Organizations team up to help pets before winter

ARTHURDALE, W.Va (WDTV) - Temperatures are starting to drop in parts of Preston County, and two organizations are coming together to make sure pets have what they need to get through the upcoming fall and winter.

"We're partnering with Luke and his company at the moment and if you go to Tractor Supply in Kingwood, they have a bin there and you can donate as much as you want, as little or as much as you want," said David Huxtable.

Huxtable is with West Virginia Animal Advocates. He, along with Luke Massey's Pet Cremation Service, are teaming up to help these pets get through the winter.

"We saw a problem really in Preston County that wasn't really being resolved properly and we thought we could help," Huxtable said.

Luke Massey agrees that there's a high population of feral colonies and stray pets throughout the county. Taking care of animals has always been a passion of his.

"I'm passionate about animals," Massey said. "I've always been an avid animal lover, my family I we've taken rescue animals, strays, everything," Massey said. "It's getting cool and it's getting cool quickly. There's a lot of animals in our local community that don't have adequate shelter or warmth or enough food."

One of the main reasons he's so dedicated to this cause -- because he sees pets as part of a family.

"Both my company and West Virginia Animal Advocates want to give back to the community because we realize how much animals are a part of our lives," Massey said.