Feeding and petting a fever of stingrays, swimming with dolphins and getting smooched by a sea lion is all in a day’s work at Gulf World Marine Park. Panama City Beach’s longstanding educational facility pulls double duty as the Area Coordinator for the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network. And when Gulf World’s team of experts isn’t out rescuing dolphins and sea turtles, they’re educating kids and kids-at-heart about the fascinating animals with which we share our planet.
Pets & Animals
The Second Annual Furry Fest will transform Gulf Place into a haven for pets and animal lovers alike on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m.-3p.m. Throughout the day, guests and pets will enjoy agility demonstrations, cake strutt, 30A Dance Wave Performance, pet parade, costume contest, races, the beagle strutt, Kid Zone with bounce house, and live entertainment by The Screamin' Fleas.
Round up your family and canines for the 4th annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed on Sunday, November 23rd, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Park in Rosemary Beach. This year’s theme is the Wild Wild West, so wear your favorite cowboy boots, hat or bandana.
Although the Kindness Pet Hospital has been in business for more than 16 years now, the Dune Allen veterinary clinic is now owned and operated by Dr. Mary Connor. She grew up in Louisiana and her family vacationed yearly in nearby Navarre. Her taste for the beach developed during those family vacations, and she knew early on that she would do all she could to make the beach more than just a summer stay.
The first annual Puppypalooza to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge's Unconditional Love Program will be held at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach on September 20 from 1-9pm.
A big thanks to all of our dedicated South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers for walking every inch of beach during nesting season to count nests, monitor hatchings, help turtles in danger, and keep an eye on our beaches - remember to give turtles and nests a wide berth, remove items from the beach at the end of the day, and fill in your holes! Thanks to Blue Mountain Beach resident and turtle watch volunteer Richard Fowlkes for sending us this great story and photos...
The 2014 Hurricane Season is here and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County Emergency Management, and Alaqua Animal Refuge are teaming up to prepare Walton County pet owners to have a plan in place in the event of an evacuation.
Whether your pets are big or small, make sure:
• Their immunizations are current and you have a copy of their records
• They have a proper identification tag
• They have a safe place to stay
Laurie Hood received the Daily Point of Light Award from President George H. W. Bush for going above and beyond to rescue abused, neglected, and homeless animals through her non-profit shelter, Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Laurie feels honored to be chosen as a Daily Point of Light recipient. Since 2007, she has worked to create a safe haven for animals in need, and has saved almost 10,000 animals in the process.
SoWal local Brock Ellis had the experience of a lifetime recently when he got to swim with a group of seven manatees along the shore at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Brock was able to capture exciting photos and video (below) of the manatees.
It's not uncommon to see manatees swimming east in South Walton in the Spring as they migrate up from Southwest Florida, and again swimming west to get back down south in the Fall. Brock works on the beach so has a front row seat for all the great wildlife action in the Gulf.