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Humane Society of Parkersburg seeks donations

Yuna is one of the dogs in need of a home and can be adopted at the Humane Society of Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — While the COVID-19 virus affects humans, furry friends remain untouched by its effects. But animals in the Humane Society of Parkersburg can still use a hand.

“At this point, we are seeing minimal impact from the COVID-19; however, we are taking things one day at a time,” said Gary McIntyre, executive director. “We are still open and have plenty of pets available for adoption. In fact, we have seen a large influx of dogs just in the past two days and would love to have some of the large dogs be adopted.”

The Humane Society could still use donations as well. “The items we need the most at this point are paper towels, bleach wipes, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer and hand soap.” McIntyre said he knows those things are in demand everywhere, but it is the greatest needs there.

So far the animal shelters are not among the businesses that are closing. “It is possible at some point that we will be in one of the groups that has to close to the public,” he said, “but we would still have staff available to ensure the dogs are receiving proper care.”

McIntyre said as a result of the COVID-19, all training and fundraising events have been canceled, as well as using volunteers for the dogwalking. “We have developed a schedule where the staff will be working extended hours to allow us to have individuals here until 8 p.m. to care for the animals and ensure extra attention and outside time is provided since the walks are suspended.”

Kitten season is fast approaching, and this is one of the many tiny kittens that show up to the Humane Society of Parkersburg needing care and a home. (Photo Provided)

The shelter will still be open for intake, cremations and humane officer services as well.

Kitten season is fast approaching the area. “We have seen a few kittens so far, but we have not seen the big hit yet. At this point, we are doing well with fosters that we can place kittens with, but if anyone is interested, we do have foster applications available on our website. When someone fosters for us, we provide any equipment they would need and provide medications and treatment for special needs animals that is needed.”

For those who want to donate funds and do not want to venture out, they can be made online at hsop.org via the donate tab at the top of the page.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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