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.
Feb 14, 2017

Young generations learning to advocate

A winner from the OHS Poster Contest
A winner from the OHS Poster Contest

Young artists from more than 100 schools competed in the 68th annual OHS Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story Contest. Students created posters and wrote essays on humane themes such as Be Kind to Animals, Pets are Family Members, Pets Need Care and Attention, and Choose the Right Pet for You. More than 1,500 entries were received from students at 125 schools in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Students based their entries on different age-appropriate humane themes such as: be kind to animals, pets are family members, pets need care and attention, and choose the right pet for you. The grand prize winners received a laptop computer. Runners-ups and first-place winners received gift cards.

This is one of the many programs the Oregon Humane Society offers to youth in efforts to create compassionate and informed generations for years to come. Your gift helps OHS reach out to youth and communities to create awarness and compassion. Thank you for your support!     

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Oct 26, 2016

Ending Petlessness in Portland and beyond

Eevee at her foster home
Eevee at her foster home

The Oregon Humane Society's Second Chance program brings thousands of animals to our shelter from 84 partner shelters in Oregon and across the West Coast every year. Many of our partner shelters do not have access to specialized medical care for shelter pets. These shelters are faced with euthanizing pets based solely on their medical needs. By bringing these pets to our shelter, we are able to treat illness, mend injuries, and provide medical care to pets before they are adopted into new homes. 

Eevee is a tiny Chihuahua, who was found hiding under a porch in Northern California this summer. She was brought to the closest shelter as a stray. The one-year-old dog weighed only four-and-a-half pounds, including the fleas she was covered in. And she was in need of urgent medical help. Her right rear leg was useless--the lower portion was missing below the knee. Her front left leg was in worse condition, with her paw missing and a stump protruding from what used to be her lower leg. No one knows what happened to cause these injuries nor how she survived with no medical treatment, but she somehow found the strength to live day-to-day as a stray.

The CA-shelter staff wanted to help Eevee, but their shelter could not provide the needed medical care. They called our Second Chance program and requested our help. We brought Eevee, with other Second Chance pets, to our shelter. Eevee's injuries were treated at the OHS Holman Medical Center, and after surgery she was put in a foster home to heal. Just three days after the surgery, Eevee was moving at a fast walk, attempting to play with the family Labrador-mix, and loved exploring her the backyard. 

When she was strong enough, Eevee was made available for adoption. We shared Eevee's story on our website and with local media, which brought several potential adopters to our shelter to meet her. Within hours of being available for adoption, Eevee found her home with a Portland couple and their Chihuahua-mix, Molly. 

OHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that receives no tax dollars and relies on donations to fund our life-saving programs. To help amazing animals like Eevee, please consider making a gift today. 

Eevee with her new Portland family
Eevee with her new Portland family
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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