THE BISSELL FOUNDATION EMPTY THE SHELTER EVENT ON OCTOBER 14,2017 AT THE BAY COUNTY SHELTER WAS A BIG SUCCESS!! WE ADOPTED OUT 56 ANIMALS THAT WAS 14 DOGS & 42 CATS. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS SUCH A BIG SUCCESS When people think of who cares for abandoned or neglected animals, they think of Animal Control. However, this office provides many more services to the citizens of Bay County, especially when it comes to protecting the public's health.
Animal Control investigates all reported animal bites, quarantines animals that have bitten humans and consults with veterinary, medical, and other professionals, when there is a possibility of any transmittable disease from animals to humans. The Animal Control Division enforces county ordinances and ensures that state laws are upheld. The division is also busy licensing dogs and cats, and inspecting kennels.
Effective July 8, 2017 Bay County Animal Control will accept cats and kittens by appointment only. Please contact Animal Control at 989-894-0679 to inquire as to space availability and to schedule an appointment. If we are at capacity, your contact information will be added to our waiting list. What's New at the Animal Shelter: Here is this week's video from Bay County TV. Hours of Operation: The Shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.
m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., in an effort to accommodate citizens as best we can with available resources. We accept only cash or check. WE NOW SERVE HILL'S SCIENCE DIET TO OUR FURRY FRIENDS AT BAY COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL & CARE CENTER!!! We are Now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baycounty - please "like" our page!Please also visit some of our supporters' Facebook pages & websites! Animal Control Ordinances To access the complete set of Bay County Animal Control Ordinances through Municode.
org, click here. (There is no charge to use this service.) Animal Surrender Form To animal owners we understand that there maybe a time when you have to give up ownership of your pet to the shelter. To help make the transition easier we now have a form that you can print and fill out to bring in with you when you have to give up ownership of your pet. This will help us make it a smoother and easier transition to finding a new home for your pet.
Click here to access the form. Thank you for your cooperation. Informational Videos on Cats & Dogs Cat Information Videos Dog Information Videos Volunteers Needed Bay County Animal Control is seeking volunteers to assist in the care and welfare of dogs and cats at the Animal Control Shelter. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. We are looking for motivated individuals willing to exercise dogs in walking them and/or socializing with them in an exercise area.
Those looking forward to their involvement in these areas should visit the Shelter, 800 Livingston Ave., Bay City, MI, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday though Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m., on Saturday. By working with committed volunteers, we are able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, while providing them with loving temporary care. Abuse and Neglect Did you know, according to the Humane Society, that only 10% of animal abuse and neglect is reported to the appropriate authorities? Abuse can be defined as the physical abuse of an animal.
Neglect can be defined as the failure to properly feed an animal at appropriate times; provide cover for a dog when kept outside, either from the sun or in cold weather; failure to properly groom an animal and the failure to see to the medical needs of an animal. Should you witness any of the above, please take the time to report it to animal control at 989-894-0679. Back to TopSee Also: Buy Farm Animals Online
The zoo is going to be a terrific option location if you prefer to get animals shots without having a visit to safari in summer time. It is possible to take their photographs in the harmless bench that is definitely out there in the vicinity of the cages. For making you achievement in having the pictures of animals that you'd like, you are able to observe the next suggestions.
Outside of a jungle of rain-washed pines and junipers spearing the recent blueness with the Florida sky, ran a small, tawny-haired boy. His bare feet, extending from his overalled legs, crackled versus the fallen palmettos. He leaped in the air, flinging his arms towards a flock of white doves circling previously mentioned him.
BAY CITY, MI -- As part of an ongoing effort to reduce cats' euthanasia rates, Bay County Animal Control is employing a novel solution: take in fewer felines that are likely to be killed. Starting Saturday, July 8, the shelter at 800 Livingston St. in Bay City will accept kittens and cats by appointment only. If the shelter is already at capacity, meaning its 75 cat cages are occupied, callers' names will be added to a wait list.
Animal Control Director Michael F. Halstead said this approach is born of a desire to make the agency a no-kill shelter. In addition, the agency is no longer lending traps for people to nab feral cats to bring to the shelter. The agency is also making its all-night drop box only accessible to law enforcement officers, meaning citizens can no longer drop off cats or dogs at night, no questions asked.
Halstead added that having fewer cats will hopefully stymie the spread of upper respiratory infections, a bane among felines for years. When the felines' stress levels are heightened -- brought on by the clamor of nearby barking dogs -- their immune systems are weakened. The infection then spreads throughout the cats' close quarters. So far in 2017, the shelter has not been at-capacity for cats. However, there were numerous times in previous years that such a situation developed, leading to upper respiratory infections spreading through the cages like wildfire.
A memo authored by Halstead and Bay County Administrative Services Director Debra Russell state the policy changes are more humane and allow for better allocation of public funds. The memo outlines several reasons the agency is no longer loaning cat traps, one being that many cats picked up as strays are in fact domestic individuals who have a better chance of finding their way home if left alone.
"Once brought to the shelter, the cat has only a 2 percent chance of reuniting with its owner," shelter officials said in the memo. "With this knowledge, we cannot justify the use of tax dollars to make it more difficult for an owner to be reunited with their pet by our accepting trapped, owned pets." The memo also states the healthy and acclimated feral cats should be viewed as other wildlife, akin to squirrels and chipmunks.
"As a public shelter, it is inhumane for us to accept a healthy animal for which adoption is not a possibility and kill it, knowing it can live and thrive in its existing environment," Halstead and Russell wrote. They added that trapping and killing a feral cat can actually worsen whatever harm done to the ecosystem by creating a "vacuum-effect," wherein several more feral felines are drawn in to fill a void left by their removed predecessor.
They added Animal Control is understaffed according to national standards. As a result, the agency needs to focus its resources on enforcing public safety and animal cruelty laws, reuniting lost animals with their owners, and providing quality care for cats and dogs in the shelter in need of adoption. Killing adoptable cats and dogs is also a contributor to compassion fatigue among employees; thus, Russell and Halstead argue, they need to eliminate such activities to protect staff.
In 2016, Animal Control euthanized 847 of the 1,430 cats they took in, or 59 percent. That is a reduction from 66 percent the year before, and 76 percent the two years before that. Euthanasia rates down for cats, up for dogs in Bay County Russell and Halstead expressed sympathy to those who seek cat traps to eliminate nuisances feral cats can create, such as yowling or using homeowners' properties as litterboxes.
They suggested bothered citizens contact the Humane Society of Bay County (HSBC), which has a Trap, Neuter, and Return program. As the name implies, a stray cat is trapped and brought to the HSBC. The group then arranges to have the cat sterilized and vaccinated, before being returned to where it was taken from. "Neutering not only stops future generations, does not cause a vacuum-effect, and it also stops nuisance behavior such as fighting and yowling," Russell and Halstead wrote.
Jeannie Wolicki-Nichols, president of the HSBC's board of directors, said she supports Animal Control's new policies. "Cats do not do well in a shelter situation, and when it's overcrowded, it's a death sentence for them," she said. "On the other hand, the cat situation is a community issue. There are low cost spay-neuter options and (trap-neuter-release) is the only proven solution for controlling the cat population.
" Jeannie Wolicki-Nichols plays with stray kittens she is fostering at her home in this 2015 photo.Yfat Yossifor | The Bay City Times Warren-based All About Animal Rescue visits the HSBC twice per month to collect cats and dogs in need of sterilization. Individuals with a feral cat they'd like to have sterilized can call the organization at 1-888-577-2943 and have the procedure performed for $25, Wolicki-Nichols said.
Citizens can also call the HSBC at 989-893-0451 to bring them strays in need of sterilization, but Wolicki-Nichols cautioned there is a limit to her group's resources. "As a volunteer organization, we do not have the manpower to TNR all community cats," she said. "We have done it for almost 500 cats in 2016, but we can't just have people thinking we can take care of all TNR in this county. It has to be more than just us.
The bottom line is, come volunteer and be part of the solution." Bay County Executive Jim Barcia has been vocal in his support for Animal Control becoming a no-kill shelter. To that end, he called for the formation of the Bay County Animal Control Strategic Plan Working Committee to research methods to implement so the shelter could achieve such a status. The committee is composed of Halstead, Russell, and representatives from several animal rescue groups including the HSBC, Shelter Angels, the Michigan Shelter Animals, and the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.
As for how to keep cats from defecating on your lawn, Russell and Halstead recommend getting a motion-sensing sprinkler. "Once the cats are hit with the water a time or two, they will steer clear of the area," they wrote. To make an appointment to bring a cat to Bay County Animal Control, call 989-894-0679.