Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 1, 2014

Mercer Animal Shelter to capacity

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Animal Shelter is at full capacity, officials said Wednesday.

As a result, the animal shelter staff is looking for volunteers to help foster, adopt and transport animals to rescues, shelter director Lisa Williams said.

“We have a lot of dogs that have been pulled to go to rescues but we need transportation to get them there,” Williams said. “If people cannot transport, we are also looking for people to foster animals until they can be adopted. People would only have to fill out an application and have a home check. Foster families keep the animal until someone adopts it or a rescue finds a home for the animal.”

Right now the shelter cannot hold any more animals until some are moved, Williams said.

When the shelter becomes full it also shuts down city and county animal control, county animal control officer Tracy Monninger said.

“We really need all the help we can get, either with transportations, adoptions or fosters,” Monninger said. “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.”

If anyone is interested in helping please contact the animal shelter at 304-425-2838.