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The nose knows: Cosmo predicts an early spring at Huntsville Animal Services’ Ground Dog Day

Published on February 2, 2024

If the winter season has you down, don’t worry – spring is just around the corner.

Cosmo, a young mixed-breed male, chows down on a bowl of kibble marked "Early Spring" on Friday, Feb. 2, at the third annual Ground Dog Day event.
Cosmo, a young mixed-breed male, chows down on a bowl of kibble marked “Early Spring” on Friday, Feb. 2, at the third annual Ground Dog Day event.

That is, if you believe Cosmo, a mixed-breed male that made the prediction at the third annual Ground Dog Day at Huntsville Animal Services. Cosmo’s prognostication mirrors earlier predictions made by Punxsutawney Phil and Sand Mountain Sam.

Leashed by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Cosmo was initially timid as he approached bowls of kibble marked “Early Spring” and “More Winter.” He then decisively stepped toward the “Early Spring” bowl and chowed down.

It was a big day for Cosmo. His moment in the spotlight arrived on the heels of a bath and then a brief walk with Mayor Battle. Even better, he’ll soon go to a forever home after being adopted by someone who saw his photo on the Huntsville Animal Services Facebook page.


Ground Dog Day is an opportunity to promote awareness about the animals available for adoption, said Huntsville Animal Services Interim Director Virgie Graham. It’s also a way to promote responsible pet ownership and urge the public to spay and neuter.

“Our mission at Huntsville Animal Services goes beyond finding homes for animals; it’s about creating a community of compassionate people who recognize the value of every rescue animal,” he said. “To prevent more wonderful creatures like Cosmo from ending up in shelters, we must stress the importance of spaying and neutering.”

Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the shelter, where other deserving animals await loving homes. The shelter is waiving fees on most adult animals through Wednesday.

Each pet is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before leaving the shelter. Pets are also treated with a three-month application of flea and tick preventative. Animals come with a City license and free bag of pet food while supplies last. Click here to see photos, ages and descriptions of available animals.

Animal Services is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 256-883-3782, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal or visit them on Facebook to learn more.