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Fayetteville, W.Va. – The New River Humane Society (NRHS), which annually takes in more than 1800 animals, received a $1,000 donation from Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (NR&C) to help those animals look for their “fur-ever” homes.

Kathleen Gerencer, Board President for the past three years was presented the donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. by Fayette N&RC Executive Director Sue Cogar and Director of Nursing Leslie Leake.

The non-profit is contracted and partners with the Fayette County Commission to operate the shelter since the early 2000s and is the only animal shelter for Fayette County. They provide a variety of services to help control the animal population and find great homes for the animals in the shelter, and employs a director, assistants, kennel assistants and animal control. Their goal is to provide low cost, assistance in adopting, vouchers for services outreach for spay and neutering their pets.

They operate a trap-and-release program for feral cats. The program aims to help control the cat population, which can explode if not carefully monitored. Cats are captured, are spayed and neutered and receive shots before being returned to the area they were from originally.
They have capacity for more than 90 cats, 40 medium to large dogs and 20 small dogs. Most the animals that come through the door are dogs, and the shelter maintains a no-kill record due to space. They exhaust all efforts in reaching out to the community for adoptions.

“Our pets and animals play an important role in our lives and in the lives of our patients,” said Fayette N&RC executive director Sue Cogar. “We are looking forward to working with the New River Humane Society on more events and possibly having some of their pets visit us here.”

The NRHS hosts several events throughout the year to raise money and help the animals in their care. Recently, more than 60 dogs were microchipped, and the annual “Furball” each January raises money. The donation will be used for a variety of services including providing vaccinations, vet care and providing an enriching environment for the animals of the shelter.

The shelter accepts donations of pet food, supplies, cat litter, cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels. The shelter can also use volunteers to assist at events or foster animals until they can be adopted.

For questions or donations, please contact the NRHS at harrisonkathleenl@gmail.com or 304-574-3682.

About AMFM:
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. The care centers operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties. 

AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”