9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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The Alabama legislature is 1 vote away from allowing dogs on restaurant patios

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Hoppy had a great time at Yappy Hour at The Pizitz, back before COVID. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

While lots of spots in Birmingham are already on board with having dogs (with the occasional pig, goat or cat) at restaurants, the tide may be turning for pups who like patios throughout the state.

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Dinner with the dogs: 15 spots with outdoor dining in Birmingham [CUTE DOG PHOTOS]

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Seeing happy dogs at Good People Brewing Company makes me happy. Photo via Good People Brewing Company’s Facebook

Hear the good news about Alabama’s new pet dog bill? Read more to find fifteen spots with outdoor dining in Birmingham that are pet friendly. Cat lovers, don’t feel left out. You can go pet kitties at Birmingham’s cat café

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Shoot your pic, cast your vote + win for a good cause in Bham Now’s #CatCloseUpChallenge

TIme to show off those cat photos, Bham. Photo via Bham Now

We’ve been seeing some of the funniest pictures from the #CatCloseUpChallenge on social media and we wanted to join in on the fun. Keep reading to learn how to play and win $100 that we’ll donate to your favorite animal non-profit. We’ll announce the winner Monday, 2/22 on our Instagram.

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Pandemic sparks increase in animal fostering and adoption around Greater Birmingham

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Sweet friends. Photo via Shelby Humane

The pandemic has led to a rise in animal adoption and fostering around the Greater Birmingham Area, and we are ecstatic. Here’s a look at the latest pandemic trends taking place among local shelters and how you can help keep the numbers rising.

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Gov. Ivey awards thousands to help pets whose owners are in domestic violence situations

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A grant to help pets in tough situations. Photo via Shelby Humane’s Facebook

Looks like Governor Kay Ivey is looking out for our beloved pets just as much as we are. She awarded a $52,000 grant to help pets whose owners are in domestic violence situations. Keep reading to learn more.

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The local feral cat issue is in crisis. Meet one resident tackling the problem

Meet Fluffy. Photo via Cindy Martin

Walking around my neighborhood, you’ll quickly notice that feral cats almost outnumber the human residents. And while they may be cute, they’re definitely a problem. Birmingham resident Kathy Stiles Freeland is leading an initiative against the issues feral cats wreak on our environment—here’s how.

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5 pet groomers styling Birmingham’s cutest cats and dogs

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Awesome fur cut. Photo via Fancy Fur Pet Grooming & Boutique’s Facebook page

Providing your pet with food, water, love and affection play key roles in their health. But did you know grooming does, too? From fur cuts to nail trims, here are five places around Birmingham providing grooming services to local cats and dogs.

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It’s official: dogs are at risk for COVID. Here’s what you should know

This is 100% how I look when I’m sick. Photo via @matthewhenry on Unsplash

Just when you think 2020 might be slowing down with the curveballs, you find out even our fur babies aren’t immune to the pandemic. We caught up with a Birmingham vet and found out what you need to know when it comes to protecting your pup. Check it out!

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