GBHS reaches fundraising goal during 2014 Barking for Bucks telethon!

Boxerpups heartOn August 2nd and 3rd, the GBHS held its 5th annual telethon to raise money to help care for our homeless pets. The event was broadcast LIVE from our adoption center onWBRC Fox 6 and featured local celebrities, adoptable pets, and the GBHS mascots.

Thanks to the generosity anf kindess of our community and friends, we were able to raise $72,172, exceeding the $70,000 fundraising goal. 

The gifts provided to GBHS during the telethon will be used to further the mission and operations of our facility and programs.

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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  www.alspay.org

AlphaDawg Pet Sitting www.alphadawgpets.com

Cahaba Beach Dog Park www.cahababeachdogpark.com

Cahabones www.cahabones.com

Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation www.fcdf.org

Hollywood Feed www.hollywoodfeed.com

Jazzy J. Designs www.jazzyjdesigns.com

Just Happy Hounds www.justhappyhounds.com

NOLA Ice, Birmingham www.nolaice.com

Sojurns Fair Trade www.adventureartpeace.com

16 Paws K9 www.16pawsk9.com

With special guests:

Birmingham Mtn. Radio www.bhammountainradio.com

Our rescue partner friends are also going to be attending: 

Adopt a Golden Birmingham www.adoptagoldenbirmingham.com

Bama Bully Rescue www.bamabully.org

Rotties and Notties Rescue www.rottiesandnotties.org

Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue www.bhambtr.org

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) www.earthfare.com

Royal Cup Coffee www.royalcupcoffee.com

Whole Foods Birmingham www.wholefoodsmarket.com

We Talk Dog www.wetalkdog.com

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

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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

Opposed:

  • 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

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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.

Dixie’s Group: A support system for pet loss

Dixie’s Group will meet Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Homewood Library. Please e-mail Mary-Grace to register at mawilson@gbhs.org.*

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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. While there is no charge for being a part of Dixie’s Group, donations will be accepted for Dr. Michael’s time and commitment.

To register, e-mail Mary-Grace at mawilson@gbhs.org. In order to properly serve attendees, space is limited to 20 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: E-mail Mary-Grace at mawilson@gbhs.org

Operation Silent Night: Not a creature was stirring

Operation Silent Night aimed to find an adoptive or foster home for every adoptable pet at the GBHS by Christmas Eve.

Operation Silent Night aimed to find an adoptive or foster home for every adoptable pet at the GBHS by Christmas Eve.

By Mary-Grace Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator |

There are lots of sounds around the holidays that warm your heart during these cold months, but at Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the greatest sound of all was, in fact, the lack there of.  An inspired mission that began in November came to a fruition on Christmas Eve, with each and every one of our adoptable pets finding temporary refuge in a loving home for the night – something that many of them hadn’t been able to do for months, if ever.

Potential adopters wait outside for the GBHS to open on Christmas Eve.

Potential adopters wait outside for the GBHS to open on Christmas Eve.

Over 50 volunteer foster families offered to open their hearts and homes to the GBHS cats and dogs and after an incredible day of adoptions that started with a line of families waiting at the door before we opened,  the remaining 21 available dogs and cats who hadn’t found a forever home were picked up from the center and taken home for a mini-vacation.

The stories came pouring in, as these incredible foster parents doted and loved on our sweet dogs and cats – with several ending in very happy adoptions! Our biggest thanks to the families who were willing to drive all the way here from Birmingham and beyond, interrupting their holiday, so that a pet could have some Christmas cheer. Their open hearts and open homes were inspiring — an incredible way to bring in a new year!

If you have a story you’d like to share from Operation Silent Night, please feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook Page.

It’s the most wonderful(ly busy) time of year!

Wondering what we are up to for the holidays? Let us fill you in, because there is something for everyone. We’ve got adoption specials, donation opportunities and an idea that’s going to take the help of many in our community.

Black Friday

On Black Friday, you can bring in any item from our wish list and we will give you $10 off your adoption fees! You can see all our adoptable pets here. They would all really love a warm, loving home for the holidays.

#GivingTuesday

Red_GT_BadgeThis is a global day of giving, with a healthy serving of social media. See, there’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now #GivingTuesday (#GT) is on December 3.

After shopping ’til you drop in the post-Thanksgiving rush, we hope you will join us on Dec. 3 to help the homeless pets of Birmingham. You can learn more about Giving Tuesday by watching their video below.

You Give Goods is partnering with #GT, and now donating supplies is easier than ever. Visit our You Give Goods page, pick out an item to donate, pay for it, they’ll send it straight to us, and you never even had to leave your couch. This is a great way to donate items even when you’re in the middle of the holiday rush! Our page will be open Dec. 3-31, 2013.

Don’t forget to tag #GivingTuesday and #TheGBHS when you participate!

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Giving Tuesday will kick off a whole season of giving for us. Our annual Giving Tree will begin Dec. 3 at the adoption center.

During December, we will have a Christmas tree in our lobby where you can help us decorate its branches with love. There will also be a tree at Colonial Brookwood Village, Dec. 7-15. Full Circle Boutique will also be participating by having a Giving Tree of their own.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Stop by one of the locations listed above.
  2. Choose your ornament. There are twelve options, and each features a GBHS alumni.
  3. Give a monetary donation for the ornament, either for yourself, as a gift for a friend or in honor of someone.
  4. Hang it on the tree to show your support for our mission.
  5. We’ll give you a card that matches your ornament. Be sure to give it to the person you’ve honored! These make a great gift, especially for the pet lover who already has everything.

We are in the process of creating an entire Giving Orchard across Greater Birmingham. As many of you know, we would not be able to do the live-saving work we do without the help of this amazing community.

As always, you can also donate to the GBHS Giving Tree online by clicking here.

IMG_3331Operation Silent Night

How amazing would it be if every pet in our care had either a forever home or a temporary foster family to take care of them on Christmas Eve?

This year, we are taking on a huge project that we’ve affectionately dubbed Operation Silent Night. We are going to need everyone’s help to spread the word and make this dream a reality.

The idea is that each pet in our center would have someone to call their own by Dec. 24, and that the kennels would be completely silent, at least for one night. This is a huge undertaking, but the thought of the whole community pulling together to achieve the task is astounding. We know that with your help, Operation Silent Night can be a success.

This project will also kick-off on Dec. 3, with #GivingTuesday and Giving Tree. E-mail us to join our efforts for Operation Silent Night. Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number!

I can’t donate or adopt at this time, but still want to help

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 3.37.51 PMYou can! We all know how important social media and word of mouth are these days. We’re charging you with the task of sharing our message and goals to your friends and beyond.

Share a Facebook post, Retweet us, follow our Instagram, Repin pictures of our pets, and start a conversation with your friends about the importance of saving the lives of pets in our area. Don’t forget our hashtags: #TheGBHS, #AdoptLocAL, #GivingTuesday and #BhamPets.

Now, let us know how you plan to help and be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 3rd Annual Jazz Cat Ball, a $150 value!

Important legislation information – This is a crucial time!

Despite assurances from Senate leadership that HB 188 would be heard in Senate Health committee, Senator Bussman is preventing the bill from being placed on the committee agenda. We need to light up his phone and email NOW and keep doing it until the bill is on the agenda. In your email, state the following:

HB188 is supported by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, the state’s largest veterinary professional association.

HB188 deserves a vote. Get HB188 on the Health Committee Agenda next week.

Send the e mails to Bussman and copy Senator Reed

Senator Paul Bussman P_bussman@bellsouth.net
334-242-7855

Senator Greg Reed greg@preferredmedicalsystems.com
334-242-7894

Please don’t delay- pass this e mail on to anyone you think will act on it.

This is where the rubber hits the road- put the pedal to the metal and don’t let up until HB188 is on the agenda

Become a foster guardian to help us save lives

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The Foster Program allows the GBHS to give animals another chance, even when medical issues, size, age or other issues are stacked against them. Foster guardians provide temporary housing and care for these special animals who will eventually be placed up for adoption.

How the Program Works

  • Animals are usually assigned for two-week periods, but can sometimes be longer
  • You can decline any foster for any reason
  • Once you agree to foster an animal you are responsible for arranging a pick-up time within 24-48 hours
  • GBHS will provide all necessary supplies, medications and food needed for the foster term
  • The Foster Care Coordinator will be available at all times to answer questions or assist with needs

Foster Candidates

There are a great deal of reasons that pets need foster care. They include:

  • Weight gain/young age
  • Socialization
  • Wound healing/minor injuries
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Cruelty cases
  • Heartworm treatment
  • Other illnesses/injuries

If you have the capacity and would like to help the GBHS save more lives through fostering, send an e-mail to contactus@gbhs.org or call (205) 942-1211.

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To read about Fifi, one of the many GBHS foster success stories, click here.

CarlisleTo read about Carlisle, a foster-turned-celebrity, click here.

Want to road trip with the GBHS?

We have a great need for transport drivers to take animals to Washington, D.C.

Spay and neuter laws are more strict in other areas of the U.S., making it harder to find an animal to adopt. That means pets are in high demand in places like Washington, D.C. We fill that need by taking animals from our facility to the Washington Animal Rescue League, where there is a much higher chance they’ll be adopted to a loving forever home.

That’s where you come in! You can make a real difference by volunteering to help the GBHS in this way.

img_1065We are looking for people who are willing to learn to drive T.A.R.A. (a 16ft state-of-the-art RV) and make the drive to give a group of pets a fresh start.

We need two drivers to complete a transport scheduled for April 10th with WARL.

You must have a good driving record and be willing to learn to drive T.A.R.A. as soon as possible. 

Don’t worry, a GBHS staff member will teach you the ropes and make sure you are completely comfortable before sending you on the transport.

If you are interested, or for more information, please call (205) 942-1211 or e-mail swilson@gbhs.org.

You can learn more about our recent transports by reading a blog post or watching the video below.