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inside this issue: Upcoming Events Barkin’ on the Bay Should I Give My Pet Chocolate? Greyhounds of Ebro Tribute Meet The New Shelter Manager Top 10 Date Bait Dogs

F o r t h o s e w h o p l a y, l o v e , l i v e o r w o r k w i t h a n i m a l s .


can’t believe it is November already! It seems like it was just a few months ago that I, along with several volunteers and other board members were spending our New Year’s Day cleaning up the thrift store warehouse that had sprawled out into the parking lot. In fact it took two full weekends and a couple of big sales to get all the donated items under control. The question on our minds was, “why was this allowed to get so out of hand.” A good question. As we began to look at our obvious management issues, we also faced a total board restructure. Life happens, people’s lives change and when it rains it pours. By February, we knew we needed to totally restructure and in building a new board, we needed people who had a talent that would help the HSBC grow both in animal rescue and in public support. They would also have to be willing to work it like a part-time job for free. People that fit this criteria have a heart bigger than their head. The first thing we did as far as an outreach to the community, was to publish this news magazine. It’s purpose is to keep the community informed about the animals we have for adoption, what the HSBC is doing, and where the communities donations are going. Then we listened to those who had negative things to say about the HSBC. We solicited people for their opinions on what they expected of the HSBC and what

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we could do better. We took an internal inven-

tory and the following is a list of the accomplishments. No doubt it’s been a bumpy ride this year of 2010, partly because of the economy and partly because it is never easy to restructure. • Reorganized the warehouse and implemented a better system to utilize volunteers to keep it orderly. • Got rid of the over supply of obsolete computer hardware that took up vital storage space. • Hired a new shelter manager, Jeremiah McCulley. Read more on him in this magazine issue. • Re-established relationship with animal control. Transferred animals to HSBC for adoption. • Held meetings with the shelter and thrift store staff to ascertain what areas they needed support, discussed customer service and the communities frustrations

with some of our policies. • Promoted two top employee’s to positions of management thus empowering them to make a difference for the animals that are in our care and also allows the shelter manager to focus on the big picture. • Implemented a higher standard of animal health care, thanks to Dr. Jessica Harrison (board member) and Jeremiah McCulley, our shelter manager. • Increased play time for the animals. • Got a cattery built, donated and installed-(a place for the kitties to have some community time with each other)thanks to Marcella Durr’s efforts. • Addressed the “smell”...a major complaint. • Established a “working” board that is fully accountable and aware of the operations of the HSBC. • Record setting fundraisers-a big thank you to our Marketing Director, Lorrie Black. • We now have a social media wizard, Desiree Gardner to help Aaron, (board member) our inspired IT wizard who is working on a new website for the HSBC that will be a go-to source for people with pets and/or interested in the HSBC. I am very proud of the accomplishments of this dedicated board and our new managers. We have come a long way, but still have miles to go. People who work in animal welfare do it because they want better for the animals. They hope that their efforts will make a difference. If you are interested in making a difference, by sharing a talent that may be beneficial to the HSBC, please contact me and let’s see what we can do together.

• Terri Davidson - President

Managing Owner of The Wine Dog

• Aaron Rich - Vice President

Web & IT Services Manager, ARINC

• Kevin Dupont - Treasurer VP of Seltzer Management

• Desiree Gardner - Secretary Social Media, The News Herald

• Kathy Marshall

Realtor, Latitudes Realty

• Jessica Harrison, DVM Veterinarian, Breeze Animal Hospital • Melissa Frye Frye Accounting & Bookkeeping Services, Sergeant of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office K9 Search and Rescue, President of Greater Panama City Dog Fancier’s Association

• Ben Ortiz

Dental Assistant, Pancare Community Health Care Dental Clinic. County Sheriff’s Office K9 Search and Rescue

Branding, Creative Direction & Design by: Sean Brosnan for Gorgeous/RFP

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“Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. “ Stephen Baker

December 1: “We Love Animals, Do you? Membership Drive 2011” begins (This will be a direct mail drive. (See page 10 for the mail-in form.) December 10 & 11: “Keeping Kids & Pets Safe Project”at PANAMA CITY TOYOTA.

Making a charitable gift this time of year, is more than just careful year-end tax planning; it is also an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Please remember the Humane Society of Bay County by making your tax deductible contribution (see page 10). These monies are used in our mission to provide food, shelter and medical care for Bay County’s homeless animals.

DECEMBER 18TH: “Pet Pictures With Santa”at BARKING DIVAS

We sincerely thank you, our community, for your support and belief in the importance of helping the animals in need of a forever home.

This publication is a quarterly news magazine. It is our hope that it will serve as a means to communicate to the people of Bay County about the Humane Society and various animal issues. It is produced by various members of the Humane Society’s marketing committee. The revenue to pay for this publication was raised by selling ad space. Please support these advertisers. If you are interested in advertising in the next issue due for publication in the third quarter of 2010, please contact the marketing committee at 850.785.6835 or email

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“blessed are the dogs that suffer and have been overlooked for human friendship, for theirs should be the joy of the dinner dish, lots of friends and stuffed pillows in paradise.”

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DECEMBER 10 & 11: “Keeping Kids & Pets Safe Project” Dec.10th from 3:00-7:00 PM and Dec. 11th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The event will be held at PANAMA CITY TOYOTA located at 959 West 15th Street. There will be FREE digital fingerprint & photo program for all children that attend, Pet micro-chipping for $10.00 per pet courtesy of the Humane Society, adoptable pets, & FREE pictures with Santa for the children and pets. (1st photo FREE, with additional photos for purchase by SUN FUN PHOTO). Refreshments and much more. For more information contact Lorrie Black at or call Panama City Toyota at (850)769-3377. DECEMBER 18TH: “Pet Pictures With Santa” 10:00AM-5:00PM at Barking Divas, located at 7328 Thomas Drive at Mirabella Plaza next to Liza’s Kitchen. $10.00 fee for a professional photo session for your pet with Santa plus one photo. You can purchase more photos on site that day. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to The Humane Society of Bay County. “Calendar Friends” Calendars will be on sell for $10.00 each. For more information contact Lorrie Black at Call Lorrie at (770)262-4388 or call Barking Divas at (850)249-9949.

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he Humane Society of Bay County, in partnership with presenting sponsors, Pineapple Willy’s and Knology summoned the dogs out to the 6th Annual “Barkin’ on the Bay” fundraising event. Hundreds of happy dogs and their owners populated the Bay Point Marina for fun, food and furry frolicking on this beautiful October day. As soon as Pastor, Allen Newton, of Woodlawn Methodist Church had conducted the Blessing of the Animals, the festivities began in earnest. DJ Smiley J set to spinning the tunes while the cadre of canines set about demonstrating their talents. The dogs participated in activities such as the canine rally, obedience, fly ball, Frisbee catching and land racing, all coordinated by The Greater Panama City Dog Fancier’s Association. Some of the dogs even let their owners get into the act with the Owner/Dog LookAlike Contest and Best Pet Trick Contest. The Bay County Sheriff’s office conducted a demonstration with their newly certified team of Search & Rescue dogs. MC, Wayne Gentry, was on hand to an-

nounce the contests and give away numerous prizes from the raffle tickets that were sold throughout the day. Wayne went dock-side later in the afternoon to call the popular Dock-Diving contest, while volunteers from the Navy were in the water to measure the distances of the jumps. Everyone was in for a treat when the popular local band Jacobs, Brock, and Beasley took the stage to perform. The finale of the day was the popular Halloween Pet Costume Contest, with over 24 dogs competing for the best, most original costume. While the dogs were certainly the focus of the day, there was much going on behind the scenes to make the day a success. Volunteers could be seen handing out wristbands, answering questions, even selling “Barkin’ on the Bay T-Shirts and the newly-released 2011 “Calendar Friends” calendars to event-goers. Many of the volunteers were locally stationed members of the U.S. Navy, coordinated by Chief Joe Sweeting and his wife, Laurie. Others included Girl Scout troop #255 led by Lynn Sears. Groups providing information to pet owners included Greyhound Rescue, Great Dane Rescue, Pug Rescue, and advocate organization, “Bay Families with Dogs”. Vendors included “Barking Divas”, “Pumpkin Paddies & Dog Treats”, and “Naju Boarding and Grooming”. In a tremendous service to the health and safety of pets, Bay County Animal Control was there to provide micro-chipping for $10.00 per pet. The sponsors were generous in donating what they

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could to make the event successful. Pineapple Willy’s was a cash sponsor which also donated the entertainment, sound system, a raffle basket, and produced the event TShirts. Knology donated over $6,000.00 worth of advertising on their cable channels, digital billboard advertising, and the stage. Innovations Credit Union was a cash sponsor which also donated two large gift baskets to be raffled. Magic Broadcasting donated advertising time to run PSA’s to promote the event. ATT Real Yellow Pages donated advertising and the giveaway bags. Woodham Rentals donated all of the tables and chairs and Donna Waddell, from Downtown Pet Salon, created and donated all of the prize baskets that were given out for all of the contests. While a thoroughly enjoyable, whimsical day, the fundraiser is extremely important to the continued operation of the Humane Society. According to HSBC marketing

director, Lorrie Black, who coordinated the event, this year’s Barkin’ on the Bay raised over $10,000. The funds will be used to continue operations and pay for medical supplies for the animals currently eligible for adoption in their 23rd Street facility and thrift store. The Humane Society’s mission of being a no kill shelter is supported exclusively by contributions and grants. Barkin’ on the Bay is a resounding example of how much the citizens of Bay County make a difference.

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arking dogs bounce and rattle their cages as the front door of the shelter creaks open ushering in Jeremiah McCulley and the whirring buzz of morning commuters. Many locals drive by the Bay County Humane Society Thrift Store & Shelter on 23rd Street, unaware of the many adoptable pets inside. The shelter’s new manager, McCulley, oversees the daily operations of our local no-kill shelter. Hot tea in hand, he faces the preponderance of questions, requests, and demands from the community and its animals regarding animal welfare, health, and ultimately homes for our four-legged citizens. With all of this in mind, one must ask – who is Jeremiah McCulley and what led him to be the manager of the Humane Society of Bay County? An obvious job requirement is compassion for animals. “As a kid, I would drag stray kittens, puppies, and other animals home with me,” says McCulley. “I guess this job allows me to indulge my inner child.” Alongside this compassion lies a commitment to training and developing a bond with one’s pet. McCulley may be more readily recognized pictured alongside Zoey, his National Association of Search and Rescue certified Border Collie. As members of the Bay Country Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team, the duo responds to investigations throughout the Florida panhandle. Both his dedication to this organization, as well as hundreds of hours of training with Zoey testify to a deeply held belief in the human-animal bond and the utility of advanced training. “As one who struggles to get my dog to sit and stay, I’m in awe of the trust and communication between dog and owner”, says Dr. Harrison. A former Marine, rescue diver, and electrical engineer, McCulley wields a diverse skill set, which the Humane Society’s daily tasks demand. Since the inception of his position as shelter manager, the organizational and leadership skills from his military background have proven vital for the restructuring and reorganization of the society. Operating with a select crew of employees and enthusiastic volunteers, he orchestrates the slew of daily tasks required to care for each of the shelter animals. At times, this care extends beyond the shelter walls. “I believe the Humane Society should be a means of connecting animals with permanent homes as well a community resource for anyone struggling to keep their pet,” explains McCulley. “Ideally, it will function as a central location where owners can seek advice and assistance with pets’ basic wellness, dietary, or behavioral needs. As the Humane Society, we hope to reflect and address the needs of our community.” After locking the doors for the night, Zoey bounces to the car alongside her sometimes harried owner. Bolstering these days, however, are the days they send a bright-eyed new owner out the door proudly toting the end of a leash and four legs of promise supporting the other. “The Humane Society is not about any one person or any one animal,” quips McCulley. “It is about the bonds formed, hopefully for a lifetime, and the connecting of these homeless pets with deserving homes.”

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magine yourself homeless, without a friend, not a penny to your name, and possibly in poor health - maybe you or someone you love has walked down this path. It is terribly scary, lonely, and each minute is uncertain. Now imagine yourself unable to speak, to voice your needs, your ailments, or how you found yourself in your current state. Some of the animals at the Bay County Humane Society come to us in this condition, and they wait to be adopted, fostered, or even just cared for by a friendly volunteer. Inside each of those cages is the reason I choose to volunteer my time and expertise for the Bay County Humane Society. My name is Dr. Jessica Harrison. I’m a new member of the Humane Society board as well as a veterinarian at Breeze Animal Hospital in Panama City Beach. Hailing from Texas, I find Bay

County a very friendly place to live and work even by Texas standards – even though I miss the cowboy boots and hats. After graduating from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, I worked in Cairo, Georgia in mixed animal practice for a year before moving here. While in veterinary school, I completed externships in zoo medicine in Bangkok, Thailand;

in equine medicine in Seattle, WA; and in small animal surgery in Fort Worth, TX. Experiencing the breadth of veterinary medicine, I feel prepared for the challenges of my diverse job requirements here in Panama City. As an associate veterinarian at Breeze Animal Hospital, I treat companion animals and exotics; and as the parttime veterinarian at Zooworld, I see exotics large and small. While my work at the Humane Society consists predominately of canine and feline patients, I have been known to treat a homeless goat or pig. As a board member of the Humane Society, I focus on the health and wellness needs of the shelter animals. I have worked to institute vaccine protocols for our residents and perform regular physical exams to address any underlying diseases. Working at Breeze Animal Hospital, which is also the official veterinary clinic for the Humane Society, I treat the heartworm positive dogs, any sick animals, and perform spays and neuters on the intact pets. I am able to see our shelter animals on a very regular basis and bond with some of

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these very special pets. My favorite aspect of the position is seeing animals who arrive underweight, poorly socialized, and lacking proper care restored to health, socialized and sent off to a new family. Just the other day I ran into Magnum at his obedience lesson in Petsmart, thriving in his new home. The Bay County Humane Society is making great strides forward in the representation and placement of local animals without homes. The veterinary oath states we shall do no harm and always act as an advocate for the animal; I take my oath quite seriously and strive to fulfill it in my private and practice life. Few animals need an advocate more than those who find themselves in our local shelters. Please do your part, advocate, support or adopt a homeless animal, you will never regret giving an animal a voice. Dr. Jessica Harrison Veterinarian, Breeze Animal Hospital

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coffee, tea, cola, and cocoa bean hulls (landscape bedding).

Just how much chocolate is too much?


hy is chocolate dangerous for your dog? Both milk chocolate and dark chocolate contain toxins called methylxanthines in the form of caffeine and theobromine. Caffeine is a well-known stimulant. Theobromine, a bitter, colorless chemical, increases urine production, relaxes blood vessels, and stimulates the heart. Methylxanthines are also found in

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Ideally, your dog should never consume chocolate. Mild symptoms occur with the ingestion of 9 mg per pound of body weight of either caffeine or theobromine. Severe signs occur around 20 mg/lb. Seizures and possible death can occur after ingestion of 27 mg of theobromine or caffeine per pound of body weight. Since milk chocolate contains 58 mg/oz of theobromine, a dose of less than 1 oz of milk chocolate per pound of body weight could potentially cause death. Less than 0.1 oz of baking chocolate per pound

of body weight could be lethal, and less than 0.075 oz per pound of cocoa could be toxic. Usually the more bitter the chocolate, the higher the level of theobromine.

However, if enough methylxanthines are absorbed, chocolate ingestion may lead to coma, cardiac failure, or death. If you think your pet has been poisoned...

What should you do if your dog ingests chocolate?

Contact your veterinarian or one of the following Animal Poison Hotlines:

First, call your veterinarian, who will evaluate the situation and likely provide instructions on how to make your dog vomit. If possible, note the type of chocolate and estimate the amount eaten. If your regular veterinarian is unavailable, seek emergency care.

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-4ANI-HELP(1-888-426-4435) $65 per case*, billed to your credit card only. Free follow-up calls at 1-888299-2973. *Calls involving a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service are free.

What is the prognosis for dogs who’ve ingested too much chocolate? Dogs treated within 6-12 hours of ingestion usually recover with hospitalization and aggressive therapy.

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Pet Poison Helpline - 24-hour service available throughout North America for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. 1-800-213-6680 ($35.00 per incident). Staffed 24-hours a day.

Methylxanthines cause many problems - usually within 6-12 hours afer ingestion. Common symptoms include: • Accelerated breathing or panting • Increased thirst and drinking • Increased or decreased heart rate • Loss of mucle coordination • Irregular heart beat • Muscle tremors • Increased body temperature • Hyperactivity • Seizures • Vomiting • Coma • Diarrhea • Bloating

Less common symptoms may include: • Abdominal pain • Blood in the urine

1. Golden Retriever – Friendly happy dogs with beautiful coats 2. Scruffy Terrier Mix – Small terriers can be some of the cutest dogs in the world. 3. Collie – “Lassie” 4. Afghan Hound – Elegant “Wow” Dogs 5. Labrador Retriever – Most Lovable 6. Pug – Friendly, Happy Comical Dogs 7. Saint Bernard – Big, sweet, lovable stuff animal 8. Tiny Dogs with Big Dog confidence – Confidence attracts 9. Beagle – Just a plain ol’ friendly face 10. Old English Sheepdog – Funny, furry dog which has to be hugged.

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Paw Street Journal (Winter 2010)  

The Paw Street Journal. Quarterly publication from The Humane Society of Bay County

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