The Times West Virginian

September 7, 2013

Farmers Mutual donation helps Marion County Humane Society

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — More than 800 dogs and cats were rescued last year thanks to the Marion County Humane Society.

Operating costs for the nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter are not cheap, however. According to humane society president Don Downs, it costs approximately $15,000 a month to care for the animals and pay for employees, veterinarian bills, cleaning supplies and utilities.

“We don’t have any consistent, reliable funding,”‚ÄąDowns said. “We exist on donations and grants and help from the Marion County Commission. We’re here by the grace of the public.”

Luckily, one local business came through for the humane society in a big way Friday.

David Corsini, the president and CEO of Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., and Sam Castellana, the director of claims and agency relations for the company, presented the humane society with a check for $5,000.

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