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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Local Shelter Hosts Shot Clinic for Pets

Panama City, Fla. – A local animal shelter helping the community keep their pets healthy.

The Humane Society of Bay County held an open shot clinic, providing a wide array of services for a low cost.

With no appointment needed, rabies shots, micro-chips, nail trims, and other animal health essentials were readily available.

The event also provided the opportunity for locals to learn more about proper ownership and how it may affect other’s pets.

“Shots can be pretty expensive and if you have multiple pets it can become really expensive. So giving a low cost shot clinic is really a benefit to the community,” said Brenda Leader, Humane Society Thrift Store Manager.

The Humane Society of Bay County is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of sheltering and locating homes for animals through adoptions.

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Humane Society Thrift Store Says Thank You

“Our customers are awesome,” the thirft store manager said. “And we just want to say thanks for everything.”

PANAMA CITY – Giving back to the community, the Humane Society of Bay County opened its doors Saturday with free food, puppies, kittens and a variety of children’s activities to say thanks.

For the third year, the Humane Society Thrift Store, 1408 Harrison Avenue, held its annual customer appreciation day Saturday. Dozens of visitors stopped by for food, a variety games or to shop for various thrift store items.

All of the proceeds generated by the store go toward the Humane Society, known as the “Igloo” at 1600 Bay Avenue, which is Bay County’s only no-kill animal shelter.

As volunteers handed out hotdogs, children jumped around in a bounce house and Humane Society staffers signed up potential pet adopters, manager of the thrift store Brenda Leader said the event wasn’t specifically meant to raise funds for the non-profit shelter’s operations.

“Our customers are awesome,” she said. “And we just want to say thanks for everything.”

One example Leader gave of the community support the Humane Society has received was in the wake of a recent tragedy. One of their employees, Todd “Clint” Scheiderer, died in February after a car wreck while driving home from work. In the wake of the fatal crash, students from Bay Haven Charter Academy reached out to create an area on the Humane Society’s property called “Clint’s Corner,” where employees can take breaks from work.

While he was alive, Scheiderer devoted endless hours, on and off the clock, to taking care of the animals, the shelter and staff. Leader said Scheiderer supported the shelter because it gives the community a place to surrender animals they can either no longer care for their pet — for health or financial reasons — or they are in a situation where they cannot keep their pet.

“Even when people in the military get orders to go overseas, they have a lengthy process to get their pet to go with them and they don’t want to see it go to a kill shelter,” Leader said. “They either have to go through that process, find someone to take their pet or bring them to us. And we have a lot of active military in our community.”

Among the activities for Saturday’s customer appreciation, visitors could participate in raffles, “Chinese auctions” or get free nail clipping for their pets.

Leader said the Humane Society will also be hosting a free shot clinic on June 9. Pet owners can get the standard shots for their pets as well as a rabies vaccine, which generally isn’t offered at other shot clinic events.

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Humane Society Thrift Store Holds Customer Appreciation Day

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A Panama City Thrift Shop gave back to the community that has supported them all year. The Humane Society Thrift Store celebrated their patrons with a Customer Appreciation Day Saturday afternoon. The store provided food, free dog manicures and even a bouncy house for the kids. The Humane Society Thrift Store is a collection of donated items that are sold back to the community. All proceeds from Saturday’s event are donated to the Humane Society. “If we didn’t have the community to support us with donations and purchasing our items then we would not be able to support the shelter as much as we do,” said Humane Society Thrift Store Manager, Brenda Leader. The thrift store is located on Harrison Avenue and accepts all new and used items. 100% of the sales from the store go to The Humane Society of Bay County.

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Humane Society Party to feature Pets, Food, Raffles, Discounts

PANAMA CITY — The Humane Society’s Thrift & Gift Store will host its annual Customer Appreciation Party on Saturday for all of their patrons and supporters.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the store will offer adoptable animals, prizes, games, treats from Sugar Boogers and shopping discounts. Local author Yvette Herr also will offer and sign copies of her book “The Lucky Two.” The novel by Herr, a Panama City resident since 1978, is about deep-sea fishermen and a gang of talking cats, set at Capt. Anderson’s Marina on Grand Lagoon. The story connects money, murder, faith and love during a Gulf hurricane named Louise. Herr will donate $5 from every book sold at the party to the Humane Society.

The Thrift & Gift Store is at 1408 Harrison Ave. All of the store’s proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Bay County. For more information, visit their Facebook page or

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WMBB Coverage Event Day 5K

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Running or walking three miles can be tough for many, but it helps when you are accompanied by a furry friend.

The Humane Society of Bay County held their Furry Friend 5k this morning at Frank Brown Park. The group is the only no kill animal shelter in Ba County, and have been for several years. Organizers say their funding comes from donors, sponsors, and events like this. The shelter receives around 10 animals per week and averages around 60 adoptions a month.  Volunteers say events like this are a great way to spread awareness in the community.
“They expose the pubic to the need for these animals to have homes and they also raise funds for the animals that are there,” said Susan Morgan, Humane Society Volunteer. If you aren’t ready to adopt a pet, the Humane Society of Bay County also has temporary fostering opportunities.

See video coverage. By: Megan Myers

WJHG Coverage 5K

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) – Some guests joined us in studio to tell you how you can help out The Humane Society of Bay County with their Furry Friend 5K.

The event will be on April 7th at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach. All of the proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Bay County and their ongoing mission to find forever homes for the homeless animals of Bay County.

Registration is $30 per person and team rates are available. Registration increases $10 the day of. You can walk or run the 5K and make sure to bring your furry friends.

For more information, watch Paris’ interview.

8th Annual Furry Friend 5K

The Humane Society of Bay County is holding it’s annual Furry Friend 5k run/walk fundraiser on Saturday April 7th. The event proves to be a huge success year over year. Each year the event draws more and more owners participating with their animals. This year’s event is once again held at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Bay County and their ongoing mission to find forever homes for the homeless animals of Bay County. If you are interested in competing in this year’s 5K, visit to register. Registration is $30 per person and team rates are available. Registration increases $10 the day of. Run or walk, PETS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED!

Sponsored by Breeze Animal Hospital, People’s First Insurance & InkTrax


Furry Friend 5k Fun Run/Walk
Saturday April 7, 2018 at Frank Brown Park

Registration is $30 per person
Teams of 5, $120
Teams of 6 to 10, $200

Early registration ends April 6, 2018

Prices increase by $10 for day of registration
This is a fun run/walk, it will not be timed

Run/Walk starts at 8:00AM
Registration is from 7:00AM – 7:45AM

Calendar Friends Pet Photo Contest 2017 Extended Until Oct 1


Calendar Friends Pet Photo Contest is our largest fundraiser and we unfortunately incur quite a few expenses to put it on. That being said, in order to receive the most amount of donations (after expenses) we are extending the contest until Oct 1st. Please share this notice with friends and family so that we can bring in the donations we need to care for our animals at the Humane Society shelter. //

Calendar Friends Pet Photo Contest 2017 has launched

It’s that time of year again. Summer is here and The Humane Society of Bay County is pleased to announce the Calendar Friends Pet Photo Contest 2017. This Summer Photo Fundraiser is a meaningful way to celebrate your pet while supporting the animals at our shelter!

Enter your favorite photo of your pet (by visiting to win one of the 12 lucky spots in our 2017 Humane Society Calendar. The winner will take home $250 and grace the cover of our 2017 calendar! Second and third place will receive a doggie basket full of fun prizes for you and your pet.

We encourage you to share your entry by gathering friends, family, and co-workers to vote to help raise money for the animals of The Humane Society of Bay County! Continue reading “Calendar Friends Pet Photo Contest 2017 has launched”