Raleigh County Humane Society facing shortages in community pet food pantry

BECKLEY, West Virginia (WVNS) – The Humane Society of Raleigh County has faced persistent supply shortages over the past few months. They announced on October 29, 2021 that the pet food pantry was completely empty.

With food and supply prices soaring across the country, pet owners on low incomes are struggling to make supplies possible.

“Now things are very expensive. We have a lot of seniors, who can’t make ends meet, and it helps them keep their pets, in the same way as people with disabilities,” said CEO, Brett Case. “It’s just kind of the perfect storm for everyone. Thing. We have more animals than we usually have here, so we can’t dive into our pet stores as much as we can in the pet store.”

This means that there is a growing need for community participation and donations in the Humane Society.

Case said the shelter has been running full capacity since early June as a result of a lack of spay and pet regulations for pet owners. When animals leave the shelter, more animal monitoring or intake waiting lists are brought in.

“We don’t have that here, so we end up with a lot of unwanted animals because they don’t necessarily think about what they’re going to do to the puppies or what they’re going to do to the kittens,” Kiss said.

Case said a community pantry is critical to keeping the shelter’s population to a minimum and making sure pets continue to be cared for while people need a little help.

“It lets them keep their animals and prevents the animals from coming into the shelter, and that’s a way of keeping the population in the shelter down, so we can continue to take in more animals,” Kiss said.

Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Gray Flats Road in Beckley or through their Amazon and PayPal accounts. More information on how to donate can be found on their website.


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