Walton County Heritage Museum

Learn more about the history of Walton County

Train Depot Museum

Walton County Courthouse

Growing to meet the needs of the community

Courthouse

Lake DeFuniak

One of only two perfectly round lakes in the world

Fun and relaxation

Hotel DeFuniak

Built in 1920, completely restored, the perfect place to stay!

Awesome
Weather Forecast
October 2014
M T W T F S S
« Sep    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

NEW COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER NEARS COMPLETION

Sep 11th, 2009 | 0

Walton County construction officials say the new Walton County Animal Control Shelter in DeFuniak Springs is nearing completion.  County leaders expect to have the facility open by mid-November.
When complete, the new $1.5 million shelter will include 8,400 square feet “under roof” and will house 80 individual kennels, examining rooms, an adoption room and several other amenities. The new shelter will provide county staff an opportunity to offer adoption services for stray and rescued animals. Walton County Animal Control will operate the facility, and county officials plan to use inmate labor from the nearby county correctional institution to help defray operating costs.
Currently, most dogs and cats collected by Walton County Animal Control are taken to a facility in Chipley. A limited number of dogs and cats are claimed by their owners or adopted by Walton County residents due to the 80-mile round trip and the $125 cost associated with the adoptions. County officials expect the new Walton County facility will make it easier for residents to reclaim their pets or adopt animals.
“This is one of the best features about having an animal shelter in Walton County” said District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen.  “So many residents who lose their pets currently have to travel so far away just to see if their dog or cat is being held in Chipley. Residents won’t have this inconvenience much longer,” he says. Leaders also hope to dramatically reduce the rate of euthanizing animals, because the large facility will give more holding time for animals to be reclaimed or adopted.
The Walton County Construction Management team made design changes in the original construction plans to reduce the building cost of $1.9 million to $1.5 million.  County officials expect to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime in November.

Comments are closed.