Marshall County Commissioners Brian Schambach and Jason "Jake" Padlow recently toured a county facility to learn about the concerns of some furry residents.
Cindy Brautigan, director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter, guided the commissioners on a tour of the facility. They were accompanied by Denise Nally, director of the Tiffany Dlesk Spay-Neuter Clinic.
The clinic is one of only two low-cost spay-neuter clinics in West Virginia.
Photo by Jennifer Compston-Strough
Denise Nally, director of the Tiffany Dlesk Spay-Neuter Clinic, foreground, shows Marshall County Commissioners Brian Schambach, left, and Jason “Jake” Padlow one of the heated tables used for procedures at the new clinic as Cindy Brautigan, director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter, looks on.
Services offered include spay and neuter services for both feline and canine pets, vaccinations, testing and worming. While there is no restriction based on residence, eligibility for low-cost services does take household income into account. The spay-neuter center is designed to assist lower-income families by offering more affordable services.
Costs of adoption and veterinary services through the facility are less than half those charged elsewhere, according to Nally. Felines can be adopted for $85, spayed for $50 and neutered for $30. Canines can be adopted for $100. Canines under 50 pounds can be spayed for $65, and those over 50 pounds for $75. Canines can be neutered for $50. Age and breed do not affect these prices.
The commissioners inspected the shelter's progress on multiple projects the county has helped to fund. Among them were the shelter's floor and the ongoing work on the new spay-neuter clinic, as well as a garage built for the shelter's van and for storage.
The Marshall County Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. today on the lower level of the courthouse in Moundsville.
Work was also nearing completion on a piping system beneath the shelter's gravel parking lot. Plans are to pave the lot eventually. Other proposed improvements to the shelter included lights for the parking lot. According to staff, this would make the shelter safer for both shelter employees and for the animals.
The commissioners said the county will continue to help the shelter until it becomes self-sustaining.
"There is money in the budget for the shelter," said Padlow.
The county commission is not the only donor, however.
"We've been very blessed with donations," said Brautigan.
Many contributions have come from private residents and local businesses. Brautigan expressed hope that the shelter may be self-sustaining in the future, but she noted the people of the tri-state area have helped make the achievements at the site possible.