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Local pet sitting business hosts national fundraiser for Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association

Tis the season for charity, don't forget the homeless pets!
Tis the season for charity, don't forget the homeless pets!

Local pet sitter Kim Walton is organizing the local effort in a national fundraiser, Wishbones for Pets. Donations will benefit the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter. It is about to end, but there is still time for people to donate. Donation barrels are set out in various locations in the Kanawha Valley.
Kim hopes to turn this fundraiser into an annual event. This is a national effort with regional directors appointed to collect donations and encourage participation. The donation period is October 15 through November 30. Items such as blankets, toys, leashes, collars, pet food, and monetary donations will be collected, with 100% of the items going to the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter at the conclusion of the program.
Says Kim Walton of Critter Sitters: "I’m excited to be involved with the Wishbones for Pets program. It’s another way for me to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets and help the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association at the same time. I was recently appointed to be the WV Regional Director of Wishbones for Pets. If there are any other pet sitters in the Kanawha Valley who would be interested in helping with this fundraiser, I ask them to please contact me immediately.”

Business owners interested in participating can contact Critter Sitters LLC at (304) 531-9572 or via email at The web address is The donation sites are in place for 2010 but participation in 2011 is encouraged.

All monetary donations are to be made out to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, and mailed to: Kim Walton, PO Box 95, Ravenswood, WV 26101. At the end of the fundraiser, these will be delivered to the animal shelter along with all the donated pet goods.

The following are the participating Kanawha Valley businesses that are Wishbones for Pets donation drop-off locations:

• Cross Lanes Floral Shop
• Animal Care Associates Inc
• Kanawha Blvd Animal Hospital
• Cindy’s Pet Grooming in Big Chimney
• Gateway Animal Hospital
• North Gateway Animal Hospital
• Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital
• Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital
• The Dome Bar & Grill
• House of Hounds
• Second Chance Consignment Shop
• Green’s Feed & Seed
• Kanawha City Veterinary Hospital
• Avalon Dog & Cat Hospital
• Dunbar Animal Hospital
• Phillips Animal Hospital
• Bigley Foodland
• Kanawha City Foodland
• St. Albans Kroger (all Krogers are only Oct 15 – 31)
• Marmet Kroger
• Cross Lanes Kroger
• Dunbar Kroger
• South Charleston Kroger
• Kanawha City Kroger
• Ashton Place Kroger
• St. Albans Moose Lodge

About Wishbones for Pets: Wishbones for Pets was started in 2004 by Janet Depathy, a professional pet sitter in Plymouth, MA. It is the first pet sitter related charity open to all professional pet sitters in North America, and runs annually from mid-October through the week after Thanksgiving. During this time, Wishbones representatives throughout the United States and Canada will work with local businesses to collect pet supplies and other necessities for pet charities in their own community. For more information on Wishbones for Pets, see their website at

For information or to see available pets at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association visit their website at


  • Dana Parsons 4 years ago

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this article. We appreciate all the donations & support! And, the animals thank you too!!! We are still in need of puppy & kitten food & cleaning & laundry supplies if anyone is interested in donating!!!!

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