It's all too often that we hear about animal neglect. Dogs, cats and other pets are left without food and water, and sometimes housed in unhygienic facilities. These less-than-ideal conditions occur in both private homes and boarding centers.
Exactly the opposite situation recently was cited at the Tucker County Animal Shelter, and we believe it needs recognition, too.
A surprise inspection by the West Virginia representative for the Humane Society of the United States netted the shelter a designation as "one of the cleanest in the state."
According to its mission statement, the Humane Society of the United States is "the nation's most important advocate for local humane societies, providing shelter standards and evaluations, training programs ... ."
In other words, this group sets high standards and is very serious about its efforts. So, the praise given to the Tucker County Animal Shelter should be taken as no small compliment.
We tend to agree with this positive response. In fact, we're downright impressed with the Tucker County Animal Shelter - not only the cleanliness, but the setup of the facility, the health of the animals and the nurturing care given to the organization as a whole.
Manager Cathy Parsons, and the group of others including the Community Corrections Program, keep the shelter in top-notch condition.
Knowing that animal welfare is such a priority is one less worry in a world where cruelty is becoming too common.