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Found a stray?

If you have found a stray and are willing to foster it or can find someone to foster it (assuming our fosters our full), we will do our part to find it a furever home. But before we can put the animal up for adoption, we require the animal be up-to-date on vaccines, have a negative heartworm and fecal test, and be on monthly heartworm prevention. It is also a requirement for the animal to be spayed or neutered, should it be old enough. Once that is all taken care of, we ask that a ‘Qualifications to adopt through SGAR’ be signed and dated as well as a canine or feline form be completed for each animal as this allows us to know more about each animal and allows us to answer questions from potential adopters. 

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Found a Pet

  • Post flyers in area where animal was found- Info to put on flyer: FOUND DOG/CAT, Call XXX-XXX-XXXX. It is best not to insert a picture or detailed description of the found animalfor safety purposes. If someone has lost an animal and has noticed your flyer, they should be able to call with a specific description consisting of the breed, gender, age, size, color, markings, etc).
  • Send email to friends and family- check in frequently with them for updates
  • Post on Facebook / Twitter -the more who know, the better!
  • Contact local shelters, animal control facilities and veterinarian’s offices- Leave multiple flyers staff & their customers
  • Contact the Alabama Pet Registry-A free lost and found service that provides advice for finding or losing a pet: 205.969.2241
  • Place ads in the Lost and Found sections of local newspapers- Found ads are usually free!

Lost a Pet

  • Post flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas-Info to put on flyer: LOST DOG/CAT, Call XXX-XXX-XXXX, list significant characteristics of the animal and a REWARD. When a reward is offered, people are more likely to look for your pet.
  • Send email to friends and family- check in frequently with them for updates
  • Post on Facebook / Twitter- the more who know the better!
  • Contact veterinarian’s offices, shelters and animal control agencies -leave multiple flyers for the staff and public to see. Check in with them often!
  • Contact the Alabama Pet Registry- A free lost and found service that provides advice for finding or losing a pet: 205.969.2241
  • Place ads in the Lost and Found sections of local newspapers

Notice animal abuse or neglect

  • Some signs of animal neglect and/or abuse are: Thin, Injured, Physical Abuse, Unsanitary Conditions, Abandoned, Dog Fighting, No Shelter, No food/water, Animal Hoarding, Animal left alone in vehicle. If you know of a situation where one or more of these descriptions apply please call the appropriate number listed below!

*****If you see an animal being abused or dog fighting in progress dial 911 IMMEDIATELY!*****

To report animal neglect and/or abuse:

  • In Jefferson County (outside Birmingham City) – 205-325-1450
  • In the City of Birmingham – 205-328-9311
  • Outside Birmingham or Jefferson County Limits – call YOUR local law enforcement agency and/or Humane Society
  • Outside the Birmingham-Jefferson County area, yet within the state of Alabama- GBHS cruelty hotline- 205-369-0392.

You will be speaking with a Police Dispatch and they will give the calls to the appropriate officer. When you call the local authorities please be sure you have the following information:

      1. Your name and phone number (Confidential unless called in for court)
      2. Exact Location of the animal(s)
      3. Nature of the Complaint
      4. Description of the Animals involved
      5. Any other pertinent information

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~Mohandas Gandhi