The Bradley County Commission, at a special meeting on Tuesday night, voted to pay Cleveland Animal Services $120,000 under a six-month contract to pick up stray animals out in the county.
The Cleveland City Council had offered either a three-month contract at $25,000 per month or the six-month option.
At the same time, Bradley County is accepting applications from private groups willing to set up a shelter.
County Mayor Gary Davis said at least two groups have viable plans.
The proposals are due on Thursday.