Frequently Asked Questions

How do I adopt a pet from the Bay County Animal Shelter?

Call 767-3333 or check the Bay County Animal Control Website for available pets for adoption.

What is the cost associated with adoption of a pet and what do I get with that payment?

Fees to Adopt

I have stray dogs or cats, how can I get them removed?

Call the Bay County Animal Control Dispatch at (850) 248-6034 for Bay County Animal Shelter at (850) 767-3333.

I have raccoons or opossums, how can I get them removed?

Concerns About wildlife are best addressed by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 265-3676 or 888-404-3922.

How do I handle a barking dog complaint?

Contact Animal Control Dispatch at (850) 248-6034 to report violations of the Noise Ordinance No. 13-34, Ch. 4 Section 302. Once the investigating Officer has received at least two unrelated adult witnesses from different residences, a sworn affidavit attesting to the committing of a nuisance pursuant to such Section or subsection, or the citing Officer has witnessed the commission of such a nuisance. Affidavits attesting to the nuisance must come from residents within a three-block radius (approximately 900-foot radius). Affidavits can be obtained from the Bay County Animal Services Website.

How many animals am I allowed to have in Panama City?

Four. 4 dogs or 4 cats, or any combo of each not to exceed 4 total animals.

How many animals am I allowed to have in Bay County?

Any amount as long as they are properly cared for.

Does Animal Control handle snakes?

Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 265-3676 or 888-404-3922 for additional information about snakes. Snake problems are best handled by professional pest control companies. However, if you have captured a snake or find yourself in any unsafe situation concerning a snake, contact Animal Services Dispatch and describe the situation.

Does Animal Control handle rats?

Rodent problems are best handled by professional pest control companies.

Will Animal Control micro chip my pet?

Bay County Animal Control will micro chip your pet for a fee of $10.00 if you bring your pet to the Animal Control facility during regular business hours.

How do I handle a welfare check complaint?

Call Animal Control dispatch with the location of the animal(s) and describe the situation.

Are pigs, horses, and other livestock allowed in the county?

Yes, as long as they are being properly cared for.

Does Animal Control handle wild birds?

Concerns about wildlife including birds are best addressed by calling Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 265-3676 or 888-404-3922.

Does Animal Control handle alligators?

Concerns about alligators or other dangerous wildlife are best addressed by calling FWC 265-3676 or 888-404-3922, or the Alligator Trapper hotline 866-392-4286.

How do I pay my citation?

Go to the Bay County Court House, Traffic Division with your copy of the citation.

What is a Notice to Comply?

Not a citation, but a notice that there has been a complaint in regards to your animal(s).

How can I find out if Animal Control picked up my pet?

Call Bay County shelter or check the website.

How do I get a copy of an Animal Control report?

Call Animal Control Dispatch and ask for a records request for an Animal Control report. Be sure to have the date and location of the reports with your wish.

Is there a charge for copies of Animal Control reports?

Yes. The charge is .15 cent per page.

What area does Bay County Animal Control cover?

Bay County Animal Control covers the unincorporated areas of Bay County, Callaway, Parker, Panama City, Panama City Beach and Springfield.

How do I contact the Lynn Haven Shelter?

Call 265-4699 or 265-1112.

What can I do to help Animal Control with dogs running loose?

Take pictures or video of the dog(s) off property running loose. Once they are developed call Animal Control dispatch and advise the operator that you have pictures/video for pick up, and the offending address.

I have found an animal, what should I do?

If you would like to hold the animal, call the shelter to fill out a missing animal report. If you wish the animal picked up, call Animal Control dispatch at 767-3333.

Is there a fee to use a county trap?

There is a $50.00 refundable deposit for dog traps and a $35.00 refundable deposit for cat traps. Trap deposits are refundable upon return of trap within 7 day period.

What is the fee to have my animal euthanized?

The euthanasia fee is $30.00 and you have to bring the animal to the shelter. Private cremation services are available for $30.00 with an additional $10.00 charge for return of ashes.

What information should I have when calling to report a dog running loose?

You should have a description of the animal(s), what they are currently doing, what direction they are heading, any collars or tags, location of the owners.