BECOME ONE OF OUR 'FABULOUS 500' FRIENDS
JUST $10.00 A MONTH . . .
Yes, just $10.00 each month from folks like you can help us by reducing the
amount of time we have to spend on fund raising activities!
With our limited number of volunteers and the increasing burden of hands-on time needed to care for the animals, fund raising, while a necessary function, is tremendously time consuming.
We're looking for 500 FABULOUS FRIENDS who will help us with a $10.00 per month for 12 months donation. Donations made by check can be sent to PO Box 452, Philippi WV 26416 or if you'd prefer to enroll in an automatic monthly donation program via PAYPAL, you can begin your enrollment by clicking on the button below. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to use this feature.
YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR 'FABULOUS 500' FUND RAISER WILL BE APPRECIATED MORE THAN YOU KNOW!
(All donations are tax deductible)
YOUR DONATION TODAY WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO CARE FOR THE PETS TOMORROW!
Shelter Physical Location
23 Valley Bend Road
Belington WV 26250
Phone Number: 304-823-2012
PO Box 452
Philippi WV 26416
about shelter hours
ADOPTION DAYS . . .
Although the schedule varies occasionally, we will be visiting the Uniontown, PA PetSmart store every Saturday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm with cats and kittens.
GET READY TO COME MEET YOUR NEW FELINE BEST FRIEND!
OUR "WISH LIST"
PLEASE click the button
below to check out our
"Wish List" of the supplies, equipment and labor you might be able to donate to help us
take care of the
We now have discount vouchers available to assist county residents having limited income with the cost of spaying/neutering their pets.
For more information or to obtain a voucher, call the shelter and leave a message.
Your call will be returned!
ARE YOU PLANNING TO
ADOPT A PET?
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HOME SWEET HOME!
What's the best day for our shelter volunteers? It's the day when one of our 'fur kids' goes "Home Sweet Home"!
Cain, now named Hulk, waited patiently for several years before his forever family came along to take him home. The expression on his face tells us that it was all worth the wait! That's one HAPPY boy!
For more information about our Feature or Special Needs pets, or to make arrangements to meet them, call 304-823-2012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was last updated: January 9, 2017
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WAYS YOU CAN HELP US . . .
Please note---enrollment in the Kroger's program expires after one year. For info
about renewing your enrollment, click on the link above.
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Click on any of the underlined items listed to get more information.
LET'S STAY IN TOUCH!
We want to be able to keep you informed about things that are going on with us---either by email or regular mail. Many of you are already in our database, but if you've changed your email address, or your mailing address has changed, please let us know. And if you would like to be added to our contact list, it's easy to do. Just click on the button below to send us an email to add your name to our database or update your information. In the subject line please state "Mail Update" and be sure to let us know if you prefer us to contact you by email or regular mail.
SHELTER PETS WITH TRUST ISSUES
Shelter pets that exhibit shyness on meeting new people are very often overlooked for adoption, but people who are willing to invest some time and patience with these pets are rewarded with a lifetime of love and loyalty.
Click here to read one woman's account of just such an adoption. Plus an update added on March 20, 2016.
MAKE SOMEONE SMILE TODAY!
ADOPT A PET!!
Socks came to us when his owner had to go live in a nursing home. He's 10 years old and in good heath for his age. He's a sweet boy who is a real talker---as can be seen in the second photo where he's happily chatting away with the volunteer who was taking his picture. We will give Socks all the love and attention we can while he's here, but Socks is hoping that his stay with us will be short so he can resume a quiet life in a home where he's loved.
Beautiful Tyra has had a difficult life. She was abandoned by her owner, who left her with his mother, who surrendered Tyra to us. One can just see the sadness in the dark brown eyes of this quiet and lonesome girl. Shelter life has been a trial for her. The barking dogs and daily commotion are hard for her to handle and she lies in a nest of blankets in her pen, just waiting for someone to rescue her. She does perk up when one of the volunteers sits with her and pets her. This love and reassurance is what she needs. Tyra is 6 years old and weighs 60 pounds. She has a very thin coat and the cold temperatures add to her discomfort. She is pleading for a warm, cozy home, where she can lay on a soft, warm bed and feel loved and special. It’s hard to resist the plea for help in her sad eyes. Won't someone please step up to give her the home that she deserves?
Beautiful Phoenix is in need of a home with an owner who understands her situation. Phoenix has tested positive as a carrier for Feline Aids. This doesn't mean she's a sick kitty---she's just a carrier. She can live a long, happy life without ever showing any symptoms of the Aids virus and she definitely cannot pass this disease to humans. The only real requirement involved with adopting Phoenix is that she would need to be an indoor cat. This sweet lady definitely deserves the chance to live with a family that loves her!
TWO DOGS URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!
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GIVING BACK BY HELPING OUT
If you are a pet owner you know how much you love your companion---and more than that, your pet knows how much it's loved. The pets at our shelter wait patiently every day for the chance to have a safe, loving home of their own, and while they're with us, our volunteers work diligently to give them the best care possible. Next to adequate funding, nothing is more important to the welfare of shelter pets than a staff of dedicated volunteers.
But when we ask fellow animal lovers if they would like to volunteer at our shelter, we are met with certain standard objections. “I will feel so sorry for them I will want to take them all home”, “I will become too attached to them and will be so upset when they leave”, or “I just don’t have the time”.
Let me assure you, when you are caring for 50 – 75 dogs and up to 200 cats and kittens, your main goal is not to take them all home but rather, to help them prepare to become part of a family that is looking for a cat or dog to replace a beloved animal they have lost. Or it may be a family wanting to adopt their first pet, or looking for a companion for a pet they already have.
Volunteering at the Animal Friends shelter, though difficult at times, is extremely rewarding work. But unlike a paid job, you can choose the hours and the days you want to work, and whether you want to work with dogs, cats or both. You can choose to help feed the animals and clean their cages, put blankets in their pens at night, help with the endless laundry, help with fund-raisers and advertising, or perhaps help transport dogs to other rescues and to adoptive homes. Perhaps you would like to come to the shelter and just sit and hold a lonely cat or feed a week old kitten with a dropper. There are also many cats and dogs that would benefit from some socialization and reassurance from a human companion.
And what do our volunteers receive in return? We have the deep satisfaction of knowing that we have saved the life of a frightened, and sometimes starving animal, who has been abandoned by its owner. We build strong friendships with fellow volunteers who share the same love for animals that we do, and who become our extended families. And best of all we receive the gift of love from the cats and dogs who recognize us with joyful cries as we walk through the doors of the shelter, and who turn back with looks of thanks in their soulful eyes, as they drive off with their new adoptive families, into a happy and secure future which we have helped to create.
We are in desperate need for volunteers right now, so if you would like to join our volunteer staff, please click here to go to our Volunteer Application page. Simply complete the application, click on the submit button and we will contact you to schedule an appointment to meet with us at the shelter. We hope to hear from YOU!
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