9 Huntsville-area animal shelters you can support right now

A New Leash animal shelter
Find your new best friend at a shelter in town. (A New Leash on Life / Facebook)

Looking to help care for homeless pets in the Huntsville area? Maybe you’ve decided you’d like to adopt or foster an animal of your own. Either way, you’ve got lots of options in the area—here are nine to choose from:

1. Greater Huntsville Humane Society

GHHS animal shelter
Find the next addition to your family at GHHS. (GHHS / Facebook)

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society is a no-kill animal rescue that works to find homes for every pet placed in their care. Support by fostering a pet, or send a monetary donation if you’re unable to take in an animal.

2. A New Leash on Life

A New Leash on Life exists to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Huntsville area. You can support by volunteering time or money. You can also visit their regular pet adoption events at Petsmart on University and Carl T. Jones, Pet Supplies Plus in Madison and PetSense in Hampton Cove.

A New Leash also operates thrift stores in the area to support their mission. Here’s where you can find the rescues and boutiques:

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3. Helping Animals Without Shelter


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HAWS hosted its third annual Cutest Dog Contest at The Camp a few weeks ago.

HAWS offers no-judgment help to pets in the Huntsville area without weather-appropriate shelter. They also provide spay and neuter assistance for low-income families. You can help by donating wheat straw and cedar chips to be distributed to pets in need.

  • Mailing address: P.O. Box 14342, Huntsville AL 35815
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4. Huntsville Animal Shelter

Which pup are you bringing home?

The City of Huntsville’s department of animal services operates the Huntsville Animal Shelter, which has both adoption and foster programs. Check out the shelter’s “Sleep-Over” program, which lets you take a pet home for 1-4 nights to help the shelter develop a profile for the animal.

5. Madison Animal Rescue Foundation

marf animal shelter
Look at this smiling guy. (MARF / Facebook)

The Madison Animal Rescue Foundation doesn’t have a physical shelter, because they are 100% foster-based. That means that there are plenty of opportunities for Madison animal-lovers to foster pets while they wait for a home. Plus, don’t miss weekly adoption days at Petco in Madison every Saturday from 11AM-1PM.

6. Ark Inc. Shelter

Ark inc animal shelter
This snuggly one was just adopted. (Ark Inc. / Facebook)

The Ark is a no-kill shelter that provides vet services and a temporary home for all animals in their care. They also host lots of annual events to support their mission, like the Needy Paws Telethon with WAAY TV, Pennies for Paws, the Youkey Golf Tournament and more.

7. Lifeline Pet Rescue of North Alabama

“Rescue, Rehab, Rehome” sums up Lifeline Pet Rescue’s goal. The shelter also partners with Pet Rescue Music Radio, a 24-hour station that exists to support local pet rescues across the nation. Listen now!

8. Hard Knocks Rescue and Training

HKRT animal shelter
Say cheese! (Hard Knocks Rescue and Training / Facebook)

HKRT’s goal is to rehabilitate pups that might otherwise be considered unadoptable. They implement a training program based on decompression, positive reinforcement and respect, while also training families on how to handle traumatized pups.

9. Cattyshack

Cattyshack animal shelter
Hang with the kitties at Cattyshack in Lowe Mill. (Cattyshack / Facebook)

A cat cafe with a mission, Cattyshack is a shelter for homeless kitties in the Huntsville area. Schedule a visit to the lounge to mingle with the cats, and don’t miss cat yoga classes this summer!

Share your cute pet pics with us on social media! Be sure to tag @hvilleblast and use #hvilleblast when you share your local adventures with your furry friend.

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips
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