Our Humane Services Division oversees the care of the animals taken into the Adoption Center and The Vet Clinic.
Our Animal Services Division, certified by the State of Florida, helps insure the public safety and provides safer environmental conditions for animals. Though the division is primarily a public safety department, the emphasis is on the need for humane treatment in the fulfillment of objectives. Specific efforts are geared to being part of the solution to animal services problems rather than merely treating the symptoms.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors oversee and guide the staff at PAWS and include professional individuals from local businesses and organizations.
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President: Bonnie Stine
Vice President: Richard "Woofy" Rahilly
Treasurer: Susan Parker
Secretary: Michelle Curry
Message From Executive Director, Dee Thompson:
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
–Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.
How true this is for Shelter life at PAWS. For, far too long, the Staff and Board of Directors have tried to “shelter” the public about the fact that animals are euthanized. But the time has come for the public to understand that without their help, this will continue to happen. We have tried to show how many animals are left in the shelter’s care every month (avg. 560), we have shown them the amount of animals that are adopted, returned to their human, and sent to rescues. But the sad fact is the public never asks and does not want to know where the rest go.
Things can no longer remain the same, but it is going to take all of us to do it. The time is here and now for everyone to get involved. There are so many ways the public can make a difference. Check out our web page www.paws-shelter.com for some great ideas. Like our Panhandle Animal Welfare Society Facebook page, come by the shelter, Get involved!!!
We may never be able to save them all but if each one of you committed your love and time to just one homeless animal a year imagine what could happen. Adopt, foster, train, sponsor, find just one animal that forever home. The very thought of this happening gives me chills.
Let’s All get excited, Let’s All get involved, We can’t do it without YOU.
Executive Director of PAWS