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Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

“It is a great network that has grown,” Christy said. “We do solicit items but now I have people who call me. A lot of these people have adopted animals or been to the shelter and they have seen we have a clean, well-managed facility.

“In their own way they want to give back and help. We have a lot of work to do but we are all proud of where we’ve come to.”   

In a county where there is a single animal control officer, the Humane Society houses, on average, over 50 dogs and 25-30 cats each day.

“They never stop coming,” Christy said.

The Humane Society’s budget is quickly eaten up with a mortgage, utilities and the cost of upkeep.

A food program is supported through grants and another grants subsidizes spay and neuter programs in the 32456 zip code, the facility receives donations and recoup adoption fees, but as Christy said, “The costs add up.”

And given the constrained state of government budgets, the cities of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka and the Board of County Commissioners combine to subsidize about one-quarter of the annual budget.

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