Humane Society of Raleigh County volunteers give a tour of gratitude to the Beckley Area Foundation and the late Nancy Rickards, Raleigh Education Board chair Larry Ford, family and friends of Ruth Hornebrooke in Parkersburg and to a “mysterious person”.
Thanks to the BAF’s Nancy Rickards Memorial Fund, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) Ruth Hornebrooke Memorial Grant, Ford and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the animal shelter looks like a new facility this fall, HSRC Vice President India Hosch reported on Thursday.
Hosch said the grant from generous donors gave the animal shelter, which housed more than 1,300 animals last year, new flooring and paint in the hall, kitchen and admission room, where animals are brought when they first come to a non-kill shelter.
Dogs have a new fence for their play area, as well as a shaded area to rest.
HSRC Secretary Deb Berry said the renovation is the first major overhaul of the shelter since the facility was built in 1979.
“Nothing had been remodeled, except just a little bit, here and there,” Berry said.
Ford came up with the idea of renovating the shelter, she added. It has also secured funding through BAF and PACF.
“Larry Ford came to us with an offer of money from a BAF fund to help us renovate the lobby,” Berry explained. “He said he looked very old, which he is.
“So he agreed to give us money to do it, and then we had an anonymous donor who gave us the rest of what we need to do.”
Berry said the BAF, the Nancy Rickard Memorial Fund, also paid for “The Cat Corner” at the shelter in 2018. The Cat Corner gives potential adopters a chance to bond with the kittens and cats at the shelter.
Rickards, who died in 2012, left a generous amount of money in her will for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Thanks to the grants, Berry said, the shelter installed new, easy-to-maintain apoxy flooring. The shelter now has new stainless steel cabinetry and a new refrigerator in the kitchen and bright, cheery colored walls in the hall, hallway and kitchen, thanks to Ford, BAF and PACF.
There are also new cabinets in the admission room, as well as new ceiling tiles, she added.
The fund also paid for the paving of the parking lot.
Hosch especially thanked Ford.
“We are delighted with the much needed improvements to our shelter,” said Nancy Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the CRSS. “They not only look great, but they provide a much cleaner and easier to sanitize environment for our animals and the public who visit us. “