How to help West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter this summer

Jeremy Davis, Jaren Davis and Morgan Ann Cleavelin volunteered at the West PointClay County Animal Shelter by socializing with the animals there, including Mitchell the dog who is available for adoption
Staff Writer

Donations and volunteers are especially needed at the West Point-Clay County Animal Shelter to help the staff care for the animals there during the dog days of summer.

Shelter Director Lisa Henley said the shelter needed to purchase 70 two-gallon plastic buckets with handles to provide water to the animals at the shelter, and those who wanted to donate could donate buckets or $10 to $15 to go toward the cost of the bucket.

She said small, plastic swimming pools were also used during during the summer for dogs to swim in and keep cool, and they were a welcome donation. Large, folding umbrellas were also needed to use in the yards to provide shade for the dogs.

She said staff at the shelter also made “pupsicles” to give to the dogs in the afternoon to help them stay cool, and the shelter uses any brand of canned dog food, no- or low-salt chicken or beef broth and large dog bones to make the pupsicles.

“We like giving them something cool to help beat the heat,” Henley said.

She said large or exta-large hard chew toys or rawhides were needed more in the summer because they can keep dogs occupied in their kennels without them overheating.

She said bleach, Mr. Clean, laundry detergent, Fancy Feast canned kitten food, Science Diet Heathy Development cat food, Purina Dog and Puppy Chow, treats, pet shampoo, toys and flea and tick medication were accepted all year.

She said any flea and tick medication would be accepted, but the shelter staff prefer a dose from a veterinarian because it is more effective, and flea collars were not accepted

“We truly appreciate all the donations we get,” Henley said. “Without them, this shelter can’t operate.”

The shelter staff will also pick up donations purchased at local veterinarian’s offices, according to Henley.

She said volunteers were also welcome at the shelter during the summer and any other time of year.

She said due to the heat, dogs were only taken out in the yard before 10:30 a.m. daily, but volunteers who come after that time can socialize with dogs and puppies inside the office.

“They can pick any dog or puppy they want and bring them inside the office and spend some time with them and help them get some relief from the heat,” Henley said.

She said volunteers can also help make pupsicles and distribute them to the dogs in the afternoon.

Volunteers must be 18-years-old or older.

Any volunteers 16-years-old or older are allowed to work with puppies and kittens, and anyone under 18-years-old has to have parent’s consent and be accompanied by an adult.

Call WPCCAS at 524-4430 or visit Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon to volunteer or for more information about donating or adoptable pets at the shelter.