Every pet deserves a happy ending. This Fiscal Year a combined 4,512 animals came through the doors of Willamette Humane Society. This includes 3,184 cats and 1,317 dogs that were found stray, surrendered by their owners, and transferred from other rescue organizations. And you helped to provide the resources, programming and services needed to care for them!
Each animal received his or her initial veterinary exam, vaccines, and medical treatment. The Willamette Humane Society team also worked carefully to address each pet’s special needs, including dietary requirements and behavior training, to help them on the road to adoption.
As necessary, Willamette Humane Society also provided compassionate and humane end-of-life services. This includes medical euthanasia and cremation for a total of 491 cats and dogs, as well as 340 additional cremations for animals deceased at the time of arrival. These end-of-life services were accessible to the general public with financial aid available for qualifying households.
You made thousands of happy endings possible. Willamette Humane Society facilitated 2,475 adoptions during the Fiscal Year, with 2,020on-site adoptions and another 455 adoptions happening at offsite locations such as PetCo, Nature’s Pet Market, and Kitten-Kaboodle. In addition, a total of 138 stray animals were returned to their owners, while another 626 pets were transferred to trusted rescue partners for guaranteed live placement in suitable homes.
That means we celebrated a 82.9 percent live release rate of all animals — 79.9 percent of cats and 90.4 percent of dogs. Thank you for helping make this possible through your generous donations, volunteered time, and ongoing support.
Each year the Willamette Humane Society Foster Program provides an innovative alternative to adoptable pets who need a little extra support while they wait for their forever homes. Fostering addresses the individualized training and additional time a pet might not get in the general shelter population. Foster families also provide a comfortable place for animals to rest and recover from past injuries, surgeries, or other medical procedures.
We welcomed a total of 329 foster families into the program this year. With your help, approximately 968 pets entered into the WHS Foster Program.
Spay and Neuter
Spay and neuter surgeries are an essential step in ending pet overpopulation and creating homes for every pet in our community. The Willamette Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic performed a total of 4,804 spay and neuter procedures. The Clinic also supported an additional 108 procedures for shelter animals, such as amputations, dental cleanings, and growth removals in order to improve health and adoptability.
Your support also made it possible to continue the highly popular Marion Polk Community Cat Program (MPCCP). This innovative partnership brings together four local animal welfare organizations, including the Willamette Humane Society, to better address the overpopulation of stray, feral and free-roaming cats in our communities through free or highly subsidized spay and neuter surgeries.
The program works to educate local community members about overpopulation of cats and what they can do to help prevent it. Coupling education with affordable resources, MPCCP aims to end the feline overpopulation in Marion and Polk Counties.
In collaboration with PetSmart Charities, MPCCP also offers free sterilization procedures to stray and free-roaming cats in the 97301 area code. The program helped provide approximately 2,051 spay and neuter surgeries for owned and feral felines in the last Fiscal Year.
Behavior and Training
Sit, stay… Good dog! We say that a lot around here. That’s because Willamette Humane Society’s Behavior and Training (B&T) Program reached a new record of dogs and owners this fiscal year – serving a total of 1,589 families in Marion and Polk Counties.
Our certified trainers and canine volunteer team follow a carefully constructed curriculum for each canine training class. These programs include puppy training and socialization, behavior and manners courses, and off-leash supervised play groups for both shelter and owned pooches. We welcomed 553 class participants during the year, as well as 254 attendees to the bi-weekly “Dog Smart” seminar, a human-only introduction to dog training.
Willamette Humane Society B&T staff also hosted 51 private behavior consultations. This one-on-one solution provides affordable training options. The shelter’s Behavior Helpline, available to all community members, was utilized 650 times throughout the year. Thanks to your continued support, our certified trainers worked closely with dogs still looking for their forever homes. Customized rehabilitation programs and weekly follow-up behavior assessments are core pieces of the Willamette Humane Society B&T program, offering adoptable dogs the manners and basic skills they need to succeed in their new homes.
Willamette Humane Society’s humane education youth programs aim to create the next generation of animal welfare advocates right in our local community through classroom programs, summer camps, teen clubs and more.
This year, we reached a total of 786 children and teens in the surrounding communities. That includes 293 students in local school programs, as well as 206 students who participated in shelter tours. A total of 56 students enrolled in WHS summer camps and another 135 children attended birthday parties hosted right here at WHS.
Willamette Humane Society volunteers play an essential role in keeping the shelter doors open. A total of 1,000 volunteers donated 64,165 hours of service from July 2015 to June 2016. That is the equivalent manpower of 30.8 full-time employees! Volunteers can be found in every corner of Willamette Humane Society from the dog walking path to the cat suites, and from the Spay and Neuter Clinic to the downtown Thrift Store. Just look for the red apron.
These generous people provided pets with compassionate care and training, assisted with adoptions and staffed events, helped in medical procedures and cleaned kennels. Volunteers also supported the WHS Thrift Store, mentored new volunteers, and guided the organization as members of the Board of Directors. The Willamette Humane Society team and pets are incredibly grateful for the giving and loving energy our volunteers bring to the shelter every single day!
Financial and Community
Did you make a donation to Willamette Humane Society this year? You made a difference! As a local and independent nonprofit unaffiliated with other humane organizations, we rely on donations and fees to fund all shelter programs and services. When you donate, you really are making an impact right here in our local community. This year, 84 percent of the shelter’s revenue came from generous donations from supporters like you.
Willamette Humane Society is proud to serve our community in Marion and Polk Counties, providing compassionate services to both people and pets.
In the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year, your donations helped us assist approximately 51,283 people and 8,874 animals – a total 12.5 percent of the local human population. From shelter and adoption, to humane education programs and canine training classes, the life saving and life changing programs delivered through Willamette Humane Society were made possible through your support. Thank you!
Our complete financial statement and 990 report are also available by email at development@whs4pets. org, or by phone at 503-585-5900 ext. 304.