RescueMe WV to Host Event to Adopt Canine Hoarding Case Victims on Friday | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG — After a pair of major seizures last week by Jefferson County Animal Control, RescueMe WV stepped in to help, along with other organizations, taking 14 dogs to help with the verification and adoption process.

On Friday at Jefferson County Animal Control, RescueMe WV will host an adoption event for 12 of the dogs that were seized during the cruelty cases.

With a mission to “Work together, save lives, one dog at a time,” Dawn Brown, president of RescueMe WV, said all dogs will be vetted by the adoption event Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The goal is to eventually bring all dogs into safe and loving homes.

“People can show up, and all the dogs will be there. They can come forward and meet them,” she said. “Some of them are very nervous. They all need to be trained. They are not domestics. They lived in a stockade, and that’s where they used to go to the toilet. They will need some work. They won’t be your perfect dog the day you get them. That’s something we really want to point out. They’re rescues from a hoarding affair. They need work, some more than others.

Brown said patience and love will go a long way towards these rescues.

“They’re terrified, but as soon as you put them in your arms, they cling to you like they’ve never had any attention before,” she said. “These dogs have never even seen sunlight. Most of them are under 4 years old. They are Bassett mixes, Chihuahua mixes, Terrier mixes and some Beagles.

She explained that those wishing to adopt on Friday should file their documents with the organization today, which are available on the website, so that the adoption process can be completed. She also said that if anyone wants to come and learn more about adoption options, adopt after the event or meet the dogs, they are welcome.

Additionally, Brown said those attending would need to know that in terms of directions, to ensure that after turning onto Poor Farm Road, the group will be at the rear of the property where Animal Control.

Jefferson County Animal Control is located at 161 Poor Farm Road in Kearneysville.

She said if someone isn’t interested in adopting but still wants to help, there are ways to do so. Transportation, events, food and gift drives, website management, fundraising, shelter visits and more are some of the tasks that require the help of volunteers for the organization. There is also a Amazon Wishlist for the necessary donations to the association.

Regarding recent cruelty cases, Jefferson County Animal Control released 14 cats from the first residence and one cat and 47 dogs from the second residence. Both cases are being reviewed for possible criminal charges.

“These operations would be difficult without the partnership between Jefferson County Animal Control, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County,” Jefferson County Animal Control said in the press release. “Jefferson County Animal Control would like to thank everyone who helped save these animals.”

To stay up to date on the work RescueMe WV is doing, visit their Facebook page, @RescueMeWV or on the website at

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