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Oregon Humane Society

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The oregon humane society's mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation and leadership; to take care of the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for the recognition of the integrity of all animals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: OHS adopted out 12,062 pets in 2018

Programs: For more than 150 years, the Oregon Humane Society has been sheltering homeless animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, improving laws that protect animals and punish offenders, and working to build a caring, compassionate community in Oregon. OHS is the largest humane society in the Northwest, and adopts more animals from its Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast — finding homes for more than 11,000 pets each year. OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter — a pet stays available for adoption for as long as needed to find a loving home. OHS is a private organization not affiliated with any other local or national organizations and is not funded by tax dollars. Our work is made possible only by the generosity of donors.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Over the last month, OHS staff has maliciously lied on hourly, daily & weekly basis. I followed my written agreement, waited by the phone FOR A MONTH. Each conversation seemed like creative writing but trusted OHS. WHY WOULD THEY LIE? My pet: still too sick with a “mystery disease” that would keep his weight off and medical care, necessary. 3 full weeks and “biopsies still pending.” shelter supervisor said it “would likely lead to euthanasia” & “nothing you could have done to prevent this.”.. “birth defect or cancer.” Almost 30 days, trying to pay for all medical expenses for a stray cat, that I fell in love with & took extraordinary measures to save.
A month of “why wouldn’t you be able to take him home? We just aren’t out of the woods with vomiting, diarrhea... dehydration-obviously.

Imagine my surprise to find him adopted at 2am , his weight doubled taken home by “STAFF.” “It’s not about the money” she said after a month of trying to pay upwards of $10k. Every single day they said he was DYING. I HAVE HAD NITEMARES & awakened crying, waiting by phone.

At 2 am Sunday morning he is healthy not “swindling weight, vomiting, diarrhea.” I kept saying “but he never had diarrhea.” Didn’t phase anyone.
If care /love of animals nor finance matter, what purpose does OREGON Humane Society serve?

I contend that an unethical nonprofit has no place in this community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor to OHS for about seven years and knew about the good work of adoptions, but until I took a tour of the shelter, I had no idea about how much the organization does! The stories of lives saved are truly inspirational. I have since adopted a cat who had been brought in injured. Other shelters might not have been able to save her, but the folks in their animal hospital took a chance and saved her life. I'm so grateful for all OHS does!

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2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Oregon Humane Society has proven to be an invaluable resource for Jackson County Animal Care and Control. They provided an extremely thorough and professional review of our program, in addition to sending professionals to our shelter to train our staff. By implementing the recommendations they made, we have greatly improved our live release rates and reputation in our community. They are always willing to lend a helping hand when called upon. In short, Oregon Humane Society is a first-class organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Brodie from OHS and my cat Ozzie. I found the staff and volunteers to be very knowledgeable and caring towards the pets. I also liked that they offered continuing support for me and my pets if I should need it. A good clean shelter with one of the highest save rates in the country. A ++!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Over my strenuous objections, the Oregon Humane Society adopted an expensive kitten ($150) to two 18 year old boys (one of whom is my son) who lack a steady source of income. The cat will stay with the other young man, who will love the cat but also provide it with a steady source of second-hand pot smoke. Way to go Oregon Humane Society. Ending petlessness, two potheads at a time.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

OHS is truly dedicated to animal welfare. I always feel my donation is well spent and much appreciated, not matter the size. Love the people there and the facility. Have visited some other Humane Societies around the country, and while all were good, OHS is the best!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor as well as a volunteer. From the start, OHS has been the best investment that I've ever made with my charity contributions.

OHS is a visionary facility always looking forward to implementing concrete, realistic goals. It has extremely talented leaders who have assembled an equally gifted staff. In 2010 alone, OHS adopted out over 11,000 animals.

Donor dollars are allotted carefully. Emphasis on animal care is always the top priority.

I've never encountered a more deserving nonprofit and plan to continue to support them to the best of my abilities.

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