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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.

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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:

Humane Society of Bay County in Need of Donations

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The Humane Society of Bay County helps our furry friends, but the non-profit organization also needs some help of its own.

Donations to the shelter have been down 60 percent in the last few months. Right now, they have a lot of cats and even more dogs and puppies. Employees said their need varies depending on how many animals they have.

“Right now I could say that we are mostly in need of Dog Chow and Puppy Chow,” Lauryn Gill explained. “Those specific brands that we use are the Purina Dog Chow line and Puppy Chow, but we could also use Kitten Chow and Cat Chow. We really take in any donations of food, but those are main brands that we like to stick to to keep the animals regular and no upset stomachs.”

Used linens, blankets, towels or gently used pet beds are also needed. The Humane Society is located behind Panama City Police Department. Donations can be dropped off inside or by the door anytime.

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Humane Society Thrift Store Closed for Renovations

By: Chelsie Taddonio

PANAMA CITY Fla. – The Panama City Humane Society Thrift and Gift store is hoping to attract new customers with a new look. The store is currently closed while it is being fixed up.

According to Darrell Anderson, the warehouse supervisor, the changes are mostly aesthetic.”We’re painting the whole front of the store. And getting the carpets cleaned and changing the floor plan up just a little bit.”

Anderson said the reason for the changes, is pretty simple, “It was just looking a little old. We’re just trying to make it look better.”

The community has gotten involved with the process. On Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 more than 20 volunteers from Tyndall Air Force Base stopped by to help. Local businesses have also pitched in for the cause. WGC Carpet Cleaning and Restoration donated their time to make the carpets look brand new again.

Richard Tolbert, a volunteer from the company said, “We decided– hey you know the thrift store is a great place for people that, maybe are having a hard time or a tough time, because we’ve been there ourselves. And we just want to be able to give back so people that know they always have an option.”

The work began on Friday Aug. 24th  and continued through Monday Aug. 27th.  The store will re-open on Tuesday Aug. 28th at 10:00 am with a fresh look and a new floor plan. All proceeds from the thrift store are given to help support the Humane Society of Bay County.

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5 Adoptable Pets from the Humane Society

Article posted via the News Herald:

All pets receive: Full set of vaccinations (DHLPP or FVRCP and Rabies), Dewormer, Heartworm prevention, Spay or neuter, Microchip, and Flea and tick treatment. If you’d like to adopt one of our pets, please complete the following steps: Locate an animal; Download an Adoption Application at or visit our shelter to pick one up; Email to [email protected] or fax to 850-215-7642; Once application is turned in, it takes a minimum of 24 hours to be processed.

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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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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.

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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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