Humane Society of Chilton County

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Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
No drop offs after 4:00 pm

12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
No drop offs after 2:00 pm

Thursday and Sunday

Calendar of Events and Fundraisers

Monthly Meeting - Open to the Public
First Thursday of each month
Chilton/Clanton Library, Clanton AL
6:00 pm

The Humane Society of Chilton County

The Humane Society of Chilton County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

We have provided sheltering services for the homeless animals of Chilton County area for over 20 years. 

Phone: 205-755-9170  Fax:  205-755-0899

  Acting Director: Jennifer Fresmire

Contact the humane society at

or mail to:
139 Shade Tree Drive
Clanton, AL 35045

Board Members

President – Lee Helms

Lee is the past Director of the State of Alabama Emergency Management Agency under Governors Fob James and Don Siegelman.  He served as a member of the Alabama Defense Security Council and Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security for Alabama.   Lee founded the 911 organization and was elected to serve as the first state president.  He currently is the owner of Lee Helms Associates (LHA), L. L. C., an emergency management/homeland security consulting firm in Clanton, Alabama.  Lee served in the United State Air Force for six years.  A long time supporter of the Chilton County Humane Society, Lee became its president in February, 2018.  Lee can be contacted on his cell at 205-351-1969.

First Vice President – Kristi Hyche

With a background in office management, Kristi has been instrumental in upgrading our office systems.      She is a mom of many many furry and feathered babies of her own as well as the many foster animals she’s helped rescue.   She has served on the board since November 2016.

Second Vice President – Tracie Robitaille 

Tracie’s involvement with the shelter began in 2015 as a puppy and dog foster. She has been on the board since 2017. She is a high school teacher and shares her home with many furry friends.

Treasurer – Bill McCay

Bill is a CPA with an office in Jemison Alabama.  A life long dog lover, he shares his home and office with his Labrador friends.  Bill has served on the CCHS board since October 2014.  Thanks to Bill's involvement, the CCHS underwent and passed it's first audit in 2017. 

Secretary – Amy Nicholas

Besides her involvement on the humane society board, Amy is also involved with the Girl Scouts.   As a amateur photographer,  Amy does a lot of the photo sessions for our special events as well as the pictures of our animals for adoption or rescue.   She has been  involved with the shelter as a volunteer and foster  since 2014.  

“At-Large” - Jeff Melton

Jeff is retired from Alabama Power and currently is the owner of Southern Dixie Auto Repair in Clanton.    He does a tremendous service to the humane society by being in charge of maintenance for the building and the shelter vehicles. 

“At-Large” - Kat Reece

Kat is the past president of the Chilton County Humane Society and the Chilton County Historical Society.   She began as a volunteer and foster in 2012 and has served on the executive board since 2013.  Currently, Kat’s position is website manager and social media. 

Second Annual Bark in the Park
Come to the Second Annual Bark in the Park!


Come out to the Second Annual Bark in the Park at Goose Pond Park in Clanton AL on Oct 21, 2017 between 2:00 and 7:00 pm!!

Make sure to get your very own event t-shirt ahead of the date!  We are pleased to announce that Trendy Chic Boutique in downtown Clanton will have the shirts starting October 7th for advance sales!  This unique design, shown on the left, was created by local Chilton County artist Diana Hiott and is already creating a stir!  Shirts are $15.

We'll have live entertainment, bands, food booths, vendors, arts and crafts, and much much more!

Pet costume contest! Dress up your dog or cat in their Halloween best and come out to the park and your pet might win a prize!! Much more to be announced!

We still have vendor spots open! If you'd like to come join us that day please download the vendor form from this link. We can also still take sponsorships until October 1st! If you'd like to sponsor our event and get your company name/logo on the back of our awesome event shirt please download the sponsor information form and the spon sor application form. Thank you!

Robber breaks into Chilton Humane Society Shelter
Misc Early in the morning on July 2nd a Chilton County resident broke into our shelter and stole $1,500 worth of tools, cameras and office supplies from us and our employees.  The tools and cameras belonged to the employees who had brought them from home to help with work on our building.

We were in the process of doing some much needed improvements to our building, improvements that we had a very tight budget to manage it on.  This theft has set us back.

We desperately need to create an area in our old small building for a puppy isolation area, a place to keep puppies who are coming in and may have diseases or issues that could infect a healthy population of puppies.  We also need to buy at least one more set of kennel banks for puppies, these banks are far outside our normal budget.

Please help us by donating to our kennel bank fund.  Thank you!!

Third Annual Easter Petting Zoo and Pony Rides

Easter is coming! 

Come to the Petting Zoo and Pony Ride fundraiser at Goose Pond Park on April 8th from 10:00 to 4:00!! 

Besides the ponies and petting zoo animals we'll have games for kids to play and win prizes!  We also have invited the Easter Bunny who will be available for you to take pictures with your children. 


Hunt One at 11:00 am will be for children up to age 7
Hunt Two at 1:00 pm will be for children 8 to 12

Sponsors Needed!

If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please download these forms.

Stokes Automotive is Giving Away a Car For Us!

Thank you Stokes Automotive in Clanton!

When the owners and managers at Stokes heard that we were in serious financial difficulty they immediately sat down to come up with a way to help us.    They decided that they would sell chances for a car! 

Come by Stokes between now and December 19th and make a $10 donation to the Chilton County Humane and leave an item from our wish list and you could win this Buick LeSabre!! 

The drawing will be held on December 20, 2016 so hurry up and make your donation now!! 

We appreciate everyone who has reached out to us in this time of need.  The outpouring of help has been appreciated not only by the board, the staff and volunteers; but also by our animals.  Our adoption rate has increased since we were on the news.


Donations needed


If you saw us on the news last night, then you know that we desperately need funding to help us keep the shelter doors open. Without additional donations we will have to stop in-taking animals.

You can watch the WIAT42 segment at this link and their livecast walk through the shelter at this link.

Thank you to both WIAT42 and WBRC Fox6 for helping us broadcast our needs!

You can help by making a donation via paypal by clicking on the "donate" button on the top left. You can also make a donation by mail to our address at 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL 35045.

If you would like to adopt Martin the cat, or Happy Feet the puppy you can by going to our online adoption application at this link.

Thank you for any help you can offer.  If you would like to help provide supplies, our number one item we need is cat litter, we always need cat litter. We also need contractor strength garbage bags, puppy food, water hoses and nozzles, office supplies, toilet tissue and paper towels.



Both of these three month old puppies' ears have been completely cut off with scissors down to their head. PLEASE HELP US! If you know anything about these dogs please email us at 

Thanks to donors who wish to stay anonymous,
we can offer a $2,500 reward for information
leading to the arrest of the people responsible
for cutting off the puppies' ears.

Please email rather than calling.

The reports we've received from people are indicating that these puppies were dumped in the area south of Randolph near the Bibb / Chilton County line.  People in the area saw them before their ears were cut off, and then afterward in the same area.  

We wish we could say this is an isolated incident, but it isn't.  The week before this, these nine two day old puppies were found in a mop bucket on the side of the road.

They were taken from their mother immediately after birth and left to slowly die.  Some of them still had parts of their umbilical cords attached.  Thankfully someone found them and brought them to us, we got them into bottle feeding homes, but they weren't found in time and we lost four of the nine in the first 24 hours. 

We are drowning.  We receive 250-300 animals a month, some of them are in good shape, but too many others were abused, have mange, have ringworm, have heartworms, and so many other issues.  When you combine this with our ongoing issue with being underfunded it leaves us with hard decisions. 

It would cost us less than a dollar to euthanize these animals, we don't want to do that.  We are fighting every day to lower our euthanasia rate, we didn't decide to work for the animals in this county just to euthanize them because its easier or cheaper. 


We are funded by Chilton County and the cities of Clanton, Jemison and Thorsby, we are not allowed by the terms of our agreement to require a drop off fee.  We can count on $6,600 a month from the county and cities but this only covers our payroll.  That leaves us with no money for utilities, no money for medicines, no money for vet visits and no money to ever make improvements EXCEPT for the money we receive from the community in donations.    Please help us!


Record Year for the Chilton County Humane Society!

Those of us who serve on the Humane Society of Chilton County board of directors, our volunteers and staff have all worked hard this past year on getting more animals adopted and rescued this past year, and we thrilled to announce that we have reduced the yearly euthanasia rate at the shelter by 21%!

Our county has an animal population problem, but we are not the only area facing this problem. According to the American Humane Society, 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized nationally, or one every eight seconds. Alabama counties vary from having a euthanization rate as low as 50 percent to as high as 85 percent or more. The more rural the county, the higher the euthanasia rate since rural counties usually have smaller and more poorly funded shelters.

In 2014, we had a 75% euthanasia rate. Some of this was due to parvo outbreaks that occurred during the heavy puppy season in the spring and the fact that the shelter building can only house 100-120 animals at a time. In the spring, puppies would end up on the concrete and it didn't seem any chemical could kill the parvo virus, plus, any new puppies coming in with parvo would infect the others.

In 2015 we took several steps to avoid these issues. First, the shelter was re-arranged, we now have an isolation area to hold stray puppies, small and medium sized dogs to make sure they are not sick before entering the general population. The puppy and small dog room was moved and all puppies are now kenneled in stainless steel wall kennels. We also decided to take advantage of the outdoor space and have been erecting outside kennels, giving the dogs the opportunity for play and increasing the population of larger dogs we can maintain.

We developed a standard operating procedure for the shelter staff to follow on euthanasia, space is now the last item on our list for euthanasia and we haven't euthanized for space in many months at this time. Our director, Kimberly Ruck, worked closely with rescue to increase the number of animals who were rescued. Our new president, Krystine Gish, worked with some amazing donors and in the last three months conducted adoption specials. During the month of October with our $20 donation adoption special we adopted 121 animals, a record that shattered previous records and one that we'd love to break. We also held adoption specials for Veterans, and for black dogs and cats both with the backing of donors.

Licorice and 6 siblings came into the shelter with a bad case of mange,

instead of euthanizing the litter we treated their mange.

Additionally, we recently lowered the normal adoption fees. Cats went from an $80 adoption fee to $25 for cats over six months, and $50 for kittens. We also lowered the adoption rate for dogs from $125 to $100 and recently to $85 and $50 for senior dogs 6 years and older.

A Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program, a long term goal, was begun. Overseen by board member Michelle Monahan, a small but dedicated team of our volunteers trap feral cat colonies and transport them to Birmingham to the nonprofit Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic. After the cats are “fixed” they are returned to their colonies if they have a caretaker, or, they can go into our Barn Cat Program where we offer the cats free to people to control the rodent population in their barns and out buildings. In the three months this program has been in existence over 100 cats have been trapped and “fixed.” This program will greatly reduce the amount of unwanted cats roaming wild and starving to death in our area, and will in the long run reduce the amount of cats coming into the shelter.

All of these items taken together have reduced our euthanasia rate to the point that we are no longer a high kill shelter and can celebrate one of the lowest euthanasia rates in the state for last year.

But, we're not satisfied, 54% was still far too many animals euthanized. However we need help from the local community to reduce this rate even further.

The spring puppy season is coming. and the puppies that will fill our shelter are being conceived now and in the coming month. Please get your pet spayed or neutered, or if you can't. take common sense steps to avoid a pregnancy by separating the female from any males. If you do have a pregnant dog and you plan to bring the litter to the shelter please make sure the puppies are not kept on the ground, they contract parvo in that manner and then can infect the other puppies, forcing us to euthanize them. The Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic is offering free transport from Chilton County to their location in Birmingham for lower cost spay and neuters, you can get further reductions in the cost if you receive any sort of government assistance or if you are on Social Security. They'll even set up payments for you. Their phone number is (205) 956-0012.

We have other programs to be introduced soon to help with the county's animal overpopulation problem. We have some large fundraisers planned for the coming year to help, but, we'll still need help from the community to help us make the shelter better.

We need more monetary donations, we need an electrician to help us erect a new scrolling programmable sign donated by Johnson Controls' Blue Sky Project and someone to help us move our old sign. We need people with machinery to help level areas for new kennels, we need concrete workers and carpenters.


Things are not perfect, we still deal with a shelter building that can only house 100-120 animals where a lot of the heaters don't work and the washers and dryers we have are second hand and fail to keep up with the load. We need more kennels in the play yards, we have roughly five acres and want to utilize more of that space. We have certainly had our stumbles this past year, after all, dealing with the amount of animals that we receive is overwhelming. Just last month, 197 animals came to the shelter, in the height of the spring puppy/kitten season that number has gone as high as 311.

We also have had financial problems that we struggled through, but we did struggle through them and are happy to say the only time the shelter doors closed was to paint the building inside and out.

The board feels we are well on our way to having a shelter the citizens of Chilton County can be proud of, and a humane society overseeing it that helps the community reduce the population problem. The shelter has never had as many volunteers as we have now, but we need more to get more accomplished.

If you would like to help us make more changes to help Chilton County's animals please click on the paypal donation button on the left or mail a donation to 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL  35045

Address Change

We are no longer accepting mail at the post office.  If you are making a monthly donation, or you would like to contact us, our mailing address is 139 Shade Tree Drive, Clanton, AL  35045