Volunteers kickstart animal shelter improvements

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Tails were wagging a little harder Sunday, as dozens of volunteers spent the day helping transform the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter. 

“We wanted to invite people to come work, clean, organize, paint, walk dogs and take care of cats,” said Courtney Proctor Cross, the shelter’s newly appointed executive director. “It’s some of the things we do every day, but today we put more emphasis on projects that have needed to be done.” 

“I love dogs, maybe more than people, so it’s cool to get out here with everyone,” said Quinn Slazinski, who volunteered with the rest of his Huntington Prep basketball team. 

The volunteer work day is just a small preview of what’s to come, though. Proctor Cross is looking to make vast changes at the shelter, such as involving more volunteers, walking dogs every day, and getting more pets a forever home. 

Eventually, Proctor Cross hopes to raise enough money to build a new animal shelter.

“I’m hoping that the community will support that vision and dream,” said Proctor Cross. “Also we’re going to apply for grants and try to bring in money to help us do that sooner, rather than later.” 

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