Frequently Asked Questions & Information 

State Law Requires

  • That all dogs and cats in Bay County be licensed starting at the age of 4 months.
  • That you provide proper food, water, shelter and sanitary conditions for all pets.
  • Licenses must be renewed every one to three years, depending on your rabies vaccination.
  • Dogs and cats to vaccinated against rabies by the age of four months.
  • All animal bites and scratches that draw blood must be reported.
  • Report animal cruelty.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Stray animals brought to the shelter without a collar are held for four days before being set up for adoption.
    Animals with a collar are held for seven days, as per state law.
  • Animals surrendered by their owner are available for immediate disposition.
  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets adopted from the Shelter are mandated to be sterilized per the adoption contract.
  • This shelter does NOT sell animals for research.
  • Euthanizing is done by a lethal injection that makes the animal "go to sleep".
  • This shelter accepts donations. Common items are old towels & blankets, dog & cat food, kitty litter, bleach,
    newspapers, detergent, fabric softener, and dog & cat treats or toys.

Important Tips

  • Check your puppy's collar often; your puppy grows quickly and will need frequent adjustments.
  • Generic pet foods may NOT provide proper nutrition for your pet.
  • Puppies and kittens NEED their first vaccinations at 6 weeks of age.
  • Please spay and neuter your pets to reduce over population and the spread of disease.