Bay County Animal Shelter Expands Medical Care Facility


Beginning this week, rescued animals are getting better care at the Bay County Animal Shelter. Employees just opened a brand new veterinarian clinic at the shelter. 

Firefighters rescued Lizzy and her three siblings from a house fire in Youngstown Thursday morning. Their first stop was the new vet’s office at the Bay County Animal Shelter. 

“Everyday I get here around 6 and I do my medical rounds.,” said Veterinarian Megan Keller.

Dr. Keller and Vet Technician Katie Swanson will nurse the puppies back to health so they can be adopted.  

“I’m the only one in the facility and I work with my technician Katie and we just kind of run all the medical here by ourselves,” said Dr. Keller.

The county first hired a full-time veterinarian in 2015. Their first room was small. 

“Well previously I’ve been working out of what essentially was a closet or the animal controls office, so I kicked them out of their office for a good year, and they are happy to have that back,” said Dr. Keller.

Dr. Keller and Swanson moved into the new examining room Monday. The new room will mean improved care for incoming pets. 

“With the addition of this facility we can spay and neuter faster. Because we’re only allowed a few spots at Operation Spay Bay because they have to service the public as well,  So we can actually do some of our own surgeries here which minimizes the time the dogs are in the shelter,” said Dr. Keller.

As far as Lizzy and her siblings go, they will be ready for adoption in about a week. All animals are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and treated for heart worm before they’re eligible for adoption. The shelter paid for the new addition with budget money and public donations. 

You can call 850-767-3333 if you are interested in adopting. 

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