Humane Society of Bay County FAQ
Q: Are the Humane Society of Bay County and the Bay County Animal Control the same organization? A: No, they are two different entities. Bay County Animal Control is a county-run facility that has paid employees. Its facility houses homeless animals that are available for adoption. The Humane Society, staffed by volunteers, is an advocate for Bay County Animal Control adoptions. The Humane Society also buys medication and veterinary care for animals. In addition, the Humane Society was a source of significant funding for building the Bay County Animal Control facility.
Q: Can I get a donation box for my business? A: Yes! We're always looking for new sites to place our attractive plastic donation boxes. We rely upon the donations from these boxes to support our programs. Call the Humane Society at (989) 893-0451 for more information.
Q: Can I volunteer? A: The Humane Society is always looking for new volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page or attend the next board meeting to learn about current needs. The board meets every third Thursday of the month at Animal Control. Meetings are open to the public.
Q: Does the Humane Society oppose hunting? A: The Humane Society does not oppose hunting, but does support humane treatment of animals.
Q: How can I help the Humane Society? A: The Humane Society is always in need of volunteers for our programs and activities. We rely upon the citizens of Bay County to help us operate. Volunteering is the best way to help the Humane Society. We can also use the following items:
- First class stamps for mailing letters and rebates.
- Gift cards for pet food/supplies to help owners with emergency needs.
- Gently used towels and blankets for the pets at Animal Control.
- Support the Pet Pantry at The Salvation Army by donating pet food and cat litter.
Q: How do I adopt a pet? - How do I surrender a pet? A: The Humane Society is not directly involved in adopting or accepting pets. These inquires should be directed to Bay County Animal Control, 800 Livingston Street, Bay City, MI 48708-6380, (989) 894-0679 Voice, (989) 895-4049 TDD/TTY.
Q: How do I join? - How does my business join? A: Visit our Membership page to learn about the different levels of membership.
Q: How much do board members get paid? A: Nothing. Humane Society of Bay County board members are not paid.
Q: What does the Humane Society do? A: The purpose of the society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education. Our goal is to improve the health and welfare of the animals in our community, to educate the public into becoming responsible animal owners and to be a part of a new community shelter with and education center.
Q: Where does my donation go? A: Your tax-deductible donation goes to support our many programs, including the following:
- Spay/Neuter Rebates - rebates for sterilized animals promoting responsible pet ownership and promoting the health of cats and dogs.
- Scholarship - scholarship for a Bay County student going into an animal-related field of study.
- Community Outreach - financial assistance for emergency or special circumstance pet care.
- Foster care for pets from domestic abuse situations.
- Many other worthy activities!
Q: Why doesn't anyone answer the phone when I call? A: The Humane Society does not have a permanent location or staff. All calls go to an answering service. The calls are checked daily by volunteers who respond or forward the message to the appropriate person.
Q: Will the Humane Society speak to my group? A: Yes! We're always delighted to offer presentations to groups about a variety of animal-related topics. Subjects can be customized to fit your needs. While there is no fee for the speaker, a nominal fee may be requested to cover printing and travel costs.