BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – The Humane Society of Raleigh County is preparing to open the Delaney Wykle Animal Wellness Center this year.
The project faced a major setback in early 2022, when bids to construct the building were much higher than expected.
The center allows the humanitarian society to provide high quality care on site as well as perform spaying and sterilization treatments at the wellness center.
“On the one hand, this is really going to help us open up the availability of vet appointments for our own animals,” said Alexis Johnston, social outreach coordinator for the Humane Society of Raleigh County. “As well as reducing costs, not just with the procedures themselves, but with travel time and gas and hours paid by staff.”
According to Johnston, the average cost of vaccines and sterilization is usually around $300, but with the money the humanitarian society will save by building its own wellness center, she hopes to offer these services for less than $100. .
They hope lower prices will make a huge difference in reducing the region’s animal population.
“One thing we find is that a lot of these people have a desire to have their animals repaired, but between the cost of vaccinating the animal before the procedure and then neutering or neutering itself, that money really adds up,” says Johnton.
The Humane Society has planned a series of fundraisers this summer to help raise money for the animal welfare center. Johnston said while the humanitarian society can raise up to $100,000, a donor will match the money they raise.
“We had a very generous anonymous donor offer to match up to $100,000 in funds raised,” Johnston said. “Obviously, doubling that impact is a big deal. So we’re trying to hit that target as soon as possible to solidify that and add those additional hundreds of thousands of dollars to our funds here.
If you would like to contribute to the Animal Welfare Center, you can donate in person or by check payable to The Humane Society of Raleigh County.