Jun 7, 2013

Stranded Dog Rescued

OHSTAR members hiking in to the remote location
OHSTAR members hiking in to the remote location

The OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team (OHSTAR) responded to the call for assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff at approximately 5:30 pm. JD had been on the river with his owners when he was swept away by the current below the site of the old Marmot Dam. The dog found refuge on the steep shore and then scrambled up to an otherwise-inaccessible rocky shelf about 20 feet above the water.

OHSTAR members hiked 30 minutes to get within sight of where JD was last seen. Team member Jennifer Stangel then rappelled down approximately 50 feet to the rocky shelf. After locating the shy dog, she used cheese treats to gain his confidence. Stangel was able to fit JD with a safety harness and rope. Her fellow OHSTAR members then raised JD to safety as darkness fell.

OHSTAR members train throughout the year to help animals who are stranded and need human help to survive. They have rescued pets stranded on cliffsides, riverbanks, and other areas and structures that can only be accessed safely using ropes, climbing equipment and other technical rescue equipment. This work is supported entirely by donations to OHS.


May 3, 2013

Rescue Alert

The latest chapter of a year-long animal rescue saga came to pass today as the Oregon Humane Society removed 10 shar-peis from a Goldendale, Wash., resident who pleaded guilty last month to animal cruelty charges.

In May of 2012, OHS rescued 41 shar-peis, nearly all of them in need of medical treatment, from Goldendale, Wash., resident Eric Calvin. The evidence presented by OHS to the Klickitat County prosecutor was essential in reaching last month’s plea agreement.

Calvin pleaded guilty on April 15 to one felony count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $2,378 in fines and fees. Under the agreement, he must not possess any dogs other than two altered shar-peis.

Many of the 10 shar-peis taken today by OHS will require treatment for skin infections and entropion, an eye condition. They will be offered for adoption as soon as they are healthy enough for new homes.

The dogs rescued by OHS last year suffered from eye, skin and ear infections and required extensive medical treatment at OHS. With the help of local adopters and shar-pei rescue groups across the region, the final rescued shar-pei was adopted on Oct. 24, approximately six months after the rescue took place.

Although OHS Humane Officers do not have jurisdiction in Washington, the OHS shelter in Portland was the only facility in the Northwest with the resources to care for such a large number of neglected dogs. The medical team at OHS provided evidence to Klickitat County authorities that resulted in Calvin being charged with nine counts of animal cruelty.


Mar 25, 2013

Calling on Bo Obama

The Oregon Humane Society is joining forces with a lovesick Goldendoodle to make the First Dog of the United States (FDOTUS) the Grand Marshal of the OHS Doggie Dash.

OHS is urging Bo to come to Portland to meet the fluffy Ramona and meet thousands of pets and people who care about helping shelter animals.

Fans of shelter pets can do their part by signing an online petition addressed to the President of the United States. “This is Bo’s chance to get nose-to-nose with thousands of his four-legged friends,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. “His presence will do wonders for Ramona, as well as boosting the cause of pets who need help finding loving homes.”

The 26th annual OHS Doggie Dash hopes to raise $450,000 for pets in need while bringing more than 3,000 dogs to Portland’s Waterfront Park. The walk/run pet festival is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast.  

In Her Own Words: Why Ramona Has a Crush on Bo:

1) “I love Bo’s black and white Tuxedo markings. With my white fluffy fur, we’d make an awesome couple!”

2) “Just like Bo, Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic. The first family would adore me!”

3) “Did I mention I love the blues? Bo is named after blues singer Bo Didley, so we have so much in common!”

4) “I love to eat carrots and Bo loves tomatoes (really, that’s what the White House says!). Together we’d make sure every scrap of those healthy meals made by First Lady Michelle went to good use.”

5) “Did someone mention Hawaii? I am such the beach dog. Bo needs someone to frolic in the sand with. And I can’t wait to show him the Oregon coast. He’d love it!”


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