Walton County Animal Shelter thanks community for continued support

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

Marlow started as only one of two officers working with the county animal control effort in 2002, when it took over the responsibilities for the Humane Society. At the time, the animals were taken to a vet in Chipley, a 35-mile trek each way. Now, the shelter operates out of its own building with a capacity for 92 cats and 80 dogs, as well as a green space donated by Ella Caro, who started the Friends organization.

No matter how large the space, however, it can never be enough to house all of the in-need animals of the county.

“There is a place for every animal — it’s just finding that place,” said Marlow, who said that because of the time constraints, there isn’t always time to find an animal’s forever home. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. When the animals are returned to their owners, it’s a wonderful feeling. But whenever you’re faced with animals you can’t place…” she trailed off.

But even considering the ups and downs, Marlow would not trade her job for anything.

“Somebody has to do this,” she said. “I know God put me here. I prayed too long and too hard.”

 “They’re dedicated folks,” said Bard of the shelter staff and volunteers. But, “They’re just like every other agency in the world… understaffed, too little money.”

If you would like to help, the shelter has a sponsorship program, which for a $55 donation waives the adoption fee for another person. The shelter also has need for donations of crates, dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, and cat litter.

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