Berkeley Co. Humane Society plans adoption party for Saturday

May 10, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Of the 3,627 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens accepted by the Berkeley County Humane Society last year, more than half - 1,846 - had to be euthanized, according to statistics compiled by the organization.

"It's bad when you have to put a healthy animal down when there's no home for it," said Humane Society president Shari Persad of the work done by the shelter's three certified euthanization technicians.

In 2005, the shelter took in 3,910 felines and canines and 2,188 of them had to be euthanized.

"When the county grows, so do the animals," Persad said.

A spreadsheet detailing the fate of last year's "relinquished" pets, indicates 344 canines and 553 felines were "dumped" at the shelter and came from unknown locations, but presumably from the Eastern Panhandle or surrounding areas.

The shelter's 2006 report does show that 781 animals came from the Martinsburg area outside of the city boundaries and another 353 dogs and cats from people residing in the City of Martinsburg. Jefferson County sources provided another 364.


"They don't have time for them anymore," Persad said of area pet owners.

But what makes Persad and others with the humane society more frustrated is the lack of responsible pet owners, who don't have their animals spayed or neutered.

"Look at the number of innocent animals that pay the price," Persad said. "There aren't homes for them all."

Last year, the shelter was able to record 1,531 adoptions, and 64 animals taken to the shelter ultimately were re-claimed by their owners, according to Humane Society's report.

On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., the Humane Society is inviting the public to its annual "Adoption Party" to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Rock Hill Creamery will be serving ice cream and chef Jerry LeVardi will be grilling hot dogs for the event, Persad said.

More information about the Humane Society and their spay, neuter programs and cremation services are available on the Internet at

Berkeley County Humane Society relinquished animals in 2006

Bunker Hill - 115

Falling Waters - 130

Glengary/Gerrardstown - 84

Hedgesville - 265

Inwood - 160

Martinsburg (city) - 353

Martinsburg (county) - 781

Morgan County - 10

Jefferson County - 364

Dumped (unknown) - 897

Other locations - 40

If you go

What: Fourth annual Adoption Party

When: Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, W.Va.

More information: 304-267-8389

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