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Playtime at PAWS is always a fun time! Come and meet our wonderful dogs, you just might find your next fur kid!


We are in desperate need of Dry Cat/Dog food, even with Puppy and Kitten season winding down, we are being overloaded with owner Surrenders and specialty cases (hit by cars, abuse/neglect animals, orphaned kittens/puppies) unfortunately our donations have almost been at a stand still and our food room is almost empty. If you have it in your heart please send a bag of cat/dog food or drop one off, our staff and the animals would greatly appreciate it! Thank you! Please Share this status!
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society
752 Love Joy
Rd Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32548
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Karen Michelle WalkerLori McDaniel1   ·  2 days ago

Kyle BuchananI'll be by this afternoon with some!1   ·  2 days ago

Lori McDanielI have issues with them being a kill shelter... I support socks and ruff.2 days ago

Amy Elizabeth MartinSocks and Ruff can only take so many. They may not be labeled a "kill shelter" but who knows what becomes of the animals they turn away because they're full? Please don't deny the furry souls at PAWS because they were placed in a "kill shelter."24   ·  2 days ago

Windy BakerWell said Amy!3   ·  2 days ago

Jessica Lee HoopingarnerHow can I send one? I don't live close.1   ·  2 days ago

Cheyenne Lee BellHow late are y'all open today? I'd like to bring some food by.1   ·  2 days ago

Jesica OlsenI'll be by with food today1   ·  2 days ago

Janey MorrisonI'll bring some food by tomoro1   ·  2 days ago

Panhandle Animal Welfare SocietyWe are open until 4:30, thank you to everyone. And Amy we are very sorry to hear that, unfortunately we cannot turn away ANY animals, which thankfully avoids people tossing puppies and kittens out on the streets to be hit by cars, starve, or die another painful way but also prevents us from keeping every single animal for lack of having a shelter the size of this county. It is very disheartening to know that our animals do not receive the same amount of support as closed admission shelters, due to the stigma placed on the shelter they ended up at through no fault of their own.9   ·  2 days ago

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We are revamping our Volunteer Program. There will be no class this month. We will start again in October.
There will be a $25 fee to join the volunteers at PAWS. This will get you your T-Shirt, membership in PAWS and your training. We will post the next training date when it becomes available.
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Betty MajorsI would like to volunteer. When should I bring the money and sign up for training1   ·  3 days ago

Panhandle Animal Welfare SocietyBetty Majors - so happy to hear you want to volunteer. We will hold a training class next month after we have revamped the program. The date and time of the training will be posted at a later date along with information on when and how you can sign up for training.3   ·  3 days ago

Jesica OlsenI would love to volunteer! I'll keep a look out for when.1   ·  2 days ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightI think it is wrong to charge $25 to the volunteers because volunteers help generate and offset expenses for the shelter. I think you would get more volunteers if you didn't charge.2   ·  1 day ago

Panhandle Animal Welfare SocietyPatricia we did, and do get alot of people who want to volunteer, but then after they go thru the training they usually don't come back to help. There is dirty work involved in working with animals, it's not all puppies and kittens. I appreciate your opinion, we are doing this on a trial basis to see if it can help our program. The fee covers the T-shirt that all volunteers must wear, a year membership with PAWS and the hands-on training. We don't think a one time fee of $25 will be too much.2   ·  15 hours ago

Betty MajorsTy will be looking for the information15 hours ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightI'm sure that paying $25 will really make them want to volunteer! If they want to spend $25 for a T-shirt let them. I will not pay $25 to volunteer or for a T-shirt.12 hours ago

Jesica OlsenThen you do not understand what it means to volunteer! I would pay whatever it takes to help!1   ·  12 hours ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightI have paid $35 for 2 years to PAWS family membership, donated food, and money and now after you are asking for volunteers to pay I will not do anything more. Asking for VOLUNTEERS to pay is so WRONG. I feel sorry for all the pets in Okaloosa County because you are doing them such an injustice! I will not adopt from you either no matter how badly I am interested in one of your animals. I am really dissatisfied with you and sorry for the pets that you are representing. You are doing such a injustice for them. You need to take pointers from Walton County who dedicate their weekends to finding homes for innocent animals. I have adopted two dogs from them on the weekends, not during the week (ON THE WEEKENDS!) when you are not doing anything for the babies in Okaloosa County. It is not just a job for Helping the Animals of Walton County, FL Animal Shelter, They go the extra mile and adopt their pets for only $55. I am done with your shelter! = (12 hours ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightI do understand and I do not need to justify my opinion! You must be an idiot Jesica Olsen! Maybe you need to support me since you have so much money! Idiot!12 hours ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightTo volunteer is to render services at no charge and the definition is likewise.11 hours ago

Patricia Pritchard KnightI am not going to get into a pissing contest with anyone! Done!11 hours ago

Panhandle Animal Welfare SocietySorry you feel that way Patricia Pritchard Knight. It's okay if you do not agree and express your own opinion, but you don't have to be rude about it.5 hours ago

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Check us out! Aren't we a pretty pair?! Yep, we're sisters - young boxers around 1 1/2 years old - named Charlotte and Samantha. :) We both love to be petted - we're super smart and loveable. Samantha loves the water and is full of energy. We both know how to sit for treats but Samantha has to be told by a hand command because she's deaf. But that doesn't slow her down. :) We are a tightly bonded pair, and really need to be adopted together we hope you'll stop by to meet us - we're fun loving girls looking for a forever family! You can meet us at PAWS, FWB, FL, Mon-Sat 10-3:30. FMI call 850-243-1525. www.paws-shelter.com/ (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less


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Dylan SpiveyJody Ann Pedigo Giveans1   ·  3 days ago

Janey MorrisonI love these two! I know they will get an amazing home together really soon !3   ·  3 days ago

Jody Ann Pedigo GiveansI wish I could! We still are trying to find homes for 5 puppies!!!1   ·  3 days ago

Carole Pines ProsnitzOnce you have been owned by a Boxer you will always love them with a special affinity.4   ·  3 days ago

Stacey MerrillThese girls are soooo sweet1   ·  3 days ago

Panhandle Animal Welfare SocietyLove these two!! They are very sweet and love to be loved on.3 days ago

Belinda BinkleyShared!1   ·  2 days ago

Cathy MannWhat gorgeous white boxers!!!2 days ago

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Junkyard Dog Gift N’ Thrift Shop

The Junkyard Dog Gift N’ Thrift shop is the primary source of funds for humane and adoption services provided by PAWS, contributes some $100,000 annually.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

179 N.E. Eglin Parkway (across the street from Kmart).

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