MARTINSBURG – What started as the simple mission of a few women in Berkeley County has evolved into a full-fledged rescue operation, as the RescueMe WV team celebrated the accomplishment of one of its many goals of Growth – the grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar location Friday afternoon.
According to RescueMe WV president Dawn Brown, the nonprofit animal shelter network started in 2017 as a small group of women with a simple Facebook page where they would showcase different shelter animals in hopes of helping them. to get adopted.
Having succeeded early on in defending and removing these animals from shelters, controlling and welcoming them before finally finding each animal a family, the group finally decided to file a 501C3 award and formalize their volunteer work.
Brown said the group’s goal was and always would be to ensure dogs in the area never had to be euthanized in overcrowded animal shelters, and Friday’s grand opening was just one way. to achieve it.
âWe have several animal control facilities and humanitarian companies in the Eastern Panhandle that are overloaded with dogs, especially now as people go back to work and decide they don’t want their pets anymore,â said Brown. âShelters everywhere are full and they need advocates to help get these dogs out of shelters, rescue them, and then return to their homes forever. We want to try to make sure that this county and the entire eastern enclave doesn’t have to euthanize animals at all, and having this building will help us make sure we can save as many dogs as possible. We will gladly continue to fight this battle. “
Brown said the group is passionate about animal welfare and being able to see the fruits of their labor come to life with the official opening of their first store at 59 East Road in Martinsburg is a blessing and a motivation. , as the group continues to work toward long-term goals, including possibly opening a senior dog sanctuary.
The RescueMe WV facility features dog-themed dog care items, food, treats and home decor and will also host future fundraisers and events organized by the association including painting nights, garage sales and vendor events.
For those interested in learning more about RescueMe WV’s mission, email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page on RescueMe WV.