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Greenbrier Co. animal shelter has excellent month of January


LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- The Greenbrier Humane Society said Tuesday their month of January has been unusually successful.

42 animals have been adopted from the shelter already this month, said office manager Bethany Lewis Wednesday. Although they do get this kind of boom other months of the year, she said it doesn't usually come this early.

28 cats and 14 dogs have gone to good homes in 2013 through adoptions at the shelter, and she said this has helped them reach their quota for January.

"This is not the easiest job by any means," she said. "We have to make a lot of tough decisions... This is absolutely [an indicator] for good things to come in 2013, for us and for the animals."

The shelter recently held a toy and supply drive for the shelter to stock up on much-needed items like dog and cat beds, pet food, and toys. "They get bored sometimes," she said, "and lately the funds aren't there [and we face] overcrowding. This helps us a lot."

Linda Wikeford and her son Wesley adopted a long-haired, pure white cat they re-named "Phoebe." She said it is good for Wesley to have a companion.

"It's just a positive effect on his life," she said, "and they do such good work here [at the shelter.]"

Lewis said many of the pets adopted this month have been at the shelter for a few months, and it is gratifying to see them finally find a home.

"To see some of our favorite animals go home and get their forever homes, it just makes it all worth it," she said.

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