Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grant Helps Animal Rescue Get Van

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grant Helps Animal Rescue Get Van

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RIPLEY - An animal rescue organization in Jackson County has a new van it will use in the rescue of endangered pet animals. Animal Rights Fur-ever organization received a $35,000 grant from the Ross Foundation, a philanthropic, nonprofit foundation to encourage improvement with emphasis in the counties of Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Pleasants and Jackson. ARF works against pet overpopulation, abuse and neglect by finding responsible homes for animals; rescuing animals and working with other groups to achieve these goals.

The grant was used to purchase a new 2015 Dodge Ram Promaster van to transport rescued animals to places where they have a chance to be adopted. The van allows them to make their trips safely for both people and pets, said group President Bobbie Chancey.

We are a rescue group that organized in June of 2010 and partners with Jackson County Animal Shelter to rescue pets, Chancey said. We post their pets online, communicate with rescues about the animals and transport pets to Hagerstown, Maryland, at least twice a month.

Thus, the need for reliable transportation, she added.

The 15-18 member group has transported about 1,150 pets from the Jackson County Animal Shelter and elsewhere, not counting any hitchhikers.

They usually transports dogs with a few cats on occasion.

Hagerstown is the hub of their transport network. Their other volunteers will take them farther.

We are part of a well-orchestrated delivery system, Chancey said.

From Hagerstown, the animals are loaded into other vehicles to go farther, some to rescues in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and elsewhere.

The van has one purpose and one purpose only, Chancey said, and that is to transport pets to rescue.

'It will not be going to the local grocery store or will not be serving any other purpose, she said.

During the week, it will be parked. Before each transport at the end of the week, the van will be prepared by loading it with a crate the appropriate size for each dog or cat going to rescue.

The crate will be tagged with that pet's name. Inside each crate will be pads or blankets so the pets can ride comfortably. The morning of transport every pet will be given a fresh pail of water attached to its crate. …

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