City of Crestview ready to take on Animal Control Services with new Officer at the helm

With over 150 calls taken, the City of Crestview’s Animal Control Service is
full steam ahead with Officer Kathryn Healey at the helm.

  • Officer Healey has been serving Okaloosa County and the surrounding areas for 5 years and is helping Crestview set a new standard of service for its citizens.

“It has always been a dream of mine to change the lives of animals,” Officer Healey said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help build Crestview’s new Animal Services division and look forward to the positive impact we will have in our community not just for the animals but our citizens as well.”

In the two months following the decision not to renew services with the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, the City has had nine employees complete the FACA Animal Control Certification Course.

This brings the total to 10 employees, including officer Healey, certified to perform animal control duties for the City of Crestview.

Some of those certified include:

  • Police officers
  • Code enforcement officers
  • The police chief
  • And even the city manager

By the middle of April, the City will have two animal control facilities in use. A newly remodeled facility located at 715 N. Ferdon Blvd, and the Laurel Hill facility previously used by PAWS.

“When we started this process in January, we knew there would be some challenges,” City Manager Tim Bolduc said. “With the expertise that Officer Healey brings combined with the updated facilities, we are equipped to provide a level of service consistent with our mission and it’s only going to improve from here.”

The City is currently accepting food, bedding, and toys for dogs and cats.

Some much needed items include:

  • Adult dog food- Purina One Smart-blend
  • Adult cat food- Purina One
  • Puppy- Purina One Healthy Puppy
  • Kitten- Purina One Healthy Kitten
  • Wet food – Both dogs and cats Purina preferred but will accept all
  • Treats
  • Gently used/New/Clean – Linens, towels, wash cloths, blankets, beds. No pillows.
  • Stainless steel dog and cat food/water bowls
  • Gently used/new/clean – Dog and Cat Toys Specifically Kongs for dogs
  • Slow feeding bowls
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Grooming supplies
  • Newspaper
  • Collars/leashes/harnesses

For a complete list and link to the Animal Services Amazon Wish List, click here. Those interested in volunteering can email Officer Healey at healeyk@cityofcrestview.org.

The Crestview Police Department located at 201 Stillwell Blvd is the drop-off point for donations.

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