Bay County Animal Control May See Changes

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

The next time you adopt a pet from Bay County's Animal Control, you may notice some changes. The county commission is looking to make the adoption process easier.

Dogs barking and cats meowing mean only one thing at Bay County's animal control: they're looking for a home. Bay County resident, Kathryn Duncan, couldn't resist.

"We see animals and like any other person, you want to adopt them all, but you can't. So the one or two you get you're just ecstatic that you can do that because you know you're giving them a good home," said Duncan.

16-year-old Duncan and her family say they're big pet lovers. They currently have 9.

The Bay County commission is looking to change the adoption process.

"It's going to give the county manager the ability to go ahead and make those changes to the animal control contract as we see fit, rather than having to take it before the board, anytime there might be a change," said Valerie Sale, spokeswoman for Bay County.

One change Duncan says she'd like to see is the $75 adoption fee go down.

"I mean we're like major pet lovers. We have a lot of animals. If they were a little bit lower, then we would be able to get more," said Duncan.
It's a recommendation the county says they're considering.

"The University of Florida has made some really good and valid suggestions for ways for us to increase the number of adoptions that we have at animal control. Amongst those is to reduce or eliminate the adoption fee and that's certainly something we're looking at doing," said Sale.

Despite the fee, Duncan says she loves the pets she's adopted.

"I've adopted both cats and dogs through them and they've turned out

The Bay County commission will also be looking to create a separate animal control fund for all fees, fines, and donations. Currently that money goes into the county's general fund.

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