of the good work of MCAL is performed by dedicated volunteers. Our
volunteers are business owners, homemakers, farmers, and professionals
in a variety of fields - in other words, very busy people.
Monroe County, WV is a small, rural county with no animal shelter and very limited assistance
from the local animal control agency. The all-volunteer Monroe County Animal League was formed
to attempt to deal with our county’s pet overpopulation problem through spay/neuter and adoption
programs, and through educational programs to help local residents become more responsible in caring for their pets.
In 1999, we began working with the North East Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Salem, Massachusetts.
Thousands of unwanted Monroe County puppies (and a few dogs, kittens and cats) have found high-quality adoptive
homes through NEAS. We continue to send hundreds of puppies to NEAS every year despite the number of animals no
longer reproducing in Monroe County due to our active spay-neuter and rescue programs.
In 2004 we began a cooperative effort with several no-kill shelters
closer to West Virginia. Hundreds of dogs have found new homes through
these programs. Day trips are required with these programs. Usually
one driver is able to handle all driving requirements. It’s
always nice to have a second person ride along.
Over the past 15 years, MCAL has assisted in 1700+ spays and neuters,
found adoptive homes locally or via the internet for 580+ cats and
dogs, and sent 4,100+ dogs and puppies to adoptive homes out of
here for a brief summary of MCAL’s activities.
In order for our effort to continue and improve we need more dedicated
volunteers. Please consider donating the gift of time, which is
"community action at its very best". This is an excellent
opportunity to act locally, to make our community a better place
for us and our animal friends to live.
our Volunteer Link for a list of opportunities
and to send us your information/preference.
County does not have an animal shelter. Our efforts happen as a
result of volunteers opening their hearts and homes to animals in
need. Most of the pets you see as ‘available for adoption’
are fostered by our volunteers in their homes. These dogs are made
part of the family until a forever home can be found.
MCAL will post "owner surrenders" for people needing to
place their pet into another home. These pets are noted "owner
surrenders" and MCAL cannot accept any responsibility for the
information posted and makes no representations of the owners. Adopters
are encouraged to visit with the pet, obtain vet records, etc. prior
to finalizing an adoption.