November 2015
Homeplace & Community

Give Life a Chance!

  Shelby Humane Society staff and volunteers with some of the animals available for adoption.

Shelby Humane Society has made significant progress
in improving the lives of pets in their community.

Shelby Humane Society was founded in 1977 and serves as the only open-intake animal care facility in Shelby County. We do not provide field services; our role is to provide the housing and care of unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned pets in our county.

While our work is often daunting, we have made tremendous strides in improving the lives of pets in our communities. Through innovative programs, community support, strong leadership, and dedicated staff and volunteers some pretty amazing things have occurred.

Prior to 2008, our intake was increasing yearly and our "reactive" handling simply was not working. Communities cannot adopt or transport their way out of this problem.You must address the problem at the root and the root to animal population lies within unaltered pets producing litter after litter simply to be taken to their local animal shelter.

Left to right, one of the most important programs the group offers is low-cost spaying/neutering of pets. The result has decreased annual intake by about 60 percent.   

The most important program we have is our low cost (sometimes free) spay/neuter program. Thanks to a private donor, we have facilitated over 12,700 surgeries for "owned" pets. This program has decreased our annual intake from over 7,200 in 2008 to less than 5,000 in 2014. Since 2008, our live-release rate has increased from a dismal 35.4 percent to 71.3 percent in 2014.

We also have a robust adoptions program that now places over 2,000 animals annually into homes. In addition to our standard pet placement adoptions, we also offer felines for adoption that are not typical lap kitties. We struggled with the consistent flow of free-roaming cats arriving in traps simply to be euthanized. We are now able to place "barn cats" into areas that need a working cat. Adoption fees are waived on these cats; they are sterilized, vaccinated, de-wormed and ear-tipped. People will adopt these cats to control vermin populations damaging to their feed, crops, etc.

Left to right, the live-release rate has more than doubled since 2008. A robust adoption program now places over 2,000 animals a year into homes.  

Shelby Humane Society has made significant progres. Our success is a direct result of the community, volunteers, donors and staff who believe in our mission and support us. While there is a tremendous amount of work to accomplish, we are committed to continuing to work tirelessly to provide the animal care needs in our communities and GIVE LIFE A CHANCE!

For more information regarding our programs please contact Jennifer Freeman at 205-610-0938 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..