PARKERSBURG - Thanks to the generosity of an international car company and owners of a local dealership, the area's two animal shelters have received a substantial donation, officials said.
On Thursday, the owners of C&C Dodge, Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and Scion in Marietta, with Toyota, announced the donation of $10,000 to be shared between the two humane societies.
"We have always supported the humane societies on both sides of the (Ohio) river," said Jim Cobb, owner of C&C Dodge, Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and Scion. "As individuals and a company, we do what we can for the animals who don't have homes."
From the left, Maryann Hollis, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg, accepts a check from C&C Dodge, Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and Scion in Marietta and Toyota Motor Sales from Courtney Cobb and Jason Cobb. The society shared a $10,000 donation with the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta.
This latest donation is $5,000 to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta and $5,000 to the Humane Society of Parkersburg.
For the third year, the car dealership has partnered with Toyota to provide donations to the two animal shelters, Cobb said.
"The humane societies have a soft spot in our hearts and they don't get the funding they need, especially the Marietta shelter, and we want to help them," Cobb said. "We are dog and cat lovers and by providing these extra funds, we hope more animals get the care and shelter they need."
Maryann Hollis, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg, said she and the organization's board appreciate the vehicle dealership and Toyota.
"This is the third year they have partnered to provide us with these funds and it is really fantastic of them," Hollis said.
The money contributed to the Parkersburg shelter this year will go toward the new S.P.O.T. Clinic, adjacent to the shelter at 530 29th St.
"We have a lot of expenses coming up before we can open the clinic, so this donation will go to that," Hollis said.
The low cost spay and neuter clinic is expected to open its doors to patients next month and has already scheduled appointments into late November, Hollis said.
In the past, contributions to the Parkersburg shelter by C&C Dodge, Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and Scion went into the Walk Your Paws annual fundraiser as well as the shelter and new clinic.
Messages left for executive director Steve Herron at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley were not immediately returned.
"I hope Marietta can use the money towards their new building fund, but no matter what they use it for, I know it will do good," Cobb said. "Really, I can't see either of the humane societies wasting a cent."
As a business, C&C Dodge, Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and Scion supports the area humane societies throughout the year with adoption events and fundraisers, Cobb and Hollis said. In 2008, the dealership was honored by Toyota for support of local humane societies.
"If we can improve the quality of life for homeless animals, this gift is more than worth it," Cobb said. "Those who work and volunteer at humane societies stand up for the animals who need help and we happily support them."