Read below for some answers to our most frequently asked questions.
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How do I surrender an animal?
As a no-kill shelter, we are constantly full and cannot accept your pet immediately. To surrender a pet, email email@example.com. Include the animal's age, breed, weight/size, vaccination status, whether they are spayed/neutered, your reason for surrender, a current photo, and any other relevant information (deadline for surrender, any behavioral issues, etc.). We will contact you if we have space and your animal has been deemed adoptable. Surrendering is by appointment only. Please bring all vet records, a completed Surrender Form, and any other relevant documents. Cats must have a current negative FIV/FELV test (either vet-provided or $25), and dogs need to have a current negative heartworm test (either vet-provided or $25).
No. By Madison county ordinance, all misplaced or stray animals must go to Huntsville Animal Services. There is a 7-day holding period to find the owner, and then the animal may be placed for adoption or transferred to another facility.
Does GHHS euthanize?
No. We are a no-kill shelter and do not euthanize any of our shelter pets except in rare instances of extreme illness or injury when it would be inhumane to allow these animals to suffer.
Do you have to spay or neuter your animals?
Yes. Alabama State Law requires all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered before adoption. We cannot adopt intact animals. This measure helps with overpopulation and overcrowding in our community.
GHHS is a 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter dedicated to furthering the humane care and treatment of animals and providing adoption services for unwanted animals. GHHS was established in 1969 and operates with a small staff under a governing Board of Directors.
Finding Rover is a free app that uses facial recognition to reunite lost dogs with their owners. Our partnership allows for automatic dog profiles, which transfer to the new owner upon adoption. Finding Rover is a great way to reconnect owners far and wide. You can download at App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) and sign up for a free account.
Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives. GHHS participates by submitting monthly data reports of adoptions & surrenders.
The Greater Huntsville Humane Society has proudly been an accredited been member of the Better Business Bureau of Alabama since 2004 and meets all 20 of the Standards for Charities. See Full Profile Here.
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