Programs & Services

Animal Control Services

The Animal Control Officers work to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals. They include opportunities to rescue animals and prosecute individuals who abuse them, provide impounded animals with humane care at the shelter until they are reunited with their owner, or adopted; educate the public about the realities of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership; or grant a humane and dignified death to surplus, unwanted, or diseased animals. Their job of protecting animals and the community involve education making presentations to groups of school children, or working with law enforcement to protect people and pets in a family. Animal control officers are not only concerned with an animal’s well-being but with the safety of the community. Animal control officers must effectively communicate with animals and people to resolve problems. They may inspect animal-related complaints to be sure that animals are receiving adequate care, rescue trapped or injured animals, investigate animal bites and cruelty complaints, issue citations and file for prosecution of people who violate laws concerning animals.

To accomplish all this, Animal Control Officers require knowledge of anti-cruelty and control laws, proper animal care standards, common animal diseases and treatments, and basic rules of criminal procedure.

Spay & Neutering Program 

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Pet! 

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You!

  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

Spaying and Neutering Are Good for the Community!

  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.

Who must Spay & Neuter their Pet?

Daphne does enforce the state mandatory spay or neuter laws on all animals adoption from the shelter. Click here to see the City of Daphne Ordinance.

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Options

You may also apply for a BARC spay or neuter voucher, which helps low income families with the cost of altering your pet. Call Baldwin Animal Rescue Control (BARC) for a complete list of participating veterinarians and/or details at 251-928-4585.

Local Participating BARC Veterinarians & Non-Profit Organizations

Fairhope Feral Cat Coalition
251-510-8585

Baldwin County Humane Society (Fairhope)
251-928-4585 Ext. 100

Eastern Shore Pet Hospital
251-928-8772

Bay Animal Clinic
24060 US Hwy 98
Montrose, AL 36559
251-928-5630

Fairhope Animal Clinic & Pet
358 S Greeno Rd
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-928-8555

Highland Animal Hospital
27367 Hwy 98
Daphne, AL 36526
251-626-2653

Spanish Fort Animal Clinic