West Virginia Wesleyan's student-run animal welfare team is looking for public support to address the issue of animal overpopulation in our area.
On Wednesday night, members of the Wesleyan Engaging Leaders through Education, Awareness, and Development (WE LEAD) and guest speakers stressed the importance of adopting from shelters and spaying or neutering your pet to keep both the animal population and taxpayer costs down.
The group said more than half of all animals that enter West Virginia shelters are euthanized, at high-kill shelters like the one in Buckhannon.
Catherine Fagnilli, a student activist who volunteers at the shelter in Buckhannon, said something needs to be done to help local animals in need.
"It hurts me a lot. There's no room for the animals, a lot of animals, to come in now, and a lot of them get put to sleep within five days of being there. They need to be out in their world and to be loved. It's just not fair, it's just lives going to waste," Fagnilli said.
WE LEAD said supporters can help their cause in a variety of ways:
1. Spay and neuter animal companions.
2. Adopt animals from shelters.
3. Keep animal companions safe.
4. Educate your friends and family about overpopulation.
5. Participate in Humane Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 5. Fore more information, visit the Humane Society's website.