The Humane Society of Bay County (HSBC) has been serving homeless animals for 40 years and is one of the only no-kill shelters in the Panhandle of Florida. Founded in 1980, a small group of people concerned about the quality of life and animal welfare issues in Bay County formed the HSBC. The HSBC’s purpose is to shelter and locate homes for homeless animals through adoptions. We became a no-kill shelter in 2006, providing the only no-kill shelter option for homeless animals in Bay County.
The HSBC takes in animals from local animal control facilities (kill shelters) to reduce the number of animals being euthanized, as well as accepts animals from pet owners in the community who are no longer able to keep their pets. We visit Animal Control once a week to pull as many animals as possible. The majority of our intake comes from the local community surrendering their animals, a need that continues to grow.
The HSBC owns and operates the Thrift & Gift Store along with other means of revenue to support the costs associated with the shelter. All proceeds from our businesses go directly to the shelter and stay here in Bay County, Florida. All of our businesses operate as non-profits and strive to fulfill the mission of HSBC. The HSBC is a private 501(C)3 non-profit organization that relies on funding from the local community, grants, sponsorships, events, and donations. We are not affiliated with any other local or national organization.
We believe that through humane education and responsible pet ownership, we will one day end the needless destruction of companion animals in our community, and we envision a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving home. Our mission is to end the needless destruction of homeless animals in our community by operating a no-kill shelter and providing protection, education, services, and support for companion animals and their families.