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Blackie: Terrified dog in Beckley, West Virginia wants a family to take him home

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Meet Blackie, a very frightened black dog who's now an inmate of Humane Society of Raleigh County in Beckley, West Virginia. His Petfinder page is here.

Blackie, a hound mix, has a couple of things going against him. One is he's a black dog (mostly), and it's well known that black dogs are all but invisible at shelters across the country. People looking to adopt tend to walk right by them and pick out the cute little light colored puppy to take home.

Another thing going against Blackie is he's terrified at the shelter. Some dogs just do worse than others when confined to a kennel. This can keep his true nature hidden when families come to visit. He may be shy, or even cower in his kennel. Fear also makes a dog more prone to shelter illnesses. It beats down their immune system.

The Humane Society of Raleigh County has turned things around for the dogs and cats in their county. Once a high-kill shelter, volunteers have stepped up to help out, and the number of animals euthanized has greatly decreased.

HSRC is a non-profit organization which has been serving people and pets since 1979. Its mission is to prevent animal abuse and neglect. By agreement with the Raleigh County Commission and the City of Beckley, the Humane Society enforces state and local laws pertaining to animals but is not a government agency.

The animal shelter is open to the public at 325 Grey Flats Road, near the Beckley-Stratton Junior High and the new YMCA Soccer Complex. Follow state route 19 North from the East Beckley Exit of I-64 and turn on Bibb Avenue, or you may turn at the Raleigh County Civic Center/Armory and turn left at the intersection of Bibb Avenue and Gray Flats Road.

Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday excluding holidays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information about the animal shelter, call 304-253-8921 or fax 304-255-9134. If you can offer Blackie a home, please contact Nicole at the 304-253-8921 number. She's waiting for the happy call that someone wants this sweet boy.

Blackie's bail (adoption fee) is $85.00, with a $50.00 deposit toward spay/neuter.

Please share Blackie with friends, especially those in the Beckley, West Virginia area. Look at that sweet face! He should be making a family happy, instead of living in a steel cage.

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