FORT WALTON BEACH — The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) announced last week that it received $7,394 from PetSmart Charities to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in Okaloosa County.

According to a press release from PAWS, the donation will allow the organization to purchase vital equipment to continue the mission of serving the community.

The W.F. Thorne Clinic located at PAWS has sterilized over 71,500 animals since opening its doors in 1995, the press release said. The W.F. Thorne Clinic is an established Spay and Neuter Clinic and the only low cost veterinary clinic in the county currently, according to the release. Having operational equipment is critical to fulfilling the services offered.

“Thanks to PetSmart Charities this grant will allot the needed funds for our clinic staff to have state of the art equipment to better serve our community," Manda Leigh Moore, Community Development Coordinator at PAWS, said in the release.