July 31, 2021

Huntsville Animal Shelter

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Huntsville Animal Shelter is a city-run organization for adoptable pets in Huntsville, Alabama.

How to Adopt a Pet from Huntsville Animal Shelter

You can look for a pet that is up for adoption by visiting the Huntsville Animal Shelter online pet adoption website and browsing the cats and dogs. You can email, call, or visit in-person to adopt!

Huntsville Animal Shelter's Contact Info:

Huntsville Animal Shelter
4950 Triana Blvd SW
Huntsville, AL 35805
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What services and programs does Huntsville Animal Shelter offer?

  • Adopt and Foster
  • Lost and Found
  • Pet Services
  • Volunteer and Support

Huntsville Animal Shelter's Adoption Requirements

Adopting parties must be at least 19 years old and show confirmation of identity. It takes about 30 minutes to finish the adoption process. Please give yourself plenty of time to find your new pet, interact with it, and complete any necessary paperwork. It's possible that a home visit is required. Because pets must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption, you may need to return to the shelter at a later date to pick up your pet if it has not yet had this procedure.

Adoption fees for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens range from $35 to $50. The Shelter may conduct adoption discounts with low to no-cost fees during high housing times. Certain pets may be subject to restrictions and increased prices.

Spay or neuter surgery (needed by law), rabies vaccination and City license (necessary by law), and pet I.D. are all included in all adoptions (in case your pet gets lost). Prior to adoption, all dogs will be tested for heartworms.

Cash, local checks, debit, and credit cards are all accepted at the Huntsville Animal Shelter. When using debit or credit cards, there is a modest service fee.

Huntsville Animal Shelter FAQ

How do I adopt a pet?

Huntsville Animal Services offers adoptable dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered.

  • The cost of adoption ranges from $35 to $175.
  • Adoption Specials are always available at the shelter or off-site.
  • Rabies immunization, microchip, first set of vaccinations, feline LEUK/AIDS or heartworm test, and spay or neuter operation are all included in adoptions.
  • Foster-to-Adopt is a program accessible to Madison County citizens who want to temporarily adopt a pet (two-week foster program).
  • Some dogs and cats offered for adoption may be subject to restrictions.

Is there a low-cost spay/neuter program that I can take advantage of?

Alabama Fixin' - $5 spay or neuter operations – There are several limitations.

  • A current letter or 1040 tax return is required if you have an annual income of less than $25,000 and are a recipient of Medicaid, WIC, Food Stamps, or Disability.
  • To book an appointment with a participating veterinary office, bring required documentation (letter or previous year's 1040 tax return) to Huntsville Animal Services.
  • When booking an appointment, do not bring the animal with you.
  • North Alabama Spay-Neuter Clinic (NASNC) provides low-cost surgeries; for hours and directions, phone (256)489-0419. 3303 N Memorial Parkway, Huntsville 35810 is their GPS address.
  • With NASNC, there are no financial or residency requirements.

Registering Your Pet with the City of Huntsville

I recently relocated to Huntsville. What is the procedure for registering my pet?

If you own a dog or cat and live within the Huntsville city boundaries, you must register your pet(s) within 30 days of moving in.

  • A recent rabies vaccination certificate from a qualified veterinarian is necessary by state law in order to register a pet.
  • The municipal license is available at Huntsville Animal Services, 4950 Triana Boulevard 35805, for directions and office hours, call (256)883-3782 or (256)883-3788.

What's the difference between a city permit and a rabies permit?

State law requires rabies vaccination, and the veterinarian will issue a rabies tag to prove that the pet has been vaccinated. Huntsville Animal Services issues the license to indicate that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies (evidence of current vaccination is required) and that you have registered your pet with the City of Huntsville. Both tags must be worn at all times by the pet.

  • A $35 lifetime city license or a $10 annual city license for a spayed or neutered dog or cat is available, with rabies vaccine necessary.
  • All animals three months or older who are eligible for rabies immunization must purchase a rabies tag from any registered veterinarian clinic along with the rabies vaccination.

Volunteer FAQ

What do I need to know about the Foster Volunteer Program?

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions. Foster volunteers are needed on a ‘standby' basis so that shelter officials can contact them if pets needing immediate foster care arrive. Young kittens, nursing felines or canines with recently born offspring, puppies or kittens too young to adopt, or ailing animals in need of home care are always available at the shelter. The shelter provides medical care for foster pets who are sick or injured. Foster volunteers can get donated food and materials while supplies last. Fill out an online or in-person foster care application. There is an age restriction of 21 years or older. Fostering lasts between two and four weeks on average.

What do I need to know about volunteering at the shelter?

There is a minimum age requirement. You must be 17 years old or older to volunteer at the shelter. Fill out an online or in-person volunteer application. Their volunteer coordinator will contact you with information about the interview and orientation.

If you adopt a pet from Huntsville Animal Shelter and need Huntsville dog training services, contact Alpha Instincts today!

We would like our readers to know that the information in this guide may be sourced from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct them if and when they are brought to our attention or we discover them through our editing process. If you have any concerns about this post, please contact us immediately and we will rectify issues. DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this post is for general informational purposes. It is not intended to constitute or express legal or medical advice. Any pet related material referenced herein are substantially based on general principles and may not be applicable to your particular situation. Laws can often be different from one jurisdiction to the next. Alpha Instincts is not a pet adoption agency or state entity.

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