Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon

by Greenhill Humane Society
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Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Save the Lives of Homeless Animals in Oregon
Aerial view showing future building location
Aerial view showing future building location

If there's one thing we've learned these past few years, it's the importance of being resilient - of being able to respond quickly when there are challenges, being able to weather whatever comes, and coming out stronger in the end.

You've helped Greenhill be resilient in the face of the challenges that this community has faced - the wildfires, heat waves, cold waves, the pandemic, and the economic challenges that many are facing. You've helped by supporting Greenhill's infrastructure and expansion projects and by supporting the day-to-day care that we provide for this community's animals and people.

Thank you! Thank you, for being a caring person. Thank you for your generosity - your desire to help others - your willingness to give your time, your heart, and your financial gifts to make this world a better place for animals and people.

We have an exciting new phase in our shelter improvement project that I want to share with you. In the coming months we are hoping to make major improvements to our water supply systems and at the same time construct a storage building. It doesn't sound glamorous, but these projects will greatly improve our ability to meet future challenges.

The improvements to our water supply system will update the well that was first installed at Greenhill over 70 years ago. It will also allow us to maintain ten or more days of water on-site in the event that there is a major disaster that impacts our community's electrical infrastructure. 

The construction of a storage building will enable us to improve our ability to receive and store shipments of pet food and supplies for the animals we care for as well as for people and pets who are struggling financially. This new storage building will be temperature controlled so that we can store large quantities of pet food throughout the year. It will allow us to meet the demand when a disaster strikes and a whole community is in need or in times like now, when we need to meet the constant call from individuals and families with pets who are struggling every day because of lack of housing or lack of employment.

We are very excited about these projects, and hope that you are able to join us in supporting them with a gift at this time.

I welcome any questions and invite you to come visit the shelter.

Sincerely,

Cary Lieberman
Executive Director

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Puff arrives at the shelter needing medical care.
Puff arrives at the shelter needing medical care.

We have exciting news to share!

Thanks to you, we have been able to build state-of-the-art dog housing, and a state-of-the-art veterinary medical facility. We have been able to improve the care and housing that we provide for cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals we care for.

And now, we are nearing the installation of a digital x-ray machine which will enable us to provide on-site diagnostics for animals with injuries. This will enable us to reduce stress, and quickly provide treatments to reduce pain and suffering.

Every day animals are brought to us requiring advanced care. At just 4 months old, Puff was brought to us when he was found struggling on the side of a very busy street. He was extremely dirty, skittish and malnourished, weighing just 2.25 lbs. He was having difficulty breathing, and his lungs didn't sound normal. He could barely walk or sit without looking uncomfortable. An appointment was scheduled at a local veterinary office for x-rays where it was discovered he had a severe case of lungworms. Now knowing the cause of his suffering, we were able to provide treatment for the lungworms as well as pneumonia, which was caused by the parasite.

Puff was with us for 8 weeks before he was completely cured, but if we had digital x-ray equipment at the time, it's possible he would have been cured even faster.  Puff is now living with a loving family, and his story is a success, but it also highlights that with the right tools, we will be able to provide faster care, reduce stress, and ultimately help more animals.

Thank you for your continued support and thank you for helping animals like Puff.

Puff, healthy, 8 weeks later
Puff, healthy, 8 weeks later

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I want to personally thank you for supporting Greenhill's expansion over these past few years.

Thanks to you, we have been able to build state-of-the-art dog housing, and a state-of-the-art veterinary medical facility. We have been able to improve the care and housing that we provide for cats, and for all the rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals we care for.

Thanks to you, we have been able to remain open through the pandemic, and we were there for the animals and families who were impacted by the Holiday Farm fire. We were there for this community through the most difficult times. And thanks to you, we are here for this community now, ready to take on whatever comes our way.

In the next months ahead, we are going to continue working on expanding the level of care that we can provide for animals, we are going to continue expanding access for the community, and we are going to continue working on better ways to address disaster scenarios.

Your continued support through this campaign will enable us to purchase a digital x-ray machine which will enable us to provide on-site diagnostics for animals with injuries. This will enable us to reduce stress, and quickly provide treatments to reduce pain and suffering.

Your continued support through this campaign will also enable us to continue expanding access to our services for people and animals that need them. The pandemic has created serious challenges that need to be addressed. Your support will help us meet these challenges.

And this year, your continued support will enable us to meet the demands of future disasters we might experience in our community. We will be expanding our shelter's ability to weather long-term disaster scenarios so that whenever there are animals or people in need, we can be confident that Greenhill will be standing-by ready to care for them.

Thanks to you, Greenhill has been able to meet the challenges this community is facing. Thanks to you, Greenhill is able to ensure that animals are safe and families with pets have a safety net.

Thank you for your continued support.

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A humane trap is positioned for rescue operations.
A humane trap is positioned for rescue operations.

Just when you think that the year can't become more challenging, forest fires unlike any we've seen in our area break out. The crisis that began in September put this community and our shelter's capabilities to the test.

While the fires may have subsided, our community is still working to recover from the initial impacts. Greenhill is assisting in search and rescue efforts, working side-by-side with first-responders. Animals found in the disaster areas are provided with life-saving care and safe shelter. We continue to house animals for people who lost their homes to the fires. We have taken in a number of displaced animals from the area, and are continuing to search for their families.

As challenging as these days have been, there have been a number of bright spots. Every day we are reuniting pets lost in the fire or brought to us for emergency boarding with their families. And during this crisis, the outpouring of support from the community and from around the country was overwhelming. Thanks to donors like you, Greenhill was able to provide crates, supplies, cat litter, and over 8 tons of pet food for families displaced by the fires.

We've also been able to take a moment to reflect on the fact that without the incredible new shelter that you helped build, we couldn't have addressed this community's needs. The new scalable housing for dogs and cats allowed us to have enough space for all the animals brought to us while families evacuated their homes. The new veterinary center allowed us to provide and coordinate needed veterinary care for animals suffering from fire and smoke related injuries. Our new lobby and entrance spaces allowed us to receive, distribute, and coordinate the distribution of tons of supplies to families in need.

Thanks to you, Greenhill has been able to meet the challenges this community is facing. Thanks to you, Greenhill is able to ensure that animals are safe and families with pets have a safety net.

Thank you for helping us get here.

Lily was rescued from the fires. She is safe now.
Lily was rescued from the fires. She is safe now.

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Veterinary Medical Hub
Veterinary Medical Hub

The last report we sent out through GlobalGiving about our building project was in early February. At that time we announced "the Veterinary Medical Hub is nearing completion." And then, just a few weeks later, normal life as we knew it came to a grinding halt as the world turned its attention to stopping a global pandemic.

Through it all, Greenhill continued caring for the animals. We quickly implemented increased cleaning and physical distancing protocols, and I'm happy to report that there was never a moment in which there was a gap in our critical services.

We continue to shelter and provide care for animals in need - those that are lost, abandoned, abused, or suffering through a crisis with a human family member. We continue to find new, loving homes for animals without families. And we've increased our pet food and supply bank for families with pets who are struggling financially. Thanks to donors and partner organizations, we were able to distribute over six tons of food throughout Lane County over the past two months.

And, yes, the Veterinary Medical Hub is now operational. Our veterinary team is able to perform spay / neuter and other critical surgeries in the new facility. We still have a few more finishing touches to put into place, but we are now working with the essential pieces. Thank you for helping us get here.

Over the next few months and into the coming years we anticipate an increase in the work that we do on behalf of the animals and the people connected to them. We know from past experience that challenging economic times bring hardships for both people and their pets. We also know how important pets are to us all. Pets are a comfort to us when we are scared or alone; pets are calming during stressful times; and pets teach us about the importance of compassion, caring, and love.

With your support, Greenhill will be able to provide care for pets and people in need, even as those needs increase.

Greenhill's building project that you helped support is the foundation upon which we can enter into this new phase. This project has given us greater capacity to meet the needs of this new reality, whatever the future may hold.

If you are able, please consider another gift. If you need our services, please call and know that we are here for you.

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Greenhill Humane Society

Location: Eugene, OR - USA
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Sasha Elliott
Eugene, OR United States
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