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Raleigh County Animal Shelter filled to capacity and employees say if you're missing a pet, a call to the shelter should be your first step to finding it. Raleigh County Animal Shelter filled to capacity and employees say if you're missing a pet, a call to the shelter should be your first step to finding it.
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The Raleigh County Animal Shelter is not taking in anymore animals until they can clear some room.  On Tuesday, leaders at the shelter announced that all their cages were full.

Right now there are around 100 dogs in the shelter, which has cages for around 76 dogs.  Employees said that they are also at capacity for cats.

The shelter has not euthanized any animals in more than a year, and employees at the shelter said there is no plan for shelter to euthanize animals in the near future.  One thing that is being done to clear room is that the shelter is working with animal rescue agencies and foster organizations. 

They are also working to provide incentives to encourage people to adopt their "forever pet." In October, the shelter is focusing on cats.  A spayed or neutered cat is just $5.  An cat that is not fixed costs $45, but $40 is refunded when the new owner brings in proof that the cat has been spayed or neutered.

Adoption Counselor, Joyce Stover, also said that some of the animals they have could already belong to someone.  She said that if you are missing a pet, try calling the shelter first. 

"Nine times out of 10, your animal could be at the shelter and nobody knows," said Stover.  "You know, it seems to be the last place someone checks."

(Check out the Raleigh County Humane Society's Facebook page here)

Stover added that not only could you have your pet returned to you more quickly, but it would also free up space in the shelter for a new animal to come in.  Stover said that it often seems like every time and animal goes out, 10 more come in.

For those who want to help, but can't adopt a pet, the shelter accepts donations of cleaning supplies, pet food and cat litter from the community.  They are also looking for volunteers.  To contact the shelter call 304-253-8921 or email the shelter at rcpets13@yahoo.com.