Crossing Paths Animal Rescue

Birmingham, Alabama

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About Crossing Paths Animal Rescue

Crossing Paths Animal Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama is a foster-based animal rescue organization. They were founded in 2006 by concerned men and women distressed over the high number of homeless and abandoned animals in the county.

Their mission has four parts:

  • To find loving homes for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals
  • To spay/neuter the dogs they rescue to stop the cycle of unwanted litters
  • To assist in public education for the betterment of the local community
  • To maintain a high standard of care for the pets they re-home, including veterinary care, housing, love, tenderness, and compassion at all times

Crossing Paths Animal Rescue regularly visits several of the many local high-kill facilities in the area and removes as many adoptable dogs as can be accommodated to place them in foster homes. Many of these dogs are adopted by families in the Northeast, where there's high demand. Once adopted, these dogs are transported every 3 weeks to their new families. This means that for every dog adopted from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, not only is that dog saved, but space is freed up so that another can be rescued.

Considering adoption from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue? Read below for more info on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

(205) 559-7007

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Thank you for adopting a dog from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue.

Unless otherwise noted on the dog's website profile, all dogs are in foster homes in and around Blount County, Alabama. These are private residences and, therefore, not open to the public without an appointment. Unless you're within driving distance of Blount County, you must be comfortable adopting a dog without a prior face-to-face meeting.

If the dog is in foster care elsewhere, that will be stated on the online adoption profile for that specific dog.

Once you're ready to adopt, please follow the process below:

  1. Complete the adoption application. List any dogs that interest you in your order of preference. Make sure not to go by cuteness factor. (Though that's definitely important!) Consider each animal's breed mix, age, size, and history (if provided) to find the right match for your family.
  2. Once received, your application will be reviewed by the rescue's staff. You'll be contacted within 2 weeks, though usually sooner.
  3. If your application is approved, you'll be put in contact with the dog's foster parent to ask any questions you may have and to determine if the dog seems like a good fit for your household.
  4. If everything goes well, it's time to finalize the adoption! This includes signing an adoption contract and paying the adoption fee. Your new dog will be scheduled for transport, if necessary.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Crossing Paths Animal Rescue are as follows:

  • Puppies: $325
  • Adults: $325


  • Dogs that have spent prolonged time with their foster families may be available with reduced fees

Your adoption fee covers quarantine, shots, deworming, food, medical records, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and an Alabama State Health Certificate. Transport, if required, is an additional $140.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Crossing Paths Animal Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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