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Appearance on 7News Pet Of The Week segment leads to big surprise


Angela Hatfield, director of the Belmont County Humane Society, wasn’t even scheduled to be on that day.

But she filled in at the last minute for another shelter that couldn’t make it.

After her appearance (in which she got homes for two kittens), she got a call from a very generous animal lover.

He asked her if the Humane Society was a no-kill organization, and she said yes.

Then he asked to meet with her, so she invited him to the Good Works Animal Hospital in St. Clairsville, where all the Humane Society’s cats go for their veterinary care.

“They receive top notch care there, and then we rehabilitate them and get them loving homes,” Hatfield said. “So after our meeting, which was very lengthy, this wonderful individual gave us a contribution of $10,000.”

She said the money will be applied to the vet bills for the animals they take in.

The Humane Society got its start last July, after county commissioners decided people would no longer to allowed to bring cats to the county animal shelter.

The Belmont County Humane Society will also be one of the organizations featured in the upcoming Amazing Raise 24-hour online fund-raising event on May 1.

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