(Salem, OR)— Willamette Humane Society is proud to team up with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) by receiving a transfer of dogs from Los Angeles area shelters on Saturday, February 28th. Upon arrival at Willamette Humane Society, the dogs will receive veterinary examinations, behavior assessments, spay/neuter surgery if necessary, and any needed care before being made available for adoption in the days following the transport.
Staff from the ASPCA’s Los Angeles Animal Relocation Program will facilitate the transport of 10-11 small dogs by air from Los Angeles County shelters in California, arriving mid-day at Portland International Airport via Alaska Airlines.
The dogs are being transported so that they may be put up for adoption in Oregon and Washington, where they are more likely to find homes than in southern California. The ASPCA’s Los Angeles Animal Relocation Program transports dogs from overcrowded shelters in the Los Angeles area to communities where there is greater demand for adoptable dogs.
Having a healthy demand exceeding its local supply of dogs, Willamette Humane Society has partnered with the ASPCA on animal relocation since May 2012, finding homes for over 800 dogs originating from southern California.
Dog Transfer Photos
UPDATE: February 28, 2015 – 11:16 pm
The second flight of transfer dogs was delayed, and they didn’t arrive at the shelter until 10 pm. Still, we welcomed each one into the shelter with the enthusiasm reserved for newborn children. Welcome to Oregon. Welcome to Willamette Humane Society! We can tell that these adorable pups won’t stay long. We hope that many will be available for adoption as soon as Monday.
- What: Transport of Dogs arriving from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Where: Portland International Airport, Alaska Airlines cargo area.
- Later in the evening at Willamette Humane Society, 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR
- When: Saturday, February 28th. Alaska Flight 437 arriving at 5:20 pm.
- Who: The media is welcome during the transport arrival at the airport, with photo and interview opportunities with Willamette Humane Society transport coordinators.
- Why: The story has national, regional, and local relevance. The transport is funded by the ASPCA and will occur simultaneously with other strategies intended to balance the Los Angeles shelter populations and save the lives of hundreds of dogs.
About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training — and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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