My Way Lounge donates money to Humane Society

PARKERSBURG – A local business owner has donated almost $1,000 to the Humane Society of Parkersburg and challenges other businesses to do the same.

Mary Evans, owner of the My Way Lounge and Restaurant at 501 Juliana St. in Parkersburg, donated $910 to the Humane Society of Parkersburg on Wednesday afternoon.

The donations came in chunks, Evans said. She donated an initial check for $110 on Tuesday and one for $778 on Wednesday, with a cash donation of $22 to round the overall contribution out to $910, Evans said.

“I’m sure we will raise the other $90 before Saturday. Then we can say we donated $1,000,” Evans said.

“I would love to see the owner of every nightclub and bar in town raise money for such a great cause as the Humane Society as well. Maybe some can even beat our donation,” Evans said.

Evans’ donation was made in the memory of her husband, Marvin Evans, who passed away in October.

“We wanted to do this last year in May, but we found out that he had cancer and we couldn’t manage it,” Evans said.

Animals were Marvin Evans’ passion, Mary Evans said. The couple had six chihuahuas, which Mary Evans still cares for.

Evans timed her donation to fall before the Humane Society of Parkersburg’s annual Walk Your Paws fundraiser, she said. She has collected donations from her customers at the My Way Lounge and Restaurant for several months. Most donations were made in the form of coins, she said.

“I’m tickled to death that we could be a part of this,” Evans said. “But I hope I don’t have to count any more quarters by hand for a long time.”

The annual Walk Your Paws fundraiser is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at shelters A and B of the City Park in Parkersburg, said Kelly Brown, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event’s theme is “disco dog” and dog owners are encouraged to dress their dogs for the occasion, Brown said.

Brown was thankful for Evans’ $1,000 donation. The Humane Society of Parkersburg is a nonprofit organization that depends on donations like Evans’ to provide its service to the area, Brown said.

“This money can do a lot. It can vaccinate 500 animals, buy a lot of medicine, or get a lot of dog food,” Brown said.

However, it is not nearly all that the shelter needs to operate at peak efficiency, Brown said.

The Walk Your Paws fundraiser raised approximately $30,000 for the shelter last year, Brown said. It is the largest fundraiser the shelter has throughout the year.

“That was enough to operate for a couple of months,” Brown said.

The Humane Society of Parkersburg is operating at maximum occupancy and has been for the past several months, Brown said.

“All of our cages are full, and we are housing animals where we can,” Brown said.

All animals are vaccinated as they come into the shelter, so they are ready to be adopted, Brown said.

The Humane Society of Parkersburg will be hosting a vaccination at the Walk Your Paws, Brown said. Those who need to get their animal vaccinated may attend from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and purchase a rabies shot for $12, a parvo-distemper shot for $10 or both shots for $20.

Several of the shelter’s animals will be present at the Walk Your Paws fundraiser, Brown said. They will be wearing vests that read “adopt me.”

Anyone who brings a sealed bag of Purina brand pet food to donate at the Walk Your Paws will be entered into a drawing for a special prize, Brown said. She did not reveal the prize on Wednesday.