Dog-Harmony is the only area 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing humane education to the Northwest Florida community with the goal of preventing dogs from going into shelters. We provide assistance to frustrated dog owners to help keep unruly dogs in the home.
In the summer of 2019, we successfully implemented plans to keep 21 dogs from beginning surrendered. In 2020, we shifted our focus to children's responsible dog ownership and humane education. We released our book entitled Human & Dog Harmony in early in February.
To reinforce the tips and lessons in our Human & Dog Harmony book, Dog-Harmony’s staff will bring animal-assisted therapy dogs on visits to Walton and Okaloosa County Schools, where we will give interactive presentations that illustrate the book’s main concepts. We will also establish a reading room in our facility where our staff can host Human & Dog Harmony read-aloud sessions with visiting youth groups and therapy dogs.
Onyx, a Dog-Harmony rescue dog alumna, was successfully evaluated as an Intermountain Therapy Animal (ITA) in 2019. She was scheduled to participate in county school READ programs in April and May, and she had worked hard to pass her tests necessary for her to participate in the program.
Workshops conducted at Dog-Harmony headquarters allowed at-risk and special needs youth to interact with dogs, learn kindness and empathy, as well as build team skills and confidence.
All of these programs have been put on temporary hold until the COVID-19 crisis is over. Due to cancelled events and low donations, Dog-Harmony is $20,000 under budget for our humane education and children's programs.
Once the quarantine period is over, we can resume our programs. Your donations will make this happen. $25 pays for 1 child to attend a worshop where they learn and $12 provides 3 books for our community outreach programs.
There are ways that you can help us - even if you are not able to make a monetary donation at this time:
Social media: share our posts, invite your friend to like our page, or host a virtual fundraiser.
Volunteer: If you are a teen, Join Dog-Harmony Quaren-teens work on remote projects and earn community service hours.
Please help Dog-Harmony help dogs rescue people.
Context: Although the government of Walton County reported a decrease in the dog euthanasia rate at Walton County Animal Control in 2018, Florida continues to rank poorly among other states in its statewide percentage of dog surrenders and euthanasia. The ASPCA’s most recent Shelter Animals Count dataset notes that Florida is one of four states with the highest rate of dogs transferred to shelters. Hurricane Michael in late 2018 augmented the plight of stray dogs and cats in our Panhandle region.