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Give Birmingham: Greater Birmingham Humane Society

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS), founded in 1883, is the largest and oldest humane society in Alabama with a mission of “promoting the humane treatment of people and animals through education, advocacy, and services.” The GBHS provides a wide range of services to the community including adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, humane education, pet surrendering and prevention, Animal Care & Control, disaster preparation, as well as Pet Pantry where struggling pet owners are provided food for their pet. As of November 2021, the GBHS Spay/Neuter and Critical Care Clinic reached a major milestone of performing over 46,000 spay/neuter surgeries and provided hands-on training to over 600 4th year veterinary students in soft tissue veterinary surgery. Along with the Critical Care Clinic and Adoption Center, the GBHS also manages the City of Jasper’s Animal Control facility and the Animal Care and Control Center located in Woodlawn. Through these multiple locations and countless rescue partners across the country, the GBHS provides services to homeless, neglected, and abused animals all over the Southeast. GBHS also provides affordable veterinary care to rural shelters, rescue partners, low-income pet owners, veterans, and seniors. You can learn how to get involved by visiting our website or donate by texting GBHS to 243725.


• As of November 2021, over 46,000 spay/neuter surgeries have been performed since the opening of the GBHS Spay– Neuter and Critical Care Clinic in 2015.

• In 2021: 16,867 animals received services from GBHS.  6,761 animals were adopted and re-homed and   2,325 animals were transferred to rescue partners across the country.  2,535 animals were placed in foster homes. 

• In 2021, the GBHS partnered with Jefferson County and acquired property on Lakeshore Drive to build a new, state of-the-art hospital, adoptions center, and animal control facility on one campus. 


The mission of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) is to promote the humane treatment of people and animals through education, advocacy, and services.

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