DISASTER AND RECOVERY TEAM

The Okaloosa Disaster Animal Rescue Team (D.A.R.T.) responds to disasters in whatever way is needed. Sometimes we offer help to a local animal shelter. Other times we provide rescue assistance, removing animals from danger zones and when necessary, setting up a temporary animal shelters and command center.

Assisting the animal victims of disasters is not a matter of animal needs over human needs. The bond between people and the animals they care about are strong. When we help animals who are caught in a disaster; we help the people who care about them.

We urge pet owners to develop a disaster plan that includes their pets and to make advance provisions to ensure that their pets have shelterin case of an emergency.

Animals need no longer be the forgotten victims of disaster. Pet owners, government agencies, and disaster-relief and animal protection organizations can use education, planning, and coordination to evacuate, shelter, and care for animals when disaster strikes. Through the work of the Okaloosa D.A.R.T. and the support of people who care, we can protect animals from disaster.

Evacuation Assistance:

Interested in joining The Okaloosa Disaster Animal Rescue Team (D.A.R.T.)? CLICK HERE for an application/profile form.

Thank You From Hurricane Victims: 

The Kutos family were victims of Hurricane Katrina and were forced to leave their pets behind.  Their story was featured in Time Magazine and the Atlanta Journal.

 

September 30, 2005

Dear Dee,

I will never be able to thank you for all that you did. I have enclosed the newspaper article about the Humane Society and also an article from Time Magazine. My son and his father owned three of the cats you saved as well as the dog you found in my attic with Danny. You did a much better job with the animals than anyone did for my son and his father. We’re all fine now so I won’t complain.

Thank you again for your loving care of all the animals.

Becky Kutos

Questions about volunteering?

Hours:

Shelter Hours: 

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday 

 

Adoption Hours: 

Meet and Adopt animals:

10 a.m. -  4 p.m., Monday - Saturday

 

Vet Clinic Hours: 

Surgery by appointment. Call (850) 243-1525 or email pawsspayneuterclinic@gmail.com 

Walk-in for other issues, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

 

ALL SERVICES/OFFICES currently closed on Sunday  

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For Humane Society/Animal Control (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.): Call (850) 243-1525  

For After-Hours Animal Emergencies (sick or injured, active abuse, foster medical concerns): Call (850) 685-6003 

Lost/Found Pets: Call (850) 243-1525 or email acoatpaws@gmail.com  

Our Address: 752 Lovejoy Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL  32548

Contributions to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society are tax-deductible as allowable by law.  

PAWS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID #59-0815515 

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Registration #CH5664 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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