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.
Programs: Sheltering and adoptions - the oregon humane society continues to maintain one of the highest adoption rates in the country - 11,402 total adoptions for 2014. The animals that found new homes constitute an overall 98% adoption rate. Through the second chance program, the society saves more lives by accepting animals from shelters and animal control agencies across oregon, washington, hawaii and california. These shelters usually face the dual problem of too many abandoned animals and too few adopters. In 2014, 5,776 animals were accepted from 73 organizations. There are three measurements that must be taken together to adequately assess the performance of an organization's animal shelter programs: total number of animals admitted for rehoming, the percentage of animals released alive (save rate), and the average length of stay from arrival to disposition ("los"). Considering only one factor in the absence of others could lead to a false conclusion of success when just the opposite may be true. For example, a shelter could have a high save rate, but if only 100 animals were admitted and 100% were adopted, but the average length of stay was 365 days, you might think of them differently than an organization that accepted several thousand animals, had a 90% save rate, and the animals took an average of two weeks to rehome (a 14-day length of stay). These three metrics together can be used as an assessment of impact and efficiency of animal rehoming program. 2014 adoption rates* the society adopted 4,924 dogs - 99% of all dogs received by the shelter; * the society adopted 5,757 cats - 97% of all cats received by the shelter; and* the society adopted 721 other animals - 94% of all other animals received by the shelter. 2014 save ratesin addition to the adoption rate, the oregon humane society also maintains data on the save rate, calculated according to the asilomar standard. The save rate accurately reflects the many options for pets that come to the shelter besides adoption - for example, animal transfers to other rescue organizations and animals that are returned to their owners. * the society saved a total of 12,010 animals, with a save rate of 98%; * the society saved 5,119 dogs - 99% of all dogs received by the shelter; * the society saved 6,040 cats - 98% of all cats received by the shelter; and * the society saved 851 other animals - 97% of all other animals received by the shelter. The oregon humane society calculates the average length of stay by including the day of arrival through the day of disposition (adoption, transfer, euthanasia or return to owner), but not including time spent in foster homes or the time animals are held for the purpose of criminal prosecution. 2014 length of stay averages* dog/puppy combined was 8. 7 days. * cat/kitten combined was 9. 0 days. Adoption outreachbringing pets into the community for adoption is another way that the society maintains such a high save rate. * a total of 364 animals found homes directly through this program; and* there were 78 events that included pets available for adoption; and* the program reached over 115,000 people in 2014 through events and permanent outreach locations.
medical services - during the year ended december 31, 2014, the society performed 13,555 surgeries in the animal medical learning center (the "amlc"), including 12,053 spay and neuter surgeries and 1,502 other essential and emergency surgeries. In addition, the amlc provided 7,546 medical exams for pets and taught 74 veterinary students.
community awareness - educating the community and promoting animals and programs are crucial to helping the society achieve its mission of finding a home for every animal. In addition to a vibrant education department, the society's public relations and marketing department strives to promote humane lessons through the media, special events, and real-time photos of animals available for adoption on the society's web site. In 2014: * visitors to the shelter totaled 138,585 - a 22% decrease (on average, 386 people visit the society each day - open 359 days); * adoptions averaged 32 per day; * incoming phone calls numbered 260,025; * the society issued 55 media releases; * the society had 855 television and radio news stories that aired; * community events numbered 146, with 78 of them featuring adoption outreach; * the society's magazine reached 30,000 readers; * the society's web site averaged 6,580 daily visitors; and* the average stay on the society's web site was 5:58 minutes.