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.
Dec 26, 2012

Stolen Puppy is Found

The Belzers with John on Christmas day.
The Belzers with John on Christmas day.

Dec. 25, 2012: It was a Christmas Day reunion for a stolen three-month old puppy and the family who adopted him just days ago.

The puppy was stolen on Dec. 22 from a kennel inside the Oregon Humane Society. He was moments away from going home with the Belzer family of Camas, Wash., who had just completed the adoption paperwork.

 "Yes Oregon, there is a Santa Claus," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "This little pup was rescued on Christmas Eve and is back in the arms of his loving family today."

Thanks to massive media coverage of the theft, an anonymous tip was received on Christmas Eve that alerted police to the puppy's whereabouts. Police officers, accompanied by OHS employees, recovered the puppy from a household in Gresham. Although no arrests were made last night, Gresham Police are investigating the case.

The five-member Belzer family arrived at the shelter today to reunite with John. One of the family's three daughters had first seen John's picture on the OHS website. After many hours of looking at pets on Dec. 22nd, the family all agreed to adopt John (he was one of four puppies in a litter; all were named after a member of the Beatles).

"It was heartbreaking to have this pet stolen when it was literally on the verge of going home. We are so delighted that there was a happy ending to this story."

Meanwhile, OHS has determined how the theft occurred and has invested in additional security measures to prevent a repeat of the incident.

John after being returned to OHS
John after being returned to OHS

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Dec 18, 2012

OHS Helps Emergency Animal Shelter in New York

OHS staffer Emily Davidsohn comforting a dog in NY
OHS staffer Emily Davidsohn comforting a dog in NY

Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Humane Society are providing hands-on help to animals left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Three OHS staff members have just finished a eight-day assignment at a massive emergency animal shelter in Brooklyn, with a second group of three volunteers scheduled to depart Dec. 17.

"We are truly grateful to have such a wonderful group of responders from the Oregon Humane Society work with us on this response,"said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which organized the shelter.

Animal disaster experts from around the country are helping to care for pets in a massive warehouse in Brooklyn that was transformed into a pet shelter. Many of the animals are frightened of people and require skilled handlers to provide food, exercise and basic medical care.

The first OHS group that departed for New York included OHS staff members Linda Fielder, Emily Davidsohn and Wendy Reimer, all members of the OHS Investigations team. The volunteers who will be leaving on Dec. 17th include Ulli Neitch, John Thoeni and Karin Maczko. All three are members of the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team.

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Oct 5, 2012

50,000 in 5 years!

Spay and Save patients undergoing surgery at OHS
Spay and Save patients undergoing surgery at OHS

We are happy to share with you that the Oregon Humane Society's Animal Medical Learning Center (AMLC) just celebrated its five year anniversary. With that, the AMLC recently accomplished the 50,000th surgery.

The medical center provides state-of-the-art veterinary care for thousands of shelter animals each year. In a unique partnership with Oregon State University (OSU), the center also serves as a teaching hospital for the next generation of veterinarians.

In addition, the AMLC play a vital role for the Spay and Save program.  “Spay & Save” is a Portland metro area-wide program that aims to assist families on public assistance and their owned, stray or feral cats by offering spay & neuter surgeries for as low as $10 (other options available for low income families). The Spay & Save program aims to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year—23,574 in 2010 alone. Based on the success of initiatives in other cities around the country, we believe that we can decrease cat shelter intake by 30% over a 5 year period by spaying and neutering an additional 10,000 cats and kittens every year.

OHS is not affiliated with any other local or national organization and receives no tax dollars; our work is made possible only by the generosity of people like yourself.

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