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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To care for homeless, abused, neglected and abandoned animals and to educate the community to instill an increased awareness and commitment to the responsibiltiy of animal ownership and protection.

Programs: Animal control - shelby humane society acts as a contractual agent for shelby county by receiving, housing and providing care and disposition for all animals brought to the county shelter. Shelby county and the municipalities provide all other animal control services.

kennel operations - shelby humane society provides housing, shelter, food and medical care to approximately 5,000 animals each year that are either prepared for adoption or for transport via the shelter partners program. The medical care includes, but is not limited to, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping.

quick fix - in 2014, the society spayed and neutered over 1,600 publicly owned animals via the quick fix progam. The quick fix program is a low-cost spay and neuter transport program established in february 2008. The program subsidizes surgeries for low-income residents who qualify for public assistance at only $18 per pet and sometimes at no cost. In a span of four years, the society has spayed and neutered over 11,180 publicly owned cats and dogs.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Bengy from SHS in 2006. Since that time, I have been a huge supporter and fan of this organization. In particular, they have a program called Shelter Partners. They have two large transport vans that take approximately 30 dogs per van per trip to shelters located in New England where, because they enforce their spay and neuter laws, have a constant shortage of dogs and cats for adoption. Since its' inception in November 2006, they have saved 7,196 lives through this program! The entire staff, board and volunteers of this small shelter consistenly increase adoptions each year by coming up with new innovative programs to increase awareness and save lives!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a blood and platelet conor recruiter for the American Red Cross. I went to the shelby Humane Society and asked them to partner with us. They gladly oblidged and we are partnering for about 3 months. They generously offered to waive adoption fees for our donors. We are collecting items they need and promoting their programs. I am excited to be working with them and know our partnership will save people and animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 wonderful dogs from Shelby Humane Society. I have also volunteered in a few of their programs. They are an awesome organization! I have had nothing less than a great experience with their group. I love the fact that they have great outreach programs with other animal organizations, community awareness programs, internal procedures/programs, volunteer programs, and that they take their mission to heart! I truly believe that more animals could be saved and able to retire and be spoiled as they deserve if more societies and organizations had such talented and motivated employees and volunteers behind the scenes as Shelby Humane. Shelby Humane, please keep up the good work! You have had a tremendous impact already and I am excited to see what is in store for the future! Thank you for the opportunity to spread the good word!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 cats from Shelby Humane Society over the last 7 years and they are fantastic. I began volunteering with the shelter in 2007. Since then, I have participated in several programs that Shelby Humane Society offers. This would include working at offsite adoption events, low cost vaccination/microchip clinics and the Shelter Partners program. The offsite adoption events help find loving homes for many dogs or cats. The low cost vaccination/microchip clinics and Quick Fix Spay/Neuter program have been a huge success in our communities. These two programs provide low cost options to residents who may not be able to afford the regular cost of the services provided. Not only will these services keep our community pets healthy but will also help with the pet overpopulation that we have. The Shelter Partners program transport dogs from our crowded shelter to shelters in New England where they have spay/neuter and pet license laws. Due to these laws being strictly enforced, they do not have the overpopulation that we have. Since this program began in 2006, over 4400 dogs have found a loving home in the north. I've had the opportunity to do one of the transports in which we carried 31 dogs to New Hampshire. When we got there, the receiving shelter only had 3-4 dogs up for adoption. They had adopters who were already approved and were waiting on our dogs to get there and be placed up for adoption. Within a week and a half, all of them found their new homes. If it were not for this program and the generous donors and volunteers, many dogs would not find a home of their own. I am proud to be associated with Shelby Humane Society and look forward to many more years with them. The communities in which they serve depend on them.

Clay H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Shelby Humane Society on a regular basis and I can’t begin to adequately describe the personal satisfaction that is has given me.

SHS is making a real difference in the quality of lives of pets and pet owners, from the simpler things like quick fix spay and neuter programs, low cost vaccinations and microchip clinics to the more complex programs like Shelter Partners where they transport dogs to New England. I do not know how they provide such quality services and programs with the resources available to them.

The staff at SHS is wonderful and they do a great job of recognizing the volunteers and people who adopt from the shelter. The volunteer appreciation dinner really makes the volunteers feel like we are making an impact and provides an opportunity for us to come together and get to know one another. SHS also encourages adoptive “parents” of shelter pets to give updates on their new family member through the Happy Tails forum.

SHS is doing so many good things that I could go on and on, but I will wrap it up by saying that I am proud to be associated with Shelby Humane Society and I look forward to volunteering with them for years to come.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to this organization for aproximately 10 years and I have never felt so good about where my money goes. I volunteer with several animal groups and have been impressed with the work SHS is doing, they have so many wonderful programs that help to place the animals in their care and reduced the euthanasia rate. I have had personal experience with the transporting of some puppies I found that had ben dumped in a rural cemetary, I wanted them to go up north for adoption where is a need for shelter animals, both were adopted into loving homes. I appreciate the work SHS is doing and I feel they are leading our area in programs to help the community and the animals in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shelby Humane Society is a wonderful organization to support and work with! As a professional in the non-profit world, I am constantly impressed by SHS's professional and positive reputation in the community. Because of this reputation, I chose to become a volunteer and have completed a transport to New Hampshire - one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! The staff were extremely helpful in preparing me for the trip so I would know what to expect and I can't wait to do another. After the tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa, AL this spring, SHS put together transport trips to NH with dogs they already had at the shelter (who were having trouble finding homes), in order to make room for the displaced pets from Tuscaloosa. Many families were able to find their pets as a result!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization was involved in transporting dogs out of the state of alabama after the tornadoes of April 2011. Shelby Humane has repeatedly stated that they were pre-storm dogs, yet in some media reports they were called "Tornado Dogs." We have asked repeatedly for pictures and intake data on the dogs to make sure that no family pets were transported, and they refuse to comply.
Per their 990 they received govt. funding and per the Sunshine laws of Ala. they should respond to a FOIA request and they will not.
Most of all, there are people who are traumatized by the tornadoes, and by refusing to provide something so simple as pictures, they further traumatize individuals who can't find their dogs.
This has made the citizens question their actions even more. Our family has requested that no donations be given to this organization based on their behavior.

Review from Guidestar