Oregon Humane Society's End Petlessness Campaign

Jul 3, 2012

A Stray Dog's Remarkable Recovery

Bear with his new family and foster mom
Bear with his new family and foster mom

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.


Mar 30, 2012

Giving Bear New Hope

Shortly after arriving at OHS
Shortly after arriving at OHS

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.

Gettin a FUN bath.
Gettin a FUN bath.
Towel rubs are better
Towel rubs are better
The Afterbath...the best.
The Afterbath...the best.
Mar 6, 2012

Amazing Pets and People

Award Recipient, Milagro
Award Recipient, Milagro

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.


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


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.

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Marsha Chrest

Portland, Oregon United States

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