On December 31, Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, came into work to find a 10-year-old blind Yorkie left in the rain tied to the building overnight.
Humane Society workers “already have 200 animals” to care for, Cornelius said.
So when Cornelius sees volunteers like Scott Register volunteering their time to help staff and animals, it’s a blessing, she says.
“It never fails…that we come here and something amazing happens,” Cornelius said. “It restores your faith.”
Cornelius said the job is tough but made easier with people like Register, who is best known as the host of Reg’s Coffee House and co-host of the morning show with Reg and Will on Birmingham Mountain Radio.
For his efforts, which also include a stint on the company’s board, Register is being honored at the company’s Jazz Cat Ball, an annual fundraiser held this year on April 30 in Birmingham.
“He’s a saint,” said Cornelius.
Register’s entire family serves, including his wife and children, she said.
“The whole family is committed to the humane treatment of people and animals,” Cornelius said.
Register said it is an honor to be able to represent human society. His wife is a veterinarian, so helping animals comes naturally to him and his children, he said.
“It’s in the blood, I think,” Register said.
Register joined the Humane Society’s board of directors in 1997 and served approximately 10 years, seeing the organization grow and move into its current location at 300 Snow Drive through fundraising. Human society is “much more than an animal sanctuary”, he said. “They give a voice to the voiceless.”
The humane society also provides education and works to prevent animal abuse and homelessness, Register said.
[The humane society is] much more than an animal shelter. They give a voice to the voiceless.
Seeing the new location come to fruition was a “huge deal,” Register said. The move was made possible by fundraisers like the Jazz Cat Ball, over which Register presided as “king.”
Register said one of the things he loves about having the forum provided to him by Birmingham Mountain Radio is being able to support groups like the Humane Society.
“We don’t miss an opportunity to help,” he said.
The Humane Society was seen more as an adoption agency than a shelter, and in recent decades has become more community-oriented and provided more education and welfare.
Register adopted a dog from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, a rescue dog from his wife’s clinic, a rescue cat from the Shelby Humane Society and a cat from his wife’s clinic.
“We have a house full of adopted pets,” Register said.
The Jazz Cat Ball helps raise funds so human society can do its daily work, Register said. He is still “blown away” by the items up for auction as part of the fundraiser, he said. It’s also a fun time for staff to celebrate all the work they do over the year, he said.
This year’s ball will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham. To learn more, visit gbhs.org.