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May. 15, 2013 @ 08:52 AM

Animal rescues don’t make money

Cabell County Commissioner Nancy Cartmill seems to believe there is profit in animal rescue. In the May 5 edition of The Herald-Dispatch, Cartmill called out a local animal group, claiming that One by One Animal Advocates is making money from animals rescued from the Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Shelter. “They pick the cream of the crop so they can sell them and make money. I know what rescues are all about.”

Really? Clearly, Cartmill knows nothing about animal rescue.

The fact that she is on the shelter’s board and is so ignorant helps one understand why that shelter still languishes in the dark ages.

Even more unbelievable is that the shelter charges rescues to remove animals and send them on to better lives. Many of these animals would otherwise be euthanized. Apparently, the shelter would rather just kill them. I have been a volunteer and board member of a Cabell County rescue for the past 10 years. Animal rescues in our area struggle to get by. Hundreds of volunteers work countless hours to save animals. Donors give funds to pay medical and operating expenses. No one is “making money.”

I wonder if Cartmill has taken an animal to the vet lately. It certainly is not cheap. Multiply that by hundreds of animals per year.

Before making more ridiculous statements, Nancy Cartmill should take a look at the books of some local rescues. Those profits she thinks are being made will be glaringly absent.

Jennifer McVey Holley