Sadly, we know that despite their best intentions and best efforts, animals are languishing in shelters and in some cases dying there. Some are denied any chance at all simply because they were born or lost or found in the “wrong” place. In the “wrong” county.
Who We Are
With 20 years of combined experience in all facets of animal sheltering as well as non-profit development, community engagement, volunteer and foster program, educational program development, and fundraising, we are well prepared to help others develop the same expertise and tools to overcome the common challenges faced by shelters large or small. Additionally we are experienced in operating under the laws and culture in West Virginia and the specific challenges of our environment.
Animal Lives Matter WV Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization.
Why We Want to Help
We know animal overpopulation is pervasive across the country and certainly across our state. The unwanted puppy, the unplanned litter, the abused and neglected and those that have simply strayed from home all amass to thousands of homeless animals every year in our region alone.
We also know that those who take up the task of caring for these animals are tackling the same challenges and problems. Challenges that we have faced and solved in our own community and can help others do the same!
We know the constant challenge to find and retain the skilled, or even willing, resources to help. We know the challenge to attract and retain employees, volunteers and adopters. The negative connotation of the dog pound still lingers today.
We know the overcrowding, the spread of disease and the stressful environment for animals and people alike.
We know there exists irresponsible pet owners, abuse and neglect, and insufficient laws and law enforcement.
We also know that in many cases shelters lack sufficient experience and training, nor have the time or money to invest to obtain and maintain such knowledge.
But we also are certain that people care deeply about the animals and desire to do more for them; having committed to this work that is physically and emotionally exhausting, and fraught with challenges and certain heartache because they do care.
Sadly, we know that despite their best intentions and best efforts, animals are languishing in shelters and in some cases dying there. Some are denied any chance at all simply because they were born or lost or found in the “wrong” place, in the “wrong” county.
We believe we can help change this reality for many shelters and animals around our region.
Board of Directors
Carrie Roe, President
Michelle Earl , Vice President
Edward McDonough, Treasurer