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Shelter Survey to obtain spay neuter funding! PDF Print E-mail

Help us to obtain much needed spay neuter funding for West Virginia by having your shelter or animal control facility fill out this easy one page survey.  We need to be able to provide data to support our argument for this necessary funding.  This can be used for grant writing to assist with funding for the newly formed WV Spay Neuter Assistance Fund which will be administered through the WV Dept. of Agric.  

Shelter Survey

Dollars to spay/neuter your pet! PDF Print E-mail

We, at Mountain View Humane, have obtained some aid money to help the animals in WV.   We currently have $3,700 in aid money that can be used to help with the fixes for animals of poverty level owners, with no geographic limits.  We are trying to get the residents of the 3 counties that we serve with our FREE transport in WV (Mercer, Monroe, Summers) to take advantage of this opportunity!

In February we are participating in the Beat the Heat cat blitz sponsored by PetSmart, and will be targeting the WV market for this low cost opportunity. Female cats will be $20, males will be at our regular price ($25 to $45 depending on the situation).

Then, in August we have a pit bull blitz that can also benefit the owners in WV.

Kelly N. Cass
Executive Director
Mountain View Humane
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SNAP WV Success Story! PDF Print E-mail

The Spay Neuter Assistance Program of WV was established to provide financial aid to qualified low income citizens of WV to have their pets sterilized. SNAP-WV had received $25,000 in seed money from a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates to begin the program. This is a matching grant program for 501c3 designated humane groups in WV that already have programs providing this type of financial aid. We felt this would have the effect of encouraging and inspiring these groups as they were working to raise funding to provide financial aid to the people in their areas. An application and approval process for these groups was put into place late in 2009.

Since the program’s inception in Nov. of 2009 through 2011, 15 matching grants were awarded.  A total of 1422 cats and dogs were sterilized around the state. Positive feedback was received from the funded groups along with valuable statistics. The numbers of animals not being born to add to the already over burdened animal sheltering system is tremendous. This is a great savings of lives and taxpayer money.

The groups have shared with us stories and comments from the citizens they have been able to help using this funding. All of the participating veterinarians have worked with these groups by giving them special pricing for low income citizens. This is good public relations for the groups, the veterinarians, the state and SNAP-WV. The statistics we have received will be invaluable for us to present to our legislators as we work to obtain more public funding.

We need to be able to get the word out to more people about the positive effects of spay and neuter programs. We feel that the best way to disseminate this information would be through advertising of some form. This is presently in the planning stages. SNAP-WV and the humane groups have accomplished a tremendous effect on the numbers of animals sterilized with the $25,000 we were given.  We can do a great deal more to save tax payer money by continuing the program.

Statewide Spay Neuter Database PDF Print E-mail

Spay WV (a WV nonprofit cor­poration located in Cabell County and an affiliate of Spay USA) is working with Help for Animals, FOHO WV and SNAP WV to establish a database of low- cost spay/neuter services available throughout the state and to provide that information to any caller about what is offered in his/her area. Help develop the Spay WV da­tabase and referral service by con­tacting Donna Spencer with the resources in your area. You may want to include low-cost clinics, spay/neuter assistance programs, or veterinarians who offer low cost rates. Every county has different resources. Contact Donna at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-877-772-9981 The Spay WV Spay/Neuter Da­tabase has potential to particularly help the more isolated areas of our state who have few or no services available. Please help us get the word out and help build a statewide spay neuter database.

WV Animal Shelter Euthanasia Rates PDF Print E-mail

2009 Statistics from animal shelters in 55 counties in WV show that nearly 54% of all animals entering shelters are euthanized

FOHO WV has been collecting intake and euthanasia rates from WV shelters since 2008. The euthanasia rates ranged from the lowest at 5% to the highest at 62% for dogs. Some shelters did not accept cats and those that did had euthanasia rates ranging from a low of 12% to as high as 84% for cats. Impacting these numbers were combining cat and dog statistics, participation in rescues and enormous numbers of incoming dogs and cats. We were still able to get a fair cross section view which provided the following average euthanasia rates for 2007 and 2008 in some West Virginia Shelters.

This is why we need more emphasis on solving the problem of pet overpopulation with more emphasis on spaying and neutering.

2007 WV Shelter Euthanasia (based on selected shelters)
Percentage of dogs euthanized = 51%
Percentage of cats euthanized = 78%

2008 WV Shelter Euthanasia (based on selected shelters)
Percentage of dogs euthanized = 49%
Percentage of cats euthanized = 77%

2009 WV Shelter Euthanasia (based on phone survey of 55 counties) shows that 54% of all animals entering WV shelters were euthanized. 


Please email your shelter data for 2010 and 2011 to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Send us total dog and puppy intake and euthanasia and total cat and kitten intake and euthanasia for those respective years.  You can combine dogs and puppies in one total and cats and kittens in the next total.   And check here periodically to see the results.

We will continue to update this information and have it available at the next FOHO WV Conference in April 2012 in Flatwoods, WV. Apply now for this event at www.fohowv.org Plan now to attend!

Spay And Neuter Facts & Myths PDF Print E-mail


There are many reasons to spay or neuter your companion animals. Spaying or neutering benefits the overall health of your animal, and helps minimize many behavioral issues. Here are a few facts and misconceptions about spaying and neutering.
1) A spayed female animal is less likely to develop mammary, ovarian, or uterine cancers.
2) A spayed female animal never goes into estrus (heat), and she never produces offspring.
3) A neutered male animal is less likely to develop testicular cancer and prostrate disease.
4) A neutered male animal cannot impregnate a female animal.
5) A neutered male animal is less likely to roam and get involved in fights with other unaltered males.
6) A neutered male dog is generally less aggressive, less likely to mark territory, and less likely to bite.
7) Neutered male cats are less likely to spray.
8) Spayed and neutered animals do not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.
1) Spaying or neutering an animal does not make the animal fat. Lack of exercise and overeating cause an animal gain weight.
2) Female animals do not get depressed because they cannot produce litters.
3) Female animals do not need to give birth in order to mature.
4) Neutering a male dog does not make the dog less protective or less affectionate.
5) Neutering a male dog does not lessen his desire or ability to hunt.


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