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

By Stephanie Byrne | 

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.

Dog Separated from Owner During Hurricane Michael Gets the Reunion He’s Been Waiting For

October 30, 2018 04:23 PM

Patrick Burns and his family endured a dog owner’s worst nightmare while away on vacation.

The family from Panama City, Florida, arranged for a pet sitter for their three dogs while they were gone, but then Hurricane Michael hit their hometown. Forced to evacuate, the pet sitter had to leave the family’s three dogs behind.

The family returned home to discover their house and possessions had been lost during the natural disaster, and worst yet, Quinn, their smallest dog, was missing.

But Quinn wasn’t gone for good — just lost. Cory Bruckschen found the fluffy dog wandering the wreckage left behind by the storm while he was looking for his own missing dog. Based on Quinn’s appearance and demeanor, Bruckschen knew the dog had a family who was likely looking for him.

In hopes of reuniting the family, the dog-loving do-gooder took Quinn to the Humane Society of Bay County, where the ASPCA and the Florida State Animal Response Coalition were leading emergency sheltering operations for animals displaced by the hurricane.

After talking with the rescuers, Bruckschen agreed to care for Quinn until the canine’s true owners were found. When Burns came by the same shelter a few days later with a picture of Quinn, disaster responders were able to tell him they recognized Quinn from meeting the animal a few days prior.

The ASPCA arranged for Bruckschen and his family to bring Quinn to the shelter to reunite the pooch with Burns and his family. For both groups is a was a ray light after days of disappointment. And not to fear, the Bruckschens received a happy ending their own, too, finding their own missing dog not long after saving Quinn.

View article here.

Humane Society of Bay County Urge Residents to be on the Lookout for Strays

“We have seen several reunions here, and those are the best part about it,” said Ehren Melius, the shelter director at ASPCA.

Officials say donations have been coming in regularly, and 25 responders on the ground are helping rescues find their way back home.

“We were able to mobilize our response teams into the area,” said Melius. “We partnered up with the Florida State Animal Response Coalition – they invited us in for assistance. , and we were able to stage places close by so as soon as the storm passed we were able to mobilize resources.”

While there have been several reunions, many families in the area have no choice but to give up their animals – due to lack of resources or relocation.

“We are getting some surrenders, and we are getting people who have lost everything,” said Melius. “They’ve lost their homes. They’ve lost family members, and they’re not in a position to hold onto their animals.”

If you have a lost animal, post the information to

For detailed information on resources available, go to

Individuals looking to report missing or stranded animals, contact the Hurricane Michael pet hotline at 1-800-738-9437.

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Family reunites with Lost Dog after Hurricane Michael


BAY COUNTY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) – The Burins lost pretty much everything due to hurricane Michael, their home, personal belongings and their 5-year-old dog, Quin.
but the family didn’t lose hope.

“Quin being Quin, you ever see the old picture, live you’re life like the gate was left open…that would be Quin, and we have been looking for him ever since, knocking on every door, just working around the neighborhood, because I was convinced he was alive and with somebody, Quin’s owner, Patrick Burins said.

Thanks to good Samaritans, Quin was returned to the Burins. The Bruckschin found him among all the rubble and debris while they were searching for gas.

They called the Bay County Humane Society, but decided to foster Quin because the shelter was overcrowded.

“We nick named him Mikey from the storm, Hurricane Michael, and we called him hurricane mike,” Cory Bruckshin said.

They too lost their home and dog, but found him shortly after.

“You know we couldn’t imagine what that family was going through because we only lost our dog for and hour, they’ve lost them for days…we are just excited we are able to help in this time in the devastation,” Marla Bruckschin said.

With all the damage and devastation both families have gone through, this happy ending is glimpse of hope.

“The house and possessions are no big deal, I mean it’s horrible, but we are very lucky that we are all safe and i got my guys back,” Patrick Burins said.

The ASPCA and the Florida State Animal Response Coalition, are the two groups operating the emergency shelter at the Humane Society of Bay County and facilitating reunions.

Article here.

The ASPCA and Bay County Humane Society are Rescuing Displaced Animals

By Jordan McCool  | 

Bay County, Fla (WJHG/WECP) – While many people have lost their homes due to Hurricane Michael, many have also lost their pets.

The ASPCA has a search and Rescue team in Bay County. Their headquarters are at the Bay County Humane Society (1600 Bay Avenue in Panama City).

They have been here since Hurricane Michael and have been on the been bringing in lost animals every day.

If you are looking for a lost pet, you can go to the Bay County Humane Society located behind the panama city police department.

Now if you see an animal that appears to be missing, you can call their hotline.

ASPCA Hurricane Michael Pet Hotline: 1-800-738-9437

They will hold the animals for 30 days and then send them to shelters across the country to help them find forever homes.

Here’s the article.

Pet Owner Reunited with Dog After Being Separated by Storm

BAY COUNTY (WMBB) – The Bay County Humane Society is working hard to reunite pets and owners separated by the storm.

Friday morning, a Bay County resident was lucky enough to be reunited with his dog Quinn.

The owner, Patrick, tells WMBB that his family had an appointment in Atlanta ahead of the storm and left their dog behind, not knowing the lurking danger of Michael.

Patrick says he had a home sitter lined up to watch the dog, but when the storm struck, everything got disrupted.

Friday, he reconnected with Quinn at the Bay County Humane Society.

If you are looking for your pet, you can head over to the Humane Society at 1600 Bay Avenue, behind the police department, to check.

By: Howard Thompson

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 12:58 PM EDT See article here.

Alba Cheer Team Collecting Supplies for Four-Legged Victims of Hurricane Michael

By: Jennifer Messick Rogers

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 12:10 PM CDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (WKRG) – Cheerleaders are used to raising school spirit. This week, the cheer team at Alba Middle School wants to do a little more, by helping four-legged victims of Hurricane Michael.

The cheer team is collecting pet food and supplies for pets who may have been left behind or lost during the category four hurricane. All donations will be delivered to the Humane Society of Bay County, Florida, which will be in charge of distribution.

Donations will be collected on Friday, October 26 at Alba Middle School at 14180 Wintzell Avenue in Bayou La Batre.

See story here.

Humane Society Welcomes 15 Dogs from Areas Affected by Hurricane Michael

On Friday, October 19th the Santa Barbara Humane Society will receive fifteen dogs transferred from shelters in Florida impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The San Diego Humane Society, in collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States arranged for a transfer of 93 dogs from three shelters located in Florida. The transfer of these dogs will allow St Joseph Bay Humane Society, Escambia County Animal Services, and Humane Society of Bay County space for animals displaced due to Hurricane Michael.

Employees from the Santa Barbara Humane Society will drive two cargo vans to San Diego to pick up the animals on Friday morning. The employees, along with the fifteen dogs, will arrive back at the Santa Barbara Humane Society sometime Friday night. The dogs will be quarantined until they undergo health and behavioral exams, at which point they will become adoptable.

See article here. edhat local news, Santa Barbara.

Displaced Hurricane Michael Dogs Arrive in San Diego

by: Travis Rice

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Dozens of dogs affected by Hurricane Michael have a new home in San Diego.

The San Diego Humane Society is taking in 93 dogs from various shelters impacted by the category 4 storm last week along the panhandle. The dog-only charter flight landed at Gillespie Field Thursday afternoon with dozens of volunteers helping unload them. The flight carried pets transferred from St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, the Escambia County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Bay County. The Humane Society says the dogs still need to be spayed, neutered and micro-chipped, but they hope to start adopting them out in two weeks.

Hurricane Michael: Rescue, Reunite & Re-home Efforts

The Humane Society of Bay County is back to normal operations. We are only taking in owner surrenders and doing adoptions. The shelter is still without phones and internet.


  • Found animals please take them to Bay County Animal Control at 6401 Bay Line Dr, Panama City, FL 32404

SEARCH & RESCUE: Contact Bay County Animal Control (850) 767-3333


  • Breeze Animal Hospital is open 8-2 everyday but Sunday for emergencies
    9222 Back Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Phone: (850) 233-7091
  • Animal Care Center is taking walk-ins, non emergency, 9-5 everyday except Sunday
    8501 Front Beach RdPanama City BeachFL 32407 (850) 235-2877


  • 212 Government Ave Niceville FL 32578 (850) 729-3335

VOLUNTEER: Please stop by our shelter, 1600 Bay Avenue to assist with efforts. Help is always needed!

DONATE: Food & supplies can be dropped off at our shelter, 1600 Bay Avenue, anytime. Monetary donations can be sent or through PayPal

TEMPORARY HOUSING: If you have a need for temporary housing of an animal, please contact Alaqua Animal Refuge: