The Oregon Humane Society is working in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States to help close to 150 Alabama shelter pets from areas affected by deadly tornadoes last weekend. OHS will be receiving approximately 50-70 of these pets while others will go to shelters throughout the Northwest. The animals were available for adoption at Lee County Humane Society and Southern Souls Animal League in Alabama prior to the tornadoes. Moving animals from the area opens up space and resources to help pets and people directly affected by the tornadoes.
Oregon nonprofit Fences for Fido is also supporting this transport with a special disaster response fund set up after the deadly Camp Fire in California. “With more animals displaced, this time in Alabama, we knew our donors would value the effort to get them to safety,” said Fences for Fido founder Kelly Peterson.
“When we get the call to help after a disaster, our goal is to always say ‘yes’” says Sharon Harmon, CEO, Oregon Humane Society. “Our team is working very hard to make sure we can accommodate this influx of pets while still helping our regular shelter partners.”
The public is encouraged to adopt a pet from OHS this weekend to open up extra space for the new arrivals from Alabama. “We have so many wonderful dogs and cats looking for homes right now,” added Harmon. “If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your family, it’s a great time to adopt.” Pets can be viewed here: https://www.oregonhumane.org/adopt/
For those interested in adopting a pet from OHS, hours for viewing and meeting pets are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The shelter is located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211.