The first six months of 2010 have been an exciting time at the Oregon Humane Society.
We’re almost halfway to our goal of finding homes for 10,000 pets this year—4,703 dogs, cats, and small animals have already been adopted! Our adoption rates have been so high that we’ve been able to create second chances for pets when other, overcrowded shelters run out of room. OHS has helped hundreds of dogs this year, from the Dalles to Klamath Falls to Los Angeles, find a loving, forever home.
In April, our Humane Investigation team took on a lifesaving rescue in Weston, OR, removing 22 dogs (mostly Chihuahuas) from a squalid house covered with garbage and animal waste. This came just weeks after an overwhelmed Oregon breeder complied with new “puppy mill” legislation and surrendered more than 40 Pomeranians, Yorkshire terriers, and other small dogs to us—most with severely matted coats and little previous human contact. In both cases, we provided shelter, medical care, and lots of love until they were ready to be adopted.
The Oregon Humane Society is deeply invested in the community around us, and you don’t have to adopt a pet from us to benefit from our programs. As the leading agent of ASAP (the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland), we were proud to kick off our Spay & Save program on February 15th. Spay & Save is a bold solution to Portland’s cat overpopulation problem, providing affordable spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats and low-income cat owners and saving thousands of healthy, adoptable cats’ lives.
Meanwhile, our annual Doggie Dash brought over 4,000 “Dashers” to Waterfront Park on May 15th. People and their canine friends walked, ran, danced to live music, and participated in a slew of dog-friendly contests, all while helping animals in need. We were delighted to discover that the event raised $273,000—enough money to vaccinate all 10,000 pets OHS adopted last year, to feed every animal in the shelter for a year, to buy medical supplies for 1,250 spay/neuter surgeries, AND to keep two OHS animal cruelty investigators in the field for a full year!
We’re also committed to teaching the young people in our community to treat pets with compassion and respect, and our Humane Educators have had a busy few months. Our annual Be Kind to Animals Poster and Photo/Story Contest challenged students from across the state to creatively depict themes like “Be A Good Friend To A Pet” and “License Your Pet And Give It An I.D.” And as the school year winds to an end, we are preparing for our Shelter Friends Summer Camp, where children of all ages gain experience socializing, training, and grooming pets while participating in workshops with OHS animal experts.
The Oregon Humane Society is deeply grateful to those who supported us over the first half of the year. Because we are an independent, non-profit animal shelter and receive no tax money or government funding, our work is made possible by the compassionate individuals around us. With your continued support, we will exceed our goal of finding homes for 10,000 animals this year and “End Petlessness” in our community.
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