In Madison and Morgan Counties
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Madison and Morgan counties because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of Alabama
City of Huntsville
City of Decatur
City of Madison
Family, Children and Child Care Services
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults and seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Alabama Department of Human Resources
Gordon Persons Building, Suite 2104
50 N. Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 36130
The Alabama Department of Human Resources is responsible for the protection, well-being and self-sufficiency of Alabama’s children and adults. The Child Welfare Division helps families receive the least disruptive services they need, when they need them, and for only as long as they need them to maintain children in, or return them to, a safe and stable home. For child protective services, call 334-242-9500. The department’s programs include adult protective services, child protective services, food assistance, child support, adoption, foster care, family assistance, family services and child care.
Madison County Children’s Services
2206 Oakwood Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35810
Madison County’s Children’s Services Division provides education, care and support for youth and families. The division’s website provides information on family programs and services, child support, day care, family and children’s services, child welfare and food assistance.
Morgan County Children’s Services
507 14th St. SE
Decatur, AL 35601
Go to the division’s website for information about adult and child protective services, food assistance, child support, adoption and foster care, family assistance and services and child care.
Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet faces new outside dangers in Alabama, such as alligators and snakes. Six species of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads, pose a danger for a dog in wooded and watery areas. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose another threat. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.
Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Outdoor Alabama 334-242-3469
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advises the governor and Legislature on management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. The Department has four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The department provides a variety of programs, activities and opportunities to help Alaska residents enjoy the outdoors.
Madison County Animal Control
100 Hughes Road
Madison, AL 35758
Animal shelter 256-722-5694
Madison Animal Control is part of the Madison Police Department and is responsible for protecting the residents and domesticated animals of Madison. The agency website includes links for how to adopt a pet, how to license your pet, how to report a barking dog and how to report animal abuse or a lost animal. If you encounter problems with a wild animal, call 256-721-1838 or 256-462-1350.
Huntsville Animal Services
4950 Triana Blvd. SW
Huntsville, AL 35805
Huntsville Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include animal control, spay and neuter programs, and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws. To volunteer at the shelter, call 256-883-3794.
Morgan County Animal Control
1314 Industrial Drive SE
Hartselle, AL 35640
Morgan County Animal Control runs the animal shelter for the county and is responsible for complaints concerning dogs and cats, from picking up strays to dog bites, abuse and injured animals.
The animal shelter takes all dogs and cats from Morgan County at no charge (none are accepted from Decatur, which has its own animal services department). The shelter has an adoption area and a kitten play room furnished with climbing stands and toys.
Decatur Animal Services
300A Beltline Road SW
Decatur, AL 35601
Decatur Animal Services is a municipal animal shelter responsible for cruelty investigations and enforcing animal ordinances; programs include adoptions, education, volunteerism and rescue.
Its mission is to improve the bond between humans and animals and to promote humane treatment of animals and respect for life. The agency receives domestic pets such as dogs and cats from residents of Decatur. For assistance with animal issues outside Decatur, contact Morgan County Animal Control at 256-773-2934.
Veterinary services in Madison and Morgan counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. In Madison County, a place to start looking is the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association’s website.
State of Alabama
Department of Highway Revenue - Motor Vehicle Division
The division is responsible for issuing motor vehicle titles, maintaining vehicle registration information and enforcing the Mandatory Liability Insurance Act.
Visit the department online for detailed information.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Alabama Emergency Management is Alabama’s coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Visit the agency’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.
The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency is a city-county government agency that is responsible for planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery in Madison County. Visit the office’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and other disaster preparedness information.
Huntsville Fire and Rescue
Madison Fire & Rescue
Morgan County’s Department of Emergency Management develops and enhances the county’s disaster preparedness and recovery plans for all hazards. Visit the department’s website for the county’s storm shelter information hurricane guide and other disaster preparedness information.
Decatur Fire & Rescue