The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) is partnering with Wings of Rescue to welcome more than 40 adoptable dogs from areas devastated by Hurricane Laura.

The dogs will arrive on two different planes piloted by Wings of Rescue, the first at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, September 4 at the Bessemer Airport. GBHS received an urgent request from the ASPCA for help to evacuate adoptable animals from Louisiana.

Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of GBHS

“We reached out to shelter partners in Alabama and the Carolinas as well as several rescue partners to see if anyone could take even one animal, and the response was overwhelming,” said Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of GBHS. “Most of these dogs are heart worm positive and would be euthanized this week if we could not help find places for them.”

16 dogs will be available at the GBHS Adoption Center, while the remaining dogs will be rescued by the Shelby County Humane Society, the Hilton Head Humane Society, No Greater Love Rescue, Dixie Girl Rescue, Sugarbelle Foundation, Forgotten Tails, and others.

GBHS is waiving adoption fees for all hurricane rescued animals. GBHS is requesting donations of pet supplies, pet food, and funds to help with disaster relief efforts. Visit for more information about how you can help.

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

GBHS, founded in 1883, is the largest and oldest humane society in Alabama with a mission of "promoting the humane treatment of people and animals through education, advocacy, and services." GBHS provides a wide range of services to the community including adoptions, animal cruelty investigations, humane education, pet surrendering, and disaster preparation, as well as a Pet Pantry where struggling pet owners are provided food for their pets. The GBHS serves 16,000 to 20,000 pets annually and relies on donor support, volunteers, and limited staff to fulfill their mission.