Bay County Animal Control is getting an independent contractor for the next nine months. County Executive Jim Barcia said this employee will serve as an outreach specialist, speaking to community groups and through social media platforms about the importance of spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets. He adds the employee will also encourage residents to adopt  dogs and cats from the County’s Animal Control shelter.

The County Board of Commissioners’ Ways and Means Committee approved the  proposal Tuesday. The position will be paid for with funds available in the existing animal control budget.