Dec 3, 2010

Home for the Holidays


The Oregon Humane Society is asking Oregonians to open their hearts to nearly 200 special shelter animals who are looking for a Home for the Holidays. 

"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 donationto 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 199 animals who were available for adoption on Dec. 1. The OHS Animal Giving Tree will be up, and the public can place gifts of under the tree at the shelter.

Remmi and Stella are just two of the 199 animals in our Home for the Holidays promotion.  Remmi is a friendly and playful medium-hair domestic cat looking for her forever home. She is energetic and loves to chat. This one-year-old is a little shy around strangers and would prefer a stable and calm environment. She came to OHS two weeks before Thanksgiving and would love to find a home for the holidays. Stella is a Jack Russell terrier mix who is looking for someone experienced with shy dogs. This small red and white four-year-old is very loving but was not socialized when she was young and needs someone to help her overcome her nervousness.

During a typical December, OHS finds homes for 750 dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and the occasional bird. OHS never euthanizes animals because of space limitations, so Remmi and Stella  will remain available for adoption as long as needed.

Sep 20, 2010

Rescue Update

OHS employee Daniel with rescued cat
OHS employee Daniel with rescued cat

Sept. 1, 2010: More than 30 cats rescued from the home of a Gresham resident will be available for adoption Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Oregon Humane Society.

Rescuers from OHS saved 34 cats from the feces-ridden home of a cat hoarder on August 26, and returned to recover another five cats caught in humane traps (see rescue video here)

“These cats were living under some of the worst conditions imaginable,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine. “It’s our goal now to find healthy, happy homes for all of them.”

Cats available for adoption Thursday include Dale and Truman two male cats who are friendly to people and other cats. OHS successfully treated Dale, Truman and the other cats for severe flea infestations.

Although a few cats are still under medical care, nearly all of the 39 rescued cats will be available for adoption starting at 10:00 Thursday, Sept. 2. Although sometimes shy at first, the cats quickly warm up to people and should make wonderful companions.

OHS rescued the cats after responding to a complaint from the public. The owner voluntarily relinquished ownership of the animals to OHS. Gresham authorities quickly declared the duplex apartment unfit for human habitation.

OHS is now gathering evidence needed to bring neglect charges against the former owner of the cats. Rescuers also found the bodies of six dead bodies in and near the house.

OHS efforts to help animals who are neglected or abused are supported entirely by private donations and receive no tax dollars. Please support our efforts by making an online donation to the Oregon Humane Society.

Dale and Truman, two cats from the rescue
Dale and Truman, two cats from the rescue
Jun 18, 2010

On track to saving 10,000 lives

2010 Doggie Dash
2010 Doggie Dash

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.

2010 Poster Contest
2010 Poster Contest
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