Shelter Animals Feeling the Economic Pinch

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Tough times are taking a toll on the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.

Executive Director Steven Herron says at the rate funding is coming in, the facility only has enough to last until May.

Herron says the shelter will not shut down, and they will continue having fundraisers; however, he says that's not enough.

"The economic times are showing. Even the best ones that we have every year are showing a small decline. So, we have to find it somehow, because we still have to be able to take care of the animals," Herron said.

Shelter officials met with Washington County commissioners Tuesday to discuss possible funding for next year.

They're also planning to reach out to some of the townships for help.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Marietta on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    I don't mind the adoption fee, it's all the questions and third degree, and hoops that you have to jump through to adopt a pet. We were at the Mall a few years ago, and was going to adopt 2 dogs. It was such a hassle with all the paperwork, too many nosey questions.
  • by kit kat Location: marietta on Oct 16, 2009 at 02:35 AM
    Sounds like there are more negative comments then possitive. The directors need to step up and correct the problem and maybe people would be more willing to support both location. I would love to help but I get very emotional everytime I visit.
  • by Toad belcher Location: Vienna on Oct 15, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    Look in the bulletin board and or newspaper for free animals,avoid the red tape. These need homes too.
  • by KIT KAT Location: MARIETTA on Oct 15, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    I have left two messages to get help with a cat problem at the Washington Oh location. No return calls. All I ask is to discuss what I can do with the problem and I left them the message that I would leave a NICE DONATION!!! Do you think they called back. Take a guess. No I wanted to adopt a puppy for my mother earlier this year from the Parkersburg location. Left 5 messages. Do you think they called back. NO!!! I know they are short handed but a return call for two mins. no not much to ask.
  • by dog/cat lover Location: parkersburg on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Because the shelter have rude staff members working for them, and they need to have lower cost in adoption rates I agree with all of you on that. The most important thing to remember is that it's not the animals fault that staff members/officials at the shelter need to be more caring to the people that come in to adopt. We can also treat the staff the way they treat us when we go down there. But it's the animals that suffer not us.
  • by J Location: Parkersburg on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Several years ago I adopted a cat from the Parkersburg Humane Society. When I went to have her fixed I found out she was pregnant and I told them to stop the surgery. Because I didn't get her spayed in the alloted time I'm "blacklisted" from adopting. They told me I'm more than welcome to foster animals, I just can't "own" them. UGH!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    Please... Workers of the parkersburg Shelter. PLease treat people better. We need people to care about these animals, not worry about how "YOU" do your job and how you will treat the customers. This is sooo unfair to the animals! This is going to effect the animals because of the Bad Rep you all are getting!!! CHANGE THIS!!! The director needs to step up and get the workers to treat customers better!!
  • by SS Location: Parkersburg on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    My husband and I tried to adopt a cat from the Parkersburg shelter and we were turned down... they told us that we didnt want the cat for the right reasons or bad enough because we wanted to think more about it before we made the decision to adopt. We were devastated the next day when we went to get him and we were turned down, we even named him. So they decided instead of letting us adopt that cat it was better to put it down. We were so shocked at how rude they were and that they would rather put a cat down than adopt it out because they didnt think we wanted that cat bad enough!!! We have in years past adopted a couple of animals from the sheleter and we have loved them and made them a part of our family and we still have them. We love them like they are family members (because they are). Parkersburg Humane Society by your rude and unkind actions we will never adopt from you again or support your shelter. Marietta shelter is where we went and we tell everyone else to go there too.
  • by bb Location: Vienna on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    We adopted a dog from Parkersburg Humane Society. The volunteers at the shelter were fine, but the officials working there were not. Very rude and nasty bunch. Decided this is our first and last dog that we will adopt from the Humane Society. But of course, they did come out and support Michael Vick getting back into the NFL. Get a check from Vick.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    If it wasn't for a person lying about dead dogs on the interstate people might help out. Thanks Whitehair
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