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In our quest to reduce animal cruelty we must totally rely on you and your love for animals. It's sometimes difficult to know when to intervene, so we wanted to provide you with some guidelines for defining animal cruelty.

cru·el·ty: Law. The infliction of physical or phsycological abuse.

What are some signs of animal neglect and/or abuse?

  1. Thin
  2. Injured
  3. Unsanitary conditions
  4. Physical Abuse
  5. Abandoned
  6. Dog Fighting
  7. No Shelter
  8. No Food or Water
  9. Animal Hoarding (more than 10 animals at a residence)
  10. Animal left alone in vehicle

If you know of a situation where one or more of these descriptions apply please call the appropriate number listed below! If you see an animal being abused (see #4 and 10) or dog fighting in progress dial 911 IMMEDIATELY! Time is of the essence!

How do I report animal neglect and/or abuse? 

  1. In Jefferson County (outside Birmingham City) - call 205-325-1450.
    In the City of Birmingham - call 205-328-9311.
    Outside the Birmingham or Jefferson County Limits - call YOUR local law enforcement agency and/or Humane Society.
    If you have a case that is outside the Birmingham-Jefferson County area, yet within the state of Alabama, you may contact our cruelty hotline at 205-369-0392 to learn how to end animal abuse or neglect in your area. 
  2. You will be speaking with a Police Dispatch and they will give the calls to the appropriate officer. When you call the local authorities please be sure you have the following information:
    • Your name and phone number (Confidential unless called in for court)
    • Exact Location of the animal(s)
    • Nature of the Complaint
    • Description of the Animals involved
    • Any other pertinent information
  3. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Greater Birmingham Humane Society at 205-369-0392.
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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.