Major shelter makeover

WINTERSVILLE – About 150 volunteers from the Jefferson County Humane Society, Comcast and Lowes spent Saturday morning making the Jefferson County Animal Shelter just a little more pleasant for both man and beast.

The event, part of Comcast Cares Day, included volunteers planting trees, spreading mulch, painting both in and outside and generally sprucing up the shelter, run by the Jefferson County Humane Society, according to Sally Wehr, humane society president.

“(Volunteers) have been here since before 8 a.m.,” said Wehr. “We’ve had a banner turnout. We’re just so pleased everyone turned out.”

Wehr said the day began with breakfast served for volunteers before they began “everything that needed done,” Wehr said. “They began working before 9 a.m.”

The weather turned out to be perfect for landscaping and breaking a sweat, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s. P.J. Mercer, Comcast technician, said there were quite a few volunteers from the company there to lend a hand.

“Yes, it’s definitely something we enjoy,” said Mercer, adding Comcast Cares Day is a national event. “I’ve been pushing for two years to get us to this shelter.”

Mercer said many of the items were donated by local businesses. The dollar value of items donated are in turn donated back to the shelter by Comcast for operations, he added.

“The concrete we poured in the back was donated,” he continued. “For each volunteer from Comcast we give (a certain amount) to the shelter.”

Wehr said volunteers seemed to be enjoying themselves. She added the shelter always has cats and dogs available for adoption from potential loving owners.

“We have about 100 animals at this time,” she said. “We have kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. We recently got a grant for in-house spaying and neutering. We’re going to begin that program soon.”

Wehr also said the goal of the humane society was to have all animals at the shelter spayed and neutered with all the shots they require before they are up for adoption.

“There’s a lot of love and care given to these animals,” she said. “We also are so appreciative (for the day’s volunteers). I can’t say enough about how honored we are to be chosen. We’re just delighted they chose the humane society.”

For information on adopting a pet, call the shelter, at (740) 314-5583.