By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager
Giving back to your local animal shelters can be as simple as spending time with the animals there. For those animal lovers, you can give back by adopting an animal or finding someone that will. If you can’t adopt, you can give back in other ways, such as donating money and goods. You can even help advertise your local shelters and what they are about.
According to the website Dosomething.org, only one out of 10 dogs find a permanent home. This website also writes that, “Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.” It is impossible for one person to adopt 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats, but there are ways that you can help reduce this number. This number includes the animals that have gone astray in the communities near you.
There are four local shelters that you can volunteer your time or donate to. They include Brooke County Animal Shelter, Webark Animal Shelter, Marshall County Animal Shelter and East Wheeling Kitty Coalition.
Brooke County Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter, which means they need major help finding homes for the animals. In order to adopt an animal, you have to fill out an application and allow a 2-3 day response in order for the workers to process your information.
Dogs at Brooke County Animal Shelter charge $100, which includes the cost of spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, and a Heartworm tests. Along with this cost is an additional $3 fee for a county dog license if you are a Brooke County resident. Cats are $85 to adopt, and this cost includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, and a FeLV (feline leukemia virus) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) tests.
Webark Animal Shelter is also a no-kill shelter. They are also always looking for volunteers and donations. Donations do not specifically mean money, but people can donate food, blankets, paper towels, shampoo for the dogs and cats, disinfectants, etc. Webark also has an Amazon wish list for those looking to donate supplies.
Marshall County is a no-kill shelter that is open to donations, volunteers, and of course adoption. Adoptions for dogs are $100 and Cats are $50. The animals at the Marshall County shelter have already had shots and have been spayed and neutered surgery. Marshall County’s shelter is actually well known in the valley; in fact, Lambda Psi Sigma hosted ‘Puppies on the Quad’ to promote the shelter.
“We like to do stuff for the animals in shelters,” said Dakota Spencer. Spencer is a student here at West Liberty and she is also a part of Lambda Psi Sigma. During the time the Marshall County Animal Shelter was on campus, they collected money donations and goods.
“Our philanthropy is with ASPCA,” said Spencer. We decided to give back to Marshall County by bringing them to campus and promoting their shelter.”
Another organization you can help with is the East Wheeling Kitty Coalition. This is a new business venture, where they pick up stray cats around East Wheeling, W.Va. and later clean the cats up and take the cats to the veterinarian for its shots. Their goal is to give each cat a home, as well as reduce the number of stray cats around Wheeling, W.Va. They are also open to any donations, whether its money or goods. You can also adopt from the East Wheeling Kitty Coalition. You can find them on Facebook here. There you will see cats who are still looking for homes and ways that you can help donate or adopt.
Donating your time or money or even donating goods to animal shelters makes a difference. If you are really feeling generous, adopting a pet is the way to go as well. Any contribution to these local shelters will not go unnoticed. To help these animals, you may drop off any donations on the second floor of the Student Union in room S6.