2023 End of Year Report

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In 2023, GHHS went Back 2 Basics.

Discover our impact in the community and learn how we advocated for animals in need in North Alabama.

Animals advocated for
Pets Adopted in 2023
Families received pet food through King's Community Kitchen
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animals were provided support through the Good Samaritan Fund
We also worked

closely with local authorities in abuse/neglect cases, provided vaccines for the unhoused pets of Huntsville, and worked alongside other animal rescues and shelters to aid in hoarding cases. Together, these efforts resulted in care for more than 100 community and neighboring county animals!

Nearly 70,000 pounds of pet food was distributed this year.

More than a dozen animal advocacies and local organizations were provided pick-up opportunities and deliveries!

A special thank you to Cadence Bank & Evolve Pet Food for their continuous support in these efforts!

In 2023, our organizational expenses totaled $915,001.04

Within the shelter, we cared for more medical case animals than we had in years! Heartworm positive dogs were a large concern, yet animals experiencing seizures, inverted eyelids, amputation, and the heartbreaking issues of animals from neglect and abuse cases living emaciated with sores, tumors, and internal health challenges were all a priority!

We are grateful.

The 2023 Board of Directors provide strategy, leadership, and direction for GHHS programs, staff, and volunteers.

  • Sandy Edwards, Chair
  • Tim Hufford, Vice Chair
  • Tim Randle, Treasurer
  • Rebecca Davis, Secretary
  • Dr. Kirsten Jaegerson, DVM, Shelter Veterinarian
  • Chris Lockwood
  • Dan Shanahan
  • Tracy Barrett
  • Megan Pool
  • Eugene Cunningham
  • Shannon Drake

Also, the following joined the Board of Directors in 2023:

  • Jenni Feld
  • Jordan Hennig
  • Brandon Tucker

And the Animal Care Committee works tirelessly to ensure the humane treatment and welfare of animals under the care of GHHS:

  • Dr. Kirsten Jaegerson, DVM, Shelter Veterinarian
  • Dr. Lisa Pendergrast, DVM
  • Pearl Brooks
  • Michelle Durig
  • Sandy Howle
Volunteers are at the heart of our mission.

Check out their impact in 2023:

Volunteer Hours
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Value of Volunteer Hours
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The Cat Sanctuary

On the GHHS campus, we worked diligently on completing the first cat sanctuary in the southeast region, providing a dedicated adoption and resource center for cats diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia. The sanctuary is scheduled to open in February 2024, under the name Ronnie Hornbuckle’s Haven for FIV/FeLV Felines, thanks to the legacy gift provided by Ronnie who was a lifelong animal lover and advocate in our community.

Opening Date is February 2024!

We are a private 501(c)(3).

Thank you to The Dog Ball committee for their dedication to supporting the pets of GHHS in 2023!

GHHS is financially supported by generous private donors, grants, and local partnerships! Thanks to our community, our events and campaigns were a success in supporting our mission!

Our Community Fundraisers in 2023 made a huge impact!

Thank you!

Without the support of our entire community, our work of rescue, training, education, and advocacy to ensure the humane treatment and welfare of all animals wouldn’t be possible. We are grateful for all our community partners, volunteers, and supports across North Alabama!