We are almost to our $50,000 goal! In the final stretch I would like to ask that you consider a commitment to the animals by making a recurring gift to the Oregon Humane Society.
Monthly sustainers provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows us to focus more on saving lives and less on raising the necessary funds. It's the most efficient and effective way to help the animals all year long.
Speaking of all year long, there is still so much work to be done:
Adoptions: We have adopted 4941 animals this year as we work towards an aggressive goal of finding homes for 11,000 animals before December 31.
Investigations: The Humane Investigation team has is hard at work with 507 new cases this year, such as the 13 kittens and 46 adult cats rescued from a Newberg home in late April.
Second Chance Program: Last year OHS assisted 70 animal welfare organizations bringing second chances to 4837 animals. SO far this year we have made 2568 second chances possible. Of note, 681 were cats! Historically, the Second Chance program consisted of dogs since there was a long waiting list for cats to come to the shelter. With diligent efforts creating a coalition with other Oregon shelters and attacking cat overpopulation with an aggressive plan ASAP, OHS has now seen an evident cause and effect.
Medical Team: We have completed 4924 spay/neuter surgeries for sheltered and owned animals, as well as 799 other needed surgeries for shelter pets. At this rate we are on track to complete over 10,000 surgeries by year’s end.
This work is only made possible by supporters like you. Please partner with us today and join a network of friends, supporters and animal lovers who can come together to make a profound difference at the Oregon Humane Society. We—and those animals whose lives you will touch—will be forever thankful.
April 22, 2014: Nearly 60 cats living in overcrowded conditions in a Newberg home got a new start in life today after being rescued by the Oregon Humane Society.
The 13 kittens and 46 adult cats were surrendered by their owner and transported to OHS, where they will be examined by a medical team and receive any needed care. No charges have been filed against the owner of the pets, who voluntarily relinquished the cats to OHS after being overwhelmed with their care and feeding needs.
"Life just got immeasurably better for these rescued animals," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "We are thankful the owner surrendered them to us."
Feb. 12, 2014: In honor of World Spay Day, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) boldly sets out to alter 500 cats in one week. ASAP offers 500 free spay/neuter surgeries the week of February 24 in five locations around the Portland/Vancouver metro area.
World Spay Day is an annual occurrence that aims to highlight spay/neuter as a proven means of ending pet overpopulation and is part of a global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals. Qualifying cat owners (see How to Qualify below) can have their unsterilized cats or kittens spayed or neutered for free throughout the week. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well. Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and subsidized through charitable donations.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-345-SPAY for a cat you own or (503) 797-2606 for feral cats.
OHS rescued more than 100 dogs from a Rainier puppy mill under investigation for animal neglect.
The 11-hour rescue operation removed 118 dogs, 21 horses and one cat from the rural property. Many of the dogs were living in their own feces and urine with little shelter from the elements. The dogs were taken to an emergency animal shelter created by OHS to provide care for the rescued animals. Because the number of rescued dogs could have overwhelmed the capacity of the OHS shelter in NE Portland, staff and volunteers worked feverishly for three days to convert a 40,000 square-foot warehouse into an emergency shelter complete with kennels and a medical treatment room (see video below). The use of the warehouse was provided free-of-charge to OHS thanks to the generosity of the Dietrich family.
The dogs rescued included 35 Akitas, as well as many small breeds such as dachshunds, terriers and poodles. Ages range from puppies to adults. The horses sized included at least four judged to be severely emaciated and in critical condition. The horses are being cared for by Sound Equine Options, a Gresham nonprofit. Columbia Humane Society is caring for 20 of the 118 rescued dogs at their facility in St. Helens.
Your donation to OHS supports the work of OHS Humane Officers who investigate animal crimes daily and work with law enforcement agencies across Oregon. OHS receives no tax dollars. Please make an donation today to help fight animal cruelty.
Late last night, a volunteer rescue team from the Oregon Humane Society assembled to rescue a dog trapped in the fish ladder in Little North Santiam River in Lyons, Oregon. The dog, a pug mix named Jezebel, was swimming in the creek with her family when she was caught in the current and was swept into the covered fish ladder.
Marion County Emergency Dispatch contacted OHSTAR last night at 7 pm to request their assistance. Elkhorn Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene. The Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team (OHSTAR) deployed five members to the scene in response to the emergency dispatch.
Jezebel was swept into the covered fish ladder, going through churning water and openings meant for fish until reaching a calmer section of the ladder. The pug mix managed to secure herself against the ladder, hanging onto the rungs and crying for her family.
The Elkhorn Fire Department tried to rescue Jezebel but welcomed the assistance of OHSTAR members, who are trained in animal rescue. Elkhorn firefighters waited at the station until OHSTAR members arrived and escorted them to the trailhead, where they hiked 5-10 minutes to the fish ladder.
"OHSTAR trains year round to assist in emergencies involving animals," said Rene Pizzo, OHSTAR team lead.
OHSTAR team member Ulli Neitch entered the fish ladder, secured by a safety harness and belay line. Neitch was able to catch the dog and secure her with a rescue harness. Jezebel was passed back to Pizzo and lifted to safety by additional OHSTAR team members.
Owner Shardell Bodda says that Jezebel is doing well, but is very tired from her ordeal. “Jezebel is one lucky pug mix,” said Pizzo. OHSTAR team member Angela Modzelewski will be available for interviews at the Oregon Humane Society this afternoon from 3 to 4 pm.
OHSTAR receives no tax dollars and is supported entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Oregon Humane Society.
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