Oregon Humane Society's End Petlessness Campaign

by Oregon Humane Society
Spay Odyssey
Spay Odyssey

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.



rescue site
rescue site

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.

Jez in safe arms
Jez in safe arms
Jez resting at home after a long night...
Jez resting at home after a long night...

An Estacada woman whose emaciated horses were seized by the Oregon Humane Society has been sentenced to 16 days in jail for animal neglect.

The ten rescued horses, many of them underweight by several hundred pounds and one with a halter embedded in its skin, were seized in March 2012 by OHS and Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies from a rural property on SE Randall Road in Estacada. Read the story here. The horses were seized under a search warrant signed by a Clackamas County Judge after efforts to persuade the owner to provide needed food and medical care were unsuccessful.

“We’re pleased to see this long legal battle come to end with a jail sentence for the offender and the horses regaining their health,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “In Oregon, letting your horse starve and suffer is against the law.”

Sentencing Includes Jail Time for Convicted Offender

The owner of the horses, Edith Mae Karlin, 65, was convicted last month of eight counts of second-degree animal neglect. She was sentenced on Aug. 2 in Clackamas County Circuit Court to 48 hours of jail time for each count of neglect (a total of 16 days), plus 60 months of supervised probation on each count. Monetary restitution is to be determined later. Karlin was also barred from owning horses or livestock for five years.

Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Rose Gibson successfully argued that each neglected horse was a separate victim of neglect and that consecutive penalties for each conviction were warranted.

Since the 10 horses were seized last year, seven have been adopted, one was humanely euthanized because of unresolvable health issues, and two more horses are still seeking homes.


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.



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Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.oregonhumane.org
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