CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Staff at the Kanawha/Charleston Animal Shelter are reducing adoption fees in an attempt to clear out dozens of dogs and cats.
"We're bursting at the seams," said shelter volunteer Deidra Halley.
On Wednesday, the animal shelter housed more than 100 dogs and between 50 and 100 cats and kittens. Halley said there wasn't room for any more animals.
Humane officers brought in 17 dogs from one Charleston home later in the afternoon, further straining the shelter.
In order to reduce the number of animals at the shelter, Halley said, adoption fees will be reduced from $76 for dogs to $50 for female dogs and $40 for male dogs. Adoption fees for cats are being reduced from $61 to $40.
Halley also said the shelter is desperately in need of foster homes to care for animals housed at the shelter and volunteers to help at the animal shelter.
In animal shelter board elections in July, a group of board members opposed to euthanizing animals took control of the shelter and established a firm no-kill policy at the facility.
Under the new policy, Halley said that only the sickest or most hopeless animals would be euthanized. She said shelter staff and volunteers are working closely with animal rescue groups within the state, farming out animals to foster homes and sending some animals to rescue groups out of state.
Halley said the latest influx of animals started arriving during the weekend. The sound of barking dogs was so loud on Wednesday it was difficult for Halley to talk on the telephone.
She said the new no-kill policy might be partly responsible for the large number of dogs and cats at the animal shelter. "Mainly it has to do with people failing to spay and neuter their animals," she said.
To find out more, call 304-342-1576 or visit the animal shelter's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WVAnimalShelter.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.