The City of Jasper Animal Shelter officially reopened Tuesday under the management of Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS).
Now also known as City of Jasper Animal Care & Control — a division of GBHS — the animal shelter has a new system of operations, modeled after the GBHS in Birmingham.
Management of Jasper's animal shelter transferred to GBHS in January, and the past few weeks have been spent sanitizing and remodeling the facility on Birmingham Avenue in downtown Jasper.
"It's basically a mini-GBHS and a mini-animal control, all put into one," shelter manager Lindsey Cross said. "It's a shrunk version of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. All the policies they have, we have."
The biggest change at the city shelter is a new intake procedure, where all animals that come to the shelter are examined in a clinic housed inside the building. Each animal will now receive vaccinations upon intake, as well as flea and tick medications and heart worm prevention. There is also a scale in the room to check weight and medical supplies to address any immediate needs animals may have.
All cats and dogs will also be spayed or neutered at the GBHS vet clinic in Hoover prior to adoption.
Another new feature at the animal shelter is a cat colony room. Prior to GBHS managing the facility, cats did not have a designated area for adopter interaction and cat play. Now, the shelter has a spacious room outfitted with condos and scratching posts for cats, and there is enough space for adopters to meet them and learn their personalities.
Cross said there is also a room designated for puppies and another for small dogs.
Other cages in the facility house larger, adoptable dogs and those on stray hold, and the shelter still has outdoor, heated kennels for dogs.
A laundry and pet grooming space is also located in the building.
"You're not going to see the same drop kennels everywhere, full of animals," Cross said.
In addition to adoptable dogs and cats, the shelter will accept surrenders of pocket pets, such as bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets or reptiles.
GBHS is working closely with the Jasper Police Department to manage animal control as well.
"The animal control officer is through the police department, so they still are picking up animals. We're basically the holding facility," Cross said.
The public should report stray animals to the Jasper Police Department by calling (205) 221-6790.
The city shelter currently has no animals available for adoption, since they just opened their doors this week. Some dogs, however, are awaiting spay and neuter procedures and will soon be adoptable. Other dogs are on stray hold and may become adoptable if they do not receive an owner claim.
Adoptable dogs and cats 6 months and older will cost $50, while animals under 6 months will be $100. All adopted cats and dogs will be altered and vetted. The fee to surrender a pet is $15, and appointments must be made by calling the shelter at (205) 221-6621 to surrender.
There is no charge to drop off a stray cat or dog.
The animal shelter's new hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All adoption applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. each day. The shelter will be closed each Monday.
Once the shelter has cats and dogs available for adoption, they will be viewable on the GBHS website at www.gbhs.org.
Potential adopters must be 19 or older.