Pet Welfare is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located on Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida. The shelter places nearly 300 abandoned, stray, and homeless cats and dogs every year.
Pet Welfare has been in operation since 1982 where we were once just giving the cats and dogs away because there were so many and we were just happy to find a home for all the strays. Still to this day Pet Welfare is a no-kill facility open to the public trying to aid the military when they have to leave their pets behind.
In 2002, after 6 years of hard fundraising, Pet Welfare celebrated the grand opening of a new facility. We are always in need of volunteers and foster homes and depend solely on donations and grants. Everyday we love and care for animals in need and on those days when we feel we’re the only ones caring or can barely think straight because we’re so tired, we pick ourselves up and look around and remember what we do it for...the animals that need us.
Thanks for electing me the 2013 Pet Welfare Chairman. Volunteering (every single one of us is a volunteer) at a shelter is not glamorous. It is hard work 365 days a year. In rain, heat (actually the rain is better than the heat), or hurricanes our animals still need to be cared for. Feeding, walking (we don’t walk the cats) and OH the cleaning. Thanks to all of our 200 and then some volunteers that keep us and the office running. Thanks to everyone that foster animals during the bad weather. Thanks for showing up for your shifts, on holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. Thanks for using your own cars and gas for the many vet runs we do each week. Thanks for being a friend to all of the pets in our care. I know like me you all are there just for them. And I know that they are all loved. I get paid whenever I see Brutus lying on his back getting his tummy rubbed and he closes his eyes and I know that he is dreaming of being at his forever home. I get paid when the cats rub on me even though (at the best of times) I usually smell like a wet dog. They love me anyway. That is all the payment we need.
Pam Seda, 2013 Pet Welfare Chairman