Contributions to the Greenbrier Humane Society is in essence a contribution to the community. GHS does so many things that solve or resolve issues that would become uncontrollable if the shelter did not exist.
The spay/neuter program keeps pet populations at a manageable level to prevent feral animals, diseases, accidents, and other problems. The physical doors to the shelter are closed due to COVID-19, but the spay/neuter voucher program continues, as it is the best way to combat the overpopulation of stray animals, explains Darcie McCraw, GHS’ managing director.
The shelter provides a place to safely care for animals until they are matched with the right home when each dog or cat can supply companionship, unconditional love and hours of entertainment. Pets are also known to reduce stress.
GHS helps humans and animals bond spiritually with its monthly “Blessing of the Pets” with the next date set for Thursday, April 15. A “beloved pet who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge” can still be blessed during these events, according to GHS. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a photo of your pet, your pet’s name, and your name(s) or family name.
For these and other reasons, The West Virginia Daily News offers space each year to collect items on behalf of the Greenbrier Humane Society.
The goal this year is 2,000 items to be collected within a 30-day period which began April 1 and will continue until the close of business Friday, April 30.
Items on GHS’ most-needed list include:
• Liquid laundry detergent
• Dryer sheets
• Cleaning wipes
• Disinfectant spray
• Gallon size zipper storage bags
• Quart size zipper storage bags
• 13-gallon trash bags
• Paper towels
• Hand sanitizer
• Dawn dish soap
• Pill Pockets
• Dog and cat toys
• Dog and cat treats
• Dog and cat food
Pet foods collected during the WVDN item drive will be distributed by humane society staff to local food pantries as GHS has been accepted into Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love program that supplies the shelter with food. Providing pet food to area pantries allows owners to keep pets within the home rather than having to surrender them during this economic downturn — another layer of community support put forth by the shelter crew.
Even though GHS is closed to the general public, animal intakes and adoptions still continue through appointments.
Animals ready for adoption are pictured along with descriptions on the Greenbrier Humane Society’s Facebook page. Click on photos, then the “Available Cats” and “Available Dogs” albums to see which beautiful face will get a forever home with you.
The albums of available pets are kept up to date so any pictured furry snout that melts your heart is currently in the shelter. However, they may not be there for long. GHS has partnered with several rescue organizations in urban areas that often have waiting lists for cats and dogs, thus aiding communities outside the region. Although there are always animals at GHS, pets are typically rehomed within two weeks through local adoption or rescue partners.
The GHS office is staffed Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the office is closed every Sunday, Monday and on major holidays.
For more information visit the Greenbrier Humane Society Facebook page, the website www.greenbrierhumane.org, or call 304-645-4775.
People wishing to donate to the GHS item drive can drop pet care products by The West Virginia Daily News office at 188 Foster Street in Lewisburg between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Let’s keep those items coming through the door so we can meet or, better yet, exceed the goal of 2,000 items.