Furry friends seeking temporary and forever homes
by By Agnes Hapka
POINT PLEASANT — If you’re out at the Mason County Fair today, and you’re in the market for a canine or feline companion, stop by the Mason County Animal Shelter and meet Chuckles, Oakley and any number of adorable kittens.
Betty Neville, shelter manager, said that her consistent goal is to find homes for all animals as quickly as possible. She currently has 16 dogs, most of whom are healthy and ready for adoption.
Neville added that the animal shelter is not a “no-kill facility”; its staff is forced to euthanize animals sometimes if the shelter exceeds its capacity for residents. There are, she said, particularly bad times of year, and that’s when the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs comes into play.
“Spring is the worst time,” Neville said, “We get a lot of puppies and kittens then.”
The facility has a capacity of 40 animals.
In the interests of finding homes for the animals, Neville said she lists each one along with its picture on the web site petfinder.com.
“I work with rescues all over the country,” Neville said. “We try to place the cats and dogs as fast as we get them in. Rescues will actually often come and get them.”
The animal shelter recently made improvements to its facility, with a donation from the Robert and Louise Clafin Foundation. The money enabled the shelter to add some new buildings to its repertoire.
Mason County Animal Shelter is located at 1965 Fairground Rd, Point Pleasant, WV 25550, just past the fairgrounds. The hours are 12-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Betty Neville may be reached at (304) 675-6458.
For those who are looking for a puppy, but may not be able to commit to one for the long term, the Gallia County Animal shelter is desperately in need of short-term foster homes for 20 young puppies, waiting for transportation to out-of-town rescues. These puppies are facing euthanizing in short order, according to the dog warden in Gallia. For more information or to foster a puppy, stop by the Gallia County Animal Shelter before 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 186 Shawnee Ln Gallipolis, OH 45631, or call the warden at (740) 441-0207.
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