A Hope for Santa Rosa County

Rescued kittens seeking forever homes

Rescued kittens seeking forever homes

Kitten season is still in full swing, and cat rescue groups across the country are feeling the strain. This is especially true in Santa Rosa County. The county’s animal shelter is feeling the pinch. After months of great numbers, June saw a spike in euthanasia. The cats below are available for adoption:   Posh   […]

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

The Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program delivers hot, nutritious meals to needy seniors throughout Santa Rosa County. But despite regular deliveries, some of the program’s participants were still losing weight and suffering from malnourishment.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Santa Rosa pets get vaccinations, microchips

Santa Rosa pets get vaccinations, microchips

Volunteers from Panhandle Animal Welfare Society brought their traveling clinic to Milton Saturday to offer $5 rabies vaccinations and $10 microchipping for hundreds of pets in Santa Rosa County. This was the second low cost clinic hosted by A HOPE for Santa Rosa County.   As seen in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre students raise $1,000 for animal rescue effort

Navarre students raise $1,000 for animal rescue effort

From philanthropy to architecture and engineering, West Navarre Intermediate School gifted students got some unique lessons this past school year. And it all came from doghouses.     Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a […]

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Rabies, microchip clinic at A HOPE

Due to the recent rabies alert in Santa Rosa County, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County will be hosting a rabies and microchip clinic in conjunction with PAWS rolling vet clinic. The event will be held Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Paw Pad in Milton at 5755 Washington Street. Rabies vaccines will […]

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter: No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter:  No dogs or cats euthanized in March

Animal advocates that once took Santa Rosa County to task are now singing its praises this month after the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter turned over outcome results that are nothing short of transformational. In 2018, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County founder Brandi Winkleman went before the county commission calling for change. Read the […]

A HOPE to spay, neuter 200 cats

A HOPE to spay, neuter 200 cats

After more than 100 people turned out in hopes of securing low-cost spay and neuter services for community cats last month, A HOPE for Santa Rosa County is offering the service again in April. This time 200 cats will be served. A HOPE for Santa Rosa County will host Feline Frenzy, another $5 spay and […]

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

A HOPE offers $5 spay/neuter for cats ahead of kitten season

Kitten season is coming. For animal welfare groups, that fact can seem daunting. As spring arrives, the warmer weather usually marks an uptick in kitten intake lasting into October at shelters throughout the country, including Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Feline infection kills four at shelter

Feline infection kills four at shelter

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter quarantined all cats in their care last week and halted intake and adoptions after a sudden death of an adult feline. Since then three other cats have died from sudden cases of feline panleukopenia (FP) said shelter veterinarian Megan Westfall. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of […]

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Animal Shelter policies get revamp

Last year in Santa Rosa County, 3,685 of the cats and dogs that found themselves in the county Animal Shelter were euthanized due to space constraints. Of those killed, 76 percent were cats and kittens. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

A HOPE launches Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry

Furry friends got free food Nov. 11 as A HOPE for Santa Rosa County launched the Paw Pad Pet Food Pantry, an effort to provide needy families with support for their pets. A HOPE founder Brandi Winkleman said the food pantry is about keeping animals out of the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. Read the […]

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

County gets advice on improving animal shelter

More than 40 animal advocates, community leaders and citizens packed into the Santa Rosa County boardroom Oct. 30 to hear about ways to transform the county’s animal shelter. Sara Pizano is the founder of Team Shelter USA, an animal advocacy group focused on reforming animal shelters. Read the full article in the Nov. 8 issue […]

Bully Breeds now adoptable in Santa Rosa

Bully Breeds now adoptable in Santa Rosa

With great joy and even tears our community heard the news Monday that Santa Rosa Animal Services would end the practice of breed bans on adoptions. Moving forward they will base decisions on a dog’s temperament instead of the breed. Members of the community rejoiced at the news. Navarre Press posted the breaking news to […]

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Santa Rosa shelter stops breed discrimination

Dogs in the frequently crowded Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter will no longer be assessed on suspected breed but rather temperament Emergency Management Director Brad Baker announced Monday after meetings with rescue groups. “Repeatedly the breed discrimination issue was thrown up, so we are updating our policy, not listing specific breeds by basing adoption policy […]

County Commission working to revamp animal services

County Commission working to revamp animal services

Cats and kittens brought to the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter have a nearly 90 percent chance of being euthanized, based on 2016 data from the shelter. This means that only one in 10 cats will leave the shelter alive. This places Santa Rosa County at the highest rate of euthanasia reported in the state, […]

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter euthanized 4,058 of the 6,096 animals brought into the shelter in 2017. Hundreds of them were put to death not because of disease or behavior issues, but simply because there was no space to house them. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]