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Raleigh County Animal Shelter in need of donations to stay operational

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA)- The Raleigh County Animal Shelter is at risk of closing if it cannot soon address an $80,000 deficit.

Board member Amy Osgood said the shelter paid an extraordinary amount in veterinary bills over the last year and is in desperate need of donations.

“We had over $150,000 in veterinary bills and vaccines. We’re fortunate that we get donations. But that amount of money is very significant.”

Without the funds, the shelter will have to cut hours or worse.

“If we don’t make that deficit disappear, I don’t even know if we’re going to be operational in 2020.”

Humane Society member Christina Kostenko said there are other ways to help for those who cannot donate. “If you can’t donate, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, adopt.”

In addition to adopting animals, shelter staff said people can also donate their time by walking dogs as well as supplies.

To learn more about how you can help, visit

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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