Animal Lovers in Brooke County Step in to Help Downstate County With Limited Resources


A collaboration between Calhoun County Sheriff Carl Ballengee, Sheriff Chuck Jackson, and the Brooke County commissioners is what helped out a woman who became overwhelmed with the 30 dogs in her care.

Calhoun County does not have an animal shelter or control officer, so that’s where authorities in Brooke County came into help.

In just a few short weeks these nine fully grown dogs, and one puppy will available to adopt.

“They’re all very sweet dogs. No aggression. Very loving dogs. Their weight is good. There is some skin conditions with some of them, which they will all be vetted to have that taken care of,” said Director of Brooke County Animal Shelter Donna DeJaro.

After these ten are cleared by veterinarians, volunteers say they hope to be able to take more of the 20 dogs that are still in Calhoun County, but that means these ones need to be adopted first.

“Really what happens when you come into a shelter is that a dog will adopt you more so than you try to adopt one. It’s just a connection,” said Brooke County Animal Advocate Steve Tennant.

The dogs aren’t up for adoption quite yet, but there are plenty of cats and dogs her at the Brooke County Animal Shelter who do need forever homes.

If you are unable to adopt one of these dogs, but would still like to help out, the animal shelter does need donations to help take care of the extra costs of special food and vetting.

You can send check or take your checks to 797 Mac Barnes Drive. Wellsburg, West Virginia, 26030. Write “Calhoun County Dogs” on the memo line.

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