LOGAN — In August, 2015, The Logan Banner reported story of Amanda Whitman — a veterinary student who, at that time, had worked for foster and facilitate adoptions for over 300 cats and dogs.
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. Siegel for over a year.
Whitman currently studies in the pre-veterinary program at the University of Charleston.
During an interview with The Logan Banner, Whitman noted it was the act of rescuing her cat Elvis during a trip to Graceland that spurred her interest in rescuing animals.
Siegel commented Whitman makes the hour-long journey to Logan County from Charleston most weekends and oftentimes heads directly to the local animal shelter to see if they have any cats available for adoption.
Whitman stated she has turned her family’s basement into a kennel and has housed more than a dozen cats at once.
The skills Whitman has attained in her work for Dr. Siegal and her studies have provided her with the knowledge of how to safely care for that many animals.
Whitman stated, “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.”
Siegel added Whitman and her family often found themselves paying out of pocket for the care of the animals but they continued in their aim of providing all animals a home.
To further that goal, Whitman reportedly looked into expanding her adoption network adding she has adopted cats in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio.
Since August 2015, Whitman has reportedly worked to foster and facilitate adoptions for another 200 cats bringing her one year total to over 500 animals.
Siegel added Whitman, “… is a nice, shining star that is born and raised from Logan County. I really think she is going to go places.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]