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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

National Puppy Day: Local Shelters Encouraging Adoption

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – You might want to give your pet an extra treat or another walk on Friday, because it’s National Puppy Day.

National Puppy Day is a day to celebrate all dogs whether they are puppies, or puppies at heart.

If you are not a dog owner, Bay County Humane Society Assistant Manager, Lauryn Gill, said anyone interested in getting a dog should consider adoption.

“Adoption is the best route to go because there are animals that are being left abandoned left and right — we get people that bring in their animals just because they can’t take care of them anymore,” she said.

Bay County Animal Services Assistant Manager, David Chasteen, said when you adopt from shelters like Bay County Animal Services or the Humane Society of Bay County, you are not just paying for the dog itself.

“They’re spayed, they’re neutered, they’re microchipped they got all their shots up to date, if not they come home with a medical history that you can take to your vet,” he said.

But Gill said anyone interested in getting a pet should only adopt one if they are ready for the full time commitment.

“I encourage people that have the time and can responsibly handle an animal to definitely adopt because they are so therapeutic and they’re there for you when nobody else is,” she said.

The Humane Society and Animal Services are constantly receiving new pets, and you can visit your local shelter to see the animals available for adoption.

But if you are not ready to adopt, Gill suggested visiting a shelter just to play with or walk the animals.

Giving Slows, but Need is Ever-present

PANAMA CITY — Even though Santa unloaded his sleigh and headed back to the North Pole, the Humane Society of Bay County Thrift and Gift store still has a wish list.

The list includes such items as soap, laundry detergent, Purina Puppy Chow and others. The organization recently started the Wish List, so people can go online, view it and perhaps fill a need.

“We’re always in need of supplies,” said Brenda Leader, Humane Society of Bay County Thrift and Gift store manager. “Just because the season is over, doesn’t mean the need has disappeared. Our shelter is open year-round.”

The organization is among the many groups across the county still in need of the community’s generosity, even after the holidays end.

The store is fresh off its holiday pet photo shoot, held in November and December, yet it still needs help. The fundraisers brought in about half of the store’s goal of $3,000. Proceeds were given to the Humane Society.

By TYRA JACKSON, News Herald, view full article here.

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”