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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:
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.
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:
Adoption fees at Crossing Paths Animal Rescue are as follows:
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.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.