Animal shelter seeking volunteers

August 25, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter is opening its doors outside of regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, to invite volunteers to help the shelter with a cleaning to-do list.

Courtney Proctor Cross, the newly appointed executive director at the shelter, said she wants the public to be involved in the changes that are planned for the shelter.

“There’s more work than can be done in one day, but we’re hoping to rally together to put a big dent in our to-do list as well as build momentum for the positive changes ahead,” Proctor Cross said. “There are endless opportunities for the public to volunteer at the shelter, both this Sunday and in the weeks to come, and I welcome their involvement.”

The tasks range from walking and socializing cats to cleaning kennels and organizing supplies.

To make the workday easier, the shelter is seeking foster homes to take in animals just for the weekend to get them out of the way of all the planned cleaning and organizing. Individuals interested in fostering an animal for the weekend can message the shelter’s Facebook page or stop by the shelter Saturday, Aug. 25, to choose a foster. Foster dogs may be picked up beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday or beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

The shelter is also in need of the following supplies, which can be dropped off to the shelter Sunday or during the shelter’s regular operating hours: bleach (gallons, spray bottles and wipes), scrub brushes, paper towels, trash bags, gloves, brooms, dustpans, fly sticks, newspaper, 9-inch by 13-inch disposable aluminum pans, cat litter, cat food (cat, kitten and canned), dog food (dog, puppy and canned), pump sprayers and stepladders.

Anyone interested in making monetary donations to the shelter can do so by sending them to the Western West Virginia Animal Rescue Alliance via PayPal to wwvara@gmail.com or by mailing a check to 216 11th Ave. West, Huntington, WV 25701. Donations are tax deductible.

The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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