Oregon Humane Society

To foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.
Oct 16, 2014

Cattle Abuse Case WON!!

A  Columbia County jury last week convicted two local residents of more than 120 counts of animal neglect in relation to a commercial cattle operation. The unanimous conviction on all counts marks the end of one of the longest and most complex animal trials in the history of the Oregon Humane Society.

The defendants, William Holdner and Jane Baum, possessed 170 cattle that were seized during a joint operation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and OHS in the summer of 2012. Veterinarians found many of the cattle to be severely underweight and others to be suffering from serious illnesses.

After a three-week long trial, a jury convicted Holdner on October 3 of 16 counts of first degree animal neglect and 79 counts of second-degree neglect. Baum was convicted of one count of first-degree neglect and 26 counts of second-degree neglect. Holdner and Baum face up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine for each first-degree count, and six months of jail and a $2,500 fine for each count of neglect in the second degree. Sentencing is set for December 5.

Your donation to OHS supports the work of OHS Humane Officers who investigate animal crimes daily and work with law enforcement agencies across Oregon. OHS receives no tax dollars.

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Jul 8, 2014

Help Us Meet Our Goal

Newberg Rescue
Newberg Rescue

We are almost to our $50,000 goal! In the final stretch I would like to ask that you consider a commitment to the animals by making a recurring gift to the Oregon Humane Society.

Monthly sustainers provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows us to focus more on saving lives and less on raising the necessary funds. It's the most efficient and effective way to help the animals all year long.   

Speaking of all year long, there is still so much work to be done:

Adoptions: We have adopted 4941 animals this year as we work towards an aggressive goal of finding homes for 11,000 animals before December 31.

Investigations: The Humane Investigation team has is hard at work with 507 new cases this year, such as the 13 kittens and 46 adult cats rescued from a Newberg home in late April.

Second Chance Program: Last year OHS assisted 70 animal welfare organizations bringing second chances to 4837 animals. SO far this year we have made 2568 second chances possible. Of note, 681 were cats! Historically, the Second Chance program consisted of dogs since there was a long waiting list for cats to come to the shelter. With diligent efforts creating a coalition with other Oregon shelters and attacking cat overpopulation with an aggressive plan ASAP, OHS has now seen an evident cause and effect.

Medical Team: We have completed 4924 spay/neuter surgeries for sheltered and owned animals, as well as 799 other needed surgeries for shelter pets. At this rate we are on track to complete over 10,000 surgeries by year’s end.

This work is only made possible by supporters like you. Please partner with us today and join a network of friends, supporters and animal lovers who can come together to make a profound difference at the Oregon Humane Society. We—and those animals whose lives you will touch—will be forever thankful.   


 

Second Chance Vehicle
Second Chance Vehicle
Medical Center
Medical Center

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Apr 29, 2014

Nearly 60 Cats Rescued

Cats coming to OHS
Cats coming to OHS

April 22, 2014: Nearly 60 cats living in overcrowded conditions in a Newberg home got a new start in life today after being rescued by the Oregon Humane Society. 

The 13 kittens and 46 adult cats were surrendered by their owner and transported to OHS, where they will be examined by a medical team and receive any needed care. No charges have been filed against the owner of the pets, who voluntarily relinquished the cats to OHS after being overwhelmed with their care and feeding needs. 

"Life just got immeasurably better for these rescued animals," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "We are thankful the owner surrendered them to us."

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