Dog-Harmony getting new headquarters

Special to The Sun
A vendor talks to attendees at the recent My Furry Valentine doggie social at Grand Boulevard. [SPECIAL TO THE SUN]

Dog-Harmony Inc., a nonprofit rescue founded by a professional dog trainer, recently announced its new headquarters at 237 Market St., off County Highway 393 N. in Santa Rosa Beach. A grand opening is scheduled for April.

The organization’s new home will provide dog training, humane education, links to low-cost spay/neuter and microchipping, plus be a spot for rescue dogs waiting for their new homes.

Dog-Harmony works to build positive relationships between canines and humans — preventing dogs from becoming homeless in the first place.

Individualized attention is given before, during and after adoptions to ensure the match is forever. In addition, the organization helps “train” the public about animal welfare.

Nancy Bown, CPDT-KA and founder of Dog-Harmony, said she’s very thankful for the work volunteers put in to reach this milestone.

“Humane education is a crucial key to ending shelter overpopulation in our area,” she said.

The 6,000-square-foot space will include:

• Classrooms for humane education, such as dog safety for children, positive dog training and dog food/treat cooking.

• Retail, such as high-end donated furniture and décor; works by local artists, Dog Harmony logo clothing, plus canine accessories, such as leashes, collars, natural flea prevention spray and other canine accessories.

• Stainless steel self-bathing pet stations for beach visitors to wash sand off their dogs.

• An area for doggie socials, birthday parties and “Bark Mitzvahs.”

• A training room that includes a couch, table, lamps, and other items so dogs can assimilate to a “home environment.”

• Dog-Harmony could use some help to get the building ready, such as plumbers and electricians to help update systems, volunteers to help paint, plus appliance and office equipment donations.