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Recycling fundraiser to provide feline playroom for Berkeley Humane Society

November 25, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Just about every cat needs a sun-bathed windowsill to lounge on, and the felines sheltered at the Berkeley County Humane Society's facility off Charles Town Road should not be an exception any longer, according to the group's president.

"We don't have any place to let them out to run and play," Shari Persad said. She said space constraints limit the felines to cages, giving them little pre-adoption contact with people interested in taking them home.

Pleased by the community's support for the "Bow Wow" visiting room and exercise area built for dogs at the shelter, Humane Society leaders are hoping people will take part in the organization's newly launched recycling fundraiser to help build an addition to the shelter for the cats.

"We are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your used cellular phones, inkjet cartridges, DVD movies, video games" and the like to the shelter, Persad said in a letter to friends of the nonprofit organization.

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Persad said donations of the used items might be tax-deductible, and the items will be recycled in accordance with federal environment regulations or refurbished and sold. She said 100 percent of the proceeds would support the Humane Society.

"It doesn't cost us anything," said Persad, who expressed hope the business community would support the organization, particularly cell phone retailers.

Proceeds will be used to build an 18-foot-by-21-foot addition to the shelter to provide a cat playroom, Persad said.

"You're not talking small dollars," Persad said of the anticipated cost.

The proceeds also would offset the organization's $5,100 purchase of a disaster preparedness trailer for the rescue and evacuation of pets, Persad said.

Berkeley County Humane Society is one of the few organizations in the area to have an emergency trailer available, she said.

The Humane Society intends to keep the recycling project as an ongoing fundraising effort after the addition is paid for, Persad said.

"We just need the community support to help get this recycling thing going," Persad said.

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