Washington Animal Rescue League Takes In Dogs, Cats After West Virginia Animal Shelter Closes

4:50 PM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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FAIRMONT, West Virginia (WUSA) -- An animal shelter in West Virginia is closing and some of the animals there have found a new place to stay in D.C., says the Washington Animal Rescue League.

The Washington Animal Rescue League picked up stray dogs from the shelter in  Fairmont, West Virginia. The shelter closes on August 1, after losing its local government contract and use of the Marion County facility.

The League picked up 9 dogs and 5 cats. According to the League, the remaining 90 dogs and 115 cats will go to other rescue groups and smaller facility belonging to the Marion County Humane Society.

League President and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman said about the the pick-up: "Our mission mandates that we rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals who have nowhere else to go, and these dogs certainly qualify. Now we'll find them permanent homes where they will be cherished family members for the rest of their lives."

On the same trip to West Virginia, the League team also picked up 12 dogs at a shelter in Buckhannon that had run out of space.

The League says some of the West Virginia dogs could be available for adoption in two weeks.

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