Bethany student holds pet adoption

BETHANY – A Bethany College student is holding a pet adoption event as part of a research project to determine the effectiveness of Facebook in planning and promoting events.

Kayla Spinelli, a communications-media arts major from Maplewood, N.J., said she will be submitting a report on the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bethany Community Center, a rental hall within Bethany Town Hall near Bethany Park. But Spinelli said she hopes the event also will help find homes for strays from the Brooke County Animal Shelter.

Members of Animal Advocates-Brooke County, a volunteer group that assists the shelter, are bringing dogs that are available for adoption.

Spinelli said there also will be a drawing for a gift basket containing an assortment of pet toys, treats and other supplies and a bake sale, with proceeds going to the shelter.

She said for the purpose of her research project, she has used a Facebook page, found at Adopt a Stray Day to promote the event, but she also has circulated some fliers in Bethany, West Liberty and Wellsburg.

Spinelli said former Bethany Councilwoman Linda Chivers and fellow students Trace Butler, Kyle Booker and Carol Smith are among many who have assisted her with the endeavor.

Her best friend, Regina Mahaffey, also will be coming to Bethany to help with the event.

Spinelli said for some time she’s had a strong interest in helping stray dogs and cats, and she has adopted strays through animal rescue groups over the years. She noted many are euthanized when public animal shelters don’t have space for them, and she encourages pet owners to have them spayed or neutered.

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