Animal Control

The primary function and intent of the City of Lynn Haven Animal Control is to provide protection for the health, safety and welfare of the public within the city limits, by controlling the animal population and by establishing uniform rules for the control and eradication of rabies.

In addition, Lynn Haven Animal Control strives to:

  1. Educate the public about responsible pet care and ownership.
  2. Promote spaying and neutering of pets to aid in reducing the stray population.
  3. Work, in conjunction with law enforcement, to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.
  4. Find responsible forever homes for adoptable stray animals.

Lynn Haven citizens are known for their generosity and love for our animal population, often asking what they can donate to help our shelter. Dog and cat food, blankets, sheets and towels, toys, pet bottles and pet formula, dog and cat beds, and monetary donations are always welcomed.

We are very excited about the renovations underway at the animal control facility. The renovations will allow us to house more animals and offer a more secure and modern environment, better suited to not only take care of our animals, but to fulfill the increasing expectations of our citizens regarding the humane and compassionate treatment of animals. We appreciate your support!


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM  

Saturday: 8:00 AM to Noon 

Closed for Lunch Daily 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 

Closed Sunday and Wednesday 

*Operating hours may be impacted by the ability of staff to complete animal care prior to opening, which can cause the Animal Shelter to open a few minutes later. If you plan to visit right at opening time, call 850-265-4699 to verify we are on schedule. 


If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten, please feel free to come to the Animal Shelter Lobby to speak with our staff about visiting our available cats. No appointment is needed to adopt or view the available cats and kittens. 

If you are interested in adopting a dog or puppy, you are more than welcome to view our available dogs and puppies from the outside portion of the facility along the fenced kennels. If you would like to interact and adopt, please enter the Lobby doors, and speak with our staff about interacting with the potential adoptee. We ask that you schedule your adoption so that it is not within 30 minutes of the scheduled closing so that we can provide our undivided attention to you and your potential new family member. Please feel free to contact the animal shelter during scheduled business hours.

All available pets are on a “First come, First serve” basis and are not able to have a “hold” placed on them for adoption. 


Owner surrenders will only be accepted from Lynn Haven residents and a valid ID will be required.  

We no longer accept animals from unincorporated Bay County, the city of Panama City, or other surrounding areas outside of the Lynn Haven city limits. Non-Lynn Haven residents should contact Bay County Animal Control at (850) 767-3333 for assistance. 

Persons that drop off animals, whether in secure cages/crates or not, at the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter after hours or without going through the proper process, will be subject to prosecution for Animal Abandonment. Animal Abandonment is a first-degree misdemeanor providing for imprisonment or fines up to $5000 for those convicted under Florida statute 828.13. 

Please click the link below for full information on all of the current adoptions available at the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter. 

Madison adopted Bonnie 2
lab puppy 1
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couple adopts a puppy
woman kisses her pet dog
Simba dog for adoption
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