LOGAN — Considering the pending completion of the new Logan County Animal Shelter, a long string of months with little to no euthanizations at the existing animal shelter and the continued action of the animal rescue group, The Paws Squad, Logan County is becoming an animal friendly place.
The actions of one person are often used to exemplify a larger trend, and in this case, the efforts of Logan native Amanda Whitman fall into that category.
Since graduating Logan High School in 2013, Whitman has attained an associates degree in science from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and worked at the Logan Animal Hospital with Dr. Siegal for over a year.
Whitman joined The Paws Squad in Feb. 2015, and, since then, she has fostered over 300 cats and dogs. “A lot of that is because it has been litters of kittens of six or seven at a time. I turned my basement into a kennel…I learned at work how to separate them, so if one of them is sick, not all them get sick. Disease spreads like wildfire with animals. I’ve never lost one. They all go to rescue. I have cats in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio.”
It was the action of rescuing her cat, Elvis, on a trip to Graceland, Whitman explained, that started her drive to rescue and foster animals.
Whitman explained she has fostered animals from the local animal shelter, saved them from the street and remarked she especially enjoys working feral cats; feral cats are usually transferred to farms to become barn cats who live out their days taking care of rodents.
Currently, Whitman is a student in the University of Charleston’s pre-veterinary program, and she hopes eventually to attend Virginia Tech’s veterinary school. While she is attending school in Charleston, Whitman has decreased her activity with the Paws Squad. Whitman added, “The Paws Squad always needs fosters to help save lives. It’s not usually long-term fostering — it’s usually only for a week or two.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]