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.
Dec 9, 2011

Holiday Wish: A Home for the Holidays

Schmoodle, a Home for the Holidays dog.
Schmoodle, a Home for the Holidays dog.

The Oregon Humane Society is asking Oregonians to open their hearts to 279 special shelter animals who are looking for a Home for the Holidays. 

One of those pets, Schmoodle (pictured at left) was rescued from neglect in Sept., spent weeks recovering in the OHS medical center, and is now available for adoption. Schmoodle's feline friend, Pattycake (below left) was rescued from the same house and is also seeking a permanent, loving home.

"No one wants to spend the holidays away from friends and family, and that includes the pets at our shelter,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon.

Every animal at the OHS shelter as of December 1st is considered a "Home for the Holidays" pet, and OHS wants to place each of these animals in a new home by December 31st.

If you don't have room in you home for a pet, please consider making an online donation to help care for our shelter animals.

While most OHS animals are adopted in a week or two, many of the Home for the Holidays animals have been at the shelter for thee months or longer. 

Starting Dec. 1st, the OHS lobby will showcase a picture of all animals who were available for adoption on Dec. 1. That includes nearly 100 cats, 98 dogs and 81 small animals.

The OHS Animal Giving Tree will be up, and the public can place gifts of for pets under the tree (see our Wish List for needed gifts).

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The 2011 Home for the Holidays adoption campaign is made possible through the support of Beaverton Toyota, VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, and Wentworth Subaru.

Pattycake was a rescue
Pattycake was a rescue

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Nov 6, 2011

OHS Rescues Nearly 100 Pets from Damascus Home

OHS rescue team member with rescued kittens
OHS rescue team member with rescued kittens

Acting to save the lives of nearly 100 animals facing neglect, the Oregon Humane Society recently sized 95 cats and two dogs from a Damascus woman who had been under investigation for more than a year.

Many Lives at Risk

“The evidence strongly indicated that this was a potential cat hoarding case and that dozens of cats could be suffering from neglect,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine. All the animals will get a medical exam and any needed care at the OHS Holman Medical Center.

OHS Humane Officers, along with officers from the Damascus Police and the Clackamas County Sherriff’s office, served a search warrant at the home on SE Foster Road at approximately 11:30 am this morning. The search warrant authorized officers to remove all animals at the property. Once inside the property, experienced animal handlers and veterinarians from OHS began the task of removing the animals. The animal handlers wore protective suits and respirators.

Lengthy Investigation

OHS Officers and officials from Damascus code enforcement had been in contact with the resident of the property beginning May 12, 2010. OHS Officer Austin Wallace had visited the house numerous times, noting evidence of neglected cats inside and outside the property and a strong odor of feces and urine. An individual who visited the house told Damascus officials there was a cat “with its eye sticking out and a bloody tail” in the house along with several malnourished cats on the property. Repeated requests by OHS to see the cats on the property were denied by the owner.

The pets rescued from the Damascus property will begin arriving at OHS, located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. in Portland, at approximately 3 pm. The OHS Holman Medical Center is fully equipped to provide any needed medical care for these pets. The media is invited to witness their arrival and initial treatment at OHS.

You Can Help Combat Neglect

Currently OHS is at capacity for cats. We are encouraging anyone who is thinking of adopting a cat or kitten to adopt today. Also donations of wet or dry cat food would be greatly appreciated. OHS relies entirely on donations to fight animal abuse and neglect throughout Oregon. Although OHS humane officers are commissioned by the Governor, they receive no tax dollars to support their work. Please make a donation to help fight animal cruelty.

Sep 14, 2011

Pet Store Rescue

Rescued Chinchilla
Rescued Chinchilla

More than 100 animals seized from a Newport business will be arriving at the Oregon Humane Society tonight at approximately 6 pm. The animals include 11 puppies, 31 birds, 92 mice and rats, seven gerbils and chinchillas, and 28 reptiles. The animals were seized as part of a search warrant served by OHS Humane Officers on Circus World Pets, located on SW Coast Highway in Newport. The business has been the subject of numerous complaints and an ongoing animal neglect investigation since April.

A special thanks to the Oregon Coast Aquarium who helped by taking in over 400 salt and fresh water fish from this case.

OHS Humane Officers are commissioned by the Governor of Oregon to investigate animal cruelty crimes anywhere in the state. Last year, more than 500 animals were seized by OHS officers or surrendered to them as a result of investigations into neglect and abuse allegations. Members of the public who see any animal they believe is not receiving proper care can contact the OHS Investigations Department, (503) 285-7722, ext. 214, or use the OHS online animal cruelty complaint form.

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