About Us

Shelby County, AL

Smiling woman holding tabby cat

Since becoming an ASPCA partner community in 2009, our partners in Shelby County, Alabama have been working together on exciting initiatives like interstate transport and low-cost spay/neuter to improve the lives of their community’s animals. The two Shelby County agencies’ efforts complement each other, with one focused on services provided in the field, and the other providing high quality animal shelter, care and placement services for lost and unwanted pets.

Shelby County partner agencies include:

Shelby County Animal Control
Shelby County Animal Control provides field services for stray and lost animals as reported by county residents. Animal control officers pick up stray dogs and cats and bring them to the Shelby Humane Society, where they are cared for during a hold period, providing owners the opportunity to find and reclaim their pets. Officers work hard to return as many pets as possible to their owners, and strongly support community efforts to increase the number of pets who wear identification.

Shelby Humane Society
Founded in 1977, this nonprofit animal shelter and adoption facility features low-cost spay/neuter, education, dog training classes, and vaccine and microchip clinics, among other services.

Adoption hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 12:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M.
381 McDow Road, Columbiana, AL 35051
(205) 669-3916

Pets from the Shelby Humane Society can also be found most weekends at PetSmart locations in Alabaster and the Birmingham store on 280.

Shelby County Success Story

On April 21, 2011, Shelby Humane Society staff arrived at work to find a Lab mix puppy had been left in a cage outside during the night, and he was emitting a strong smell that caused them concern.

The puppy, now named Trigger, was immediately taken to a veterinarian, where it was determined that a severe injury to his front right paw had resulted in an infection. The untreated infection had turned into gangrene. In order to stop the spread of infection, Trigger’s front right leg would have to be amputated.

Following his surgery, Trigger returned to the Shelby Humane Society and went into foster care to aid his recovery. On June 4, 2011, Trigger happily boarded a Shelby Humane Society van and settled in for what would be the journey of his life. Trigger was one of 17 lucky dogs who headed to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine.

This trip was part of Shelby Humane Society’s Shelter Partners Program, which transports adoptable dogs from Columbiana, Alabama, to partner shelters in New England that are not experiencing Shelby’s glut of homeless animals. Since its formation in 2006, the program has transported more than 4,400 dogs to their forever homes.

A mere 10 days later, Shelby Humane learned that Trigger had found his forever family! He now enjoys playing catch and shadowing his new mom around the house. He’s adjusted well to his new life in Maine, and is learning how to be a special three-legged pup just fine.