Be a hero for the voiceless


TAYLOR COUNTY—Two local animal groups are teaming up to help raise funds while they offer services to dog and cat families in the area. 

Aaron’s Hope For Paws, a cat-only rescue located in Flemington, and the Taylor County Humane Society will be offering a Heroes Adoption Event on Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at Project HOP2E’s building, located at 245 Greenes Plaza, Grafton. 

“We are encouraging those who would like to home one of our furry friends to come out to the event and become a hero for the voiceless,” said Aaron’s Hope for Paws Director Karen Anderson.

During the event, representatives from Hope for Paws will be on hand to introduce some of their felines that would make the perfect addition to your family. Likewise, volunteers from the Humane Society will be showcasing some of their dogs, in hopes of helping them find their “furever” homes.

And while the day is about adoptions, the event will also be a great place for current pet owners to take care of their furry friends. 

“We will be offering a few services for residents to take advantage of,” Anderson voiced. “Finding homes for animals is important, but they must also be cared for properly.”

Through the Heroes Adoption Event, services such as feline and canine vaccines (FVRCP and DHLPP) will be available for $15 each, however Anderson revealed that rabies vaccinations will not be available during the event.

Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia, or FVRCP, is a necessary vaccine that helps to protect cats from distemper and respiratory viruses. 

DHLPP may help prevent distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza, and is commonly administered to dogs to keep them protected.

For those pet owners who may have a pet who tends to escape their enclosures or ventures out on their own often, or even pet parents hoping for a little more peace of mind, microchipping will be performed during the event. The cost is $15 per pet.

And to ensure that kitty’s claws are a little less lethal, nail trims will be conducted for just $5. Looking for an approach with a little less maintenance? Bring your feline out for claw caps.

Those wishing to cap just the front paws will incur a cost of $10, while all four paws may be capped for just $15.

 “Claw capping must include a nail trim,” noted Anderson.

And while the day is centered on four-legged friends, there will be plenty of fun for guests to take part in including raffles, sales, a dog kissing booth, a bake sale and tasty food from Snuffy’s Italian Grill Food Truck. 

Pet lovers can even have Yoak Pet Portraits create a masterpiece of their best buddies.

According to Anderson, money raised through the adoptions will go to their respective organization, while the cost of microchips, vaccines and kitty claw care will be used to help fund future endeavors by Aaron’s Hope for Paws.

“The money we make from raffle items, the bake sale and our other sale items will be split between the organizations,” she explained. “Right now, there are so many furbabies who need homes, so we are encouraging anyone who may be interested in adoption to come out and see the cats and dogs at this event. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new best friend!”

For more information about Aaron’s Hope For Paws, please visit their Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/aaronshopeforpaws.

To learn more about the Taylor County Humane Society, please visit them on the web at www.tchswv.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Taylor-County-Humane-Society-West-Virginia-102145126520167.

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