Dogs, lawyers and artists, oh my!

By Hailey Rogers, Events and Communications Coordinator |

This Thursday, March 13, we get to be a part of two cool events–both are at schools and both will feature adoptable dogs!

Rascal Day

Rascal Day is held each year at Cumberland School of Law, located on campus at Samford University. Rascal Day has been a part of Cumberland’s Law Week for many years.

Photo courtesy of Cumberland School of Law.

Photo courtesy of Cumberland School of Law.

Cumberland’s website says, “According to tradition, Rascal faithfully attended classes at the law school’s former campus in Lebanon, Tennessee, beginning in 1933. In 1937, he was awarded the rare degree of doctor of canine jurisprudence. Legend states the diploma was awarded in recognition of the hundreds of classes and mock trials at which Rascal’s attendance had been difficult to ignore.”

We were invited to celebrate the life of Rascal and this fun tradition with the students at Cumberland. We hope you’ll join us from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Samford University. We’ll have adoptable dogs with us, too!

McAdory Elementary Art Show

McAdory Elementary School art teacher Shelly Bailey contacted us this past fall. She said that her second grade students had been learning about pet care, and she wanted to do a corresponding art lesson.

She had the almost 200 students draw pictures of pets and then delivered the artwork to the GBHS to get a very special “paw-tograph” on each drawing.

Wall-E had been at the adoption center for a quite a while, but he made the perfect candidate to stamp his big paw on each child’s artwork while getting lots of love and encouragement from GBHS staff.

Here we are, many months later, and the artwork is ready to be sold with proceeds benefitting the GBHS.

Come join us and the McAdory students at their school on March 13, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the art show. We’ll be there with our mobile adoption unit, TARA, and adoptable dogs.

You can see all our adoptable pets here.

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.