Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jackson County Animal Assists Local Residents With Missing Animals

The Jackson County Animal Shelter has officially launched a Lost & Found Animals campaign to assist residents in the county who have lost or found animals.

Individuals who lose or find an animal may send photos and information to the Jackson County Animal Shelter Facebook page at The animal shelter will create a flyer to print and post and share across social media. The shelter will also post the poster in the MISSING or FOUND album on the Facebook page.

With the photos, individuals should include:

  1. Where the animal is missing from or where it was found
  2. Description
  3. Animal Name 
  4. Contact Name & Phone Number or Preferred Contact Method

Missing or found pets should also be reported to the shelter by calling 304.372.6064. 

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is dedicated to our mission of not only finding homeless pets homes, but also serving pets in our county through awareness and education. We hope to reunite animals with their owners and to continue sharing our animals who still need homes who currently live at our shelter.

Thank you, Jackson County, for your support!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Missing Your Pet?

We understand the heartbreak of an animal missing. We are here to help.

Always remember to contact us if your animal has gone missing in the Jackson County area. You can call us directly at 304.372.6064 and can send us a message on our Facebook page.

Make sure you send us a photo of the animal along with their name, where they are missing from, a contact person and phone number and any other description items you can include. We will make a flyer for you to share on social media and we will share it on our page and in our Missing Pets photo album.

Remember - Put out food and water for your pet if it's missing and any item that might smell like them. Sometimes this can help them find a scent to return home.

Please share other animals featured on our site so we can help them return home safely!

The Jackson County Animal Shelter Wishing Tree

Here is your chance to make a difference for homeless animals in your area this holiday season.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is hosting a “Wishing Tree” event to raise awareness for items needed at the shelter.

Each animal at the Jackson County Animal Shelter has a small Christmas Wish List that will be hung on the “Wishing Tree” and posted on the Jackson County Animal Shelter Facebook Page throughout the month of December.

Items include anything from food for the animals, treats, toys, cleaning supplies, beds, activity sets, spays, neuters and more. 

The shelter hopes this assists in the needs for the homeless animals, but also hopes it helps to raise awareness for the animals currently housed in the shelter. There are many animals who would love to find a forever home this holiday season. Please join us, share our event and help us help the animals in our area!

To donate or for more information, please contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter today!


To see the animals available for adoption, please visit our Petfinder Page

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Wishes

The Jackson County Animal Shelter would like to send a sincere thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, donors, adoption families and rescues. We would also like to send a special thank you to ARF (Animal Right Furever) for your assistance and all that you do.

We focus on the importance of finding homes for animals, but also raising awareness on spaying and neutering your pets, donating items to help and sharing information to reach the largest audience possible. Without your help, we would not be as successful and we truly appreciate your support.

Remember to give thanks for those little paws that run across your floor. We look forward to having as many animals as possible adopted this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Numbers Hold The Truth - Join Us.

It's November 20th. We currently house 19 kittens and 9 adult cats at the Jackson County Animal Shelter and we need your help. 

Cats and kittens ranging from a few weeks old all the way to 11 years old need a place to call home and families to love them.

Please join us in adopting, sponsoring or simply helping us spread the word that we have animals in Jackson County who need loving homes. You can visit us in Cottageville, WV on the Jackson County Fair Grounds and you can find us on Facebook and Petfinder.

Sharing our photos, spreading the word and talking to others about the shelter is a great way to help raise awareness and to help get our animals adopted. 

We hope to see you soon...Our furbabies do, too!





Friday, November 1, 2013

Thank You, Jackson County! Barktoberfest Success!

We would like to thank everyone involved with Barktoberfest 2013 this year for a successful event!

On October 26th, we had friends, family and pets join us on the Jackson County Courthouse Lawn for vendors, kettle corn popcorn, a dog costume show contest and fall photos. The event was a great success! We raised money to help support vet bills for animals who come to our shelter and had 5 animals adopted!

Thank you to the Jackson County Commission for approving our idea and for everyone who helped volunteer, get the word out and especially those who attended! A special thank you to our Humane Officers, Sheila & Rachel - they are doing such an incredible job at the shelter. We are lucky to have them in our county making a difference! We look forward to Barktoberfest 2014...Bigger and Better!

Happy November! Fun Fall Activities For You and Your Pup!

November has brought us some windy weather this year, but it's still pretty warm and the sun is shining! Use this gorgeous time of year to get out and about and enjoy nature...and don't forget to take along your furry friend, too!

Here are a few fun things to do with your animals while enjoying the outdoors:

  1. Take a Hike! Animals enjoy getting out and exercising. Explore your area and take in the beautiful scenery this season has to offer. Make sure you keep your animal on a leash if you are headed into territory they aren't used to.
  2. Rake The Leaves. This task isn't usually very animal-friendly, but encourage your pet to come out and join you as you finish up those last-minute yard work tasks before winter hits. They will enjoy the time with you and the activity while they are outside.
  3. Take Some Pictures! Autumn is one of the most beautiful time of year. Take your pet out for a photo shoot that includes trees, leaves and the sunny weather.
  4. Make some Homemade Dog Biscuits - Here is a link to some great homemade dog biscuits that your friend is sure to love. It's healthier and safer and they will be glad you're thinking of them!
Happy Autumn!

Monday, October 7, 2013

When Do I Switch from Kitten to Cat Food?

A kitten's high-calorie diet needed for a healthy first year gradually declines after their first birthday. At that point, you'll need to start switching to adult cat food.

If your cat has any special nutritional needs, talk to your veterinarian about which food meets your pet's needs. When you make the decision on which food to use, introduce the cat over a period of about 7-1o days. Mix equal amounts of the new and current food and gradually reduce the old food until they are eating a full serving of adult cat food.

Pay attention to make sure your cat doesn't have a loss of appetite or any allergic reactions to the food. After that, your furbaby is on its way to being an adult! Hide the car keys! ;)

Reference for this article found here

It's a NO: Leaving Dogs In Cars

Even just for a minute, leaving a dog in a car can be extremely dangerous. 

A car's temperature rises approximately 40 degrees an hour with most of the temperature increase in the first 30 minutes. On hot days, cars can reach 120 degrees in just minutes! 

Shade, air conditioning or cracking the windows aren't appropriate solutions, either - dogs can still suffer from injury, heatstroke or noxious fume build-up.

Here are a few great tips from Petfinder for alternatives to leaving a dog in a vehicle. Be safe, not sorry! Your furbaby will thank you!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Recognizing Canine Allergies - 6 Tips

Check out this great infographic about canine allergies! You can see the full article here: 

Thanks for this great post, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our Vision Is Worth Some Awareness...

The Jackson County Animal Shelter has a vision and a goal for the future. Not only are we here to take care of animals without homes and find them new families, our goals also include more.

The JCAS wants to educate others on the importance of animal control, responsibilities and care. We hope that education and awareness will spread the word and help put an end to homeless pets and neglect.

Also, we hope to serve as a network for our area to not only find animals homes, but to share lost animals to return them to owners. We hope our Facebook page grows and evolves into something that Jackson County residents use as more of a site to look at homeless animals, but as a resource to help others locate lost pets, maybe find some great tips for animal owners or simply share posts on personal pages in hopes we can reach an even bigger audience.

Save a life...adopt a shelter pet. YOU can help US make a difference!

Visit our Facebook page today -

Monday, September 16, 2013

Autumn - Time To "FALL" In Love With A Shelter Pet!

It's Fall!
The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling down and our furry friends at Jackson County Animal Shelter are still hoping to find a 'Forever Home'!

Do you have room to adopt a new friend? Or, would you be willing to Foster an animal or sponsor one? There are so many ways to help, we hope you'll find it in your heart to help our animals find homes.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is excited for three BIG Fall Events this year!

On September 21st, ARF (Animal Rights Fur-Ever) is hosting their 5th annual "We ARF Here Fur Dessert" Night! This event is from 6-9 at the Ripley High School Cafeteria in the Annex Building. Admission is FREE, Desserts are FREE and there are silent auctions, prizes and a ton of fun to support orphan pets in Jackson County.

On Saturday, October 5th the Jackson County Animal Shelter will be riding in the Ravenswood Octoberfest Parade with the theme, "Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin"! Do you want to share your ideas or ride in the parade? Let us know!

On October 26th, the first annual BARKTOBERFEST is taking place on the Jackson County Courthouse Lawn! This event will be a day of fun for families, friends AND pets with activities including pet costume contests, lock-ups, face painting and more. We will even have furry friends seeking homes from the shelter at the lawn so you can take a look at these sweeties! No ghosts or ghouls in this group! Just sweet babies who need a family of their own.


Monday, September 9, 2013

"Pupkin Treats"

Try this awesome pumpkin recipe for dogs, just in time for Fall!

Makes: 36 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Bake: 40 mins

  • ingredients

  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2 cups white or whole wheat flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . In a bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk powder and flour; add 2 tsp. water, or enough so that the dough just comes together.
  2. On a lightly floured surface,roll out the dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with 1-inch cookie cutters. Gather the scraps, combine, roll and form more biscuits; repeat until all the dough is used.
  3. Place the biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn over and bake until hardened, another 20 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Every dog is different, so please check with your vet to see if this recipe is suitable for your pet.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Jackson County Animal Shelter Adoption Family - Meet The Wardens!

Meet Lowell and Julie! They are no stranger to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

They became a part of the shelter last year when a little guy was posted on the Jackson County Animal Shelter Petfinder Page.

His story:
A box of puppies was left on the side of the road during the Spring of 2012. The puppies were hit by a car! Luckily, someone found the box and brought them to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Lowell and Julie read the story and immediately went to see them at their foster home. 

"Once we met him, we knew he was going to be an addition to our family. He was so sweet and cuddly," said Julie.

Now named Sheldon, he enjoys playing with his other dog friends in Kenna, eating treats and sleeping in bed between Lowell and Julie. He is a true boy, as he's had several visits to the vet - he sliced his paw and had to get stitches and recently broke his foot! Good thing he has a Mom and Dad who love him so much! They always make sure their animals have immediate care.

Julie loved the staff at the Jackson County Animal Shelter so much that she decided to start volunteering. She visits and handles the social media and website for the shelter. She is also hosting a "Barktoberfest" this October in Ripley to benefit the shelter! While she was volunteering, she fell in love with this little guy:

Now named Wilson, or "Willy" for short, he has made himself at home. He sleeps on Julie's chest most nights and loves eating his kitten food, playing with toy mice and chasing the other cats. He loves his new home!

Adopting an animal from the shelter gives these amazing little creatures an opportunity to LIVE. They face every day hoping someone can find it in their heart to adopt them.

Can you welcome a new fur baby into your home? Follow the Warden's lead...adopt and save a life today!

If you can't adopt, make sure your pets are spayed and neutered and always spread the word about the importance of population control. Our goal is stop this epidemic of homeless animals!

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Trouble Behind Male Cats

Who can resist cuddling a kitten? 

Behind those furry ears, those sad eyes and those tiny meows are a very serious problem.

Male kittens have a short span of time to get adopted. At four months old, they can begin impregnating other cats because they aren't neutered. So, they can't stay in the kitten room and they can't go in the cat room because a majority of the females are not yet spayed, either.. Do you know what that means?

Bad news for male cats.

It's a sad truth behind the animal shelter walls! The fact is, one female cat can reproduce 144,000 times in 7 years. 

Here's what we need to do:

1. Adopt or sponsor a cat! 
3. Spread the word: Tell others to spay and neuter their pets. 

If we can reduce the number of cats who are reproducing, maybe we can find happy homes for the ones we have and stop this terrible epidemic. 

Jackson County Animal Shelter - Ravenswood Octoberfest

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be a part of the Ravenswood Octoberfest Parade on October 6th! With the theme of Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin Patch, we will march proudly to promote the animal shelter! If you are interested in joining us or would like to be a part of the day, please contact the animal shelter.

Remember: We still have dogs, cats and kittens available for adoption! Several of our animals are sponsored with minimal costs to adopt, we just need happy forever homes for them! Visit us at for photos of our pets and for more information.

Friday, August 30, 2013

ARF to Sell 50/50 Tickets at at I77 Raceway - Labor Day Weekend

ARF, "Animal Rights Fur-Ever" will be selling 50/50 Tickets at the I77 Raceway on Saturday and Sunday to support the Jackson County Animal Shelter! Make sure you purchase a ticket for your chance to win and to help a great cause!

Welcome To Our Blog!

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is passionate about finding "Forever Homes" for animals. In addition to our hard work to find loving families for our homeless animals, we are also advocates for educating others on the importance of spaying and neutering animals to minimize the number of homeless animals in the future.

At Jackson County Animal Shelter, we treat our animals like family. These unwanted, lost, orphaned, neglected or abandoned cats and dogs need a happy home full of love. Animals are socialized and our expert staff can help you choose a new furry friend to match the needs of your home.

We are located in Cottageville, WV - just miles from downtown Ripley - directly beside the Jackson County Fair Grounds and we are open Monday - Friday. 

Please visit us on Facebook for more information and to see some of our animals! Could you save a life? We hope so! Come see us soon!

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