Bay Co. Humane Society

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

The Bay County Humane Society was applauded last year when it changed to a "no-kill" shelter.

However, the move has come at a price.

Adoptions aren't as plentiful as they need to be to create more space, so the shelter has more animals than it can handle. Now, there is talk of getting rid of some ducks, bunnies and pigs to save cash.

A number of geese are right at home at the Bay County Humane Society, and fortunately they won't be leaving anytime soon.

However, that almost wasn't the case.

Humane society officials were considering moving some of the non-traditional pets out of the shelter to create more room, but they've decided against the plan.

Instead, they're embarking on a clean-up, paint-up, fix-up campaign.

Harfman says the shelter's ventilation is shot, ceiling tiles need replacing and drainage problems send back flow into kennels.

That means moving the dogs often, and money will be a problem.

The lack of funds is nothing to snore at, but humane society officials are purring with optimism.

"We're gonna’ do as many adoptions as we can until then. We may be closed here or there, a week here, a couple of days there to do repainting, repairs and what not. We're gonna’ stick with it. Nobody's going anywhere," officials said Monday. "Whether you wanna’ sponsor a dog and pay for their spay/neuter surgery, if you wanna’ come help us get our lift fixed, if you wanna’ donate some paint, donate some paint brushes."

Adoptions will be a big help, but it costs money to make repairs and feed animals.

The organization needs donations, and if you just can't spare the cash, you can always volunteer your time, something as simple as walking a dog.

Adoptions are crucial for the no-kill shelter to succeed.

Someone dropped off a litter of lab puppies Monday morning. They could all use a good home.

To adopt or donate, just drop by the humane society shelter behind the Panama City Police Department on East 15th Street.

8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647
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