The Humane Society of Bay County hosts Community Day

By Julia Daniels | Posted: Sat 7:31 PM, May 02, 2020  | Updated: Sat 11:03 PM, May 02, 2020

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) The Humane Society of Bay County hosted its first Community Day Saturday morning. The special day was put in place after the shelter had to close last Sunday, and people in need could no longer walk in during normal business hours and pick up pet necessities.

The animal shelter will still be hosting low cost shot clinics and other community days in the future. (WJHG/WECP)

“Being that we are temporarily closed, we have had time to go through what we have and separate what we need and what we don’t need. We have plenty of stuff here for the shelter, so when we do open back up, we are not going to go without. This is just everything that we don’t need that we have an abundance of,” said Lauryn Gill, shelter manager.

President of the Humane Society of Bay County, Mary Gauden, said these programs are needed to keep the circle of giving going.

“We are a community organization, and we are funded by the community, so it’s always been part of our mission to give back,” said Gauden.

The Humane Society does have criteria you must meet in order to participate in the giveaway based upon welfare, income, and household size.

“If your check is short, it happens, and we are here to help. We aren’t charging anything, we are just giving it away,” said Gill.

“We want to keep the pets in homes, not have to be in shelters, so that’s what this program is really about. Making sure that person that needs help doesn’t have to choose between feeding and giving up that animal,” said Gauden.

The line at the shelter was long.

“Everyone has been really sweet and understanding. There is that wait, but people are sticking it out with us. For those that have appointments, we are doing it appointment-based, but also walk up. Of course, we will help those who have that appointment set first, but if you just hang tight, we will get to you next,” said Gill.

The main concern of the shelter is monetary donations. They are not accepting food or supply donations at this time, but they are in need of monetary donations, so when they do open back up, they can stay open.

For more information on donations and upcoming events, you can visit the Humane Society of Bay County Facebook page.

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Humane Society and Local Animal Hospital Team up for Holiday Pet Photo Shoot


By Stephanie Byrne | Posted: Sat 8:43 PM, Nov 24, 2018

The Humane Society of Bay County is hosting holiday photo shoots for families and their pets this season.

Four-legged friends had their pictures taken at Breeze Animal Hospital in Panama City Beach Saturday.

For a $20 donation, people could receive 3 unedited photos. For $30, they could get 5 edited photos.

Donations benefit the Humane Society.

“This is a big fundraiser for them as much as we can, especially close to the holidays and we love it and this has worked out wonderful, especially right after what we just went through with the storm, so all we can do is help them and that was great,” Peggy Wilson, Hospital Manager for Breeze Animal Hospital, said.

Leslie Jones is the volunteer photographer.

If you missed Saturday’s photo shoot, no need to pout or cry.

Your next chance to capture holiday moments with your pets is December 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Humane Society of Bay County. – View article here.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Hurricane Season

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – As we know, it’s hurricane season. Sometimes when natural disasters strike, we’re so busy gathering supplies for our families that the needs of our furry family members are forgotten about.

On Saturday, News 13 teamed up with the Humane Society of Bay County to inform the community on how to keep their pets safe this season.

News 13’s chief meteorologist, Justin Kiefer, spoke with locals from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Pet Superstore in Panama City Beach.

He said people should make sure that hotels and shelters nearby are pet friendly.

People with pets are also urged to prepare a portable kit with emergency supplies for your furry friend.

Items such as sturdy leashes, food, extra water, and a first aid kit can help keep your pets safe.

“Are you prepared in your house if you’re gonna stay. You keep water for your family and food for a week or what not, but do you have enough for yor pet? So why were here is to bring that awareness out,” Kiefer said.

It’s also a good idea to keep current photos of you and your pet in case they get lost.

Since many pets look alike, it will help eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.

Story via WMBB, view here.