Since January 2015, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society's division of Animal Care & Control has provided animal control services to Jefferson County and its municipalities. In the first year, the GBHS took in more than 18,000 homeless, neglected and abused animals.

Our organization regulates uncontrolled domestic animals, assist with bites and attacks by aggressive animals (depending on jurisdiction), investigate reports of possible animal cruelty and neglect, pick up stray animals, pick up confined strays, pick up loose animals without proper rabies identification, rescue injured animals, keep records of lost/found cats and dogs, give animal information and referrals, and promote responsible pet ownership through education.

At GBHS intake, every animal receives full vaccinations, flea and tick treatment and a veterinary assessment. If intake is after hours and a veterinarian is needed, GBHS has 24/7 veterinarian coverage. After intake, the animals are subject to a state-mandated 7-day stray hold, and after that period, animals are transferred to the GBHS adoption facility for a chance to find their forever home.


Animal Care and Control (ACC) is open to the public:

  • Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday - CLOSED
  • We are closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Animal Care and Control provides emergency response and on-call officers:

  • Noon on Saturdays through 8 a.m. on Monday
  • 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday

Animal Care and Control takes phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our phone number is 205-591-6522.

After hours calls are answered by a professional answering service who will forward your message to an on-call officer. The Animal Control Officer on-call will return all calls within 10 minutes.



The Woodlawn location of Animal Care and Control is located at 6227 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35212. However, the public and animal control officers may use the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Snow Drive facility for certain services. The Snow Drive facility is located at 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209.

Please call 205-591-6522 to report stray dogs and cats, injured dogs and cats, or for assistance with animal complaints.

Our fax number is 205-595-5014.


Animal Care and Control Coverage Areas

The cities below have their own animal control officers:

  • Hoover

  • Hueytown

  • Bessemer

  • Pleasant Grove

  • Trussville

  • Mountain Brook

  • Vestavia Hills

  • Homewood

  • Birmingham

While we desire to resolve the public’s concerns in these cities, we have no authority to pick up animals without a signed agreement.