Animal related


Huntsville, AL


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. We primarily serve Madison County and North Alabama.

Ruling Year



Jill A Gardner

Main Address

2812 Johnson Rd SW

Huntsville, AL 35805 USA


Animal Adoption Shelter Huntsville Alabama





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There is still a huge number of unwanted animals in this area of the country. There are not strict spay and neuter laws therefore a constant source of more animals. We are increasing the number of animals we are able to re-home through adoption by improving our publicity, revising the adoption application and process and partnering with more businesses to do onsite adoptions. Our King's Kitchen pet food bank now requires that all pets be spayed or neutered to remain in the program. Pet owners are referred to low cost resources for this service. We are also beginning a transport program for dogs. They will be re-located to a shelter in the northeast where there is a need for adoptable dogs. We are partnering with two other animal rescue organizations to re-locate these dogs. We support the local animal services agency in its efforts to no longer use euthanasia to make space for more animals in its shelter. We are able to accept dogs from them when we have space.

Our programs

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Kings Community Kitchen

Adoption Services

Good Samaritan Program

Wellness Clinic

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1. This organization is striving to provide stellar shelter care for the animals that are
accepted by owner surrender to be re-homed with a new family.
2. We are providing education to children about animal care.
3. Our organization strives to support low income pet owners with support.

1. We following cleaning and care guidelines that provide the best situation for unwanted animals while in the shelter. Volunteer dog walkers help to exercise the dogs and socialize the cats. Our foster care program provides a safe place for a young or injured animals. 2. Paws for Reading has school-age children read to the cats and dogs. This program improves their reading ability and helps socialize animals to become a member of a household. Lucky Dog program teaches school-age children how to care for a pet., 3. We provide three services to support low income pet owners: pet food, certificates for emergency veterinarian services and a wellness clinic.

This organization has had new leadership since mid 2015. Changes have been made in staff and overall management. Professional practices have been put in place for personnel policies. New staff members have made extraordinary progress in the past year and a half to increase our adoption rates. The staff is able to keep the kennels full and continue to have a flow of animals surrendered in and animals adopted out. We are doing more to serve our mission: to use rescue, training, adoption, education and advocacy to ensure the humane treatment of animals. Under new leadership, Fund development has been revamped and new levels of support are being seen through fundraising events and membership. With new leadership this organization is capable of increasing its response to unwanted animals and improved animal care practices.

1. We have a professional, committed staff dedicated to high standards of pet care. Staff is interactive and engaged with socializing and loving on the animals. We can track the number of hours of continuing education and performance of staff. 2. Paws for Reading has a group of children who regularly come into the shelter to read to the animals. Lucky Dog has been presented to several classes of school age children and summer care programs. We can track the number of children served by both of these programs as well as the number of requests for presentations. 3. GHHS commits budget funds to provide for emergency vet services. We receiving grants that provide additional funds for emergency vet services. We track the certificates that are provided to area veterinarians. 4. We see an increase in the number of supporters.

This past year,we increased the number of adoptions to 740 an increase of 226 adoptions more than the past year. We received three grants last year in support of emergency vet services.The grants have increased our ability to meet the needs of low income pet owners. Our newest project is a transport program. We requested a transport van from one of our car dealerships and our dream was fulfilled. We have a transport van that will be used to transport dogs from here to a shelter in northeast area of the US. where there is a need for more dogs for adoptions. A new membership program was developed last year and is growing. We also have plans in process to increase our funding through special events and a new fund raiser.

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