Here’s how to adopt animals in Birmingham right now

GBHS Here's how to adopt animals in Birmingham right now
Who doesn’t want to wake up to these faces? Photo via GBHS on Facebook

There’s never a bad time to welcome a new furever friend into your home. Local humane societies are working around-the-clock to make sure their animals are cared for as they wait to be adopted. Here’s how you can provide a home to an animal in need today—and get a new best friend in the process.

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Adopt with GBHS

Greater Birmingham Humane Society is currently doing adoption by appointment before their reopening on May 22. Here’s how the process works:

GBHS will be reopening at 50% occupancy on May 22 with security protocols in place.

Adopt with Shelby Humane

Shelby Humane is currently open by appointment only. Here’s how the process works:

  • Decide what type of animal you’re most interested in and get to searching!
  • Find adoptable cats here.
  • Find adoptable dogs here.
  • Once you find your perfect match, fill out the form on this page.
  • After you submit your form, you’ll set up an appointment to meet your requested animal in person.

Adoption Fees

*Standard adoption fees may be subject to change.


  • Animals six months and under: $100
  • Animals older than six months: $50
  • Rabbits: $25
  • Ferrets: $50
  • Rats, Guinea Pigs & Hamsters: $10 for one or $15 for a pair

Shelby Humane

  • Dogs over the age of 6 months: $85
  • Dogs under 6 months: $120
  • Cats over the age of 6 months: $35
  • Cats under 6 months: $60

Have you adopted a fur baby from a local animal shelter in Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow

Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham

A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.

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