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Animal shelter news: fosters needed; charity drive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association is actively seeking people willing to foster dogs or kittens — both are in abundance at the shelter right now, employees there say.

“Right now, we are in desperate need of foster homes for about 15 dogs, 15-plus kittens and two nursing mama cats with babies,” KCHA rescue coordinator Jordan Roberts said in an email.

Foster periods would range from three to eight weeks, depending upon the age and weight of the kittens or our exit strategy for the dogs, she said, adding, “I am hoping to be able to get a lot of the dogs we foster into rescue.”

For more information, call the shelter at 304-342-1576 or email

A foster application can be downloaded at

Also, Applebee’s of Charleston is taking part in a regional Paws for Carside program on Mondays and Tuesdays this week and next to benefit local animal charities. The program runs through June 24.

During the promotion, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of Carside To-Go sales to the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association.

The proceeds will support KCHA in supplying food, medical supplies, housing and basic necessities for local animals that have been abused, neglected or are simply in need of tender loving care.

Customers are encouraged to bring their pets to pick up their Carside To-Go orders and share photos of their pets on the local Applebee’s Facebook page throughout the promotion.

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