Humane society still allowing adoptions, in need of supplies

Photo by Michele Newbanks Karissa Reynolds, manager of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, snuggles one of the cats recently brought into the shelter. The shelter is closed to the public, but people can still adopt or foster an animal by calling the shelter at 740-373-5959 for an appointment.

Although the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley is closed to the public, it is still open for business.

“We’re doing things by appointment. People can still fill out adoption and foster applications online, and when they go online and pick out an animal they want to possibly adopt, they can make an appointment,” said Jim Raney, Humane Society of the Ohio Valley board member.

If someone does not have internet access, they can call the shelter and they will be mailed an application.

“We’re trying to stay open as much as possible, while protecting the staff and making sure the shelter isn’t contaminated,” Raney said.

Donations are always needed to help keep the shelter in business. A call is often put out on their Facebook page asking for donations.

“The biggest thing we need is cat food to stock our pantry for cat owners who can’t afford it,” said Karissa Reynolds, shelter manager. “We’re doing OK for dog and cat food for our use. We can also use cleaning materials like bleach, Lysol, Dawn dish soap and liquid laundry detergent.”

It isn’t just supplies that are needed to keep the shelter operational.

“We always need money. If people want to donate money, the easiest way is to send a check to 90 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta,” Raney explained. There are also a couple of accounts with the Marietta Community Foundation. One is a general account that can be used by the board for any purpose, while the other is for a new building and renovations.

“Right now, we have a special plea for adopters and those who want to foster animals,” he said. “We’re trying to clear out animals to minimize the work for the staff, who should be staying home and sheltering in place.”

He said if there were fewer animals at the shelter, they wouldn’t need as many staff members to take care of them. Two-week fosters for animals would also help clear out the building.

“We’re trying to get animals into foster homes, more so dogs, as they take more in their daily care than the cats,” said Reynolds.

Updated information the shelter will be on its website at hsov.org and on their Facebook page.

“Things are changing pretty fast right now,” Raney said. “We made the decision Friday to close (to the public). We’re trying to stay open, but we have limited services.”

He added that if someone wants to adopt or foster an animal, they should call the shelter at 740-373-5959 to make an appointment. When they visit the shelter, a member of the staff will meet them outside with the pet they want to meet.

Appointments should also be made for the surrender of a stray, injured, sick, pregnant or abandoned animal. Surrender of healthy animals are not accepted until further notice.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

Supplies needed:

•Cat food.

•Dog food.



•Dawn dish soap.

•Liquid laundry detergent.

•Paper towels.

Source: Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.


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