Harper settles in

You can just tell that Harper is happy as a little clam in her new home! The picture of her napping in the yard is especially cute. Thanks to her new mom, Sandy, for sending in her success story!

We are in love with Harper! She is such a loving and sweet girl. It’s only been two days and she only had one pee accident. She goes outside with her Chocolate Lab sister and she’s learning the ropes and lay of the land around here. She wants to jump in the lake with her sister, but of course we need to wait until her incision is completely healed.




GBHSA presents 2nd Howl’oween Spooktacular


The GBHS Auxiliary is hosting a 2nd annual Howl’oween Spooktacular at Avondale Brewery on Oct. 29, from 6-10 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and include one beer. They are available online!

There will be a costume contest for people and pets, so put on your thinking cap and try to beat some of the hilarious costumes from last year.

Todd and Greg will be playing live music, CahaBones will have a “treat bar” for the pooches, Jazzy J Designs is bringing some of the cutest collars for sale and Shindigs food truck will be sure to make your tummy very happy. A portion of beer, Jazzy J and food sales will also benefit the homeless pets at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook. We’ll see you there!

We’ll have CATurdays during June

Since June is national Adopt-a-Cat Month, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society has declared every Saturday in the month to be CATurday.

To celebrate, all kittens and cats will have reduced adoption fees of $25 each. And if you want to double the kitty love, take home two feline friends for $45!


We have a bonded pair of young adult cats, Cashew and Pickles, that would make the perfect addition to your family.

Or pick a pair of sweet kittens, like the new adoptees pictured here did at our kick-off this past Saturday.

We’ve got all shapes, sizes and ages at the GBHS — let our adoption counselors help you find the kitty of your dreams!

Mug Shots 2013 voting opens tomorrow

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The dogs’ portraits have been taken, and now it is time to vote for your favorite “mug” in Mug Shots 2013.

Go by A’Mano in Mountain Brook (2707 Culver Rd.) to donate a dollar and cast your vote! Whichever pooch wins will be hung on the GBHS wall of fame.

To see more pictures of the contestants, head over to Irene Thames Gardner Photography’s Facebook page.

Mug Shots wall of fame at the GBHS.

Mug Shots wall of fame at the GBHS.

Canine adoption special through March 10!

Today through Sunday, March 10, all dogs and puppies are only $75!

That means just $75 for a pet who is already spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, AND microchipped!

Hurry in soon–special pricing ends this Sunday, March 10th.

If you’ve been thinking about adopting, now is the time to do it!

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March ARTreach is for the dogs (and cats)!

Four Seasons in Homewood is hosting ARTreach, an event with a spotlight on a different non-profit each month.  In March, they have generously extended the invitation to the GBHS! Generation Dog has also joined in on the fun for this can’t-miss event.

There are a few different ways to get involved:

  1. Join us at Four Seasons for evening of live music, art and wine tasting at ARTreach on March 21, from 5-8pm. There will be two featured artists–Adelaide Booth and Susan Lanier.  Both were chosen because of their affinity for animals and will be present at the event. We will be there with a couple of small adoptable dogs, and you can pick up some gourmet dog treats, courtesy of Generation Dog.
  2. Throughout the month of March, present the flyer below at both Generation Dog and Four Seasons and they will donate 10% of your purchase to the GBHS.*
  3. Send in a picture of your cat or dog to Liz Lane at Four Seasons (liz@4seasonsantiquesandart.com) by March 16 to enter the pet picture contest.  Your animal’s picture will appear on Four Seasons’ Facebook page, from March 17-21, and the photo with the most ‘likes’ will win a prize! The winning dog’s owner will receive a custom pet portrait by Adelaide Booth, while the cat with the most ‘likes’ will win a Susan Lanier cat sculpture. The winners will be announced at ARTreach, and you must be present to claim your prize!

This is sure to be a fun event with something for everyone. Be sure to drop by and see us!

Present this coupon at Four Seasons or Generation Dog during the month of March!

This flyer is valid during the month of March!*

*Some restrictions may apply

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 kkeith@gbhs.org 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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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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