205-942-1211 | 300 Snow Drive Birmingham, AL 35209

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Pet Surrendering

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) would like to find a home for every animal we receive. However, you should be aware that adoption from our facilities may not be possible even for healthy, friendly, well-behaved pets.

We accept owner surrenders and stray animals.  We prefer that all owner surrender be made at our facility on Snow Drive. If you find a stray and want to bring it to our facility, we ask that you come to Animal Care and Control at 6227 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL  35212.

If you own an animal and wish to surrender it, you may do so at our Snow Drive facility during the following hours:

Open to the Public

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sundays: CLOSED

On Call: 205-591-6522

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – Noon

Sundays: CLOSED

If you find a stray, you can bring it to Animal Care & Control during the following hours:

Open to the Public

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sundays: CLOSED

On Call: 205-591-6522

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – Noon

Sundays: CLOSED

A $15.00 surrender fee is mandated by the county at the time of surrendering, and can not be waived. 

When surrendering a pet:

  • Bring your driver’s license or identification.
  • Bring a $15.00 surrendering fee – this fee is required by the county and can not be waived.
  • Your pet should be securely confined in a carrier or on a leash.
  • Bring your pet’s veterinary records and any medications he/she requires.
  • You may donate unused food, cat litter, grooming supplies, toys or bedding.

Please feel free to complete the intake form before you get here.

You can access the form here.

The pet surrendering staff will record information about you and your pet. Your pet will be evaluated for possible adoption if it is healthy, well socialized, and we have both pre-adoption and adoption space available.

Because we receive hundreds of homeless pets each week, we are not able to care for frightened, aggressive or unsocialized pets; treat sick or injured pets; or house senior, unweaned or pregnant pets, unless we can provide appropriate foster homes for temporary care.

Once you surrender ownership of your pet to us it will no longer belong to you. Its stay with us may be many weeks or less than a day. You cannot be contacted before your pet is euthanized and will not be given information about the animal if you call or email.

Although we cannot predict its future once you relinquish ownership, you may rest assured that your pet will be treated with kindness, dignity and compassion.

To learn more, call us at 205-397-8534.

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