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Native animal rescue’s annual craft truthful advantages cats in want

The foster-based animal rescue overlaying Monongalia and Preston counties, Homeward Certain West Virginia (HBWV) has its annual Fall Arts, Crafts and Vendor Truthful set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this time at Chestnut Ridge Church, 2223 Cheat Street.

The occasion guarantees to be a day stuffed with seasonal festivities, distinctive handcrafted objects, and, after all, cats.

With 44 distributors in attendance, 4 meals vehicles, a multi-prize raffle, and a pair dozen foster cats and kittens, the truthful presents a possibility to kickstart vacation buying whereas supporting native artists and a nonprofit group that locations a mean of 200 cats in new houses annually.

Distributors can be providing a variety of merchandise, together with dwelling decor, pet treats, crochet objects, wooden crafts, clothes and jewellery, pores and skin merchandise, candles and baked items. Meals and refreshments can be accessible from Lemon Lane, Mama T’s Munchies, Prodigal Son Meals Trailer and Rollin’ With Momma D.

“The seller truthful is considered one of my favourite occasions for Homeward Certain WV. We’re capable of mix our animal rescue initiatives with the beginning of the vacation buying season whereas additionally selling native distributors and their wares,” mentioned HBWV President Jennifer Robbins. “The place else are you able to spend a while with cute kittens, enter to win some excellent raffle prizes, get pleasure from tasty treats from native meals truck distributors and get your Christmas buying accomplished with one-of-a-kind finds all whereas supporting a nonprofit animal rescue?”

Supporting HBWV empowers the group to soak up cats in want, present top-notch housing and medical care and place them in appropriate houses. This 12 months the necessity is especially crucial on account of a troublesome season of feline panleukopenia outbreaks throughout the county, affecting not solely HBWV however different native rescues, shelters and vet clinics.

Feline panleukopenia (FPV) is a extremely contagious virus, and sometimes proves deadly for younger cats with out early rigorous therapy, with mortality charges exceeding 90% in kittens, in keeping with the Nationwide Institutes of Well being. As there isn’t a particular treatment for the sickness, therapy sometimes entails varied medicines, fluid administration, shut monitoring and typically emergency hospitalization.

“Homeward Certain WV has been fortunate in years previous because the prevalence of FPV in our cats has been minimal, however this summer season was one other story. It appears your complete native space was actually hit arduous with it this 12 months. Rescues have been particularly arduous hit, I believe, as a result of the animals we soak up principally come from unknown or questionable backgrounds with little to no vetting, born to sick mothers, or publicity to undesirable vitamin and residing situations,” mentioned Robbins.

This implies, regardless of an present vaccine for FPV, rescued kittens can arrive with prior publicity to the virus.

“Within the case of kitties who’ve FPV, the therapy may be long-term and costly. Homeward Certain WV depends on occasions like the seller truthful in order that we will afford to offer top-notch care to our foster kitties.”

A litter of Homeward Certain WV kittens that survived feline panleukopenia virus following rigorous veterinary therapy. (Submitted Photograph)

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, financial donations and adoption charges immediately fund the care of foster animals inside HBWV. This contains offering the most effective therapy for sicknesses like FPV, in addition to routine and emergency veterinary procedures, pet meals and provides, and occasion coordination.

“Fundraising and neighborhood assist is how Homeward Certain WV is ready to keep energetic in animal welfare. We have now many artistic methods by which we elevate funds all year long with occasions just like the Fall Arts, Crafts and Vendor Truthful and the spring Superstar Bartender occasion. The funds we elevate at our occasions go on to the care of our foster animals.” mentioned Robbins.  “Even when somebody can not donate cash on to us, we respect their assist by merely attending the seller truthful. Permitting us to share what we do and the way essential animal welfare is to the Morgantown neighborhood is a vital initiative for us.”

HBWV additionally makes use of a company sponsorship program, and companies and organizations can e-mail [email protected] for extra info. Keep up to date on HBWV’s occasions, find out about pets accessible for adoption and donate at or