Animal Intakes

IF AN ANIMAL IS LOCATED IN LAMAR COUNTY, PLEASE VISIT https://www.lchspaws-al.org/

IF AN ANIMAL IS SEVERLY INJURED OR HAS A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY THERE IS A LIST OF EMERGENCY CLINICS IN OUR AREA AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. IF AN ANIMAL CONTAINS A NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURY, PLEASE CONTACT A GENERAL VET'S OFFICE, A LIST OF NEARBY VETERINARIANS IS BELOW. WE ARE NOT EQUIPPED, TRAINED OR LICENSED TO HANDLE THOSE, NOR DO WE HAVE AN ONSITE VETERINARIAN.

Stray or Abandoned Animals

We do NOT pick up animals, investigate cases of abuse or provide any sort of veterinary services. You will need to contact the funded Marion/Winston Animal Shelter (MWAS) at (205) 487-2581 as they are contracted and paid by Marion County and its' cities to handle these types of requests. If there are any issues, comments, concerns or recommendations of the service you receive from MWAS, please county the Marion County Commission at (205) 921-3172 as they handle the contract for MWAS. Our goal is to be able to take overflow from the county funded shelter, not to provide as the primary shelter because we do not receive enough financial backing in order to do so.

If you would like to submit an animal for intake approval that MWAS has refused or failed to pick up, please email ALL of the below items to info@hooforpaw.org or call us at (205) 430-2001 (you must have all of the below information ready when you call):


  • Date and Name of MWAS employee or volunteer that refused animal with reason for refusal/Date(s) MWAS failed to pick up animal

  • Location animal was last seen

  • Time animal was last seen

  • description of animal

**NOTE: Submission of the above information does NOT guarantee acceptance. You must wait to hear back from us on whether the animal is being accepted or rejected before it can be brought in to us.**


Please note that we are ONLY responding to reports and requests that follow the above instructions due to the overwhelming number of phone calls we're receiving. We are volunteer based and ran by people who also work other 40+ hour/week jobs with families and animals of their own so it is the only way we've found to keep track of everyone without missing a request or need. ALSO NOTE we are ONLY accepting requests and responding to emails between 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM Mondays - Fridays and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays. We are not accepting any requests on Sundays.


Surrender or Re-Home Your Own Animal

As of May 2022, we are not currently taking in owner surrenders, running solely on donations our funds just do not allow room for this. We do offer free rehoming assistance through Adopt-a-Pet.com, please click Find Your Pet A New Home for more information. If you would like us to assist in rehoming your pet while you maintain care of it, please complete the appropriate Surrender Form and wait to hear back from us, completing the form does NOT guarantee assistance. We do not offer any assistance to rehome animals that are not spayed/neutered and they must also be up to date on vaccines. If you're looking to surrender or rehome an animal that needs to be spayed/neutered or its rabies vaccine please see our discounted veterinary services section.

Note: If there is a circumstance we approve to take in your pet instead of you maintaining it while a home is found, there will be an owner surrender fee ($25 for less than 25 lbs., $35 for over 25 lbs., and $50 for 100 lbs. and over) you will be charged per animal, maximum of $150, if you turn the animal in instead of keeping it in your care until we are able to secure a new foster or permanent home. This fee helps us with the cost of vaccinating. If you can provide documentation from a licensed veterinarian showing animal is current and up to date on all vaccinations and spayed or neutered, the surrender fee is waived, all documentation is verified.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN WE ACCEPT AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS! IF YOUR PET HAS BITTEN OR INJURED A PERSON OR ANOTHER ANIMAL FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN SELF DEFENSE YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT THE MARION/WINSTON ANIMAL SHELTER, SEE THEIR NUMBER ABOVE.


Report Animal Cruelty, Abandonment or Nuisance Animals

Contact your local law enforcement and specifically ask that they contact the county impounding officer at the Marion/Winston Animal Shelter (telephone number shown above). We cannot enter private property nor have the authority to investigate these issues. If the animal is located within city limits you will need to contact your local police department at their non-emergency number, unless it is a life threatening situation or there is someone in potential danger. If the animal is located outside city limits you will need to contact Marion County Sheriff's Department at 205-921-7433 or you may send them an email at info@marionsoal.com. We cannot come pick up your neighbors dog for tearing up your garbage, etc. Appropriate legal procedures, reporting and documentation must be provided as directed by local law enforcement.

If there are any issues, comments, concerns or recommendations of the service you receive from law enforcement or MWAS (impounding officer's shelter), please county the Marion County Commission at (205) 921-3172 as they handle the contract for MWAS. Our goal is to be able to take overflow from the county funded shelter, not to provide as the primary shelter because we do not receive enough financial backing in order to do so.


Please note that we are ONLY responding to reports and requests that follow the above instructions due to the overwhelming number of phone calls we're receiving. We are volunteer based and ran by people who also work other 40+ hour/week jobs with families and animals of their own so it is the only way we've found to keep track of everyone without missing a request or need. ALSO NOTE we are ONLY accepting requests and responding to emails between 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM Mondays - Fridays and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays. We are not accepting any requests on Sundays.


EMERGENCY VETERINARY CONTACTS FOR MARION COUNTY, ALABAMA AREA

NOTE WE DO NOT AND CANNOT GUARANTEE THE TYPE OR QUALITY OF CARE RECEIVED BY ANY OF THE PROVIDERS SHOWN BELOW IS BETTER THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER PROVIDER NOT SHOWN.

All Animal Hospital, Inc., Tupelo, MS (662) 844-4955

Tupelo Veterinary Hospital, Tupelo, MS (662) 842-5147

Dilworth Small Animal Hospital, Tupelo, MS (662) 842-1118

Shoals Area Veterinary Emergency, Florence, AL (256) 740-4800


LIST OF NON-EMERGENCY VETERINARIANS IN/NEAR MARION COUNTY, ALABAMA AREA

Adopt-a-Pet.com's Free Rehoming Assistance