New Director for the Adoption Center

We are pleased to be working with the new Director of the Animal Adoption Center, Karen Gilham. Karen is a 1997 graduate of Snead State Community College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked at the Animal Hospital in Oneonta for 17 years under the direction of Dr. Joe Hastings, Dr. Charles Paton and Dr. Jason Coe.

Karen then accepted a position at the University of Alabama, Birmingham as an animal health technician. She is thankful that the Adoption Center Director position became available in September and feels blessed to be back home working with companion animals and the people of Blount County.

Karen is excited about developing a well kitten program, improving the rescue program and increasing the number of volunteers . She says, “Kossie Buckelew spends hours working with cats every Wednesday and we are forunate to have her.” Kossie has been volunteering at the shelter since its inception.


The County is once again seeking a Director for the Animal Adoption Center. Andrew Alexander, aka Edward, who was hired to replace retiring Director Tammy Adams, is no longer working in that capacity.

Alabama Week for the Animals

Feb. 14th through 22nd is the 2015 Alabama Week for the Animals. In recognition, BCASI will be sponsoring $10 cat adoptions at the Animal Adoption Center of Blount County. In addition, all adult dogs in foster care will be Sweet Dog Alabama Dogs and adoption fees reduced.

A litter of kittens

The aimal control center contacted us about caring for a litter of kittens that was surrendered after the mother died. Golda and Preston are the only survivors of a litter of eight. They were bottle fed by a caring foster mother. They are now 5 months old and ready for their forever homes.

Read more: A litter of kittens

Tub of puppies

Five Aussi x .Border x Collie Mix puppies dumped on a rural road, found by a caring heart and brought to BCASI.

Arizona will live in Alabaster, Shyanne in Dothan, Coco in Mississippi, Dallas in Huntsville, and EllsaB in Vinemont.

And they lived happily ever after.

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Transporting 11 puppies

Volunteers Rick and Ken prepare to transport 11 puppies to Tennessee with their final destination North Shore Animal League.

Thank you to Purina

Our "Building Better Lives" grant from Purina Cat Chow funded 40 cat adoptions in July, August and September.

$2,500 Donation from Purina


Blount County Animal Shelter, the Only Shelter in Alabama to Receive a $2,500 Donation from Purina Cat Chow; Brand to donate more than $500,000 to shelters nationwide in just two years.

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All appointments have been filled for the Spring $20/$30 Spay/Neuter Days.

All appointments have been filled for the Spring $20/$30 Spay/Neuter Days.

$20 neuters and $30 spays

During the months of April and May the BSNAP will be sponsoring $20 neuters and $30 spays for Blount County Residents.  Restrictions apply and space is limited.  Email or phone for an appointment.

32 Poms rescued from breeding

In late 2012 and through 2013 we worked with a local Pomeranian breeder to permanently close their breeding facility. These photos are just a few of the 32 poms that we placed.  This collaboration helped 32 pets find forever homes and ended their breeding cycle forever.

Read more: 32 Poms rescued from breeding

A box of mastiff puppies

A good samaritan brought us a box of 3-week-old Mastiff puppies that was found on the side of the road in freezing cold after Christmas.

The last puppy in the box has been adopted. Simba went to live in Athens Alabama. Leonardo lives in Nashville. Romeo and Juliette live in Georgia. One pup stayed in Locust Fork. A good ending to a sad beginning.

Watch a video of Simba playing.

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Target was found and brought to BCASI in February. She is an Akita mix, estimated to be about 1.5 years of age. After being spayed, she went to her current foster in late March. She arrived at the foster with two other dogs that have since been adopted. All three were put in a large 20x30 chain link pen. When it was their turn for "out" time, Target seemed to have trouble finding the open gate. She knew the other dogs had left but she could not figure out which way to go to catch up with them. She had trouble climbing steps. This was an eye opener for us. She is vision impaired that could be related to the large "dent" in her skull.

Read more: Target

A Tribute to Grace

She was just a Blount County stray that entered our lives a few days shy of 14 years ago. A scruffy, smelly, scared out her mind little thing that ran onto the porch of an isolated church at Graves Gap, one Friday night in August of 1999.

The intersection of our lives made a profound impact on my thinking over the years and convinced me to take action that would save thousands of Blount County strays, like Grace, over the last 14 years.

Grace opened my eyes to all of the unwanted animals that were being dumped in the county that had become my new home. I joined Blount County Animal Shelter and the movement to build a first animal shelter for our community, got involved in support of rescue and educated myself on pet overpopulation.

Read more: A Tribute to Grace

3 adoptions at the May 3 event at Trussville's Walmart

Here are a few photos from a May 3rd adoption event at the Trussville Walmart, sponsored by Purina. We had three adoptions.

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49 Adoptions in December!

We had 49 adoptions in December.

A great way to end the year.

Thank you Remy Fund

BCASI ceived a $2000 Grant from Remy Fund at Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

STOP--Stop the Over Population program

A litter of puppies or kittens that are surrendered to the county animal control facility stand a greater than 60% chance of never leaving alive. In an effort to stop these litters from entering the county facility, BCASI has formed a coalition under our Stop the Over Population  (STOP) program. 

Read more: STOP--Stop the Over Population program