Following a year that included many disruptions to the community, state, country and the world, The West Virginia Daily News is pleased to resume the Greenbrier Humane Society item drive.
Once again, the WVDN office is the gathering point for pet products delivered by generous contributors from around the Greenbrier Valley.
The goal this year has been increased from 1,500 items to 2,000 to be collected within a 30-day period beginning April 1 and ending on the close of business Friday, April 30.
Items most needed 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 a program that supplies the shelter with food.
Even though GHS has been “closed to the public as we all try to make our way through this pandemic in a safe and healthy manner, we have been very busy behind the scenes,” explains Darcie McCraw, GHS’s managing director. “In 2020, we applied to the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love program and we were accepted. Thanks to this program, we are able to get this high quality, veterinarian recommended food at a discounted price. The food is super nutritious and we are pleased to be able to feed it to the cats and dogs who come through our doors on the way to their forever homes.”
McCraw noted that some pets come to the shelter with disruptions in their digestive systems, and Hill’s food helps them feel more comfortable. That said, many households are still in need of good quality foods that will allow owners to keep their pets at home during the current economic downturn.
GHS has been supplying six area food pantries with pet food to prevent a situation where pet owners would need to surrender their animals.
Although the shelter boasts an awesome staff willing to care for these dogs and cats, “home is always best,” McCraw said.
“We continue to welcome and encourage donations of dog and cat food of any brand. Our wonderful staff portions and packs the food for pickup or delivery to some of our local food banks to be distributed. This is a way to help members of our community supplement their pet food supply and, in turn, keep the pets in their homes with their people. We hope you will continue to help us in this endeavor.”
Even though GHS is closed to the general public due to COVID-19, 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 appealing furry face shown 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. Although there are always animals at GHS, pets are typically rehomed within two weeks through local adoption or rescue partners.
The physical doors to the shelter may be closed, but the spay/neuter voucher program continues as it is the best way to combat the overpopulation of stray animals, McCraw advises.
The GHS office is staffed Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the office is closed every Sunday, Monday and 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 get started, then keep those items coming through the door.