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Report from UF Highlights Needed Changes at Bay County Animal Control

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Bay County Animal Control is searching for new management, possibly allowing free adoptions and looking at the option of same day adoptions.

The University of Florida sent their draft report on the shelter to Bay County Thursday. From softer pet beds to a more volunteer friendly atmosphere, the goal is make the shelter the best in show.

Kittens, horses and dogs located at the Bay County Animal Control are in search of a home and a new director. According to public information officer Valerie Sale, not just any employee will do. "We are advertising for a veterinarian and that person would certainly play a role in management."

This switch is to make the shelter a healthier place. "In the hopes that they will help render help to those animals as they come in and also reduce the number of illnesses that we see at the shelter.", Sale said.

Other changes include;

  • Streamlining records
  • Teaching staff to recognize diseases
  • Taking in fewer cats
  • Offering free adoptions
  • Offering same day adoptions
  • Provide a more humane euthanasia experience

Sale, "We provide animal control to a lot of municipalities in Bay County and so obviously we want to provide the best service we can to the municipalities and the citizens of Bay County."

The document took six months to create. The veterinarian position was posted Wednesday and closes June 11th. Moving forward the Bay County Commission will meet and revise the draft before finalizing what changes will be made to the shelter.