Adopt a pet from one of these 10 animal rescues in Birmingham, including Purrfect Love Cat Rescue and Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue, Inc.

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A sweet cat awaits adoption through Steel City Cat Rescue. Photo via Steel City Cat Rescue

Are you considering adopting a pet? Here are 10 no-kill animal rescue organization in Birmingham that are striving to find cats and dogs their furever homes.

Feline Rescues

Purrfect Love Cat Rescue

The term “feral” may make you think of an animal that is angry, mean, even scary. But the truth is, many feral cats can still be tamed. They also need safe homes with nurturing owners so they can live their best life. Purrfect Love Cat Rescue is one animal rescue in the greater Birmingham area that helps give feral cats a better life.

Located in Pelham, the mission of Purrfect Love Cat Rescue is to end the suffering and overpopulation of feral, abandoned and abused cats through rescue and rehabilitation.

Here’s a stat for you: According to Purrfect Love Cat Rescue’s website, without human intervention, 50 percent of feral kittens die within their first year. Sad, I know. But this is why organizations like Purrfect Love Cat Rescue are so great. 

One of Bham Now’s team members, Terri Robertson, has adopted three cats from Birmingham rescue organizations. One of her cats, Lulu, is a rehabilitation feral cat from Purrfect Love Cat Rescue.

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Lulu, adopted by Terri Robertson through Purrfect Love Cat Rescue. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

“She’s the biggest lap cat I’ve ever seen,” Robertson said. “But because of her background, it takes her an extra long time to get used to new people.”

Another fact about Lulu is that she has a tipped ear because she was considered a TNR (trap, neuter and return) cat. When a cat is dubbed a TNR, it is highly unlikely for them to become tame. Surprisingly, Lulu did, and she was entered into Purrfect Love Cat Rescue’s foster system.

More on TNR.

If you are unfamiliar with eartipping, it means that 1/4″ is removed from the tip of a cat’s left ear. This is the universal sign of an “altered feral cat” (a feral cat that has been spayed/neutered and also been rehabilitated).

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Lulu adopted through Purrfect Love Cat Rescue sporting her tipped ear. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Another reason Robertson likes animal rescues is because they use foster networks, which help socialize animals to make them more adoptable.

“In Lulu’s case, as a feral cat who became tame, she would have been highly stressed and probably non-adoptable in a shelter system,” Robertson said. “But, as part of a rescue’s foster system, she had a chance to find her home with me.”

Kitty Kat Haven And Rescue (Hoover)

In an effort to save abandoned, stray or injured cats and kittens, Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue in Hoover provides a no-kill, no-cage haven for rescued kittens looking for the purrfect furever home. 

Contact Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue by calling 205.302.8883.

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Harry, 21 weeks, is up for adoption through Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue. Photo via Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue

Save Our Strays

Save Our Strays is a nonprofit all volunteer organization developed and founded on one key principle—that no animal in their care will be put down.

All cats are cared for in volunteers’ homes until they are ready for adoption.

Adoption fee includes: 

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Vacinations
  • Combo tests for feline leukemia and FIV

Info on low-cost spay/neuter clinics in Birmingham.

Steel City Cat Rescue

Steel City Cat Rescue—a 501c3 nonprofit located in Birmingham—is all about the felines! Meow!

They rescue cats and kittens from all walks of life, including feral born, stray, owner surrender and abandoned. They also have some real cuties currently up for adoption that are in need of your TLC.

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Autumn, age 2.5, is up for adoption through Steel City Cat Rescue. Photo via Steel City Cat Rescue

Adoption fees:

  • $75 – Single cat
  • $100 – Bonded pair of cats

Adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchipping
  • First month’s supply of food and litter
  • Bed/blanket
  • Starter pack of toys
  • Scratching pad
  • Litter box
  • All vaccinations

Contact Steel City Cat Rescue via email at

Canine Rescues

Peace, Love And Dog Paws Rescue, Inc.

Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue, Inc. is comprised of volunteers who have a love for dogs and a passion for saving lives. Their mission is to rescue, protect and improve the lives of abused, neglected and homeless dogs of all breeds.

They also believe in building strong alliances with responsible rescues and working with local shelters in the fight to save the lives of canines.

Contact Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue, Inc. via email at

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Mr. Pink is up for adoption through Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue, Inc. Photo via Peace, Love and Dog Paws Rescue, Inc

A Litter At A Time Rescue

A Litter At A Time is dedicated to taking in litters, orphaned puppies and nursing/pregnant dogs in order to find them their furever homes.

All dogs stay in foster homes while under the care of this organization.

Contact A Litter At A Time Rescue via email at

Specialty Breed Rescues

Bama Bully Reserve

I don’t know about you, but Pit Bulls are one of my favorite dog breeds to gush over. Unfortunately, this breed often has a bad rep. But it’s not their fault. Any animal will become mean and vicious if trained to be that way. This is also one reason why so many pit bulls are in need of animal rescue organizations like the Bama Bully Reserve.

The Bama Bully Reserve is the first Bully-specific rescue located in Alabama and is run entirely through the help of volunteers. As a member of the Pit Bull Rescue Alliance (PBRA), Bama Bully Reserve is comprised of individual, independent organizations that are dedicated to Pit Bull rescue, education and advocacy.

All dogs up for adoption via the organization live in foster homes until they find their furever home.

Adoption fees:

  • Puppies – $250
  • Adults – $200
  • Seniors (age 7+) – $150
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Lenny is up for adoption at Bama Bully Rescue. Photo via Bama Bully Rescue

Cavalier Rescue Of Alabama

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels—or Cavaliers—are another dog breed that many in Birmingham are committed to rescuing.

With help from the Cavalier Rescue of Alabama, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing this beloved breed.

Adoption fees:

  • Healthy dogs (age 2 and under) – $650
  • Adult dogs – $350-$550
  • Senior dogs and special needs dogs will be lower based on care required.

Contact the Cavalier Rescue of Alabama at 205.790.4316.

Weimaraner Rescue Of The South (WRS)

Weimaraners—a tongue twister of a name, but a truly beautiful dog breed. Don’t even get me started on how adorable Weimaraner puppies are. (Insert the girliest squeals and most annoying baby-talk ever!)

But, I’m definitely not the only one who loves this breed—the Weimaraner Rescue of the South (WRS) does too. And they show their love by rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing Weimaraners in need across Alabama.

Adoption fees:

  • Puppies (under 6 months old) – $375 + $100 refundable spay/neuter deposit
  • Adult dogs – $300
  • Senior dogs (age 9+) – $225

Adoption fees include:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Treatment and prevention for medical issues or concerns

Contact the Weimaraner Rescue of the South via email at

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Charlie is up for adoption at Weimaraner Rescue of the South. Photo via Weimaraner Rescue of the South

Canine And Feline Rescues

Big Hearts And Wet Noses Animal Rescue

While some rescues specifically tend to just cats or just dogs, some, like Big Hearts and Wet Noses Animal Rescue, dedicates their time and resources to both.

The mission of Big Hearts and Wet Noses is to rescue, care for, treat and adopt out as many abused and homeless animals as possible. They also strive to spread the word about the horrible and truly sad facts of animal abuse.

Adoption fees:

  • Puppies (up to 9 months) – $100-$350
  • Dogs – $100-$350
  • Kittens (up to 9 months) – $75-$200
  • Cats – $75-$200

All adoption fees include:

  • First vaccinations
  • FeLV (feline Leukemia) test
  • FIV test (6 months and older)
  • Surgical sterilization (6 months and older)
  • Follow-up veterinary exam, collar

Contact Big Hearts and Wet Noses Animal Rescue at 205.834.7860.

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