Several Ohio Valley organizations are mobilizing forces to take emergency supplies for animals to the flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia.
The Marshall County Animal Shelter put out a call on social media for donations, and people have been responding all day.
At 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the shelter director and a volunteer will take off for Greenbrier County.
They’ll take supplies from the shelter and from many generous donors and they’ll be bringing some animals back to the Ohio Valley.
“A lot of animals got separated from their owners and they’re trying to rescue those guys and get them into safe places and relocate the owners so they need help too,” said Lauren Cook, Director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter.
And they’ll bring back some four legged refugees.
“They have some dogs there that have been at their shelter that are available for adoption that they need to move out so that they can make room for the strays from the flood so we’re going to take between five to seven dogs, bring them here to find them homes,” said Cook.
As word got out, more people showed up with donations they had purchased just for the flood-stricken animals.
“We brought cat food, cat litter, paper towels, newspapers and cans to recycle,” said Mickey Wnek of Glen Dale.
“A lot of times, animals get overlooked in situations like that and I really wanted to do something about it. We’re very fortunate to have pets at home that are well taken care of, really spoiled and I wanted to make sure that we pass that on to animals that might be in need,” said Suzanne Polinski of Shadyside.
Meanwhile, people from Pittsburgh called to say they’d be donating and others from Morgantown to say they will add items to the truck on the way.
People were clearly moved to action, at the thought of homeless animals in distress.
“Everyone’s thoughts go out to the human victims of this but our animal companions bring so much joy and love to our lives that we need to consider their needs as well,” said Wnek.