Friends Forever™ Program

Most of us expect to outlive our animal companions. But what if, due to unexpected medical incapacity or death, we are no longer able to care for them? Our pets have given us so much: unconditional love, joy, comfort, and unfailing friendship. Preparing for their safety and security in the event of our absence is the final, but perhaps most significant, act of this lifelong friendship.

Regardless of whether your beloved companion is a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or other pet, OHS can help you plan for his or her welfare should he/she outlive you. In Oregon, as in most states, you cannot leave money directly to your pets, however, with OHS’s unique Friends Forever Program, you can make provisions for the care and adoption of your surviving pets through your will or other estate documents.

By enrolling in Friends Forever and making a planned gift to OHS you have our promise to immediately receive, care for, and place into new homes, any surviving pets. Your pets depend on you to meet their needs—food, water, a warm place to sleep, and love—and OHS promises to be there for them when you no longer can.

For More Information

To learn more about using Friends Forever to ensure the welfare of your pets.

To Enroll Today

  • Complete this Enrollment Form
  • Complete a Pet Profile (pdf) for every pet you want to enroll. When completed, please contact OHS to complete your pet(s) enrollment
  • If desired, complete a Letter to New Caregiver (optional) for any information that isn’t covered on the Pet Profile form

If you would like to learn more about using Friends Forever to ensure the welfare of your pets, we welcome your phone call or email. To receive your Friends Forever information folder (including language your attorney can add to your estate document) please provide your postal mailing address to one of the following:

Gary Kish, Vice President for Development
Phone: (503) 416-2988 direct line or email

Kathryn Karr, Donor Relations Manager, Legacy Gifts
Phone: (503) 416-2988 direct line or email

Success Stories

Read about pets and people recently helped by Friends Forever.

Baby and Cookie Find a Home Together » 

Clyde the Beagle Helped by Friends Forever »

Shaggy the Tuxedo Cat Finds a New Home »

Cats Cali and Chelula Come to OHS (OregonLive) »

Cali and Chelula featured on LoveMeow »