Due to a lack of dog cage space at the shelter today, please call before dropping a dog off. We still have adequate space for cats and kittens though. This is a temporary situation and hopefully rescue will be able to pull some of our longtime residents to enable us to free up some cage space.
Please Note our NEW business hours- We're now open from 10 am - 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday & we're open 10 am - 11:30 am on Wednesdays & Saturdays.
Someone has been taking pictures of our animals and posting them on Ebay and Craigslist without permission. Please know that we do not promote our animals this way. These people could actually be doing more harm than good in the fact that many people “buy” dogs for the wrong reasons on these sites. Not everyone wants a family pet.
ANY VISITOR MAY NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE PICTURES OF ANY OF THE SHELTER ANIMALS WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM UPPER MANAGEMENT. THIS ESPECIALLY MEANS STRAY ANIMALS. PLEASE RESPECT THE ANIMALS AND OUR STAFF. THANK YOU!
Metro Animal Shelter, Inc. is a 501c-3 non-profit organization that opened its doors in July, 1994. We take in about 8,000 animals a year, and adopt out about 1,200 dogs and cats each year. The shelter does feline leukemia tests on all cats and kittens that are adopted, and heartworm tests on all adult dogs adopted out. We do in-house spay and neuter surgery on most of our shelter animals before they are adopted. Underage animals or unaltered animals require a refundable spay/neuter deposit at the time of adoption. All animals over 6 months are microchipped. We have a veterinarian who will handle any emergency after hours cases for us, and provide a free vet check for any animal adopted from us.
Metro Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization funded by the City of Tuscaloosa, the City of Northport, and the Tuscaloosa County Commission. Along with these funds, we also receive donations which are tax-deductible, redemptions and adoption fees. All animals, regardless of their age, are taken in by us. We are proud to be a member of the Humane Society of the United States as well as the American Humane Association, the Alabama Humane Federation, and the Alabama Animal Control Association.
Our shelter uses the SAFER test that helps us identify dogs that will make wonderful pets, dogs that need a small amount of behavior modification, and dogs that will not make appropriate pets. Ultimately, this means better placements, safer in-shelter interactions, and fewer returns. This test, however, is not a guarantee of the dog's behavior once it leaves the shelter and is placed in a home environment. Any dog is unpredictable in a home setting. Our profile of each animal is a guideline ONLY to help us match the appropriate pet with a potential adopter.
Have a Cool Drink & Help Animals at the Same Time
These young ladies show what initiative and caring for animals is all about. You don't have to be an adult, a wealthy person or anything else special to help animals; these young ladies are all under ten years old and have taken the initiative to open a lemonade stand where ALL proceeds go directly to Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.
Please Click on the link below to read the full story of these incredible girls.
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FOSTER CARE: Litters of puppies and litters of cats that are too young need foster homes temporarily until they are old enough to be adopted. Ask our staff for information if you are interested in becoming a foster parent.
FEEDING PROGRAM: Every animal at our facility is on a strict diet of Science Diet according to their age and weight. This has helped tremendously with some health issues that were due to poor nutrition before they arrived here with us. We encourage every adopter to keep their new pet on a good quality food.
TRAPS: Citizens that trap animals in a private cage can bring their animals to the shelter. Humane trapping cages for stray domestic animals are available for rent, if available, for a fee of $100 which will be refunded when the cage is returned in a timely manner.
ANIMAL BITES: Stray cats or dogs which have scratched a human must be quarantined and observed for symptons of rabies for 10 days. Report all animal bites or scratches that result in broken skin to Enviromental Health, 554-4540.
EDUCATION: Presentations such as pet care and responsibiliy are offered in surrounding schools in and beyond our county and well as to other interested groups. Tours are available at our facility. For more information call 752-9101.
LOST AND FOUND: Every stray animal that arrives at the shelter has a possible owner. Our technicians scan animals for microchips and check lost listings in the paper, and the hotline. If you find your animal, you must provide proof of ownership through vet records, rabies, or current pictures. A fee of $40 will be charged if animal control picked up your dog, along with a boarding fee of $7 per night, and $10 for rabies if not current. When bringing an animal to the shelter, we ask that you fill out the necessary paperwork along with a copy of your drivers license. A bulletin board is available for signs advertising lost or found pets. We also have a lost and found hotline number: 349-8538.
HEAD START PROGRAM: The Head Start Program is designed for shelter dogs who exhibit behavior problems and do not show well in their pen. We choose up to 6 animals and train them in basic obedience and manners. We use positive reinforcement and treats. Any person, group, or business can sponsor a head start dog for $50. For more information ask for Linda at 752-9101.
Statement of Philosophy
From the inception of our shelter, we have seen ourselves as a dedicated group of professionals working together to do an excellent job for the citizens, the animals, and the profession. We attribute our success to our fine staff and the services we offer.
One of the strong points of our philosophy is our teamwork attitude and our emphasis on communication. We believe in the delivery of up-to-date services to the animals in the most compassionate and humane manner that we can carry out as well as being caring and sensitive with the citizens.
Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, an older dog is for you!2. Easy to Train
Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Hogwash! Older dogs are great at focusing on you—and on the task at hand—because they’re calmer than youngsters. Plus, all those years of experience reading humans can help them quickly figure out how to do what you’re asking.3. Seniors are Super-Loving
One of the cool parts of our job is reading stories from people just like you who have opted to adopt. The emails we get from pet parents with senior dogs seem to all contain beautiful, heartfelt descriptions of the love these dogs give you—and those of you who adopted dogs already in their golden years told us how devoted and grateful they are. It's an instant bond that cannot be topped!4. They’re Not a 24-7 Job
Grownup dogs don’t require the constant monitoring puppies do, leaving you with more freedom to do your own thing. If you have young children, or just value your “me time,” this is definitely a bonus.5. They Settle in Quickly
Older dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time!6. Fewer Messes
Your floors, shoes and furniture will thank you for adopting a senior pooch! Older dogs are likely to already be housetrained—and even if they’re not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike puppies). With their teething years far behind them, seniors also are much less likely to be destructive chewers.7. You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
There are those who yearn for a doggie friend of their own, but hold back because they worry what might happen in their lives in the years to come. And they are wise to do so—a puppy or young dog can be anywhere from an 8- to 20-year responsibility, which is not appropriate for the very elderly or those with certain long-term future plans. Providing a loving home for a dog in her golden years is not a less serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one.8. They Enjoy Easy Livin’
Couch potato, know thyself! Please consider a canine retiree rather than a high-energy young dog that will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require any exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day.9. Save a Life, Be a Hero
At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.10. They’re CUTE!
Need we say more?