BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – The Humane Society of Raleigh County has faced constant supply shortages in recent months. They announced on October 29, 2021 that the community pet pantry was completely empty.
As the prices of food and supplies rise across the country, pet owners with limited incomes are struggling to afford the necessary supplies.
“Right now things are expensive. We have a lot of seniors who can’t make ends meet, and that helps them keep their pets, just like people with disabilities, ”said CEO Brett Kees. “It’s just kind of a perfect storm of everything. We have more animals than usual here, so we are not able to tap as much into our stores for our animals as we do from the pet pantry. “
This means there is an increased need for community involvement and donations to the Humane Society.
With the shelter at full capacity since early June, Kees said it was the result of a lack of spaying and neutering regulations for pet owners. As animals leave the shelter, others are brought in from the animal control or admission waiting lists.
“We don’t have that here, so we end up with a lot of unwanted animals because they don’t necessarily think about what they’re going to do with the puppies or what they’re going to do with the kittens,” he said. said Kees.
Kees said the community pantry is crucial to keeping shelter populations to a minimum and ensuring pets are always taken care of while people need a little help.
“This allows them to keep their animals and prevent an animal from entering the shelter, and it is a way to reduce the population of the shelter, so that we can continue to take more animals,” said said Kees.
Donations can be made to The Humane Society on Gray Flats Road in Beckley or made through their Amazon and Paypal accounts. More information on how to donate can be found on their website.