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GBHS welcomes Allison Black Cornelius as interim executive manager 

GBHS is pleased to introduce our interim executive manager, Allison Black Cornelius, founder and president of Blackfish Consulting

Allison brings an array of expertise to GBHS, including consulting, project management, and fundraising services to government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and the nonprofit sector. As a guide to thriving nonprofits, Allison is a champion and inspiration to many. She has trained more than 700 nonprofit boards and raised more than $30 million for charity through her public presentations.

Allison received her public policy, governance, and leadership training at the Social Enterprise Initiative, Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University and completed Advanced Board Consulting at BoardSource. She is well known for her volunteer work in leading public policy initiatives and legislation on behalf of abused and underserved women and children. Allison and her husband Jeff have five children and three rescue dogs. 

"Allison shares a passion for our mission and brings a unique set of talents to GBHS that will propel the organization in a new direction," GBHS board president Lucy Thompson Marsh said.

In its beginning, GBHS was founded in 1883 by Dr. John Herbert Phillips, the first superintendent of Birmingham's schools. Dr. Phillips founded the Birmingham Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals because Phillips believed that a well-rounded child must be taught humane values and compassion.  Presently, GBHS is the largest and oldest humane society in Alabama.

True to our mission of promoting the humane treatment of people and animals, GBHS is continuing to provide homes for hundreds of pets while implementing numerous community programs outreach and volunteer opportunities.


ASPCA® Awards Grant for GBHS Pet Pantry

Birmingham, Ala. (February 3, 2014)—The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) has been awarded a grant from the ASPCA “Cat Food Made Possible by Nine Lives” project.

Imagine losing your best friend because you’re having trouble making ends meet. “Though heartbreaking, this scenario happens every day in our community.

Pet surrenders for families financially unable to care for their pets are an ongoing concern at the GBHS. Frequently people want to keep their pets, but simply cannot afford to right now. The Pet Pantry program helps keep pets and their families together through challenging times. This grant will make it possible to help more pets stay with their families and decrease surrenders.

The Pet Pantry program distributes food to qualified pet owners the first Saturday of every month. Pet owners must complete a proof of need application prior to disbursement of food. They must also submit a pay stub or W2 proof of income and/or public assistance to qualify. This program is intended to assist pet owners on a temporary basis. It is a requirement of the pet pantry that animals receiving benefits be altered to further reduce the pet population in the Greater Birmingham community.

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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.