RIPLEY, WV- Miss West Virginia International Julie Warden met with County Commissioners for approval to use the courthouse lawn for a fundraiser.

Warden stated that on October 26 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. she and others will sponsor an adopt-a-thon that will benefit the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Warden stated that shelter volunteers would be responsible for bringing the animals to the courthouse. Gates with material on the ground will be used to prevent illnesses and keep animals safe.

Pre-adoption paperwork will be available at the event site. The paperwork will be used to determine who is best suited to care for a new family member.

 On the agenda there will be various fund raising activities. Pet owners can participate with his/her furry friend in the pet costume contest. In addition there will be a photographer to take photos of pets with or without a family for the group’s Facebook page.

Those helping with the event are Rachel Rhodes and Emily Casto of the Aplin Ridge Roughlanders 4-H club. The young ladies will assist with the event as a group service project.

Mrs. West Virginia and West Virginia International Pageant System is participating along with local Jackson County Queens and local organizations.

Shelter volunteers will hold a lock up. Muscular Dystrophy uses this type of activity to help to collect funds that will benefit those with the disease to provide flu shots, research, free clinics as well as assisting children living with MDA.

Said Warden, “The lockup is similar to what is held for Muscular Dystrophy, only this is for the shelter. Someone is “locked up and they have to find people to pay for their bail before they are adopted. It’s a good fundraiser.”

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