We are happy to share with you that the Oregon Humane Society's Animal Medical Learning Center (AMLC) just celebrated its five year anniversary. With that, the AMLC recently accomplished the 50,000th surgery.
The medical center provides state-of-the-art veterinary care for thousands of shelter animals each year. In a unique partnership with Oregon State University (OSU), the center also serves as a teaching hospital for the next generation of veterinarians.
In addition, the AMLC play a vital role for the Spay and Save program. “Spay & Save” is a Portland metro area-wide program that aims to assist families on public assistance and their owned, stray or feral cats by offering spay & neuter surgeries for as low as $10 (other options available for low income families). The Spay & Save program aims to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year—23,574 in 2010 alone. Based on the success of initiatives in other cities around the country, we believe that we can decrease cat shelter intake by 30% over a 5 year period by spaying and neutering an additional 10,000 cats and kittens every year.
OHS is not affiliated with any other local or national organization and receives no tax dollars; our work is made possible only by the generosity of people like yourself.
Bear’s road to a new life started on March 22 at the Oregon Humane Society. With a caring foster home, several vet appointments and medicated baths, Bear was ready to start searching for his forever home. On June 5 a lovely couple saw Bear's story on KOIN 6 News and thought he sounded like just the dog for them. They met with Bear, his foster parent Veronica, and OHS behavior and adoption staff. Bear responded very well to his new people, and they report that he is already a delight to have in their family. Congratulations to Bear and his new best friends!
On our way to adopting 11,000 pets in 2012!
The Oregon Humane Society is not affiliated with any other humane society and we rely entirely on private donations.
Bear came to us from another shelter that didn't have the resources for his extensive medical needs. We are so happy we are able to help him here at OHS.
Bear was examined by the OHS medical team, and we are treating him for bacterial and yeast infections of the skin. He seems like a good boy; he just wants to feel better. He will be starting medicated baths today and wont be available for adoption for at least 6 weeks. We will start looking for a foster home soon in the OHS network.
Your donation will go toward the feeding, medical care, and loving attention by our staff and volunteers for Bear, and other pets like Bear when they come to OHS. Most importantly, your support of OHS allows us to be ready to answer the call whenever animals are in need. Our vital work for animals is made possible by the generous support of people like you.
The Oregon Humane Society honored four heroes on February 23 with Diamond Collar Hero Awards recognizing pets and people for remarkable achievements. The honorees ranged from an abandoned cat who made a miraculous medical recovery to a police officer who helps animals both off and on the job.
"The OHS Diamond Collar Awards are a chance to celebrate the heroic stories that exemplify how important pets are in our lives," said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. Harmon and Matt Zaffino of KGW Ch. 8 co-hosted the awards ceremony. "These winners showed compassion, courage and a desire to help their community," said Harmon. More than 400 people attended the ceremony at the Governor Hotel in Portland, which also raised more than $100,000 for pets in need.
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.
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