The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 2, 2012

Crates, heat funded for Pet Pantry


The Wild and Wonderful Pet Pantry, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets and their families through food assistance and spay/neuter programs, was recently awarded a grant from Beckley Area Foundation for $1,005, according to founder Pam Romansic.

The grant will be used to purchase 12 large crates to assist in the organization’s effort of transporting local shelter animals to no-kill shelters throughout West Virginia and surrounding states, she explained.

The grant will also provide funding for the purchase of two heat systems to be installed at the pantry’s headquarters at 310 Carleton St.

Romansic explained the building’s temperature must be regulated to preserve the donated perishable food and supplies that are stored within.

“Grants like these are so important to our mission of keeping families and their pets together, because without them, we wouldn’t be in operation,” Romansic stated. “This is the first grant we’ve received for merchandise, as past grants have been for food or spay and neuter programs, so we are really excited for this grant which will make some of our day-to-day operations so much easier.”

WWPP was founded in 2009 and has since helped hundreds of families with medical bills, pet food and supplies, and spaying and neutering programs, Romansic explained, noting recent donations have been lacking. She  stressed the need for help. Items needed include pet food, litter, gift cards, monetary donations or any pet-related item, she said.

Donations may be dropped off or arrangements can be made for pickup, she said.  

For a list of locations, information or assistance, contact WWPP at 304-575-9787 or visit


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