Animal Friends is in desperate need of volunteers to help with all phases of our operation. Volunteer workers are needed at our shelter facility on Valley Bend Road in Belington to help with feeding the pets, cleaning kennels, walking the dogs, playing with the kitties, and assisting with adoption days. We are also looking for volunteers who would be willing to drive the pets to meet up with the rescue groups that have homes for our pets.  Foster families are needed to give temporary homes to dog, cats, puppies and kittens awaiting their chance for adoption.

You don't need a lot of time or any special qualifications to help us help the dogs and cats waiting for homes.  You don't even have to work with the animals.  Just a few hours a week can make a tremendous difference in the life of a lonely animal that longs for human attention.

For more information about volunteering with Animal Friends, inquire via e-mail by clicking on the e-mail button below. You may complete and submit a Volunteer Application by clicking on the application button below.


Losing your own pet or finding a stray puts most of us in a quandry, but one step you can take immediately can make a world of difference in getting your pet back home safely or reuniting a missing pet with its family.  Notify both the County Animal Shelter (304-823-1065) and Animal Friends (304-823-2012) right away.  Give as much information as possible about the pet and, if you can, get a digital photo and send it to us, as well.  This way, people will be on the lookout for that particular pet.  We'll also list the pet on our Lost and Found Pets page, so check that page right away, too, to see if the pet is already listed there.  Rest assured that we will work with you to find your pet or find the rightful owner of a stray.  Click on the button below to send information/photos to us about lost or found pets.

Adopting a pet means you're making a lifetime commitment to a living, breathing creature that will depend on you for its very existence.  If that statement sounds sobering, it's intended to---pet adoption is not something that should be undertaken on the spur of the moment.  Our shelter, and shelters all around this country are filled with unwanted pets that might not have wound up at a shelter if more careful consideration had been given to the wisdom of adopting a pet in the first place.

Especially in these difficult economic times, consideration must be given to your financial resources.  Any way you look at it, pets cost money---usually more than you initially expect.  If the family budget is stretched to the max before you bring a pet (or additional pet) into your home, you shouldn't be looking to adopt.  

Your financial situation is just one thing to think about if you're looking to adopt a pet.  There are many other considerations that will determine whether adopting a pet is a smart decision for you and your family.  Our volunteers are ready to help you not only pick out the perfect pet, but also whether adoption is the right thing to do.

Call us (304-823-2012).  We'll be happy to talk with you.
This page was last updated: February 11, 2019
It is true that there is a home for every cat and dog. No matter how much special attention they might need, or how feral, eventually they all find a home. Today was Cage's day. Cage came to Animal Friends of Barbour County in 2010. He was a mess. From day one he had skin issues. . His hair came off in patches, he had bumps all over his skin and he got ringworm  repeatedly. He  had been a feral cat picked up by volunteer Joy Reed in the Arden area, but he was loving and sweet, if not a little shy around us humans

From the time he arrived in 2010 until today this sweetheart of a cat never lived outside of a cage. He just had too many health issues to be in a free roaming room. He was let out to exercise, but most of his time was spent caged and sleeping.
He developed severe gum issues and it was difficult for him to eat. Eventually all of his teeth were pulled and his gums did clear up. But the skin issues persisted. He was put on a regimen of bathing and dipping and steroids and just recently thanks to the loving attention of volunteer, Kim DeLauder, his skin issues finally cleared up and he was approved for adoption. A wonderful angel named, Joy, picked up Cage today and took him home (see picture). There was never a more deserving cat than this one. He suffered for years, caged, hurting and depressed. But the volunteers at our shelter didn't give up on him and it's paid off just in time for a wonderful holiday gift for all. We couldn't be happier knowing that Cage will sleep tonight for the first time with a human that loves him. Given the loving snuggle bug that he has become, I'm sure both human and cat will be delighted. Thank you Joy for rescuing Cage and God Bless You.
In Loving Memory . . .

On December 31, 2014, our resident cat Squeeky crossed the rainbow bridge.  Squeeky came to live at Animal Friends about three years ago after being abandoned in an empty house after his owner was put into a nursing home.  Squeeky was adopted quickly by a family in Morgantown, but was returned due to weight loss. We then discovered he suffered from renal problems and was put on a special diet for kidney failure while awaiting adoption. This effort helped Squeeky live another few years.  Even though Squeeky was never adopted again, he was loved by the volunteers and they made the shelter his home. He had several beds in the lobby and kitchen, and would alert the volunteers when he wanted to go visit the cats in the free roaming rooms. He would greet our visitors, and kept track of the goings on from his tower on the desk. He loved when a volunteer would lay their jacket on the bench, and claimed it as a new bed until they had to leave.  Squeeky was much loved, and his absence will be felt by us all.
In his honor, the volunteers are having him cremated. A tree will be planted, and his memory will grow and remain with us forever.  Squeeky was one of the 24 cats that have been living out their lives at our shelter.  While we hope and pray that each and every one of them will be adopted into loving homes, they know we will cherish and care for them for as long as they live.
                             NEWS FROM THE SHELTER                                
by Judy Braunsberg

The members of Animal Friends of Barbour County are so grateful for the response we received from the community, businesses, former adopters and lovers of animals when our call for help went out on WDTV. But we are not yet out of the woods. The survival of the Animal Friends shelter will continue to depend on fund-raisers, donations, grants and adoption fees.

We would like to thank all the organizations who started fund-raisers for us. The United Methodist Church in Beverly had a buckwheat feed that was phenomenal and delicious. Our bingo has been very popular and we are grateful to one of the AB college fraternities who helped us with this in September. We plan another bingo in February. One of our volunteers started a fundraiser through the purchase of Schwans foods. We even have Tamara Smith doing a fund raiser selling soft hedgehog toys through Avon. On November 8th here will be a “Paint Your Heart Out “presented by Kelli Emfinger at the Elks Lodge in Elkins along with an optional steak or chicken dinner. The link to this event can be found on this web page. Our “Go Fund Me” link is also easily accessible from this web page.

Businesses in Barbour County have been so helpful with donation cans and posting our fund raisers. We thank Freedom Bank in Belington for selecting us as their organization for October and collecting donations of much needed food, toys and cleaning supplies. And of course the church groups and school groups have also stepped up and shown their love of animals. We have been contacted by some grant writers and we hope that this will be another strong part of our financial survival.

We thank the County Commission for agreeing to grant us a quarterly donation to help fund the transport of dogs from the County Shelter and our shelter to rescues that will find them homes.

This outpouring of support and concern has made us even more aware of the importance of the shelter to our community. Animal Friends of Barbour County belongs to all of us. It is the only place you can bring a mother cat with newborn kittens and know that they will be cared for and will find homes. Our shelter is filled with cats and dogs who were part of a family and had to be surrendered by their owners due to unavoidable circumstances. Here they will be safe until they we find them the homes they deserve.

We are very excited about “Animal Friends Attic” our thrift store which will be opening soon in the Tygart Valley General Store on Crim Ave. in Belington. Here shoppers will find antiques, used furniture, paintings and other treasures. We hope it will be a popular place to shop.

We ask that you all continue your commitment to our organization as we struggle to keep our doors open. Please take a look at all the ways you can help that are listed on the left side of the Home page.  And PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. We can help with that also. The shelter phone number is 304 823-2012. The number for Spay/Neuter certificates is 304 614-9022.

As long as you are there for us, we will strive to be there for you and for the Barbour County dogs and cats under our care.