Walton County animal shelter opens in DeFuniak Springs

January 9, 2010

Vet Tech Silver Mercer (left) talks with Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen at new facility.

Grand opening to be held Jan. 26

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS – The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is proud to announce that the Walton County Animal Shelter was opened for use on January 4.  The state of the art facility is located at 365 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs.
According to Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen in whose district the shelter is located, “This has been a long process and we are glad to have it finished.”  Construction of the building was begun in October 2008 after a long site selection process.
The hours of public operation for the facility are:
Mon., Tues. – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed. – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thu., Fri. – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Animal Services Manager Lois Marlow says “we are looking forward to implementing a spay/neuter program, and providing quality animal adoption services to the people of Walton County.”  The telephone number at the shelter is (850)892-8758.  Animals in care at the shelter may viewed by visiting our website at www.co.walton.fl.us, and selecting “Animal Control and Pet Services” from the Residents menu.
A grand opening for the public will be held at the facility on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm.

    1. I just learned about this animal shelter today and am so very glad.

      Every wonderful pet I ever had came from a place like this.

    1. Bless you folks for all that you’re trying to do for the wayyyyy too many animals that are ending up with you. I urge all that read this to ‘talk up’ adoption and spay/neuter to any and all that will listen.

    1. We need more low cost spay and neuter going on down in this area!!!!

    1. I would like to see a forum established so that the general public can report offenses against animals. Crimes like the Great white hunter that took it upon himself to shoot mine and my brothers dogs last week. These hunters or citations with ammo need to be held responsible for their actions. HECK YES IM ONE MAD DOG OWNER!!
      Thank you
      Vickie Hurd

    1. I just called the Walton County animal shelter to inquire about spay/neuter services. Unfortunately, they are not available here. I understand the cost to support such a service prevents it’s development. What I am disappointed about is that when I asked, “do you know of any local low cost spay/neuter services?”, the response was “No, you’ll just have to check with one of the vets.” Now there is someone who is really dedicated to animal population control! I guess she views it as job security…..as long as there are unwanted strays and the money to support the shelter, she will have a job. Another sad day in Walton County.

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