circus pups! Somewhat shy at times, Ringleader is a sweetheart and brings passion to his team.

Never afraid of the spotlight, Jumbo is Ringleader’s right hand man in this circus. A bit more outgoing, he is the life of the circus. Almost 3 months in much like his leader, he’s more than competent in his exciting role.

Come check out the Greater greatest show on Snow Drive. If these circus pups don’t get you excited, we have plenty other dogs and cats you can welcome into your home! Come quickly though, these pups are only in town until they’re adopted! See you soon!