Greater Birmingham Humane Society


GBHS welcomes Allison Black Cornelius as interim executive manager 

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society 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. 

We are excited to work with Allison Cornelius as she helps foster new ideas and promote the values of our organization.

"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. 

Please help us welcome this great addition to our team. For more information on Allison and her group, please visit




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All GBHS pets are spayed, neutered, microchipped and loved




GBHS reaches fundraising goal during 2014 Barking for Bucks telethon!

B4B.jpegOn 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 on WBRC 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. 


Special thanks to our sponsors, friends, rescue partners, donors and adopters for making our weekend great! 

WE WON! Thank you for voting!

safe_image.php.jpgThanks to you, the GBHS has won $5,000! 
Our supporters are the BEST, and our pets are the real  winners of this competition!

We are so grateful to everyone who voted us the best nonprofit in StyleBlueprint Birmingham's $5,000 Charity Giveaway! The GBHS receives no federal, state or governmental funding, which is why opportunities like this are so important to us. The welfare of our homeless pets depends on you and you have just helped us save even more lives!

Leave your mark – Buy a brick

bldg bricks.jpgSay how much you care about the homeless pets of Birmingham and become a visible part of the pathway leading to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Purchase a brick for yourself, your family, your pet, your business, in honor or memory of a loved one, or for the pet lover who has everything. Whether a tribute or a memorial, a brick laid in the walkway at the GBHS will forever celebrate that special person: two-legged or four-legged!

To order your brick(s), please click here for the order form. If you need assistance, please contact Ramona Graffeo at 205-397-8539 or


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!



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
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(as of 9/15/2014)



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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.