Panhandle Animal Welfare Society

aka PAWS   |   Fort Walton Beach, FL   |  www.paws-shelter.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1966

Interim Executive Director

Ashley Degraaf

Main address

752 Lovejoy Road

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 USA

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EIN

59-0815515

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteer Program

Volunteers are essential to the well being of animals at PAWS. PAWS depends on volunteers to contribute their time, energy & ideas to make PAWS a better place for animals. Volunteers are a tremendous source of PEOPLE POWER! Volunteers enrich programs at PAWS with their ability & willingness to get things done. By woring as a team with other people at PAWS, volunteers meet the needs of more animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fostering is one of the most rewarding ways to help homeless pets find forever homes.

You provide the love. PAWS provides everything else – food, supplies and medical care.

Population(s) Served

Okaloosa County Animal Services at PAWS is chartered to enforce all state, county and municipal laws and ordinances. The purpose is to keep the public and animals safe. Our animal control officers have the authority to issue citations and perform other enforcement functions, but the emphasis is to gain compliance through education.

​Contact Information:
If you need to contact our animal control officers, call (850) 243-1525, ext. 106, or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals returned to their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Animal Control Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PAWS goals are to educate our community about the importance of spay/neuter to reduce the population of homeless, abused, and abandoned animals in our county.
We are expanding our low cost spay/neuter veterinary clinic , adoption & education center, and kennels in order to serve our community better and to expand our services within Okaloosa County.

PAWS strategies are focused on Education, reduction of the pet population, and adoption services. PAWS engages the community to educate on the benefits of spay/neuter, proper training practices, and expectations of adopting a shelter animal. PAWS will continue to work to reduce the pet population through low-cost spay/ neuter clinics for the community. PAWS will continue to provide adoption counseling to ensure the pet and the adopter will be a forever family.

PAWS has recently hired a full-time Veterinarian on staff, which allows for the low-cost spay/ neuter as well as low-cost exams and vaccinations for the public. This furthers the goal of controlling the pet population. The clinic also provides an opportunity to further educate the public on animal care best practices.

The Clinic at PAWS has already reduced the back-log of unaltered animals in the shelter that were awaiting adoption clearance. Now the clinic will assist the wider community with low-cost vet care.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    PAWS serves all 207,430 citizens of Okaloosa County.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    PAWS values all feedback from the community. Recently, the administration has provided training on the public facing members of the staff to better equip them with strategies to work with individuals who may be having a difficult experience.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The community members that provide feedback report feeling more involved in the mission and direction of the organization. The act of being heard and valued has allowed the public and the staff to work together to find solutions or improve upon past successes.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Panhandle Animal Welfare Society

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Holland

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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