Willamette Humane Society is proud to be a vital component of Marion & Polk Counties, providing compassionate services to pets and people since 1965. Through the support of our community, in 2014-2015 we served 65,417 people and 8,255 animals- or an approximate 16 percent of the population.
Willamette Humane Society provides compassionate services for pets and people through sheltering, adoption, end-of-life services, spay & neuter services, canine behavior & training, humane education, and animal care support programs.
Thank you for your support!
Your support provides individualized treatment to the animals in our care, allowing more resources for medical tests and treatments, more behavior modification for dogs, and time to settle for cats.
You achieved a record save rate for our shelter and community. 76.5 percent of animals brought into the shelter were saved this past year: 2,571 through adoption, 163 stray animals returned to their owners, and 626 transferred to partners for guaranteed placement, equating to 90.3 percent of dogs and 70.6 percent of cats, a 12 percent increase over the prior year.
More animals were available for adoption to the public without overcrowding shelter kennels, and in locations accessible by public transportation. Our community adopted 339 animals at 4 off-site locations.
Your support provides a high-quality adoption package that includes a veterinary exam, spay or neuter surgery, microchip and registration, collar and personalized ID tag, leash or carrier, first vaccination, de-worming and many other benefits including 30-45 days of free medical insurance, coupons, and discounts on a wide variety of dog training classes.
Thanks to you, the WHS Spay & Neuter Clinic completed 2,148 spay and neuter surgeries for owned pets, 887 community cats and 1,551 for shelter pets, for a total of 4,586 surgeries last year. WHS sheltered pets received 136 additional procedures such as dental cleanings and extractions, amputations, growth removals, etc. to improve health and adoptability at the time of spay/neuter, and 63 surgical procedures were performed on shelter pets that were already sterilized at intake.
You help us collaborate with other groups and individuals serving pets in our community. WHS, in conjunction with other cat shelter and rescue groups, formed the Marion Polk Community Cat Program in 2014 with the goal of increasing access to free or highly subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for free-roaming community cats (feral/stray/at large un-owned).
Our community brought 887 cats to the clinic for this service. This free package includes the sterilization surgery, flea, ear mite and deworming treatment, vaccines including rabies, and ear-tipping (to identify sterile status).
Your support teaches the next generation how to humanely care for animals. Our youth education program promoting humane treatment of animals and pet-child safety reached 6,934 children in Marion and Polk counties. Valuable lessons about personal safety around animals, proper pet care and compassion for animals were taught to 4,962 students in area schools. Shelter tours were given to 1,004 students and adults. Summer day camps were offered to the community, or which 98 students took part. Birthday parties brought 870 friends and family members to the shelter to celebrate and learn about animals.
Thank you to our foster families for opening your hearts and homes to socialize and care for 983 pets last year, expanding our sheltering capacity. With an increase in the number of foster homes, more bottle-fed kittens were fostered and saved. Foster families provide the additional time, medical treatment or rehabilitative training necessary for these special pets with individualized barriers to adoption. Your commitment to care for the pets saves lives.
This year, your support allowed our Behavior & Training program to expand its focus to serve more dogs in the shelter through customized rehabilitation programs for dogs and weekly follow-up assessments with shelter staff in what we call 360° Meeting. The program also offered a practical training class curriculum focused on giving dog owners the tools they need to improve their working relationship with their pets and keep them in the home.
WHS canine training curriculum includes basic and advanced training, puppy socialization and training, specialty, trick and agility classes, and off-leash supervised play groups for sheltered and owned dogs. The program offers individual consultations with WHS’s certified dog trainers.
Due to personnel and program changes, the B&T program only served the public for 8 months this fiscal year. The program served 719 families and individuals, trained 173 dogs in classes, and 25 pets and their families in private consultations. In addition, WHS held 4 Jr. Trainer camps and a winter break camp serving 62 middle-school youth learning elementary dog training and responsible pet care, while enhancing adoptability of resident shelter animals.
Additionally, WHS offers pre-adoption consultations about dogs with specific behavioral needs in order to advise and instruct potential adopters. A seminar, “Dog Smart” is offered bi-weekly to all adopters and the public. The Behavior Helpline, available to all community members, responded to 225 individual requests for assistance with companion animal behavior.
Thank you to the 1,100 volunteers who contributed 67,048 hours last year. Your support makes a big difference in the level of individualized care animals at the shelter receive. The combined hours of all volunteers equal the work of approximately 32 FTE (equivalent full-time workers)- your service is nearly half of our workforce! You provided pets with compassionate care and training, cleaned kennels and staffed events, walked dogs, assisted in adoptions and administration, provided grounds maintenance, facilities improvements and professional in-kind services, drove animals to veterinary specialist appointments and transfers, helped with spay/neuter clinic operations, staffed several retail outlets, conducted trainings for new volunteers, and led the organization through service on the Board of Directors. Your volunteer service saves lives!
More than 98 percent of our revenue comes from individuals like you! We are a local, independent nonprofit, and not a chapter or an affiliate of any regional or national humane organization. We rely on donations and service fees to provide compassionate services to pets and people.
We gratefully acknowledge all our supporters, but elected not to print donor names this year in the interest of privacy. For all who made a gift this year, volunteered your time, or attended an event to support the animals in our care- please know that because of you, 3,360 animals found new, loving homes, or were reunited with their families. Without your support, the sheltering, medical services or connection to new adopters would not be possible.
Thank you for saying YES so often to help the animals in our care.
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