The shelter reopened for owner drop-offs seven days ago. Since then, it has taken on 100 dogs.
Dog Bless, Staley's organization, helps place dogs with rescue groups. Its volunteers foster the dogs until a spot opens up with a rescue organization. Some help transport the dogs to the groups when a vacancy opens. Others coordinate veterinary care.
Its volunteer base has grown steadily. As of Monday, there were 141 dogs in foster homes throughout the region. However, 17 dogs remained at the shelter in need of a foster.
Fostering is typically a three-to-four week commitment. To apply, visit dogblesswv.org.
Shelter Director Donna Clark has been on the job for about 22 years. She said summer is always a busy time and that people surrender their pets for any number of reasons.
It's not uncommon for a parent to drop a dog after a child has gone off to college, she said.
Staley said some people simply give up their pet because they want to go on vacation and don't want to pay a boarding fee.
"People can be so heartless," she said.
Despite the current issue, shelter officials are encouraged by a kill rate that has trended downward for nearly a year.
Last June, the shelter took in 344 dogs and puppies. Of those, 100 were euthanized. Last month, 298 dogs and puppies came in and 49 were put down. That's a 13 percent reduction.
Cats and kittens were an entirely different story.
Last June, the shelter took in 667; only 82 were adopted and 564 were euthanized. The figures improved somewhat this year, with 535 coming in and 378 being put to sleep.
While the number is still staggeringly high for a single month, that's an improvement of about 14 percent.
Clark said four to five dogs were going to be euthanized Tuesday. One of them was vicious and the others were ill, she said. She was hoping to avoid putting any healthy dogs to death.
The shelter can be reached at 304-342-1576. Photos of available animals and strays are regularly posted to www.Facebook.com/WVAnimalShelter.com.