Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 2, 2014

Adoptions needed: Animal shelter at capacity again

— — Hundreds of loving dogs and cats are once again in need of a caring home in Mercer County. At the moment, the county animal shelter can no longer accept any more animals until those already at the facility are adopted out.

The shelter also is looking for volunteers to help foster, adopt and transport animals to regional rescue agencies, according to shelter director Lisa Williams. The problem has been further complicated by an influx of new litters of puppies — a common occurrence during the spring months.

“We really need all the help we can get, either with transportation, adoptions or fosters,” county animal control officer Tracy Monninger told the Daily Telegraph Wedneday. “The shelter has about 90 dogs and 45 cats. When the shelter is this full we have to close our night drop because we cannot take anything in. We are asking people not to drop animals outside the animal shelter, it puts the animals in danger.”

Those who may not be able to adopt an animal at this time can still help by fostering an animal. Foster families keep the animal until someone adopts it or a rescue finds a home for the animal.

As it stands now, there are dozens of loving cats and dogs at the shelter in need of a good home. If you have ever thought about adopting a cat or dog, now would be the time to do so.

Anyone who is interested in adopting can call the shelter at 304-425-2838.

 

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