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Cutting the Ribbon

Expansion Project Wraps Up

Rocky’s Story

A Shelter Dog from Salem Becomes a Hero

Picture Perfect

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Gifts That Give Back

Creative Ways to Help Shelter Pets



WINTER 2022 | Vol. 51 | No. 4

2 OHS News

New Humane Special Agent is

sworn in; OHS recognized for

excellence by the Oregon Animal

Control Council; A boost for

rescued horses.


Rescued Pets Begin

a New Chapter

Animals from four separate cases

around the state arrive at OHS’

Portland and Salem campuses.

4 The New Road Ahead

Ribbon is cut on historic expansion

project; Community Veterinary

Hospital brings subsidized care to

struggling pet owners.

8 Rocky’s Story

A shelter dog from Salem surprises

his new family with a heroic act.

Oregon Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable

organization. OHS is an Oregon-based nonprofit that relies

on donor support for its adoption, education, medical and

humane law enforcement programs.

Oregon Humane Society Magazine is published quarterly.

Comments and inquiries should be addressed to the editor.

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EDITOR Laura Klink - (503) 416-2985


EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Sarah Bradham, Kelsey O’Lea

Goodwick, Becca Ball, Katie Hamlin, Katie Hovde, Alex

Laskowski, Kelly Rey, and Rachel Cain.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Todd Saucier, Sheri Thompson,

Lydia Wojack-West.


Profiles in


10 Gift Guide

Inspiring gifts from tribute tags

to peace of mind.

13 Event

Round Up

A Spook-tacular Boo Bash

in Salem and looking

ahead to 2023.


Photo Contest


Picture perfect dogs, cats,

guinea pigs and horses

earn top prizes.

16 Happy Tails

Sherlock unlocks new behaviors and finds his

place; Renegade the cat blossoms and learns to

snuggle; One adopter visits two campuses to find

the perfect pair of beagles; An adopter from 2006

reflects on her furry best friend.

Why a longtime volunteer included

OHS in his estate plan.


TLC Business


Get to know Salem business partner

Cashmere Construction.


Marveita Redding*, Chair

Retired, City of Portland,

Bureau of Environmental Services

David H. Angeli, Vice-Chair

Angeli Law Group

Dr. John E. Gustavsson, Secretary

Radiology Consultants, Inc

Steven L. Gish, Treasurer

BPM Real Estate Group

Steve D. Bloom

Portland Japanese Garden

Tracy Crandall

Sterling Asset Management

Group, Inc.

Reginald R. Eklund*,

Retired, NACCO Materials

Handling Group, Inc.

Lindsay W. Ford

Sprout Tours

John C. Gomez*


Marc F. Grignon

Retired, NW Equity Holdings, Inc.

Dave S. Hansen, Immediate

Past Chair

Columbia State Bank

Peter A. Jensen

Internal Revenue Service

Gordon Keane

Digital Vision, Inc.

Adena Long

Portland Parks and Recreation


Robert E. Mack, DVM, DACVIM

VCA Northwest

Veterinary Specialists

Elizabeth J. Mehren

Journalist and Author

Patti M. Miles

Walsh Construction Group

Betty B. Norrie*

Retired, Program Director,

NCAA Foundation

Shayna Rogers

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Diane Rosenbaum

Former Oregon State Senator &

Majority Leader

April Sanderson

Wealth Management Executive

Mary K. Slayton

Retired, Nike, Inc.

Nancy Tonkin-Zoucha

Tonkin Family of Dealerships

Carolyn M. Vogt

Pine Hill Legal LLC

*Past Board Chair


Marilynn Jensen | Dolorosa Margulis


oregonhumane.org & @oregonhumane


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ON THE COVER & ABOVE: Dolly, beloved pet of Audrey Albaugh. Special thanks to Dr. Karl Jernstedt from

Morgan’s Veterinary Hospital in Coos Bay, Ore, who provided lifesaving medical care to Dolly when she was

surrendered to the clinic after a car accident. Audrey, a native of Coos Bay, met Dolly during her recovery and

fell in love. Dolly now lives with OHS alum Sweet Peet and a silly yellow lab named Gladys.


Portland Campus:

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Behavior Help Line

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Corporate Relations

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Editor, OHS Magazine

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Estate Giving

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Make a Donation

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Monthly Giving

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Spay & Save Program

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Volunteer Program

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Salem Campus:

Spay & Neuter Clinic

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Behavior & Training

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Volunteer Program

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Direct Line

from Sharon Harmon, President and CEO

As 2022 ends, I find myself reflecting on all the new beginnings we set into motion this year.

In July, we welcomed a new community to our organization. As one Oregon Humane

Society with two campuses, pets and people throughout the Salem and Portland metro areas

are benefitting like never before. We are able to collaborate across campuses, share innovative

ideas and resources, and creatively problem-solve to provide support to more pets and people.

When our Humane Law Enforcement team got a call about close to 100 neglected cats and

kittens from Polk County who needed immediate rescue, the staff at OHS’ Salem campus

moved quickly to receive these animals and provide life-saving care. Read more about this

rescue on page 2.

There are heroes in Salem – people and pets. I invite you to get to know a special volunteer at

our Salem campus named Marianne Fox. She works tirelessly to help her favorite breed, the pit

bull, and made a special connection with a shy dog named Rocky. Animals surprise us every

day with their resilience, but I don’t think any of us thought that beneath Rocky’s shy exterior

was the heart of a hero. On page 8, learn how Rocky’s heroic instincts saved a child

from drowning.

We are excited to continue to integrate Salem into OHS and are currently evaluating the needs

of the Salem community so we can refine our programs and improve services across

the mid-valley.

Anticipating future needs is what prompted us to create a vision for the New Road Ahead

expansion project almost eight years ago.

On Oct. 20, less than two years after breaking ground on the project, we hosted a ribbon-cutting

ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Community Veterinary Hospital, Animal Crimes

Forensic Center, and the Behavior and Rescue Center. Read more on page 4.

The first week that the Community Veterinary Hospital was open, the response was very positive.

Access to veterinary care is a challenge all over the country, and we have certainly felt it

in our local communities. The new hospital provides high-quality care for all pet owners. Our

clinical focus is on preventative, dental, spay/neuter, and urgent care — but our mission aims to

provide access for all.

The need for the Behavior and Rescue Center was underscored by several large rescues over

the past four months. This includes cats and kittens from Polk County, Alaskan Malamutes from

Lane County, and neglected dogs suffering from horrific skin issues from Jackson County. Read

more about the types of rescues that led us to build the new Behavior and Rescue Center on

page 6.

The needs of our state are vast, and the New Road Ahead expansion gives us the opportunity

to meet these needs in new and innovative ways.

Every need that we have been able to anticipate and meet is fueled by you, our compassionate

donors. You are the heart of our mission and everything that we have been able to accomplish

this year would not be possible without you. I am more grateful than ever for your support.

Lastly, this year comes to a close with another example of our new chapter, and you are holding

it in your hands. This is the first magazine that fully integrates news from our Portland and

Salem campuses. I hope that as you read through these pages, you are proud of all that we

have accomplished together.

With gratitude,

Sharon M. Harmon, CAWA

President and CEO




Would you like to become an

OHS Salem volunteer? Visit us at:


Profiles in Compassion — Marianne Fox

Have you met Marianne Fox? If you have, then you know

she would do absolutely anything for our shelter pups! A

volunteer since 2013, she has racked up almost 7,000 hours

of volunteer service. Marianne walks the dogs, cleans their

kennels, plays with them, helps socialize them, donates toys

and treats, and always advocates for the dogs' well-being.

“I continue to volunteer because I love spending time with

the sweet dogs, the great people, and it keeps me out of

trouble!” says Marianne.

Marianne has a heart for dogs who have had a difficult

life so far and she loves to shower them with affection.

She especially loves pit bulls. Marianne forms special

bonds with many of our active dogs, including Max

(pictured here). One of the dogs she remembers fondly is

Rocky. Read his heroic story on pages 8-9.

A star volunteer, Marianne’s passion for pets and the

people who care for them is what keeps her coming

back to the shelter.

OHS Saves Nearly 100 Cats in Polk County Rescue

On Sept. 14, OHS’ Humane Law

Enforcement was contacted to help

with a suspected animal neglect case

near Salem.

Polk County Animal Services transported

the 87 cats and kittens to our

Salem campus. Weeks later, 12 more

cats and kittens from the same case

were rescued.

Dr. Sara Livesay, OHS Salem veterinarian,

recalls, “Initially I was

concerned about what medical

conditions they may have and how

to manage caring for such a large

number of sick cats.”

Several cats required special medical

care. including a special girl

named Wanda, lower left.

Staff from our Salem and Portland

campuses were on-site to assist in

this massive rescue effort. Colleen

Trinidad, OHS Salem’s Hospital Operations

Supervisor, and Dr. Kandace

Henry, one of OHS Portland’s veterinarians,

examined each cat and

performed their initial intake, from

naming them to recording their vitals.

Many of the cats were dehydrated,

emaciated, distressed, and required

extensive medical care.

Dr. Livesay explains, “Wanda was

one of the most memorable cases

for me. She was so scared and

withdrawn initially. She had severe

chronic corneal ulcers in both eyes.

After her eyes were removed and the

pain was taken away, she became a

friendly and loving cat.”

After Wanda’s surgery, she went

home with one of our experienced

medical fosters where she continued

to make a remarkable recovery.



OHS Receives Gift to Help Abused and Neglected Horses

Oregon Humane Society received

a $25,000 gift from Friends of the

Portland Mounted Patrol to support

animal rescue and investigate cases

of cruelty and neglect, with a focus

on helping horses in need.

This is the third gift from the Portland

Mounted Patrol since Portland Police

disbanded the unit in 2017 due to

a lack of city funds. Since that time,

private funds used to support the

program have been managed by

Friends of Portland’s Mounted Patrol

and distributed to various

community organizations.

OHS is frequently called upon by

local law enforcement agencies and

private citizens to help with horse

rescue and neglect cases around

the state. Humane Special Agents

and other members of the OHS

Humane Law Enforcement team

collect and manage evidence, as

well as investigate and prepare

cases to hold horse owners accountable.

OHS also partners with Sound

Equine Options to help fund the

care and rehabilitation of

neglected equines.

"There is an increasing need to help

rescue horses from neglect,” says

Sharon Harmon, OHS President

and CEO. “This gift will give us the

resources to help fight for those who

can’t speak for themselves.”


(Left to right) Richard Parker, III, Charles Conrow, Dolorosa Margulis,

Chair, OHS President and CEO Sharon Harmon, and Mark New.

Humane Special Agent Emilee Jerome

Joins OHS Humane Law Enforcement

On Oct. 5, Humane Special Agent Emilee Jerome was

sworn in by Oregon State Police during a ceremony

at OHS. Agent Jerome joins OHS’ Humane Law Enforcement

team that includes two other commissioned

officers and a team of outreach, evidence, and

forensic specialists.

Prior to joining OHS, Emilee was a deputy sheriff with

the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department and held

positions in corrections and as a reserve officer in

Central Oregon.

OHS Humane Special Agents are commissioned by

Oregon State Police to enforce animal welfare laws

throughout Oregon. The Humane Law Enforcement

team often partners with other agencies to provide

training, expertise, guidance, and support. The new

Animal Crimes Forensic Center at OHS will give the

Humane Law Enforcement team an additional tool to

build the strong cases that ensure justice for abused

and neglected animals. The center will also be a resource

to all law enforcement agencies in Oregon

to support animal welfare cases.


On Oct. 20, the ribbon was cut at the New Road Ahead

project site next to our Portland campus. This pivotal moment

marks the end of the largest expansion in Oregon

Humane Society's 154-year history, and the beginning

of a new chapter for the pets and people of Oregon.

The New Road Ahead project consists of three distinct,

purpose-built facilities which will provide critical services to

pets and people in our community and beyond:

The Community Veterinary Hospital (CVH) opened to the

public on Oct. 16. This state-of-the-art hospital specializes in

four areas of veterinary care: preventative care, spay and neuter,

dentistry, and urgent care. The CVH offers subsidized veterinary

services to minimize the financial barriers faced by many. Since

our grand opening, we have seen a huge response from pet

owners in the community, especially those who have been

struggling to afford care for their animals.

The Behavior and Rescue Center (BRC) is our designated safe

space for animals in immediate danger or those who have

experienced trauma. Pets who had previously been part of our

Behavior Modification Program moved into this new center last

month. Having this dedicated space that is insulated from the

busy foot traffic that our shelter sees each day, will help these

pets receive the focused rehabilitation that they deserve.

Our BRC will enable OHS to assist in more rescue operations

across Oregon.

The Animal Crimes Forensic Center (ACFC), the only facility

of its kind on the West Coast, was designed to support law

enforcement agencies in Oregon and beyond. Fully operational

by the end of 2022, this center will support work that is essential

to securing justice for victims of animal cruelty and neglect.

The ACFC is located on the second floor of the Community

Veterinary Hospital.

This ribbon-cutting ceremony marked an important milestone in

the New Road Ahead project. We celebrated the decade of

dreaming and planning, and the monumental work that went

into building these facilities. Our team is proud of all we have

accomplished, and we are reminded that more road lies ahead.

Your continued support is more important than ever as we wrap

up fundraising for this expansion project. We are 98% to our

goal—and you can help carry us over the finish line by making

a charitable donation or purchasing a tribute tag.

You can help us reach the finish line

on our road to a More Humane

Society. Learn more and

make a donation at




OHS Cares For Your Pets As Much As You Do

High-Quality Pet Care That Helps Your Community

After years of planning and anticipation, the state-ofthe-art

Community Veterinary Hospital (CVH) opened to

the public. Every time you visit, your pet will receive the

highest quality care—and you will support our vision of

making veterinary care accessible to those in our community

who need it most.

OHS identified the growing difficulty in accessing veterinary

care in the Portland Metro area. We recognized that one of the

main struggles that pet owners face is the cost of care for their

pets, and that even annual check-ups can be cost-prohibitive for

some people. That is why OHS committed to helping community

members access affordable veterinary services — and why

we spent nearly a decade making our vision a reality through

the New Road Ahead Project.

The Four Pillars of CVH’s Veterinary Services

We can treat a variety of species at the CVH including dogs,

cats, rabbits, and rodents. The CVH specializes in four areas of

veterinary services: preventative care, spay and neuter, dentistry,

and urgent care. These are the areas where our community has

the greatest veterinary need.

Help your pet stay in tip-top shape with our preventative care

services. Our team will perform routine wellness exams, which

may include weight management, immunization, parasite control,

early disease detection, and more.

Offering spay and neutering services helps protect the health of

owned pets, while also preventing unwanted litters.

We are thrilled to be able to offer routine dental procedures,

which may include a thorough cleaning under anesthesia,

radiographs, and extractions when needed.

Urgent care at the CVH is designed to help pets with issues

that need immediate medical attention but aren’t necessarily lifethreatening.

For critical or after-hours care, contact your closest

emergency vet clinic.

Visit oregonhumane.org/care or call (503) 802-6800 to book

your pet's next veterinary service.


Assistance for

Veterinary Services

Our goal is to provide accessible and highquality

veterinary care to our clients and their

pets. We understand that accessing veterinary

services is a challenge to many.

We offer subsidized care to minimize the

financial burdens that may prevent people

from seeking medical care for their pets.





The Behavior and Rescue Center (BRC) at Oregon

Humane Society Portland Campus is the first building of

its kind on the West Coast dedicated to helping traumatized

pets heal and providing a safe space for animals

in immediate danger due to natural and

human-made disasters.

The BRC is 13,876 square feet and includes two distinct

areas: kennels and rooms for animals who are part of

the Behavior Modification Program, and flexible kennels

that can accommodate a variety of animals who need

immediate rescue.

There are 24 kennels that can be modified to house

large or small dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, or

other small animals.

When a group of animals are victims of cruelty or

neglect, moving them out of harm’s way quickly is

critical. The BRC will provide a dedicated space for

these animals, allowing OHS to respond immediately

when pets are in crisis.

The Behavior and Rescue Center will

provide a dedicated, quiet space

separate from the main shelter

where animals who have suffered

from neglect can begin treatment

and healing from their trauma.

Several recent cases demonstrate the

need for a dedicated rescue center.


September 2022

At the request of Oakridge Police, OHS assisted with a

situation involving an overwhelmed breeder. Four OHS

transport vehicles traveled to the area to bring 38 Alaskan

Malamutes back to the Portland Campus.

The Behavior and Rescue Center’s large kennels could easily

be adapted to house these gentle giants. The large outside

yards also give larger dogs a place to play, socialize, and

spend time with staff and volunteers.


September 2022

The same day the Alaskan Malamutes were being transported

to Portland, OHS Humane Law Enforcement received a call

from Polk County Sheriff’s Office about a suspected neglect

case involving nearly 100 cats and kittens. Many of the animals

needed immediate medical care, so moving them out of the

current home quickly was critical. The feline areas at the Salem

Campus were rearranged and Portland staff were deployed to

help take in the animals.

In the future, the Behavior and Rescue Center will serve as a

central location for multiple rescues if needed.


October 2022

Jackson County Animal Services—on behalf of Jackson

County Sheriff’s Office—reached out to OHS Humane Law

Enforcement to help with a disturbing case. After serving a

search warrant, they discovered several deceased animals,

along with 10 dogs, who needed emergency medical care.

The Behavior and Rescue Center will provide a quiet space

for animals from neglect cases.

Rocky, a black pit bull / pug mix,

arrived at Oregon Humane Society

Salem Campus on May 2, 2022.

In the weeks and months that Rocky

was at OHS Salem, he became a staff

and volunteer favorite. Whenever he

met someone new, he rolled onto his

back to expose his tummy—a sign of

relaxation and trust. Our volunteers

fell in love with his sweet face and

gentle demeanor.

After two months, our team could not

understand why Rocky had not found

his forever home.


Suddenly, he darted towards the water. Heather frantically

chased after him, confused as to why he would

approach the water when she knew he was fearful

of it. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw two other

women running towards the water where Rocky

was heading.

Within seconds, he dragged a two-year-old girl

ashore. He had torn through her shirt trying to rescue

her, but the little girl was safe.

Meeting the Howards

When Heather and Richard Howard saw Rocky’s

photo on our website, they felt compelled to meet him.

They had been searching for a dog to join their family,

and his profile described everything they were

looking for.

They scheduled their meet and greet for July 5. When

the Howards took Rocky to the play yard to get to

know him better, he ran around with puppylike


Daniela, the Adoptions Specialist who helped the

family, told them, “He never acts like this! He’s usually

more timid around new people.” That’s when Heather

and Richard knew: Rocky was the one, and he went

home with them that day.

Rocky Goes to the Beach

About six weeks after bringing Rocky home, Heather

and Richard felt confident that he was ready for his

first big trip with the family. They rented a room in

Lincoln City overlooking the ocean. After they settled

in, Heather decided to walk Rocky along the beach.

Initially, Rocky was nervous about stepping on the

sand. He walked on three legs for the first few minutes,

unsure of this new and strange sensation of sand

beneath his paws. The sound of the waves crashing

against the shore scared him, which did not surprise

Heather because of how nervous he had been at the

river the previous weekend. But within a few minutes,

Rocky saw another dog running across the beach and

overcame his fear. Heather let him off leash so the two

dogs could play chase.

After he began to play, Rocky felt much more comfortable

on the sand and near the water. He stayed close

to Heather as they walked along the shore.

The family was hysterical, and Heather was in shock.

Everyone first checked to make sure the child was safe

and unharmed. Once they realized she was, they all

turned their attention to Rocky.

True to his character, Rocky rolled onto his back to

show them his tummy.

The family gave Rocky belly rubs and ear scratches

and told him what a good boy he was. Rocky gave

the little girl a big lick on the cheek. The two women

took the girl and walked away as Heather and Rocky

made their way back to the hotel.

Recognize a Hero:

Diamond Collar Awards

Stories like Rocky’s are a great reminder that

heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Each year, Oregon Humane Society hosts the

Diamond Collar Awards, recognizing pets

and people for extraordinary acts of compassion.

We are currently accepting nominees

for the Diamond Collar Awards and will be

honoring the winner on Feb. 21, 2023.

Interested in nominating a hero in your life?

Learn more at







Estate gifts are a meaningful way to create a legacy

and ensure that pets in need get care long into the

future. OHS relies on estate gifts to fund programs like

medical services, pet adoption, humane law enforcement,

and training and behavior. When you include

OHS in your plan, and let us know, we can keep you

up to date on the programs that are important to you.

Plus, you can direct your gift where it will have the

greatest impact, or to the program area of

your choice.

Estate gifts are critical to sustaining the live-saving

work that takes place every day at OHS. In fact,

nearly one third of our operating costs are funded

through estate gifts.

Getting started does not have to be intimidating.

Here are five important steps to take to give your

family, and you, the gift of peace of mind.

Have an estate plan

A surprisingly large percentage of Americans do not

have any estate plan. The plan’s effect is to provide

for the distribution of your property the way you want

it to occur.

Create a durable power of attorney

A durable power of attorney is a written general

power of attorney given over financial and other key

matters – including banking transactions, collection

and payment of funds, disposition of assets, gifting,

and other issues. If you were unable to act on your

own behalf, your power of attorney steps in to take

care of these responsibilities.

Update beneficiary designations

For many of us, retirement plan benefits and insurance

policies are a major part of the estate. Often, the last

time we looked at our beneficiary a designation is

when we signed up for the retirement plan or when

we applied for insurance.

Review your existing estate plan

An estate plan prepared at one time tends to become

less accurate as time goes by. Certain events and circumstances

should trigger a review of your estate plan.

Have a plan for your pets

Talk to friends and family and update your plan when

needed to ensure that your pet will be cared for when

you are no longer able. Enrolling your pets in OHS’

Friends Forever TM program is a great option.

Visit oregonhumane.org/friends-forever

to learn more and get started.

Estate Planning: Fact or Fiction

Test your knowledge with this quiz from Caress Law,

PC. Are these statements fact or fiction?

1. If you don’t plan for what happens when you die, the

state will do it for you.

2. A pet can be the direct beneficiary of an inheritance.

3. Everyone should have a trust.

4. Only the wealthy need an estate plan.

Answer Key:

1. Fact. Without a will or trust, state law dictates who receives your property.

2. Fiction. Make provisions in your estate plan for the care of your pets and name

a pet caretaker. Enrolling in OHS’ Friends Forever program is a great way to plan

for your pets when you are no longer able to care for them.

3. Fiction. It’s a choice. Not all people need a trust. There are pros and cons and

if you aren’t going to fund it, don’t create a trust.


4. Fiction. Modest estates are often the most expensive to administer at death,

especially when there is no plan in place.

Gifts that Give Back






Tribute Insert

Tribute Inserts are a great addition to the holiday greeting

cards you send friends and family. Sized perfectly

to fit in most greeting cards, your donation of $5 or

more provides a special gift while helping the pets in

our shelter and community. oregonhumane.org/tribute

Tribute Kennel Dedication

Dedicating a kennel at OHS to honor a loved one or

pet is a thoughtful and unique gift. Your tribute donation

to help save animal lives will adorn a dog, cat,

or small-animal kennel with the name of your loved

one and a special message from you. Kennels can be

dedicated for three months, six months, or one year,

sharing your devotion and providing shelter and care

to pets in need. oregonhumane.org/tribute

NEW! Tribute Tags

Commemorate a pet or a person with a beautiful,

engraved tribute tag that will hang on the dedication

wall within our new Community Veterinary Hospital.

This is the perfect way to honor a pet you have loved

and lost, a furry friend who currently lifts you up and

snuggles with you at the end of a long day, a person

who has shown leadership in their care for animals, or

as a token for yourself as a reminder of your commitment

to creating a More Humane Society.

No matter who you decide to honor with your

tag—you are gifting them a lasting legacy.

Tribute tags are available in bronze,

silver, and gold levels.


OHS Thrift Store

Our Thrift Store is your one-stop shop for holiday shopping.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or

festive decorations, the items on your list can be found

in our ever-changing array of jewelry, toys, clothing,

home décor, pet supplies, sporting goods, and more!

Visit us at 548 High St. NE in downtown Salem to

take advantage of daily specials and sales that will

help you save even more on your next thrifty treasure

hunt. The Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all sales support our

shelter services and animals.


OHS Merchandise

Show your love for shelter pets by wearing

OHS-exclusive merchandise. T-shirts, sweatshirts,

water bottles, and coffee mugs are available now at

oregonhumane.org/shop. OHS merchandise makes a

great gift any time of the year. When you shop, you’re

also helping shelter pets get the food, medical care,

and training they need.

Host an Online Fundraiser

Ring in the holiday season or a special

occasion by hosting an online fundraiser!

OHS’ website has easy-to-use tools to help you

set up and personalize your fundraising page and

create a custom URL to share with friends and family.

Hosting an online fundraiser and sharing your goal is

a great way to engage friends and family from all over

the country. Your efforts will provide life-saving care

for pets in need. oregonhumane.org/fundraiser






Donating your car to help animals is easier than you think.

oregonhumane.org/autos or (503) 802-6766

Bowser's Boo Bash was a Spook-tacular Success




Guests arrived dressed to the nines

for this Halloween-weekend event!

Before the program kicked off,

guests enjoyed cocktails and hors

d'oeuvres in the macabre ballroom.

The photobooth was a popular feature,

as were readings from a local

pet psychic. Attendees browsed the

silent auction tables with valuable

prizes for pets and people.

The program kicked off shortly

after dinner, where we heard from

Sharon Harmon and Dr. Livesay

about the critical work that Oregon

Humane Society Salem Campus

does for the mid-Valley community.

Dr. Livesay shared her experience

helping to save the lives of

87 cats who were rescued from a

suspected neglect situation in Polk

County and brought to OHS Salem

Campus for care and rehoming.

These cats were in bad condition.

Some of them required surgery to

remove one or both of their eyes

due to untreated pain or infections,

including one sweet cat named

Wanda. (Read more about Wanda

on page 2).

Sharon then showed an incredible

video of Rocky, the OHS Salem

alumni who saved a toddler from

drowning in September. (Read

more about Rocky on page 8)

The incredible stories of the lifesaving

work taking place at OHS

Salem Campus inspired donors

who generously gave more than

$100,000 during the event.

“It was truly a magical evening

and a wonderful opportunity

to get to know the dedicated,

animal-loving community in

Salem,” says Sharon Harmon,

OHS President and CEO.

We ended the night with lots of

kitten cuddles from a rambunctious

litter of foster kittens, who were all

adopted out within a few weeks of

the event.

Thank you to all of our supporters

who made magic for OHS shelter

pets in need.



When you love pets,

it’s only right to celebrate them year

round. This year’s Photo Contest

featured a new element — the

chance to be featured in the first

OHS Calendar — and competition

was fierce.

After one new category, 303 total

entries, over 30,000 votes, and

$27,120 raised for pets, we have

our champions!

It was Shucks, a senior pup from

San Francisco posing amidst a pile

of pumpkins, who stole the show

with 2,246 votes and was crowned

Best Dog. Honorable mention,

however, must go to our Best Dog

runner-up Chicky who brought in

a phenomenal 2,235 votes!

Cleo took Best Cat with 979 votes,

and our best Other Pet this year

was a Guinea Pig named Pickles

Wiggles who brought in 661 total

votes. Our special category Best

Barnyard Buddy had some great

entries, and ultimately it was a

horse named Jazzy who stole the

top spot with 530 votes.

Our Editor’s Choice goes to

notable OHS alumni Oliver Nacho,

a sweetheart with a difficult past

who finally found his forever home

with Tracy in 2018. This loveable

orange tabby was even the ring

bearer in her wedding in 2021.

Sadly, he lost his battle with lung

cancer in 2022, and in the words

of his family “will be forever loved.”



Name: Shucks


Portland, OR

Votes: 2,246

When he was 12 years old,

Shucks was surrendered to

Muttville in San Francisco.

I foster failed in a week

and adopted my best

friend. He just turned 15,

and he is thriving! He has

exactly half his teeth left

and zero hearing, but that

doesn't slow him down. He

loves long walks with lots

of sniffing, followed by

laying for hours in your lap.

He's the happiest

little buddy.



Name: Cleo


West Linn,


Votes: 979

Cleo, short for Cleo-cat-ra, is a sassy little kitty! She has always dreamed

of being a calendar girl. When she’s not lounging in boxes, she likes to

play fetch with crumpled up post-it notes. She also enjoys meowing like

she hasn’t eaten in days and then when you feed her, she takes one bite of

food and walks away. She brings lots of joy to our family! Follow her

@cleokardashian on TikTok.





Name: Jazzy

Hometown: Oregon City, OR

Votes: 530

Jazzy is a 20-year-old Missouri Foxtrotter/

Kentucky Mountain horse who enjoys the

Oregon coast during the summer. She is

gaited and fun to ride in the

ocean waves.




Name: Pickles Wiggles


West Linn, OR

Votes: 661

Pickles is our newest family member. She is

almost 1 year old. Her favorite treats include

freeze dried strawberries, fresh apple slices, and

her most favorite vitamin C. Each night before

bed, we call “night night Pickles.” Pickles is very

vocal and lets us know when she needs attention

or love.



Name: Oliver Nacho


Portland, OR

Votes: 20

Oliver Nacho had multiple homes before finding

his way into Tracy’s arms. Despite his medical

challenges, she adopted him from OHS in 2018.

He was the very best cat and served as ring

bearer in her 2021 wedding. Oliver Nacho died

in 2022 of lung cancer. He will be forever loved.










Sherlock, our OHS resident mystery solver—his greatest case was the

mystery of finding the lost treat—came to the shelter in May 2022. From

Pendleton to Portland, this friendly floof was looking for his human soulmate.

Sherlock, now Ripley, spent the summer in the Behavior Modification

Program working with the Training and Behavior team to get ready

for his new home. What he found were his human and his dog bestie.

“I met Ripley, and he tried to steal my purse. I appreciated his flair for

fashion and decided to come back to introduce him to my dog,” says

Rachel. “My first dog, Leo, is a 100-pound German Shepherd / Alaskan

Malamute mix (around 7 years old). They hit it off right away, but Ripley

didn’t know how to control his excitement around Leo.”

Rachel trained with Ripley and OHS’ behavior staff—practicing

leashed walks with both dogs and play sessions. The work and support

the OHS trainers provided helped Rachel feel confident adopting.

Now the three of them enjoy hikes and cuddling.

“Ripley enjoys laying by the fireplace curled up next to his new best

friend and their shared mountain of dog toys,” says Rachel. “I’m very

happy to report that this adoption worked out very well for

all involved.”

When Renegade showed up at OHS, it was clear he would

need a special home. This sweet and playful boy needed a

quiet home and a patient person willing to give him time to

adjust and blossom.

Renegade spent months in the Behavior Modification

Program. Our team showed him love and helped him open

up. They soon discovered that he was a very curious and

smart cat. During his time at OHS, he learned how to open

cabinets to find tasty treats to eat and even attempted to

jump into the trash can.

Renegade, now Loki, found the purr-fect adopter in Nicole,

who was willing to be patient to help him continue

to blossom.

“The behavior team worked wonders, and while it has

taken time and patience, Loki is really starting to trust and

feel at home,” says Nicole. “I got so excited today when

he finally jumped on my bed and slept beside me. We

love him so much, and I am so grateful to be Loki’s

cat mama.”


Phoebe and Sophie were two of the 80 beagles brought to OHS’

Portland and Salem campuses during the massive rescue in August

2022. Sixty of the dogs went to the Portland campus while 20

were transported to Salem.

Eager to adopt one of the beagles, Tina submitted applications

to both our Portland and Salem campuses. She initially tried to

adopt Sophie from the Portland campus but was told another

adopter was already lined up.


The next day, Tina and her family met Phoebe at the Salem

campus and immediately fell in love. Two hours after bringing

Phoebe home, Tina received a call from OHS Portland that

Sophie’s adopter fell through, so the family loaded into the car

to meet her. They brought Sophie home the same day!

The two girls were so excited to see one another. According

to Tina, “Phoebe and Sophie are total opposites. Phoebe was

nervous at first and didn’t know how to walk down the stairs,

while Sophie was totally fearless. Thank you for all that you

do for the precious animals that come to Oregon

Humane Society.”

Phoebe and Sophie love playing, snuggling, and messing

with their big brother, Jack the cat.

Fritz, a 2006 OHS Salem Campus alumni, has been living

the good life with his cat-mom, Natalie, for over 16 years.

When Natalie first spotted him at the shelter, she felt an

instant connection.

“I adopted Fritz after a big life change, and a crosscountry

move from Kentucky to Salem. It was the first time

I had been without a pet in my whole life. When I saw

him in the shelter, he looked really nervous and overwhelmed,

and I connected with him immediately.”

The two have been inseparable ever since. Natalie’s

life has undergone many changes over the years, and

Fritz has been there through every twist and turn.

Though he’s gotten older, Natalie says, “He still loves

treats, leash walks, and wrestling with his brothers.

But he also loves lap time and nap time.” A pictureperfect






By Charles Aubin

I am a long-time supporter of Oregon Humane

Society (OHS). I’ve done it all—volunteering,

donating, and working with staff. In fact, I’ve

even been Santa at the holiday event, Santa

Paws, for over twenty years! As I deepened

my relationship with animals and their people,

I wanted to further my commitment to their

future. My desire to create more meaningful

change is why I supported Oregon Humane

Society with a charitable gift annuity (CGA).

CGAs have double the impact. When you

support OHS with a CGA, you provide lifesaving

resources for pets in need—and a lifetime

of guaranteed annual income for yourself.

It’s simple. If you are 65 or older and give a

charitable gift annuity of $10,000 or more

to OHS, you will receive guaranteed annual

income for the remainder of your life. The

annuity payment amount is fixed at the time

of your gift and depends on the age(s) of the

income beneficiaries. These payments can be

made to you and/or a loved one.

Your charitable gift annuity can help pets like

Gus receive a second chance. He, like so many

others, was surrendered due to his family’s inability

to care for him. Because of OHS,

Gus was able to find a loving home that understands

his needs and allows him to become

the best dog he can be.

By establishing a CGA with Oregon Humane

Society, you ensure that pets get their second

chances long into the future while providing

yourself with financial security. I like CGAs so

much that I now have three of them and enjoy

the reliable twice-a-year payments that are

sent to me. I hope you will join me by investing

in animals and your future with a charitable

gift annuity.

Getting started is easy. For a confidential,

personalized illustration of how a CGA

would work for you, visit


or contact Gary Kish at (503) 416-2988.


Charles Aubin with Gus.

Estate Gifts

OHS honors those who since July 1, 2022 have committed a future gift through their will, trust, retirement plan, insurance policy, charitable gift annuity or

other estate planning. Please contact Kathryn Karr, Planned Giving Program Manager, (503) 802-6743, if you have already included Oregon Humane

Society in your estate plan, or would like to talk about creating a lasting legacy for the animals.

Anonymous (8)

Barbara Barrow

Carol L. Black

Kimberly A. Conley

John W. Day

Cliff & Karen Deveney

Kathleen Kromm

Paul Manka

Mark & Therese McLain

Luanna M. Neal

Jennifer & Aaron Rose

Adrienne & Ken Sexton

Bequests Received

Oregon Humane Society acknowledges the following persons from whom their estate bequests were received since June 30, 2022.

Anonymous (4)

Harvey Black Charitable Trust

Patricia H. Byrd

James & Patricia Carlton

Cheryl Cooper

Bonita K. Erickson

Stacia Gabriel

Donn & Janyce Gassaway Trust

Raymond Hayden

Linda Hodge

Donna Howard

Evelyn May Jacobson

The James Family Trust

Sylivia L. Kinnari

Malcolm M. Marquis

Gloria J. Mcfadden

Dennis B. Meyers

William H. Nelson

Louis E. Nordyke

Doris Pennock

David Phelps

Nancy Ann Roach

Virginia Lee Dowdy Rooney

John F. Rose

Donald M. Sharpe

Diane Solomon

Carol Sorenson

Sue Steffen

Carmen Thorsen

For more information about

including OHS in your plan,

please contact Gary Kish,

Vice President of Legacy

Gifts and Strategic


at (503) 416-2988.



An OHS charitable gift annuity

provides you with a tax deduction

and guaranteed income for life.

Let us show you how a charitable gift

annuity can provide certainty to you.

Contact Gary Kish, VP Legacy Gifts &

Strategic Initiatives.

(503) 416-2988 garyk@oregonhumane.org 19


Thomas Lamb Eliot Circle Business Partners

The following businesses have made significant financial contributions ($2,500+) to OHS and/or in-kind donations over the past 12

months. A complete list of OHS Business Partners can be found online at oregonhumane.org/support-our-partners.

New members in bold.


Alaska Naturals

Boehringer Ingelheim

Fetch by The Dodo

Google Ad Grants

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.




OnPoint Community Credit Union

Subaru of America

The Standard


Angeli Law Group

Capitol Subaru

Central Pet


Lithia Subaru of Oregon City


Mud Bay

Portland General Electric

Slalom Consulting

Subaru of Portland

Western Partitions Inc.


Bennington Properties LLC

Bentley’s Coffee

Brooks Greenhouse Construction

Central Garden & Pet Company

Columbia Bank


Delta Fire, Inc

Hallmark Inns and Resorts

Horizon Air Airlines

KATU Television

KPTV/Fox 12 Oregon

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Matrix Partners LTD

Microsoft Corporation

Mike’s Hard Lemonade

Moda Health


Nissan of Portland

NW Wine Company

Oracle America, Inc.

Phillips Pet Food & Supplies

Premiere Property Group


Scott | Edwards Architecture

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Stella & Chewy’s

Tito's Handmade Vodka

The Kroger Co.


Wag Brands

Walsh Construction Co.

Washman USA

Zoetis Petcare


14 Hands Winery

All Natural Pet Supply

Allied Cloud Solutions


APR Staffing

Arm the Animals

Avangrid Renewables

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Bora Architects

Bridgetown Emergency Veterinary and Referral

Bristol Urban Apartments

C.O.A.T. Flagging

Caldera International Inc.

Cambia Health Solutions

Clean Affinity

Consolidated Community Credit Union

Cumming Management Group, Inc.

Direct Marketing Solutions

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

LexiDog Boutique & Social Club

Lowe’s Home Improvement Salem

Nintendo of America


Republic Services

Rex Hill Masonry, Inc.

Stoller Wine Group

The Killers Pest Control

The Marble Center

The Wine Group

Thede Culpepper Moore Munro & Silliman LLP

VCA Animal Hospitals

Wisdom Health


Young's Market Company of Oregon


2 Towns Ciderhouse


Aquilini Brands

Beaverton Toyota

Birch Community Services

Bluebird Botanicals

Bow Wow Film Fest

Broadleaf Studio

Cashmere Construction


Columbia River Surgery Center

Columbia Sportswear

Comcast Corporation

Constellation Brands


Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Dick Hannah Dealerships

Duck Pond Cellars


Fear Free, LLC

Goodwick Creative Services, LLC

Green Pet Compost Company

Hollywood Grocery Outlet

Hyster-Yale Group

Java Crew

Johnstone Supply Inc.

Kent Pet Group

Kuni Lexus of Portland

Lam Research

Liberty Mutual

Lucky Dog

McKinsey & Company

Midland National Life Insurance Company

Morel Ink

Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals

Northwest Engineering Service


Precision Images

Republic National Distributing Company

ResQ Animal Massage

Rose City Veterinary Hospital

Roth’s Fresh Markets

Second Growth Counseling

Sky Window Clean & Maintenance

Stewart Sokol & Larkin LLC

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated


United Healthcare

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Western Pet Supply

Wildfang Co.


Derek Dunmyer, President of Cashmere Construction in Salem, has built a business that

not only focuses on remodeling and new construction, but also on giving back to

the community.

“Our team members live and work here, so we feel it’s important to support local

organizations such as Oregon Humane Society here in Salem, that are making a significant

impact on people and pets.”

Cashmere has been a dedicated sponsor of shelter events, including WillaMutt Strut,

the yearly fun run/walk, as well as Bowser’s Boo Bash gala and auction.

“We are so grateful for the many resources OHS provides for animals in need in our

community and are proud to help in any way we can,” said Derek.

While many Cashmere team members have pets, they obviously can’t come to work.

But employees get some purrs and woofs when remodeling homes.

“A number of our clients have dogs or cats,” said Derek. “And of course, their animals

are part of the family, so it’s fun meeting all types of cats and dogs.”

Thanks to corporate sponsors like Cashmere Construction, OHS Salem Campus

can continue to provide the foundation to create a More Humane Society.


OHS is dedicated to making our community a better place. Learn more at oregonhumane.org. Portland Campus: (503) 285-7722. Salem Campus: (503) 585-5900.


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents, and rabbits

are available for adoption. Portland:

oregonhumane.org/adopt. Salem:



OHS responds to situations where a

trapped or stranded animal needs

human help (in case of emergency,

call your local police). (503) 802-6724.


Food, supplies, and training are

offered to animal agencies throughout

Oregon. (503) 416-2993.


Consult our online resources or call

the free OHS telephone helpline with

questions about pet behavior.

(503) 416-2983 or



If you are unable to keep your pet, OHS

may be able to place your pet in a new

home. oregonhumane.org/find-ahome-for-your-pet.


OHS offers classroom presentations,

after-school clubs, summer camps and

more. oregonhumane.org/studentprograms.


OHS Portland Campus is not able to

accept stray animals, except stray

cats from Clackamas County. OHS

Salem Campus is not able to accept

stray animals, except from Polk

County. Please contact your local

animal welfare agency for assistance.



OHS Humane Law Enforcement team

follows up on every tip and phone call.

(503) 802-6707 or oregonhumane.org/



OHS provides private cremation

services. Euthanasia services are

offered if no other options are

available. Portland: (503) 285-7722, ext.

217. Salem: (503) 585-5900 ext. 300.



Best Friends Corner inside the

Portland shelter offers a variety of

supplies. (503) 285-7722, ext. 201. OHS

Thrift Store in downtown Salem offers

low-cost, second-hand household and

pet items; (503) 362-6892.


OHS offers classes and consultations

at both our Portland and

Salem campuses.



OHS offers discount coupons and

participates in the Spay & Save

program. (800) 345-SPAY or asapmetro.

org. Portland: oregonhumane.org/


Salem: oregonhumane.org/salemspay-neuter-assistance.


OHS’ new Community Veterinary

Hospital in Portland serves owned

pets and provides subsidized care for

those in need. (503) 802-6800 or



Lifetime income plus a tax deduction.

Contact Gary Kish at (503) 416-2988 or



Sponsor an OHS event or organize a

benefit. Contact Sarah Yusavitz,

(503) 416-7084;



Include OHS in your will, trust or with

a beneficiary designation. Contact

Gary Kish at (503) 416-2988 or



Ensure the welfare of pets who may

outlive you. Contact Kathryn Karr

(503) 802-6743 or



To make a gift of securities or QCD

contact Contact Jennifer Baumann,

(503) 802-6780 or visit



See our wish list online at



Your donation includes a 10% discount

at the OHS retail store, subscription to

the OHS magazine and more.

Call (503) 802-6793 or visit



Visit the store to shop or donate items

at 548 High St NE, Salem, OR. Contact

Kerilynn Capen, (503) 362-6892,



Monthly gifts through the Planned

Account Withdrawal System (PAWS)

support OHS throughout the year.

Contact Kelly Rey, (503) 802-6766;



The Thomas Lamb Eliot Circle (TLC)

honors donors contributing $1,000 or

more annually. Contact Kelly Jo

McCaughey, (503) 278-9110;



Tribute gifts can be made in memory

of, or in honor of, a pet or loved one. A

card will be sent to your loved one.

Contact Kelly Rey, (503) 802-6766;



OHS volunteer programs are available

for youths, adults, groups and

companies. Contact Kim Hudson,

(503) 285-7722, ext. 204;



To learn more about workplace giving

campaigns, contact Kelly Rey,

(503) 802-6766;






Monthly giving through PAWS

(Planned Account Withdrawal

System) offers a convenient

way for you to support Oregon

Humane Society throughout the year.

PAWS donors provide OHS with a

much-needed, dependable stream of

income that we use to provide shelter,

medical care and adoption services

to homeless animals.

You can make your PAWS gift by

credit card or with your

checking account.

For more information, please

contact Marsha Chrest at

(503) 416-7079 or


Marveita Redding, OHS Board Chair,

with Lola who came to


OHS after Hurricane Ida.

Join PAWS today at


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