Oregon Humane Society

Rating: 4.6 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1067 Ne Columbia Blvd PO Box 11364 Portland OR 97211 USA

Mission: The Mission of the Oregon Humane Society is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To take care of the homeless, defend the abused, and fight with unrelenting diligence for the recognition of the integrity of all animals. OHS?s goal is to find homes for 100 percent of the animals for adoption, eliminate pet over population, provide safety for all animals, and create a community of compassion for all living things.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As an OHS volunteer, I would like to say that OHS does an amazing job in engaging and empowering their volunteers, providing a most rewarding experience. By doing this, they have a huge amount of volunteer involvement which reduces employee expense and provides a more caring environment for the animals. As a donor and volunteer, I appreciate their use of volunteers and their amazing marketing and management-all of which contributes to a very high adoption rate.
I think the Medical learning center was also a stroke of genius for the shelter, the animals, and the training of vet students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been volunteering for 4 years in various capacities, spending approximately 8 hours a week with the dogs. With this amount of time in different areas, I believe that I have been exposed to much of what the organization has to offer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None come to mind.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor for several years and a volunteer since 2008.
It is truly inspiring to see the dedication of the staff at the facility; their goal, and that of the volunteers, is to provide excellent care and find
good homes for all of the animals that come to OHS. There is no
time limit for an animal's stay at the shelter. If it takes 6 months or more to find a home for a special needs pet, that animal will receive the best medical care and socialization until he finds his perfect person.
Some animals come to the shelter with serious medical conditions, both injuries and illnesses; the medical staff treats the animals, who then spend recovery time in foster care. It is gratifying to see
injured or neglected animals blossom into healthy, happy pets

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I adopted a diabetic cat who had been at OHS for several months. He is a wonderful guy who probably wouldn't have been given a chance at most shelters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to have more space to house even more animals. In 2010, more than 11,000 animals found homes through OHS. With an even larger facility, who know how many pets could be adopted.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 10-year volunteer and donor and can attest to OHS' focus on animal safety and care. Volunteers are supported by training programs as well as hands-on mentoring. Working with animals is rewarding in itself, and the staff at OHS is appreciative of volunteer efforts. OHS has a good reputation with Portland and Metro population. Many animals have been given second chances because of OHS' commitment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've adopted 4 pets from OHS. Over 20 years, there have been huge improvements made to the building, all with donor contributions. Adoption fees cover only a portion of OHS expenses and the level of donations made indicates the level of confidence in OHS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop a easy to use way for new adopters to tell how it's going with their pet to share with Volunteers. Volunteers can develop attachments and it would be nice to hear about their new home

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been with OHS as a volunteer and a donor since 1998. My long-term committment is primarily due to the way this organization is run and operated. It's efficient, runs with a lean staff in comparison to the number of animals they are able to care for and place (with a strong volunteer base) and makes financial decisions that hit home and sit well with me. They are always the animal welfare organization that other shelters/rescues and law enforcement turns to for help with taking an overflow of animals and helping with large scale rescues, which wouldn't be possible if not managed soundly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through watching how each animal is cared for over the years, seeing how large scale rescues are conducted and how there is never a time-limit on how long an animal can stay with OHS and how many programs OHS creates and runs through volunteer leaders and volunteer participation to enrich, mentally stimulate and properly exercise each animal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Knowing this organization and how it's run so intimately, I can't see what needs to be changed--it's not broken, doesn't need to be fixed.

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