Dog-Harmony kicked off its capital campaign recently to raise $50,000 that will be used to provide more space for its growing needs.
Dog-Harmony is an education-based operation that offers Doggy Day Care and adoptions, but owner Nancy Bown's main focus is on training, she said.
Bown usually trains between five and 13 dogs a month at her 1,000-square-foot location in Emerald Coast Plaza and needs more space. There is a 3,000-square-foot space opening up in the complex that Bown hopes to move into.
Dog-Harmony was founded in 2014 as a volunteer-run non-profit organization made up of dog lovers who wanted to make a difference.
Bown's mission is to create life-long pet adoptions by providing personalized and ongoing education, support and training for people and dogs with a goal of building healthy relationships to improve the lives of both.
Bown believes the key element is education to make sure the people and dogs have tools they need to build a successful life together.
"So many pets are in need because of missing gaps in educating people when they adopt," she said. "People so often don't understand the cost, a particular dog's personality and what goes into pets and they end up recycled."
Training therapy dogs is her specialty and she is one of the few in Northwest Florida who does this.
Training for a therapy dog is a minimum of 50 hours, and training for the owner is eight hours. She teaches therapy to about 25-30 dogs a year at her location.
When she gets the larger space, Bown plans to put in modular units to assist in training exercises.
Dog-Harmony is teaming up with low-cost Operation Spay Bay to bring its Neuter Commuter bus to South Walton on Aug. 28.
"Just drop off your dog or cat at Dog-Harmony (on that morning) and then pick them up after work," she said.
All pets must be signed up in advance.
Dog-Harmony is located at 3906 U.S. Highway 98W.
Dog-Harmony's next fundraising event is The Dog Days of Summer on Aug. 24 at Grand Boulevard's park. The event will be a doggie social.
Supporters can donate to Dog-Harmony's capital campaign at www.dog-harmony.org/capital-campaign.