Animal Control & Care Center

Michael F. Halstead, Manager

Animal Control Shelter
800 Livingston Street
Bay City, Michigan 48708-6380
Voice: (989) 894-0679

Bay County Animal Shelter

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. We accept cats and dogs from Bay County Residents only!! 






The mission of Bay County Animal Control is to deliver with outstanding customer service:

  • Enforcement of animal welfare laws and ordinances;
  • Promotion of humane treatment of animals; and
  • Adherence to best practices for the care and re-homing of animals in our care. 

Animal Control Plan Document

We've been working toward establishing Best Practices at Bay County Animal Control. This document was submitted to the Board of Commissioners for review. 

The work is ongoing, but this document reflects what we have accomplished to date and what we would like to see done in the future. We are currently working toward changes to our current Animal Control Ordinance. The Committee will be making recommendations and presenting them to Corporation Counsel for revisions to our current Ordinance that incorporates best practices.

Please click here to download the Final Plan document.

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 TAKE CATS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!! IF WE ARE FULL AT THE TIME YOU CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT WE WILL THEN PUT YOU ON OUR WAITING LIST.

We accept only cash or check.



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Animal Control Ordinances

To access the complete set of Bay County Animal Control Ordinances through, 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, please note we only take dogs and cats from Bay County Residents only. 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. WE TAKE CATS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!! PLEASE CALL 989-894-0679 TO GET AN APPOINTMENT. IF WE ARE FULL WE WILL PUT YOU ON THE WAITING LIST. 

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. We need individuals willing to spend time with the cats to help with socializing them with the public.  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. 

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