The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 11, 2013

Raleigh animal shelter needs food, pet supplies

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — The Humane Society of Raleigh County will host a yard sale and hot dog sale Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at the shelter location, 325 Grey Flats Road.  

Teresa Staton-Cole, president of the board of directors, said while its last two fundraising events, the first annual 5K run/walk and the spaghetti dinner, were very successful, the shelter is still in desperate need of food, litter and donations.

“Both events were extremely successful and all of the proceeds have benefited or supported the fur babies housed at the facility 100 percent,” Staton-Cole said. “Every penny of the proceeds were applied to the outstanding medical bills that had accumulated with local veterinarians.”

She said in order for the public to be able to adopt healthy, disease-free animals, the Humane Society has taken an active role in treatment and prevention of illnesses and disease.

“Without donations and support from the public, the shelter would have to shut its doors.”

The shelter is currently at full capacity and in need of dry dog food, cat food and litter.

“Donations have been coming in, but with the shelter at full capacity, more food is required to house the animals and to keep them healthy. In addition, in order to keep illness under control, the staff does laundry all day, every day and have suddenly been subdued because its main washing machine has broken down.”

She said if any local furniture or appliance store would donate a washing machine to the shelter, it would be a great tax incentive.

“In fact, any donation to the shelter can be a tax write-off and tax incentive. Any of the staff would gladly write a receipt for any donations made.”

Staton-Cole said the shelter is also looking for new fundraising ideas and new ways to help increase awareness of the benefits of vaccinations, spaying, neutering and fostering.

“Any input on how to generate donations, revenue and animal health issues are always welcome.”

For more information, contact Teresa Staton-Cole at 304-222-0233 or the shelter at 304-253-8921.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com