WPCCAS grateful to community

Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader

December was a busy month for the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter. A record number of 19 dogs and puppies were adopted during its Open House event.

During December, several dogs who have spent more than a year at the shelter have been adopted and all of the dogs and cats on the Wishing Tree were provided Christmas toys and goodies for the holidays.

"An unbelievable amount of goods have come in," shelter director Neely Bryan said. "Our gratitude for the kindness toward our animals is overwhelming. We are so thankful for this animal loving community."

According to Bryan, only four dogs remain at the shelter who have called it home for more than a year.

"We've had a lot of the adult dogs that people tend to overlook, find their home," Bryan said. "It makes me so happy to see them find an owner who will love them. I want to see these four dogs leave here to become part of a family."
Having so many empty kennels means the dogs who are at the shelter are enjoying a lot of outdoor time, which is crucial to the well-being of a dog.

"We serve a wonderful community," Bryan said. "Thank you West Point and Clay County for making room in your homes and hearts for these precious dogs and cats."

Bryan was at the shelter Christmas Day to walk dogs and give them a little companionship.

"We will be closed New Years Day," Melanie Elmore said. "But we will be here normal hours New Years Eve and the day after New Years. Everything will get back to normal."

Everyone at the shelter are pleased to see how the community supports the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter. It continues to be able to house homeless animals thanks to the donations of a generous community. The shelter is a closed facility, they do not euthanize to make room for more animals. They can only do this by not depending on state or federal funding.

"The Mardi Gras Beer and Wine Tasting Event is Saturday, Feb. 22." Elmore said. "We are changing the venue. It will be at the Town Creek Barn, Fast Scarlett will be providing the music for dancing. There will be great food, a silent auction, but one thing that will be new."

The shelter is selling raffle tickets for a 65-inch Samsung TV.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. This is a nice television, according to Elmore. The drawing for the raffle will be during the event. Raffle tickets are available at the shelter and Frank's Package Store.

"We haven't printed the Beer and Wine Tasting tickets yet," Elmore said. "They will be available soon. We can always use donations of silent auction items and food. February will be here before we know it. Make plans to attend. It is always a fun night. You must be 21 or over to attend."

For more information call 662-524-4430.