Our Mission

& Philosophy

Our Mission to an unwanted:

  • To offer refuge, medical care, nourishment and an opportunity for a second chance for life to unwanted animals in our community.

  • To protect animals from cruelty, neglect, carelessness and ignorance.

  • To encourage and promote responsible pet ownership.

  • To educate and inform the public about animal issues, and to assist in the development of short and long term community oriented solutions to such problems. 

The Philosophy of the Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS is as follows:

  • Because animals are part of our environment, the relationship between people and animals is unique and special.

  • Since humans have chosen to domesticate animals, we have a moral and legal responsibility to care for and protect them.

  • Yet many have failed in this responsibility. Man has exploited and endangered wild animals.

  • They have abandoned their companion animals, condemning them to suffering, starvation and disease.

  • Man has allowed thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens to be born each day, thus perpetuating the cycle of neglect and abuse.

  • To protect animals from this cruelty, our community needs The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

  • We seek to uplift the community by encouraging the humane treatment of all animals.

 

After all, a better world for animals will be a better world for people too!

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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