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The Greater Birmingham Humane Society

 Helping Pets and People Since 1883

drphillipsIn 1883, a young educator, Dr. John Herbert Phillips, came to Birmingham to direct the city’s floundering school system. Dr. Phillips realized that a well-rounded child must be taught humane values and compassion. To that end, he founded the Birmingham Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals as well as the city’s first High School and Birmingham’s public library.

GBHS has worked through more than our share of obstacles and problems. And yet, when you consider our predecessors had to take uncharted steps through times of war, social upheaval and economic uncertainty, it is a credit to uncounted supporters that we have not lost sight of our primary goals. Our mission is, always has been, and will be “to promote respect for life through education and prevention of cruelty to animals and people.”

1871

The City of Birmingham is founded after iron ore is discovered - Railroad lines are established and ...
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1883

Birmingham Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals is founded by Dr. Jo...
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1910

Birmingham Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals incorporates....
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1915 - 1928

Building at 2115 Avenue A opens to receive unwanted animals - Boards up to 65 pets at $1.50 to $3.50...
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1919

Dr. Phillips forces passage of first Humane Laws in Alabama requiring each county to provide an anim...
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1920

Birmingham Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals receives $50,000 beq...
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1930

Humane Society begins to refer child cruelty investigations to new Juvenile Court officer and starts...
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1940

Birmingham Humane Society staffed by 3 employees - Birmingham dog owners urged to keep pets confined...
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1950

Cat litter is introduced to the market and allows cats to be kept indoors and creates new cat care i...
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1957

Birmingham Humane Society discontinues boarding & grooming services - Updates Christina Webb Bui...
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1960

Last recorded rabid dog case in Alabama....
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Late 1960s

Federal Animal Welfare and Endangered Species Acts passed - Mayor George Seibels acquires funding to...
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Early 1970s

Birmingham leash law goes into effect resulting in up to 75% fewer animal injuries - animal cruelty ...
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1974

Birmingham Humane Society adopts new constitution and bylaws - Begins Christmas Giving Tree fund rai...
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1975

Birmingham Humane Society buys heavy equipment warehouse at 1713 Lomb Avenue and rents it to equipme...
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1977

Birmingham Humane Society hires Executive Director Dr. Patricia Chase: 1st full-time Veterinarian an...
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1978

Birmingham Humane Society Women’s Auxiliary is founded - Remodeling begins on Lomb Avenue building...
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1979

Birmingham Humane Society moves into partially remodeled building at 1713 Lomb Avenue - 1st Do Dah D...
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Early to Mid 1980s

Funding cuts require shelter to be staffed by volunteers on Sundays but eventually closes on Sundays...
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1987

United Way funding is cut by 90% because Humane Society refuses to share smaller facilities with Rab...
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Early 1990s

Greater Birmingham Humane Society opens on Sunday but closes on Monday & Tuesday to reduce opera...
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Mid 1990s

Century Plaza Mall donates retail space to Greater Birmingham Humane Society - Tailwagger Store, nam...
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1999

Adoption center opens in donated space at Pet Supplies Plus on Hwy 31 in Hoover - Greater Birmingham...
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2000

The Pet Protection Act, better known as Gucci's law, is passed making intentional animal neglect and...
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Early 2000s

Capital Campaign begins to raise money and final plans are drawn up for new shelter on Snow Drive in...
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2004

Greater Birmingham Humane Society closes its operations on Lomb Avenue and moves into its beautiful ...
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2005

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society responds with the rest of the nation to the horrors endured by...
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2008

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society expects to receive close to 10,000 animals of which at least 2...
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2013

Greater Birmingham Humane Society partners with the Washington Animal Rescue League and begins month...
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2015

Greater Birmingham Humane Society collaborates with Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medi...
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