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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! […]

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

Navarre Beach dog park gains county support

The long-sought after Navarre dog beach concept may be on the horizon after Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. County staff have put forward a draft ordinance change to allow, among other things, a section of Navarre Beach sound side to go to the dogs, at least between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Ruff! My name is Rowdy and I’m a paw-some male Australian Cattle Dog mix. My fur is white and black, I weigh around 52.7 pounds, and the shelter thinks I’m about 8 months old. I have […]

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

Adoptable pets at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

If you would like to adopt a pet, contact the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter at (850) 983-4680.   Bow wow, I’m Allie (A103829)! I am a female black and white retriever mix. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan. 14.       […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dog flu spreading in Florida

Dog flu spreading in Florida

More than a dozen cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus, commonly known as dog flu, have been confirmed in the state of Florida as of May 31, and veterinarians in north and central Florida are seeing additional possible cases. This typically non-fatal virus has been circulating in the U.S. since 2015, but this is the […]

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.

Parvo reported after dog park visit

Parvo reported after dog park visit

A case of Parvovirus was found in a local dog after visiting the Navarre Dog Park. While it is not confirmed that the dog contracted parvo while at the park, county officials have posted informational notices about the infection at all county-owned dog parks Wednesday. Parvovirus is a potential fatal infection that can caused diarrhea […]

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Roman Jackson picked up a microphone at Bennett C. Russell Stadium Thursday night and told the crowd that Santa Rosa County Sherriff Bob Johnson was going to take part in one of the many drills K-9 units from across the Southeast practiced during the field trials in Gulf Breeze last week. Read the full article […]

Trained dogs are happier dogs

Trained dogs are happier dogs

As good and responsible pet owners, it’s our job to set up our dogs for success every day.  Training can improve the life of your pet but it can also bring the two of you closer together through the training experience. But it can also be a life saver. Basic  training can save your dog […]

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. […]

Help your dog beat the heat

Help your dog beat the heat

It’s the beginning of August, historically Navarre’s hottest month and dog owners are looking for places to exercise their pets without overheating them.  However, with ordinances set forth by Santa Rosa County, the beach is not an option. As part of the animal control ordinance, Section 4-37 states: Animals are prohibited from public places in […]

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 […]

Wanted: Beach park for dogs

Wanted:  Beach park for dogs

Camille Abbamonte is a self-professed animal lover and advocate.  A couple of weeks ago she accidently stumbled across a beach dog park in Pensacola, so she stopped to take a look.  “I was in awe of how well it went, there must have been 40-50 dogs there.  Everyone was acting responsibly, the dogs were socializing, […]

No charges to be filed against man who killed dogs

No charges to be filed against man who killed dogs

No charges are being filed against Ronald Bliss of Birmingham Drive in Navarre for killing three dogs. All reports indicate he was protecting his chickens from being attacked by the dogs in his yard. According to reports filed by both Santa Rosa County Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Office, Ronald Bliss came to his home […]

Unleashed is unlawful

Unleashed is unlawful

Along with good nutrition, exercise is a key in keeping your dog at a healthy weight. Most experts agree that large breed dogs need up to 40 minutes of cardio exercise per day. While some owners in Navarre utilize the dog park to exercise their dog, others take Fido for a run or walk. The […]

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 […]

As the mercury rises, keep your pets safe

As the mercury rises, keep your pets safe

Warm weather has arrived in Navarre, and with temperatures heating up outside, it’s important to remember that a hot car is no place for your four-legged friends. “It’s just like with children,” Dr. Natalie Dyson of St. Francis Veterinary Center in Navarre said, reminding people of the dangers of leaving pets in the car during […]

Study proves dogs capable of jealousy

Study proves dogs capable of jealousy

There can only be one best friend for man. That is according to a new study conducted at the University of California, San Diego that found dogs were capable of the seemingly-human emotion of jealousy. The study is the first to systematically look at dog behavior and search for evidence of what dog owners already knew: Fido doesn’t like it when you see other dogs. […]

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 […]