Oregon Humane Society finds 11,000 furbaby homes in 2010
Staff and volunteers at the Oregon Humane Society rung in the New Year early when they popped Champagne corks at 11 am today to celebrate the 11,000th adoption of 2010. The lucky dog was Mason, a three-year-old Yorkshire terrier who was adopted by the Bettineski family of Milwaukie. Mason came to OHS from the Curry Country Animal Shelter in Gold Beach. Mason is one of about 3,500 animals that OHS accepted this year from shelters in Oregon, Washington and California as part of the OHS Second Chance program.
“At OHS, were celebrating the fact that we were able to save 11,000 lives in 2010,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “The people of our community have really opened their hearts to pets in need.”
This year’s record breaks a record set last year, when OHS found homes for 10,113 pets — the first time that level had been reached since the new shelter building opened in 2000. The large number of adoptions makes OHS one of the busiest shelters in the nation. OHS adopts more animals from its shelter on NE Columbia Blvd. than any other single shelter facility on the West coast. For those who can’t adopt an animal, OHS relies entirely on private donations. A tax deductible donation can be made on the OHS Website at www.oregonhumane.org.
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