Walton County Animal Shelter thanks community for continued support

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:58 AM.

“Our mission, our job, is to help the shelter in ways the county is not helping,” said Bill Bard with the group.

The organization has helped fund projects at the shelter, to include providing a second operation table for spaying and neutering, as well as helping decrease the number of strays by offering free identification tags.

The shelter takes in stray, surrendered, and other found animals, as long as there is room, but is under strict time limits as to how long they can keep the animals. If an animal is not claimed or does not get adopted within seven to 10 days, it must be put down.

“We don’t have a choice,” said Marlow. “We’ve got to move some out.”

This is where local rescue Alaqua Animal Refuge comes in. The no-kill shelter will often take in doomed dogs and cats to extend their lives and chances to get adopted.

“We have to give a lot of credit to rescues,” said Marlow, specifically to the Freeport refuge. “I work very well with (Alaqua owner) Laurie (Hood), and I consider her a good friend.”

With the outside help and extra funds, the number of animals that must be euthanized is at a record low, and in the past six months, the shelter has only had to euthanize 21 dogs. That number has been declining since the Walton County Animal Shelter opened its headquarters Jan. 5, 2010, on Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs. 

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