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 26238 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
General Email Address
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"
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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!
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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 Featured Pets or to make arrangements to meet them, call 304-823-2012 or email email@example.com
This page was last updated: April 17, 2016
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This BIG handsome fella is a total bundle of LOVE! If an affectionate kitty is what you're looking for, Munchkin is the one for YOU! He's 3-4 years old, has been neutered, is up-to-date-with his vaccinations and is litter box trained. He's hoping you're grabbing your car keys, putting your cat carrier in the car and will be heading to the shelter to adopt him TODAY!
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.
Tolliver is a cute little Corgi/Husky mix. He's one year old and he weighs 25 pounds. He was born at our shelter and went to a rescue in Baltimore. His adoptive family found him to be very shy and decided that they couldn't keep him. Back he came to West Virginia. He’s happy and playful with the people he knows, and he’s fine with other dogs. But meeting new people is very difficult for Tolliver, and he draws back from people, which disturbs prospective adopters. Tolliver bonded with a very shy and frightened dog named Sheldon. The two ran around the fenced yard together and were best friends for several months. When Sheldon was adopted, Tolliver became depressed. We moved him into the lobby where people come and go and could relate to him. He now seems to be much less afraid of strangers and definitely warmer and friendlier with the people he knows. With a bit of patience and love Tolliver has every potential to be a wonderful dog and a loyal companion.
YOU COULD BE
OF THIS BEAUTIFUL
HOW TO PURCHASE
ANIMAL FRIENDS OF
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.
SECOND MARCH MADNESS---CATS VS. DOGS
A HUGE SUCCESS!
For the second year in a row “animal saviors” Cheri Grubbs and Kristan Morvosh sponsored a donation drive aimed to collect food and pet items for our shelter. They named the drive March Madness and Kristan turns her salon, Modern Dimensions, into a head-to-head hot spot to see if the cats or dogs bring in more items from clients and members of the local Mt. Pleasant, PA community. This year the cats won! And this year’s donations surpassed last year’s!
On Sunday, April 3rd, Kristin and her husband, Scott, loaded up their truck and made the drive down to meet our volunteers and unload the bounty of goodies. And what a bounty of goodies it was---dry and canned foods, treats, toys, blankets, plush animals, collars and leashes, and comfy beds, plus more!
Additionally, Kristin presented organization Vice President, Kim Delauder, with a check in the amount of $200 which was collected in cash donations!
We are truly blessed that Cheri, Kristin, the salon clients, and the residents of Mt. Pleasant have taken us under their wing. Their generosity is truly overwhelming and words are totally inadequate to express our gratitude, but since words are all we have, we say a heartfelt thank you, thank you, thank you!
A lot of heroes volunteer at Animal Friends of Barbour County, but our top pic as a “Shelter Hero” is, without a doubt, Donna Smilardo. Though she has said that she is 68 years old for the last three years, she is a young and energetic 68-year old, running circles around most of us. She came to Animal Friends eight years ago, right after the death of her long-time companion, Jimmy. Since that first day, she has spent every possible moment volunteering for the cats; the cats became her way of working through all the emotions of losing the love of her life.
Her main focus at the shelter is the cats and thanks in large part to her, we have been able to save thousands of cats and kittens. She has also helped many times by rescuing stray dogs off of busy streets and bringing them to safety at our shelter. When she is not cleaning cat kennels and feeding cats, she is administering medications, doing laundry, cleaning transport carriers, and driving the transports to destinations in other states.
Another ‘hat’ she wears is heading up fundraising events, like bingo, yard sales, and numerous raffles for items she has obtained as donations, or purchased at discounted prices. This lady really knows how to ‘make a deal’!
When she’s not involved in all of this, every Saturday she is transporting cats and kittens 75 miles to Uniontown PA to the PetSmart Store. We partner with them in the adoption of our cats by displaying them and helping with adoptions. After working all day with cat adoptions at PetSmart, she drives 75 miles back home after the store closes. On PetSmart’s 3-day adoption events, she drivesup and back each of the three days.
Fostering kittens that need eye dropper feedings is second nature to Donna. She has even hauled pet carriers full of bottle babies on PetSmart adoption days in order to feed them every few hours so they can sta on their strict feeding schedule.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude for her selfless dedication, drive, enthusiasm and deep compassion for our animals. Donna, you are our true shelter hero!
Donna with one of her
For enlarged versions of these photos plus more photos, click here.
The Animal Friends volunteers would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Oryan Lopez for choosing our organization for his senior project. On a snowy and blustery Saturday he stood in front of the Belington Shop ’N Save all day, collecting donations for our shelter. Imagine our surprise when he and his grandmother drove up to the shelter in a car weighted down with newspapers, bleach, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, dog food and treats! We wish Oryan all the best as he pursues his engineering studies at West Virginia University next Fall. We know he will be a success! And we thank everyone who donated items that helped Oryan have such a successful senior project.