To make a report call the Bay Minete Police Department at 251.580.2559.
Animal Control Officer, Gina Jones
The Animal Control Officer (ACO) has primary responsibility to investigate allegations of animal abuse, cruelty to animals, and animal nuisance within the City of Bay Minette.
The ACO also works with outside public service agencies and private partnerships to insure that complaints of animal abuse, cruelty, or animal nuisances are fully investigated and handled with care and compassion for the animals consistent with the goal of public safety.
Feral Cat Protection Policy (FCPP)
As of, February 11, 2014, the City of Bay Minette Animal Control Officer no longer impounds healthy feral cats brought to the shelter and no longer traps healthy feral cats for impoundment to be euthanized. Feral cats are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable. Instead of impoundment, the Bay Minette Animal Control Officer and the Bay Minette Animal Clinic/Shelter now promotes Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats. Through TNR, feral cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered by a veterinarian, ear-tipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor home.
Gina Jones presented Rob Walker Compassion Award
(Published April 21, 2014. Story link here.)
Gina Jones has a heart for helping animals find a forever home. Since 2001, she has served as the Animal Control Officer for the City of Bay Minette and has helped facilitate adoptions of more than 3,500 dogs and cats.
The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC!) honored Jones for her dedication to the job, presenting her the Rob Walker Compassion Award at its annual meeting. “Gina works tirelessly to help the animals of Baldwin County. She comes to almost every single one of BARC’s adoption events on her own time, and brings animals out of Bay Minette to try and find homes for them. We are so thankful to have her as part of the BARC team,” said Abby Pruett with the Humane Society. “She is a voice for the animals who are so often forgotten.”
The award came as a big surprise to Jones who thought she had been invited to give a presentation on a grant she had received. She was shocked when they called her name. “I was so blown away,” Jones said. “I started crying, I was so excited.”
She said it was truly an honor to win an award named for Walker, who had been a long-time director of the Baldwin County Humane Society. Jones said she had worked with Walker prior to his death.
“It was a shock and I had no idea I was getting that award. I just love them, the Humane Society is so good to the City of Bay Minette,” she said, adding that the organization often helps to find homes for pets that are not adopted and has also helped to pay veterinarian bills for injured animals.
Jones has been a champion for the dogs and cats who end up in the city-funded North Baldwin Animal Shelter. She spends most Saturdays working at area pet adoptions, hoping to find a home for those animals in her care. She also works to help socialize the animals and finds foster families for those who need extra time to find a home.
“Normally we adopt out more than 300 a year, sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less,” Jones said. “We do not euthanize any that are healthy and adoptable, only those that are injured, sick or vicious.”
The job takes its toll, she said, because there is a lot of care put into the work. “It’s a career for a lifetime, not just something you can get out there and take lightly,” she said. “You have to deal with the public, you have to deal with the vet and you have to deal with death.”
Police Chief Clarence Crook praised Jones for “going the extra mile” in her job. “She is very compassionate and she has a heart for animals,” Crook said. “She goes above and beyond what others would do to make sure that they animals are taken care of while in her care.”
Crook said the city is proud of Jones for winning the much-deserved award. “That is her heart; that is what she loves to do. When we need her she is there. A lot of times when she is off and if we call her, she will come out and do what she needs to do.”
Jones is always looking for new funding opportunities. She has received more than $48,000 in grants from Maddie’s Fund and recently earned a $5,000 grant from the Alley Cats Allies.
One message that Jones tries to share is that shelters are full of loving, adoptable pets just waiting for a home. “If you are looking for an animal, whether it’s small, medium or larger, always check with the shelter because we will have what you are looking for,” she said. Ramer said that pets adopted from shelters are typically healthier than those purchased from breeders because they have been tested for various diseases and will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
She said shelter pets are wonderful companions. “They may not be the perfect animal but you can make it the perfect animal for you,” she said. “They want to please you but you have to show them what to do and have patience with them.”
The cost to adopt a pet from the North Baldwin Animal Shelter is $95 which covers the cost of all tests and to have the pet spayed or neutered. For more information, call Jones at 251-580-2559 or call the Animal Shelter at 251-937-7540. North Baldwin Animal Shelter is housed at the Bay Minette Animal Clinic on Hand Avenue.