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Huntsville Animal Services waives adoption fees for ‘Ground Dog Day’

HUNTSVILLE – While mixed-breed male dog Cosmo is getting ready to make a prediction Friday for Groundhog Day, Huntsville Animal Services is celebrating by waiving adoption fees.

But unlike Puxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog who comes out of his hole to predict whether or not there’ll be a longer winter or early spring if he sees his shadow or not, Cosmo will make his forecast with his nose. Cosmo, who is available for adoption, will choose between a bowl of kibble marked “early spring” or another one with “more winter.”

The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption, fostering and spaying/neutering. In celebration of Cosmo’s big moment, the shelter will waive adoption fees on most adult dogs throughout the week leading up to Ground Dog Day.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said Ground Dog Day not only presents opportunities to raise awareness about adopting and fostering, but also the daily work performed by Huntsville Animal Services employees. He praised the staff for their commitment to caring for animals in need and finding suitable adopters.

“The tireless efforts of the Huntsville Animal Services team make a significant impact on the well-being of our furry friends,” he said in a statement. “Their dedication ensures that animals receive the care they deserve while awaiting their forever homes.’’

Virgie Graham, interim Animal Services director, said Ground Dog Day also highlights the importance of spaying and neutering and how it plays a substantial role in controlling the city’s pet population.

“Spaying and neutering are crucial steps in responsible pet ownership,” he said. “By addressing this issue, we improve the animals’ lives while contributing to the welfare of our community.”

Each pet is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before leaving the shelter. Pets are also treated with a three-month application of flea and tick preventative. Animals come with a City license and free bag of pet food while supplies last. Click here to see photos, ages and descriptions of available animals. 

Animal Services is open Monday, Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 256-883-3782, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal or visit them on Facebook to learn more. 


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