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Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Animal Shelter Director Nelson Croft addresses county commissioners Tuesday evening.

WHEELING — The Ohio County Animal Shelter is in particular need of donations right now, animal shelter director Nelson Croft told county commissioners on Tuesday evening.

Adoption efforts are going well, but the shelter is nonetheless very crowded, especially with cats, he explained. The shelter normally has around 20 cats, but currently has 60 due to a recent takeover.

“Overall, donations are down a bit,” Croft said. “We need cleaning supplies and animal feed, and I know that has to do with the cost. When I started this job (February) the cost of a gallon of bleach was $2 a gallon, and now it’s $5 a gallon. So I understand why the public might be reluctant.

Croft said the shelter needed bleach and Pine Sol, as well as dog and cat food. Used food, blankets, towels and sheets are also widely used and in short supply.

Donating items is actually preferable to cash contributions, he continued.

“It’s so much easier for us,” Croft said.

The shelter can accommodate up to 26 dogs and currently has 20, according to Croft.

“With cats, unfortunately, we are way beyond our capabilities,” he continued. “Unfortunate circumstances have occurred. There was a terminally ill person who had a lot of cats.

The shelter can safely care for 20 cats, but currently cares for about 60 cats.

“They are all being well cared for, but we are well over capacity at the moment,” he said.

Croft added that cats at the shelter are finding homes.

“They were adopted quickly,” he explained. “A lot of people don’t want kittens. They come in and pick up the (adult) cats.

“We have more normal sized cats than kittens right now.”

Recent in-person adoption events have been successful, and social media efforts to show off the animals have enticed people to come looking for a future pet, he said.

The community is generous to the shelter, he added. Several Scout troops contacted the shelter to collect donations during the holidays.

Croft added that the shelter is very grateful for its new “dog kitchen,” funded through a grant from the Shank Foundation. Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack also recently donated $5,000 to the animal shelter, he noted.

“We accept donations 24/7 if you just want to leave them (items) at the door,” Croft said.

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