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McDowell shelter dogs face euthanasia; need fosters, new homes, and donations

Workers there say the county shelter has a few dozen dogs, but only 10 dog runs or kennels. That means right now the shelter is overcrowded, with multiple dogs in each kennel. Photo: WLOS staff

Shelter dogs face euthanasia at the McDowell County Animal Shelter in Marion.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue representatives plead with pet lovers in the area to adopt or foster.

"If we don't have enough fosters and we can't pull, and people aren't going down there to adopt, then yeah, it's very possible that they can be euthanized," said Elizabeth Guffey of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

There are other ways to pitch in at this desperate time. If you can't adopt or foster a dog, residents can still donate clothes or other household items--basically anything you would sell at a yard sale--to Brother Wolf's Second Chances thrift store in downtown Marion, at 74 South Main Street.

Workers there say the county shelter has a few dozen dogs, but only 10 dog runs or kennels. That means right now the shelter is overcrowded, with multiple dogs in each kennel.

To help, you can adopt from the shelter: click here to learn more about adoptable dogs there.

Residents can also donate to Brother Wolf, online or at the thrift store. Money will go towards spay and neuter, getting the animals ready for adoption.

You can also become a Brother Wolf foster volunteer. Click here to fill out an application.

The last time the McDowell County shelter euthanized an adoptable dog--a dog that wasn't sick or injured--was last October.



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