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.
Jun 24, 2016

Volunteers in Action

Adoption Success!
Adoption Success!

Who do you call when you need help caring for hundreds of neglected animals? Well, if you are the ASPCA and you have just conducted the largest companion-animal rescue mission in your organization’s history, you call the Oregon Humane Society.

In January 2016, the ASPCA rescued nearly 700 severely neglected companion animals--mostly dogs and cats, but also horses, pigs, and chickens—from The Haven, a self-described “animal sanctuary” in rural North Carolina. With so many animals to care for so suddenly, the ASPCA called out to other animal organizations, including OHS, for volunteer help.

From February through March, volunteer responders from OHS traveled in teams to North Carolina, where the ASPCA set up an emergency shelter. Each team was deployed for one week. In total, 17 volunteers from OHS, specially trained in emergency animal sheltering, made the trip to help.

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Mar 29, 2016

15 Neglected Horses Seized

Horses seized from a rural property in Clatskanie.
Horses seized from a rural property in Clatskanie.

Working with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Humane Society was able to remove 15 horses that were underweight and needed medical care. 

The condition of the horses came to the attention of OHS through the report of a visitor to the property, who said that she saw two horses down and possibly in critical condition. On a visit to the site the following day, an OHS Humane Special Agent saw a dead horse on the property. A Columbia County Animal Control Officer and OHS visited the site a second time, at which time it became clear that the horses had not received proper care.

The owners of the horses had previously received criminal citations for first and second degree animal neglect for failure to provide minimum care for horses on their property. The owners pleaded guilty to first degree animal neglect in 2014.

Investigators are currently evaluating the horses seized earlier this week and have not issued citations against the owners at this time. OHS is withholding the names of the owners until and if a citation is issued. The horses are being cared for at an undisclosed location and are not available for adoption or viewing by the public at this time.

First degree animal neglect is punishable by fines of up to $6,250 and 30 days in jail. The offense is elevated to a felony charge if 10 or more animals are involved with a fine of up to $125,000 and a maximum prison term of five years.

OHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, receives no tax dollars, and relies on donations to fund all our programs including humane investigations. To help these cats and their friends in need, please consider making a gift today.

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Nov 30, 2015

Lovebirds, Tortoises and More Rescued from Trailer

Rescued Guinea Pig
Rescued Guinea Pig

More than 200 small animals living in overcrowded conditions inside a double-wide trailer and a small metal shed were rescued this week by Oregon Humane Society investigators. The pets were voluntarily relinquished to OHS by the owner, an Oregon City resident who is under investigation for possible animal neglect.

OHS is seeking to place the animals in in homes as soon as possible. Beginning this Friday, many of the rescued animals, including chinchillas, mice, gerbils, Guinea pigs, lovebirds and parakeets, will be offered for adoption at reduced prices.

OHS Humane Special Agents are commissioned by the Oregon State Police and have full police power to enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the state. They receive no tax dollars and are supported through donations to OHS. Your gift today will help rescues tomorrow.

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