Bay Minette City Shelter and Baldwin County Humane Society
Bay Minette, Alabama
Bay Minette City Shelter is a municipal agency serving 8,000 residents. It houses adoptable animals at two veterinary hospitals. Between January and October 2013, the agency impounded 190 cats, and 104 were feral. Almost all of the feral cats were “euthanized” (i.e., killed). In 2009, the City of Bay Minette rewrote an ordinance to include Trap-Neuter-Return. The Future Five program will help get its program off to a great start.
Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC) is a nonprofit animal adoption agency partnering with Bay Minette City Shelter. BARC also offers low-cost spay/neuter and humane education.
Learning from the Success of Other Communities
June 15, 2014–We just got back from a visit to Bay Minette, where Alley Cat Allies arranged a one-on-one training session with career animal control officer (ACO) Mitch Schneider to train Bay Minette ACOs. They worked on animal handling techniques, and Mitch shared his vast experience of working with the public and promoting humane programs through education. While we were there, we also discussed both the challenges and lifesaving opportunities Bay Minette has, all to save more felines!
Bay Minette 9 – (l-r) Amanda Novotny, Mitch Schneider, Diane Blankenburg, and Gina Jones hold adoptable kittens.
Drinks for a Good Cause – Fundraiser and Adoption Event
May 10, 2014–Daphne, Alabama, wine house Southern Napa hosted a festival called 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn, with proceeds going to the Baldwin County Humane Society, the nonprofit animal adoption agency that is partnering with Bay Minette City Shelter. The shelter took part in the fun and held pet adoptions during the event. Partnering with local businesses for promotion and fundraising is a great way for shelters to gain visibility in the community.
Alley Cat Allies Presents at Animal Control Conference
April 15, 2014–We just returned from the Alabama Animal Control Association Conference , where Alley Cat Allies’ Amanda Novotny and Humane Network’s Diane Blankenburg gave a presentation along with the Bay Minette animal control officer about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) entitled “Helping Cats, the Community, and Animal Shelters Through Trap-Neuter-Return.” While we work together with Bay Minette, not only are they making strides in becoming a lifesaving agency, but also now even more animal control professionals in Alabama know about TNR and had the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts!
Planning for the Future
March 2014–Today, Alley Cat Allies had a productive discussion with animal control officer Gina Jones and Executive Director of BARC Karen Ignatz to strategize for the year ahead, including what programs can be instituted to save more lives, and the best ways to use the Future Five grant money to create a better community for cats.
BARC Looks to Shorten Kitten Season with Vouchers
February 3, 2014–Baldwin County Humane Society, a nonprofit animal adoption agency partnering with Bay Minette City Shelter, is offering spay/neuter vouchers for $15 as part of their kitten prevention program. The more cats get neutered this winter, the fewer kittens there will be when spring kitten season rolls around! Offering low-cost options is a key element of increasing the percentage of neutered cats in a community, and “beat the heat” initiatives help inspire the public to start thinking about the approaching kitten season – providing a valuable educational opportunity about spaying/neutering cats.
Press-Register Blogs About Bay Minette’s Future Five Grant
January 14, 2014–Mobile’s Press-Register writes about Bay Minette City Shelter receiving a Future Five grant on its blog.
Read the blog.
Bay Minette City Shelter Chosen for Future Five Program
January 14, 2014–Bay Minette City Shelter in Bay Minette, Ala. has been chosen as one of five participants nationwide in Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program.
“TNR is a win-win situation for the cats and the citizens of Bay Minette,” says Gina Jones, Bay Minette animal control officer. “Most of the time animal control officers are labeled as ‘animal killers,’ and we need to change the way the public views us so we can better serve the cats and the community.”
Read the press release.