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  About Us

The Humane Society of Elmore County is located in Wetumpka, Alabama (Elmore County) just northeast of Montgomery in south-central Alabama. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3, organization and have been operational for almost twenty years at the same location. Our shelter is an Open Admission shelter taking in over 5,000 domestic animals annually from Elmore County citizens and from the various Animal Control Officers (ACO) from throughout Elmore County. We work every day to provide a safe and humane environment for the 250-300 animals in our care and to also find loving and lifetime homes for as many of them as possible. We strive to educate the public on issues involving pets and animal welfare and welcome opportunities to address groups of all ages and interests. Our operational expenses are met through donations from private individuals, groups and businesses, our own fund-raising activities, grants, adoption fees and the contracts we have with cities and the county to accept animals from their ACO's. We gratefully accept financial donations, donations of pet food and supplies at the shelter, and items for our Tails End Thrift Store located adjacent to the shelter. All donations to our shelter are tax deductible and we will happily provide a receipt for any donation as requested. To learn more about our shelter, please take a bit of time to go through our website as we think you will find the answers to many questions here. If you would like to verify our non-profit status or review our IRS Form 990, just go to www.guidestar.com (must register to see all reports, but it is free).

Thank you for your support and for being a partner with us in helping improve the lives of animals and people alike.

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  Our Mission

The mission of The Humane Society of Elmore County is to insure the best possible quality of life for animals, to prevent cruelty to animals, to stop pet overpopulation, to strive for the humane care, treatment, and well-being of all animals through education and information, and to promote public health and safety in regards to human and animal interaction.



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  Shelter Hours

Adoption Hours

Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fridays 10:00am until 5:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Sundays & All Major Holidays

No Adoptions Prior To 10am

Intake Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Fridays 8:00am until 5:00pm
Saturdays 8:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Sundays & All Major Holidays


PHONE: (334) 567-3377

FAX: (334) 567-8774


If you are in need of animal control assistance for a stray or problem animal, or to report instances of animal neglect or cruelty, please call the appropriate animal control officer listed on our Animal Control Contacts Page.


E-mail: hselco@bellsouth.net




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  Adoption Fees

Visit the Adoption Information Page to view our Adoption Polices


Dogs/ Puppies $90.00

Cats/Kittens* $70.00

Add $10 if we have been able to have Rabies Vaccination done by a veterinarian . you will get certificate & tag
Includes Free Spay or Neuter (covers anesthesia and surgery)
Free Health Exam by your participating Veterinarian
Current Immunizations & De-Worming

Goody Bag with all kinds of information for bringing your new pet home

* If you are adopting two cats/kittens to the same home we will adopt the second cat/kitten at half-price



Small & Furry

For our small & furry pets is a minimum of $10 and up depending on the animal, caging, accessories, etc. What is most important is that the new family has done the research to ensure they know how to take care of the special needs (appropriate sized cage/house, diet requirements, vet care, etc.) of the particular animal and that it will get a lifetime home. Please contact the shelter for more information. Small animals will NOT be adopted as food for other animals or for breeding stock!



Horses & Livestock

For horses, ponies, donkeys and other livestock the adoption fee will depend on the animal, it.s age, training, etc. What is most important is that the new family has done the research to ensure they know how to take care of the special needs (appropriate acreage and housing, diet requirements, vet care, etc.) of the particular animal and that it will get a lifetime home. Please contact the shelter for more information. Livestock will NOT be adopted for consumption or resale!

Please view our Adoption Hours.



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  Shelter Address

The Humane Society Of Elmore County
255 Central Plank Road (Hwy 9)
Wetumpka, Alabama 36092




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  Directions to Us

Our shelter is located at 255 Central Plank Road (Hwy 9), Wetumpka, AL 36092. We are about 17 miles northeast of Montgomery just off of Hwy 231 North. We are located on Hwy 9 just off of its intersection with Hwy 231.

From Montgomery - take Hwy 231 north through Wetumpka. As you stay on 231 to the north side of town, you will cross through a large, traffic-lighted intersection where Hwy 14 crosses Hwy 231. A landmark as you go through this intersection is Russell Do-It-Yourself Center on the right. Stay on 231 north to the next intersection which is a three way, traffic-lighted intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 231. Hwy 9 goes off to the right towards Santuck and Central. Veer to the right onto Hwy 9 and our shelter is about a tenth of a mile on the left. We are right across the road from the Pardon's and Parole's Board LIFE Tech Center. Note - if you end up passing the Julia Tutwiller Prison for Women on the right side of Hwy 231 you have missed the turn off onto Hwy 9.

From north of Wetumpka coming south on Hwy 231 - as you are coming south on Hwy 231, you will pass the Julia Tutwiller Prison for Women on your left and the Elmore County Judicial Complex on your right, right before you come to the lighted intersection of Hwy 231 and Hwy 9. Turn left at the light onto Hwy 9 (north) towards Santuck and Central and our shelter is about a tenth of a mile on the left. We are right across the road from the Pardon's and Parole's Board LIFE Tech Center.

From Millbrook - take Hwy 14 all the way to Wetumpka and where Hwy 14 intersects Hwy 231 (it is traffic-lighted). Turn left (north) onto Hwy 231. A landmark as you turn through this intersection is Russell Do-It-Yourself Center on the right. Stay on 231 north to the next intersection which is a three way, traffic-lighted intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 231. Hwy 9 goes off to the right towards Santuck and Central. Veer to the right onto Hwy 9 and our shelter is about a tenth of a mile on the left. We are right across the road from the Pardon's and Parole's Board LIFE Tech Center. Note - if you end up passing the Julia Tutwiller Prison for Women on the right side of Hwy 231 you have missed the turn off onto Hwy 9.

From Birmingham - take I-65 south. Exit at Exit 181 East on Hwy 14 to Millbrook and Wetumpka. Stay on 14 and follow the directions above from Millbrook. Take Hwy 14 all the way to Wetumpka (about 17 miles) and where Hwy 14 intersects Hwy 231 (it is traffic-lighted). Turn left (north) onto Hwy 231. A landmark as you turn through this intersection is Russell Do-It-Yourself Center on the right. Stay on 231 north to the next intersection which is a three way, traffic-lighted intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 231. Hwy 9 goes off to the right towards Santuck and Central. Veer to the right onto Hwy 9 and our shelter is about a tenth of a mile on the left. We are right across the road from the Pardon's and Parole's Board LIFE Tech Center. Note - if you end up passing the Julia Tutwiller Prison for Women on the right side of Hwy 231 you have missed the turn off onto Hwy 9.

From Atlanta - DO NOT FOLLOW MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS WHICH WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO MONTGOMERY AND ADD ABOUT 35 MILES TO YOUR TRIP! Take I-85 south from Atlanta. You will pass exits for Opelika, Auburn and Tuskegee. After the Tuskegee exits look for Exit 26 to Tallassee via Hwy 229. Exit on this to the right and stay on Hwy 229 north to Tallassee (about 10 miles). Stay on Hwy 229 through Tallassee crossing through the traffic-lighted intersection of Hwy 14 (going east back to Notasulga & Auburn) and Hwy 229. There will be a Rite-Aid and McDonalds at this intersection as landmarks. Continue north on Hwy 229 through Tallassee. As you are coming out of Tallassee on the north side, Hwy 229 will veer off to the right towards Kent and Lake Martin (it is also called Kent Rd at this point). Do NOT stay on 229 at this "V" but continue straight as it turns into Hwy 14 west to Wetumpka. Landmarks at this "V" are Johnny G's Barbecue on your left with a giant metal sculpture of a pig and a Citgo station in the middle of the "V." Stay on Hwy 14 to Wetumpka (about 15 miles) until it intersects with Hwy 231 (traffic-lighted intersection). At Hwy 231, turn right (north). Stay on 231 north to the next intersection which is a three way, traffic-lighted intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 231. Hwy 9 goes off to the right towards Santuck and Central. Veer to the right onto Hwy 9 and our shelter is about a tenth of a mile on the left. We are right across the road from the Pardon's and Parole's Board LIFE Tech Center. Note - if you end up passing the Julia Tutwiller Prison for Women on the right side of Hwy 231 you have missed the turn off onto Hwy 9.



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 Surrendering A Pet

So you need to surrender your pet...Let us walk you through the process

The is no reason for anyone to just abandon an animal....Many animals are found on sides of roads in dumpsters and other horrific places. Others are turned in by their owners for many and varied reasons. Surrendering an animal to our shelter is very simple and you will be treated with respect. You will have to fill out a simple form with the assistance of a staff member and you then you will be on your way. This process takes as little as 10-15 minutes and gives the pet a fighting chance. We cannot, however, guarantee we can find an animal a home, but promise to do everything we can for that animal.

We do not require a fee to surrender a pet if you are a resident of Elmore County, but do ask for a donation. If you are not from Elmore County, then we ask you to please take your animal to your supporting county/city shelter since we are really here to support the animals and citizens from Elmore County. If we do choose to take in your animal from outside of our county, please understand we require a minimum $25 donation to help off-set the fact that we do not receive any funding from the county you are from and for us to keep helping animals requires money. We do ask for driver.s licenses or other proof of identity, so please be honest with us - we will help you if we can. As a non-profit organization all donations are critical to our ability to continue helping animals in need and are greatly appreciated. We will also give you a receipt for your donation.


If you are surrendering your own pet, it is important to us to know all the reasons why and as much about your pet as you can tell us. This helps us place your pet in a home where it will 'fit' for the rest of its life. If you have veterinary records on your pet, please bring those with you as that also helps us know about the medical care your pet has already received.

We do not release the name of the person who has brought in an animal to us unless you give us permission on the Intake Form as that information is considered confidential. We also do not release the names of adopters unless they also give written permission.

We can take in dogs and cats and domesticated animals, but we cannot take in wildlife as we are not a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. If you need help with wildlife, feel free to call us (567-3377) and we will do our best to help point you in the right direction.


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 Adoption Information

All Out Of State Adopters Must Provide The Following Information:
  • Adopters Complete Name
  • Adopters Complete Address
  • Adopters Phone Number
  • Veterinarians Name
  • Veterinarians Address
  • Veterinarians Phone Number

You must be at least 19 Years Old to adopt

If the adoption involves shipping the pet out of our state, then the minimum age of that animal for adoption is four months old. This will allow for us to have that animal spayed or neutered prior to it being transported out of our control and will add up to a week to the adoption process.

No Adoptions Prior To 10am


View Full Policies/Details For Out Of State Adopters Below...

Adopting a pet is a very personal event, which generally takes meeting the potential animal in person. Our preference is for potential adopters to meet the pet at our shelter or adoption location in person. And if you are looking for a dog and already have one, we want you to bring your dog to meet its potential playmate. Reality is that not all dogs get along, so better to find that out before an adoption than after you bring a new pet home. Besides, having the two dogs meet on the neutral territory of our play yard is a much better way for them to meet so your dog doesn.t feel as threatened by an .intruder. to its home.

But we have done some very successful adoptions to families in other states and have pets in wonderful homes all the way from Colorado, to Connecticut, to Florida and Texas.

If you are not local to our shelter and interested in one of our pets, here are some wickets we need you to go through to get to the point of adoption:
  • Email or call us to let us know which pet you are interested in. Tell us how this pet will live (in or out, pet alone all day or with family members, etc)), what other pets you have, whether your pets are spayed/neutered and current on their immunizations and heartworm preventive, what type fencing you have, children in your household or who visit routinely, etc. Feel free to bury us in information about you, your family, your living situation, your pets, etc. More info is always better than too little.
  • We will need your complete name, address and phone number and the name of your veterinarian with their phone number for a reference.
  • We will need you to be o.k with a possible home check and work those with rescue or shelter organizations in your area to do those.


So now we are at the point where we have all agreed that you will be a great home for one of our pets, what next?

Actual Adoption - We can do the adoption telephonically and you can make the payment using a credit card. While the basic adoption fee is $90 for dogs and $70 for cats, shipping a pet to a new home across the county will entail more costs. At a minimum we will need to add $10 for a rabies vaccination (we have to take the pet to a local vet for this) and $20 for a health certificate (required for pets going to other states and must also be done by a licensed veterinarian). More than likely you will need to add another $10 to cover the cost of a collar and leash for your pet and anywhere from $30-$175 for a crate depending on the size of the pet of you choose to have us purchase one for you. And last, it is generally volunteers who drive the pets to the airports which is four hours round-trip, so in this day and age of such high gas prices we need to add another $40 to cover their gas/vehicle use expense.

Transport . This goes hand in hand with the adoption so you know if you truly want to go through with the adoption and so we know you are prepared for the costs of getting the pet to you since the costs and making all the arrangements must be done by the adopter. Working the transportation piece is primarily the adopter.s responsibility. The most efficient method will generally be to move the pet by commercial airlines (for us either the Birmingham or Atlanta airports), but ground transport is another possibility and you can, of course, drive to us to pick up your pet. The adopter is responsible for contacting the airlines and making the arrangements, but must also talk to us to make sure we can work getting the pet to the airline from our end. Travel time from our shelter to the Atlanta airport is three hours and to the Birmingham airport is two hours and don.t forget that pets generally have to be to the cargo department two hours prior to the flight. Please don.t set up a departure time that necessitates someone from our end having to depart their home at 2-3 am. Within reason and our ability with staff or a volunteer we will be happy to facilitate linking the pet up with a transport or even getting it to an airport. Here are a couple of cautions on air transport: as airlines have found that the intrinsic value of our pets has significantly increased, most have tightened their shipment rules to protect the pets. Most airlines will NOT ship a pet if the air temperatures on the ground anywhere along the route are over 80 or 85 degrees Fahrenheit which means shipping a pet from our area of the country during the summer is going to be a challenge unless they offer evening cargo flights. Some airlines also restrict shipment of certain breeds, so you will need to check out each airline.s rules. The American Kennel Club has compiled some great information on the airlines and pet shipment which you can access at this web link: http://www.akc.org/pdfs/canine_legislation/airline_chart_0406.pdf

Besides the shipment cost to the airlines, one other cost you will probably need to plan for is for an airline certified crate large enough for your pet. It is generally cheaper to pay us for the cost of the crate (we will go purchase it for you and provide you a receipt) than to .rent. one from the airline. This crate will then be yours when your pet arrives so it can also be transported from the airport to your home safely and then yours for crate training purposes if you so choose.

As a recap, here is an example of the costs you might incur to ship a medium dog:

  • Adoption Fee $90
  • Rabies Vaccination $10
  • Health Certificate $20
  • Collar & Leash $10
  • Large Crate approx $60 Total paid to our shelter . approx $175
  • Gas/Vehicle Use Expense for driving pet to airport $40
  • Total paid to our shelter . approx $215
  • Airline Shipping Cost $150-$200 Paid to airlines


With effort and planning it is entirely possible to adopt a pet from afar. Please just be prepared for the process and lots of back and forth communication. We will call you when the pet is safely in the control of the airlines personnel and ask that you contact us when your pet has safely arrived so we can all breathe a bit better knowing that your pet is with you safe and sound.

Hope this has helped and we look forward to placing our pets in loving and lifetime homes no matter where they are located.
Thanks for understanding...
Your Friends and Ours of Elmore Co. HS

Adoption Fees are located here.






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