Pet adoption program helps cats find the ‘purr-fect’ home

The Inter-Mountain photo by Lindsay Hawken Fancy Paws LLC, a pet boutique in downtown Elkins, has three cats available for adoption through an off-site program with the Randolph County Humane Society. Two of the cats, Hugh and Olive, are shown with store mascot Rico, as well as, from left, Humane Society program manager Carrie Shupp, Fancy Paws employee Emily Richards and Chelsea Langevin, secretary of the Humane Society’s board of directors

ELKINS — A one-year celebration is coming up Saturday for a Randolph County Humane Society program that allows local businesses to serve as

off-site locations for cat adoptions.

Fancy Paws LLC, a pet boutique and grooming business in downtown Elkins, was the first business to take part in the off-site program. The store has since adopted 49 pets, and Humane Society representatives hope the store will be able to celebrate the 50th adoption this week.

Chelsea Langevin, secretary of the Humane Society’s board of directors, said Tuesday the cat adoption program frees up space at Randolph County’s animal shelter, and it allows more people to see the pets available for a new home.

“It’s definitely a program that helps relieve the shelter,” Langevin said. “We have a good number of cats come through, as well as dogs. This gives (cats) more one-on-one attention.”

She said it benefits the cats to have a place to stay outside of the shelter, and it benefits the businesses, not only because it attracts customers, but also because the businesses taking part in the program promote each other.

She said a number of local businesses have participated in the cat adoption program this year, and there are about five active locations right now where people can see the cats and fill out an adoption application.

Sometimes the business owners adopt the cats themselves, Langevin said, including The Holistic Housewife and Triangle Heating & Cooling.

The program soon will welcome Elkins City Hall as an off-site location, she added.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet or becoming a sponsor is welcome to stop by the celebration planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fancy Paws in downtown Elkins. Additional information is available by calling the Randolph County Humane Society at 304-636-7844 or visiting the website