<strong>By Sarah Richardson<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThe Greenbrier Humane Society (GHS) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Director, Darcie Sparks McCraw, who has been working at the facility since Sept. 6, 2019.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s definitely been wonderful,\u201d said Darcie on her past year. \u201cObviously though, we didn\u2019t expect the pandemic; it\u2019s definitely been a test of what we can accomplish here.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_51244" align="alignleft" width="434"]<img class="wp-image-51244 size-full" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/09\/Annotation-2020-09-10-110916.jpg" alt="" width="434" height="418" \/> Greenbrier Humane Society Darcie Sparks McGraw is pictured with one of her five dogs, Chloe. \u201cNormally I\u2019m the senior dog adopter,\u201d she said. \u201cBut Chloe kind of just picked us. She\u2019s the latest addition to our pack.\u201d[\/caption]\r\n\r\nEven though she grew up in North Carolina, Darcie spent her summers and holidays here in West Virginia with her family. \u201cMy husband and I were talking about moving here eventually,\u201d she said. \u201cWe had decided to try to find a weekend rental where I could split my time and go back and forth, and we were in the process of that and I quit my full-time job. My sisters sent me the job posting [at GHS], and it was honestly presented to me by the universe. It was the right timing and everything kind of fell into place.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe says her favorite part of this job is all of the success stories. \u201cYou can actually watch the match made in heaven right in front of you, that\u2019s my favorite part.\u201d\r\n\r\nThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Darcie and the rest of the staff at GHS have been continuously working behind the scenes to help the animals while being closed to the general public.\r\n\r\n\u201cI would say, obviously, managing a facility like this through a pandemic would be a major change. Because of that, rescue efforts that were already in place have really grown in a major way because we haven\u2019t been open to the public. Brittany, our placement specialist, has worked even harder at getting animals to our rescue partners, and we do still offer local adoptions.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen an animal is sent from GHS to a rescue, it\u2019s a careful process that is designed to ensure their best future.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese are private rescue organizations that are fully vetted by Brittany to make sure they are a good match for where we want our animals to go,\u201d Darcie explained. \u201cShe works to build that relationship, and they see the available animals that we have and, if they have foster homes or availability at their organization, they pull the animals. A lot of these organizations have medical and other training professionals that we just can\u2019t match. They are able to address medical and behavioral issues that we can\u2019t. While they are very well loved and cared for here, the goal is to get them out of a cage and into a home, whether it be a foster placement or someone that\u2019s already on a waiting list for adoption.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe facility hasn\u2019t euthanized any animals due to space constraints since February 2014. A combination of these rescue efforts and adoption placements makes sure that the animals brought in are given every chance at finding a permanent home.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s definitely a misconception that people have,\u201d said Darcie about euthanizations due to space. \u201cWe are very lucky. There are a lot of humane societies out there that have no other options, whereas we have lots of options.\u201d\r\n\r\nEven though they are closed to public visits, office staff is available Tuesday through Saturday during their regular business hours to make appointments for adoptions, surrenders, and more.\r\n\r\nAlthough spay and neuter vouchers are currently not available in full capacity due to the pandemic, Darcie encourages those interested in one to call the facility to see how they can help.\r\n\r\nFollow the humane society on FaceBook to see available animals, notices, and supply needs. Anyone wishing to donate can do so via PayPal at <a href="https:\/\/www.paypal.com\/paypalme\/greenbrierhumane">https:\/\/www.paypal.com\/paypalme\/greenbrierhumane<\/a>, through their wishlist on Amazon at <a href="https:\/\/rb.gy\/80g33a">https:\/\/rb.gy\/80g33a<\/a>, or by donating directly to the facility. Ongoing supply needs include nonclumping, unscented cat litter; high efficiency liquid laundry detergent; dryer sheets; bleach; cleaning wipes; gallon, quart, and sandwich sized Ziploc bags; kitchen sized trash bags; baby food (chicken, turkey, or ham); Dawn dish soap; paper towels; hand sanitizer; Pill Pockets dog treats; and dog and cat toys.