Humane societies offer aid & refuge for pets displaced by storms

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Two local humane societies are stepping up to help pet-owners impacted by the March 25th tornado outbreak in the Birmingham metro area.

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS), Alabama’s largest and oldest humane society, announced today that it is prepared to offer aid and provide shelter for animals displaced by the devastating storms.

“Serving is the cornerstone of the GBHS mission, and in times like this, it is more important than ever to assist our neighbors in need,” said Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of GBHS. “Our hearts break for the families affected by yesterday’s storms, and we hope this assistance will lessen the burden they face during this trying time.”

Animals who were available for adoption prior to the storms are being transported to shelters around the country to make way for stray animals or those needing emergency boarding services, pet supplies, and vaccines after the storms that devastated many Birmingham communities.

Those in need of assistance can visit, email, or call 205-397-8534.

How You Can Donate

To help take care of the pets GBHS is seeking the following donations:

  • Wet or dry pet food
  • Non-clumping cat litter 
  • Kennels
  • New pet beds
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Tarps
  • Towels/hand towels
  • Cat or dog toys

Donated items will be collected at the GBHS Adoption Center located at 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209. Monetary donations can also be made at


Shelby Humane 

Shelby Humane
Photo via Shelby Humane

Located in Columbiana, Shelby County, Shelby Humane is offering dog and cat food to anyone in need due to the recent tornadoes.  Food is located in the front area of Shelby Humane’s shelter/office.

If you would like to donate, you can text SHELBY to 26989 or you can drop off food, blankets or towels at 381 McDow Road, Columbiana Al 35051.

If you need assistance beyond food, call 205-670-1772. Pets tend to run away during bad weather.  If you need help finding a missing pet, see the following instructions:

Instructions for filing a lost report with Shelby Humane Society:

Go to, a FREE service that helps to keep dogs and cats in our community protected with facial recognition technology.  As a Finding Rover partner, all of the animals that come into our care will be on as Found.  Just go to and report your pet as Lost in the ‘Lost A Pet’ tab to see if your pet has been found by us or by a member of the public.

Need additional help? Read our list of organizations offering tornado relief assistance.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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