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

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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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Shelby Humane’s Paws for the Cause 5k & 1 Mile Tail Waggin’ Trek

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Held Saturday, April 4th – Paws for the Cause is a certified 5k off-road cross-country race through the beautiful Veterans Park in Hoover. The course takes you on a path through the park around the lake and through tree-lined trails surrounding the park. The 5k is dog-friendly (well-behaved dogs on leash).

NEW: The Tail Waggin’ Trek was a hit last year and return for 2020! The Tail Waggin’ Trek is a 1-mile “obstacle” course run for individuals or teams and fun for adults, kids & dogs! All obstacles are family-friendly and either silly fun animal-themed challenges suitable for all ages and those that can walk a mile.

5k begins at 8:30 am and 1 mile Tail Waggin’ Trek begins at 9:30 am.

Please note to save costs we do not administer chip timing devices. Register online at

Visit to learn about our organization, other events we host, our volunteer and wish list needs and of course see our adoptable cats & dogs!

Shelby Humane is the only open-admission animal shelter in Shelby County. We care for over 5,000 lost, homeless & unwanted pets each year. We rely on fundraisers such as Paws for the Cause to perform our life-saving mission.

All-natural pet treats: quick recipes, a doggie food-truck & other local retailers

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That healthy living trend going on with people these days…well, the same can be said for our pet family members. We have the hook up on natural dog (and cat) treats in the Magic City, some easy recipes and pics of cool local dogs and cats! Continue reading “All-natural pet treats: quick recipes, a doggie food-truck & other local retailers”

Lost pet? high-tech ways to help protect and find your four-legged best friend

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This week while researching for a story about lost pets, microchipping and web sites that help reunite lost pets with their humans, I ran across an article about a Birmingham woman who lost her beloved pet Mitzy on the day she was moving away for a new job.

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Adorable all-star Instagram cats of Birmingham

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When the kitty matches the pillows… @raptorwife

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Meet some Magic City Cats of Instagram!

We love dogs too…and Birmingham martinis, and architecture, and Birmingham characters!  Every week Bham Now will share top Bham ‘Instaham’ posts. Meanwhile, check out these cool cats!

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Cat trapping to solve overpopulation in Birmingham

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Alongside the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic, Kathy Stiles Freeland spends her time cat trapping.

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Photo via Kathy Stiles Freeland

Cat trapping involves trapping all the cats in a colony, getting them spayed and neutered, adopting out the kittens and friendly cats, then returning the feral adult cats back to their territory and providing them with food and shelter. That is, Trap-Neuter-Release.

Bham Now interviewed Kathy Stiles Freeland about her work in cat trapping.

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How to help find forever homes for the furries!

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Photo by MomaKat Rescue

If you’re looking for a new puppy dog or kitty pal this holiday season, whether for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, be sure to give our local animals a chance to come home with you!

The Birmingham metro area and beyond is home to a handful of animal adoption options that are full of friends looking for their forever homes.

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