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Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Hi! We’re a rambunctious trio of adoptable 14-week-old kittens known as Edgar, Allen and Poe. Unlike our gloomy namesake, we are bundles of fun, and we would paws-itively love to bring that joy into your home! […]

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   […]

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 Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa Animal Services launches barn cat program

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is launching a barn cat program to place hard-to-adopt animals in a safe and comfortable habitat. A barn cat program places fully vetted healthy cats into safe, independent living spaces such as a barns, warehouses or factories – at no cost to county residents – to help fill important jobs as a pest and rodent […]

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Woof! My name is Marley, and I would go mutts to get adopted into a new home. I am a spayed female, black and tan Doberman pinscher mix. I’ve been at the shelter since March 7. […]

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 […]

Virus contained; shelter again accepting cats

Virus contained; shelter again accepting cats

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is ready to accept cats again following the suspension of feline intakes prompted by a viral outbreak. A detection of feline parvovirus (FPV), also known as feline panleukopenia, led the shelter to stop taking in cats in late January. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter suspends feline intake due to virus

Santa Rosa Animal Shelter suspends feline intake due to virus

From Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter: Effective immediately, the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is suspending its intake and adoption of cats and kittens for a minimum of two weeks after a cat tested positive for feline panleukopenia (FP). Additionally, the drop boxes located outside the facility are closed until further notice. Persons who are […]

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

Animal shelter reduces fees for December

With the goal of helping get shelter pets in a “fur-ever” home for the holidays, Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is reducing adoption fees in December for pets over the age of six months. The goal is to promote pet adopting instead of pet shopping during the holidays. Adoptions fees in December will be $30 […]

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, […]

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Through the centuries, little research has been done on animal behavior during solar eclipses, but what little data and anecdotal information is out there paints a weird picture. From destroying their homes to hiding in fear to freezing in place, species of all kinds appear to be effected by the temporary loss of sunlight. So […]

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a […]

Clear the shelter adoption spectacular

Come out and meet amazing adoptable animals from the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PAWS is hosting an open house adoption spectacular with adoption specials all day long. The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department will be on site for a meet and greet, Pet Supermarket […]

Kitten season taxes shelters

Kitten season taxes shelters

Vicki Hoff, manager of the Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) shelter in Fort Walton Beach, arrived at work one morning to find a box wrapped in garbage bags sitting at the front door. Inside was a kitten – “maybe two to three weeks old,” Hoff said. For cat lovers, there’s no such thing as […]

Variety of animals seeking forever homes

Variety of animals seeking forever homes

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter houses as many as 242 dogs, cats and other animals all looking for a forever home. Through circumstances that are often not the animals fault they end up in the county’s care after being abandoned by owners, running away or when owners are arrested or hospitalized. These loving animals […]

Paws N’ Pints Dog Adoption Day and Crawfish Boil

Come out and support local dog rescues and find your new furry best friend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 S. Palafox St., in Pensacola. There will be lots of dogs to love on, family fun, drink specials, games, raffle prizes, and plenty of crawfish.

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Door never stops revolving at county animal shelter

Santa Rosa County Animal Services is near full capacity at the moment, although that isn’t anything new for the shelter in Milton, according to county animal services director Dale Hamilton. Animals are always coming and going. “It’s a revolving door, but we try to get them out fairly quickly, whether it’s adoption or a rescue […]

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

Proper planning means smooth travels for Fido

On what USA Today calls “one of the worst travel days of the year” many families will be loading furry friends into the car to visit grandma for Christmas. But traveling with dogs and cats requires unique preparation and supplies. PetTravel.com is an informational website with tools and advice for a variety of travel to […]

Pet costumes grow in popularity

Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday. In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report. […]

Animal shelter issues urgent plea

Animal shelter issues urgent plea

Santa Rosa County’s animal shelter has issued an urgent plea for help from the community.  With a number of litters of dogs and cats being surrendered to the shelter, all of the kennels are full.  There is no more room.  Their list of needs includes volunteers, adopters and food donations. “We encourage anyone looking for […]

McEwan completes Eagle Scout project

McEwan completes Eagle Scout project

Part of becoming an Eagle Scout involves doing a service project that benefits the community in some way. Christian McEwan of Troop 406 in Navarre got a great idea from someone at his church. “A lady from church told me Animal Allies needed help building cat traps and I volunteered to help,” McEwan said. “I […]

Animal shelter near capacity

Animal shelter near capacity

The Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter is near capacity with about 250 animals under its roof. A compilation of strays that have been picked up by animal control and owner surrenders; the number of animals has stretched the shelter’s walls. “On any given day, we will average 150 or 160 animals,” Thomason said. The shelter […]

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

A Navarre woman was arrested March 27 on a charge of animal cruelty after police found one dead hamster and a number of animals living in squalor at a mobile home on the 8200 block of Lucena Street. Police charged Carolyn Jane Fowler, 45, with a first-degree misdemeanor after they discovered nine cats, a bird and […]

Local woman sentenced for animal cruelty

Local woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A local woman, 41-year-old Toni Phelps, was sentenced April 16 to 12 months behind bars and 10 years probation  for crimes resulting in the death of three dogs and three cats in her Navarre home in 2012. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, Phelps entered a plea on Feb. 17, 2014, to six counts of Animal Cruelty, six  counts […]