Frequently Asked Questions
As an organization, the Animal Control and Welfare Project, Inc., would like to answer questions from the public concerning our group and our policies. Please feel free to e-mail us concerning any questions you may have. We would like to hear from you. Our e-mail address is: [email protected].
- I have a stray that showed up here, will you come get it?
We do not pick-up stray animals without notifying our Animal Control Officer. Our Animal Control Office must pick-up the stray and may then turn the stray over to us.
- I am interested in adopting one of your pets. Where would I go to see them?
We do not have a facility that is open to the general public and all of our animals are in private foster care. If you would like to meet a specific pet, please complete and submit an Adoption Application. A placement counselor will contact you as soon as possible.
- If I get a dog or cat from the ACWP, Inc. will I have to get it spayed or neutered? If so, will there be a discount from your organization for this request?
ACWP, Inc. policy is to alter all animals prior to placement unless circumstances prohibit it. It is the responsibility of the owner to spay or neuter any dog or cat that has not been altered prior to placement within a period of time specified in the adoption contract. We offer assistance under special circumstances.
- I would be willing to use my house as a foster home for one or more of your animals. What compensation if any will I get for doing this? What is the length of time that I must keep the animals?
ACWP, Inc. provides veterinary care, food, kennels, crates, and doghouses for our foster animals. Other reimbursements may be approved on a case by case basis. We strive to place our animals in good homes as quickly as possible but cannot guarantee an exact time period.
- Would a member from the ACWP, Inc. be willing to come to our group or school to tell us about your organization?
Yes. Please email us at [email protected] or call (855) WV4PETS (voicemail only) and leave a message. We will return your email or call as soon as possible.
- Do you need equipment or supplies that I can donate? If so what types?
Yes!!! We need dog houses, crates, carriers, hay, fencing, blankets, towels, cat litter, cleaning supplies, pet food, etc. Please see our “Wish List” located under the About You tab.
- If I am not happy with the animal I adopted, can I bring it back?
Yes. Contact us and a placement volunteer will work with you to make arrangements.
- What is the law concerning impounding of pets?
In West Virginia, a dog or cat can be impounded for not having either an animal license or a rabies vaccination tag or both as is required by law. If said animal is not claimed within (5) five days of being impounded it can be sold for assessed costs or otherwise disposed of according to law. ACWP is not a law enforcement agency. All impounds are handled by our Animal Control Officer or sheriff’s department.
- What is the West Virginia state law toward an owner whose pet has bitten someone?
West Virginia Code 19-20-9a. Any person who own or harbors any dog, cat, or other domesticated animal, whether licensed or unlicensed, which bites any person, shall forthwith confine and quarantine the animal for a period of (14) fourteen days for rabies observation. If such animal is not so confined and quarantined, the humane officer, dog warden or sheriff may cause such animal to be placed in the custody and care of a licensed veterinarian for such purposes at the owner’s expense. The penalty for any violation of this section shall be a fine of fifty dollars or confinement in the county jail for a period of no less than two or no more than three days.
- Is there a law in the State of West Virginia that protects animals that are being abused by their owners?
Yes. If any person cruelly mistreats, abandons or withholds proper sustenance, including food, water, shelter or medical treatment necessary to sustain normal health and fitness or to end suffering or abandons any animal to die, or uses, trains or possesses any domesticated animal for the purpose of seizing, detaining or maltreating any other domesticated animal, he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one hundred nor more than one thousand dollars, or confined in the county jail not more than six months, or both so fined and confined.
In laymen’s terms, your animals, which include, but are not limited to, dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, etc., must have:
1. appropriate food for the age and size of the animal
2. appropriate shelter from the elements, including, but not limited to, rain, ice, sleet, snow, wind, sun, etc., for the size of the animal
3. appropriate amount of fresh water
4. medical attention for any and all ailments.