Greater Birmingham Humane Society


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An Easter Bunny will still need you at Halloween!

rabbitThinking about getting a rabbit? Sadly, many irresistibly cute bunnies purchased for Easter get abandoned or left with shelters once summer rolls around. Rabbits are great, but they're not a good match for everyone. Just remember, a bunny will be with your family long past the spring—many rabbits live 10 years, sometimes longer—and will need plenty of care and attention throughout her life.

If you'd like to add a bunny to your family, please choose to adopt one from us. We want to make sure you and your Peter Cottontail become longtime companions, so if you have any questions or concerns about care or behavior, talk to us!

The GBHS will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday, but hop on down to the adoption center Thursday, Friday and Saturday for our Easter specials. Adopt a pet and you can choose an egg out of our Easter basket—look inside and you might win a free collar, bag of treats, toy, $$$ off your adoption fee and more!


"Together, anything's possible…"

Birdies for Charity LogoCharity begins on the golf course at the Regions Tradition. You have the opportunity to make a charity or a school a big winner by participating in the 2014 Birdies for Charity Program. Participating charities receive every single penny of the donations generated! Additionally, you have the chance to win great prizes when you pitch in to help the soliciting charity! This fundraising program is designed to give charities and schools the opportunity to raise funds by generating contributions based on the number of birdies made by Champions Tour players at the Regions Tradition, May 14–18. Click here for more information or to make a pledge.


Do Dah Day – May 17

Do Dah Day 2013 LogoDo Dah Day, on Saturday, May 17, at Caldwell & Rhodes Parks, is one of Birmingham’s favorite springtime events and benefits homeless animals. The Do Dah Day parade starts at 11:01 a.m.Check back for more fun Do Dah Day activities leading up to the main event.

The GBHS is one of the beneficiaries and proceeds help fund its transport program, which saved the lives of 329 animals in 2013. For more information, go to www.dodahday.org.


Does your child LOVE animals?

Critter CampIf so, they will LOVE Critter Camp! The goal of GBHS Critter Camp is to nurture a sense of compassion and respect for living beings through enriching activities, educational curriculum and hands-on experiences that are rewarding for children and pets alike!

This year we have expanded Critter Camp and are offering three five-day sessions, Monday–Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of Critter Camp is $165 per child. For more information, please click on 2014 Critter Camp FAQs or contact Mary-Grace Wilson at mawilson@gbhs.org or 205-397-8544.

Click on the session number below to register your child TODAY!

  • Session I:  June 23–27 (ages 5-6) – Seats still available!
  • Session II:  July 7–11 (ages 7–8) – Seats still available!
  • Session III:  July 21–25 (ages 9–10) Registration CLOSED.
    All seats for Session III have been filled!


Have your birthday party at the GBHS!

Happy BirthdayStarting in April, celebrate your child’s birthday at the GBHS! We're pleased to be able to offer an educational and fun experience for kids of all ages.

The $75 birthday party package includes two hours of party time for up to 10 kids, a tour of the adoption center, a meet-and-greet or playtime with a child-friendly GBHS pet, and more fun activities.

Invite Rover and Mittens, the GBHS costumed mascots, to stop by for a photo-op (for an extra $15). Click here for details.


Owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring

Dog Training Graphic.jpgNew classes are scheduled for 2014! The GBHS offers dog training classes at the adoption center to ensure your puppy or dog knows how to behave properly in its new home.

Puppy Development is an introductory training class for puppies up to 5 months old, and toy breeds up to 7 months old.

Basic Home Manners training is for dogs 6 months and older.

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class review the exercises to prepare students for taking and passing the AKC CGC test.

Sessions run for six weeks with one-hour classes in the evenings and are limited to 8 participants. Cost is $90 per 6-week session and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to participate in the classes, your dog must be current on all shots and vaccinations prior to attending.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact dogtrainer@gbhs.org. Sign up today! Learn more…


Open your heart and home to a wonderful senior pet

NinaThink of a pet that is already trained and doesn’t chew or scratch everything in sight — a pet who will love you unconditionally. That’s what you get when you adopt a senior pet.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society has a special program, Seniors for Seniors, that offers a great way to match personalities and help find forever homes for older pets. Any senior citizen (age 55+) can adopt a dog or cat, five or more years old, for only $25.

Won't you consider giving one of our wonderful senior pets a new home? Click here to find a lovable mature companion just for you!


Rescue Partners Program

Behr.jpgThe Greater Birmingham Humane Society recognizes that responsible rescue organizations are valuable partners when adoption from our facilities is not in the best interest of an animal. We intend to partner with organizations that exhibit best practices, which includes humane treatment of animals in their care, while also making valid attempts to responsibly adopt pets in their program. In our efforts to provide the most suitable homes for our pets, we ask that all rescue organizations complete a profile and return it to the GBHS.

 


We want YOU to become a GBHS Foster Parent

April4Feeding_sm.jpgWe all want to save more lives each year. And the number of animals we can save depends on the how many people will open their hearts and homes to foster them. Young kittens and puppies need foster care until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, and are then ready to be adopted. Adult pets who are injured, undergoing heartworm treatment, or have recently given birth need foster care until they are well enough to find their forever homes. You can give these special pets a second chance at life by fostering.

Being a foster guardian is a rewarding experience unlike any other. If you'd like to help, please contact our Foster Care Coordinator today!

Pets Adopted
April 2014:
170

(as of 4/17/2014)

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