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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 https://www.adoptme.org/files/hsbc_adoption_app.pdf or visit our shelter to pick one up; Email to adoptions@adoptme.org 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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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 adoptme.org.

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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.