WPCCAS announces fundraiser

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The West Point Clay County Animal Shelter is different from area Humane Societies. They receive no state or federal funding. The shelter exists on donations from the community it serves. All animals at the shelter may remain until they are adopted. Some have lived at the shelter for more than a year. No animals are euthanized to make room for more. That is why they cannot accept owner surrenders. They exist to provide a home for stray animals until they are adopted.

"This year has been very hard for us," Neely Bryan, director of the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter, said. "We were very lucky to have had the Beer and Wine Tasting Event in February, before everything was shut down for COVID-19."
All of the subsequent fundraisers have been cancelled, due to the ban on people gatherings public or otherwise my the Governor of Mississippi's mandate.
"Normally we host several fundraisers throughout the year and we sell concessions at the Sports Complex during baseball season. But due to the closure of all city parks, there was no baseball this year," Melanie Elmore said. "We haven't been able to sponsor anything since February to raise money."

The staff at the Shelter are selling chances to win a $200 Visa Gift Card. The tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six.
"They can be purchased over the phone with a debit or credit card, from a staff or volunteer member, or through PayPal using our email address," Bryan said. "We will draw for the winner, on Facebook Live at noon Friday, Sept. 4."
All proceeds go toward the medical costs and improving the lives of every animal brought to the shelter.

"My goal is to save every animal," Bryan said. "I truly witness miracles here every day. Animals are brought to us that are in very bad condition. You would not expect them to make it. But this staff literally loves them back to life."

Bryan is grateful to the community for its support of the shelter. When it is made public that the shelter has a need, animal lovers do what they can to see that need is met.
Adoptions are the best way to support WPCCAS. Especially adopting kittens during the spring and summer months when so many litters are brought in by animal control.

"Please spay and neuter your pets," Bryan said. "Nothing would make me happier than for there not to be a need for us. For no unwanted puppies and kittens to be born. But as long as the animals need us, we will continue to be here for them, with your help."
For more information, like the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter on Facebook, call 524-4430, or email wpccanimalshelter@gmail.com.

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