Jackson County Animal Shelter gets large food donation

Suzette Lowe
Marty Hager and Frank Miller unload bags of pet food donated to the animal shelter.

Animals need to eat too.

This simple thought caused the Rev. Frank Miller, director of operations at Parchment Valley Conference Center, to reach out to Greater Good Charities for a way to help feed the dogs and cats at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

“We’ve been blessed to be able to deliver 150,000 pounds of food to people in need through this pandemic,” Miller said. “This was done in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Dot Foods. It was amazing to be able to provide food for so many.”

When he was asked ‘What about the pets,’ Miller said that spurred him to do some research.

“I found a program with Greater Good Charities that provides food for shelters all over the United States,” he said. “I got in touch with these fine folks, and it went pretty smoothly after that.”

Miller made the trip to Charleston to a warehouse associated with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

With a little help from friends, his trailer was loaded up with dog and cat food, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

Teresa Hager, Jackson County’s humane officer, said this gift will go a long way toward feeding the animals at the shelter.

“We never know how many animals we’re going to have at any given time,” she said. “To have this much good quality food, about $700 worth, is a wonderful help to us. We’ll have a lot of happy dogs and cats.”

Miller said he will continue this project as long as supplies last.

“We try to help our brothers and sisters,” he said. “We love our four-legged friends too.”

For information about needs at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, call 304-372-6064.