CRESTVIEW — Mayor JB Whitten received an extremely happy official visitor Friday morning.

Lilly, an exuberant and affectionate pit bull, must’ve known that after her visit to City Hall she might soon meet her fur-ever family at a Panhandle Animal Welfare Society adoption event in Fort Walton Beach.

Lilly, escorted by Animal Control Officer Qasheedra Adlee, had been recently dropped off at the PAWS Laurel Hill facility with several pit bull puppies. Although Lilly had been microchipped, no one answered the phone connected with the registered contact information, Adlee said.

“We strongly encourage families interested in getting a pet to visit local adoption facilities like PAWS,” Whitten said as he ruffled Lilly’s ears and got a slurpy kiss in response. “Sadly, there are so many unwanted dogs and cats that would make such loving members of a family if only given a chance.”

For adoption information about Lilly or any of PAWS' other animals searching for a caring home, visit and click the “Adopt” button, stop by 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach, or call 850-243-1525.

For emergency animal control services in Crestview and Okaloosa County, call 850-685-6003.