Hancock County Humane Foundation hosting dinner fundraiser on Sunday

“PURR-FECT” HELPERS — Garrett and Lilli Allen, two of the Hancock County Humane Foundation’s younger volunteers, take a break from preparing gift baskets for the upcoming dinner fundraiser that will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cove United Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, to play with some cats helped by the organization. Dinner tickets are $15 available in advance by calling (304) 224-2590. The fundraiser also will include a Chinese auction. -- Contributed

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Humane Foundation will be hosting a fundraiser dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cove United Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, in addition to a Chinese auction.

For a $15 charge, there will be a choice of entrees, including smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken and vegetarian lasagna, along with side dishes and dessert. Tickets need to be purchased in advance by calling the foundation at (304) 224-2590 to reserve a space.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a variety of gifts for auction that day, including gift cards and gift baskets donated by local businesses and individuals.

The foundation was founded more than 20 years ago, initially as the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation, explained Cari McIntyre, president. In recent years, the foundation noted a need for public assistance in the form of helping with trap, neuter, release of feral cat colonies, along with education, and resource for those individuals working with colonies. “The foundation was provided a facility by a vey generous local business man who believes in our mission,” McIntyre noted. “From this facility, we provide weekly adoption events, along with an outlet for the public on ways to help animals in our community, in addition to a food bank for pet owners in need.”

The foundation was awarded a grant for $7,000 from the state of West Virginia to help with spay/neuters, not only for feral populations, but also for pets of those in need who live in West Virginia.

“The foundation would like to raise the matching funds in order to double the impact we can have for the animals in our area,” she added.

The foundation is run by donations and the free work of volunteers. “With your support, the foundation will continue to provide shelter, aid and spay and neuter services to animals in the community as well as educate the community about respect and kindness to all animals,” McIntyre added.