See the Project
See the New Road Ahead Project
Through the New Road Ahead, OHS plans to expand its campus and build on our highly successful and innovative programs to create a more humane society.
Located to the immediate right of our Ernest C. Swigert Animal Shelter, our expanded campus totaling 12 acres will include two new innovative facilities that will help shape the future of animal welfare.
Community Teaching Hospital
The Community Teaching Hospital will be the first clinic in Oregon dedicated to offering accessible veterinary care to thousands of under-resourced clients and their pets. With rising housing, transportation, human health care costs and other unemployment and economic impacts, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families in our community to provide medical care to their pets. Even basic preventative veterinary care such as annual checkups and vaccinations can be expensive, but when a beloved cat or dog becomes sick or injured the medical costs can be out of reach for many families.
The Community Teaching Hospital will offer services on a sliding scale to ensure pet owners can afford care and to help keep animals safe and healthy in their own homes.
Animal Crimes Forensic Center
Located on the second floor of the Community Teaching Hospital, the Animal Crimes Forensic Center will allow the collection and analysis of evidence to help build strong cases against animal abusers.
With only one other facility of this kind in the nation, the Animal Crimes Forensic Center will be an access-restricted space with state-of-the art equipment to expand our cruelty case work around the state.
Securing a conviction against abusers is never a certainty—not when there are attorneys who specialize in defending those accused of animal crimes with the sole goal of getting the charges dropped. We have to be ready for them.
A dedicated lab will become a powerful tool to help us fight and win complicated cases and give a voice to animals who can’t speak for themselves.
Behavior Rehabilitation and Rescue Center
The Behavior Rehabilitation and Rescue Center will house areas essential for the sheltering and healing of animals. The Dedicated Animal Rescue Center will provide immediate space for animals in peril. The Behavior Rehabilitation Center will allow animals with behavior challenges to learn to trust people and become ready to be adopted into a new home.
While some rescued animals become well-socialized family pets, others may be traumatized and need rehabilitation and extensive care before finding a loving home. We owe it to them to provide a safe and quiet space made for longer-term stays and not in the confines of a busy animal shelter.
New Road Ahead FAQ
What is the New Road Ahead Project?
The New Road Ahead is the Oregon Humane Society’s most ambitious expansion project in its 153-year history and represents the next phase in attaining OHS’s mission of creating a More Humane Society.
The goal of this project is to keep pets and families together and prevent and eliminate suffering in all its forms from the heartbreak of surrendering a pet with a treatable medical condition to fighting animal cruelty and neglect. We will work towards this goal by increasing access to affordable veterinary care, providing a dedicated space for rescued animals and animals who need behavior rehabilitation, and expanding our work on cruelty cases.
What is the cost of the project?
The total cost for the New Road Ahead is approximately $39.5 million, and the Board of Directors has set a fundraising goal of $36 million. OHS is committing $3.5 million to this project from our reserve account.
What new buildings will be constructed and where will they be located?
Located to the immediate right of our Ernest C. Swigert Animal Shelter, our expanded campus will total 12 acres. In addition to our current shelter, we are building two new innovative facilities that will help shape the future of animal welfare. One facility will house the Behavior Rehabilitation and Rescue Center, a purpose-built space dedicated to helping rescued animals and animals in our behavior rehabilitation program. The other building will house the Community Teaching Hospital on the first floor and the Animal Crimes Forensic Center on the second floor. The Community Teaching Hospital will offer a full menu of veterinary services to pet owners who can afford to pay full price and those who need to access care on a sliding scale basis. The Animal Crimes Forensic Center will provide the space and facilities necessary to take on more cruelty case work around the state.
Will the New Road Ahead replace any of OHS’s current programs?
The New Road Ahead does not replace any of OHS’s current programs, like adoptions, Second Chance, training classes, and Spay & Save. Rather, it builds on OHS’s success and does even more to help pets and people in our community and beyond.
Why do we think the Community Teaching Hospital is needed in our community and how many patient visits are we expecting?
With rising housing, transportation, human healthcare costs and other unemployment and economic impacts, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families in our community to provide medical care to their pets. Even basic preventative veterinary care such as annual checkups and vaccinations can be expensive, but when a beloved cat or dog becomes sick or injured the medical costs can be out of reach for many families.
The Community Teaching Hospital will be the first clinic in Oregon dedicated to offering accessible veterinary care to thousands of under-resourced clients and their pets.
Within five years of operation, we anticipate 66,000 patient visits annually.
When will the new buildings open?
The Community Teaching Hospital, Animal Crimes Forensic Center, and Behavior Rehabilitation and Rescue Center are scheduled to open summer of 2022.
How is the campaign led and organized?
The board has formed two committees. A fundraising committee, led by Lynn Loacker, will help us raise the money needed to build the New Road Ahead. A building committee, led by Dave Hansen, guides our work with the architects and construction team.
Why is donor support so important to the success of this project?
As an OHS donor, you are a vital part of our lifesaving work every day. We look to you to advocate for the animals, share our mission, and live our vision moving forward.
How can I financially support the project?
With your support we will realize this important vision for our community and for the animals we serve. Gifts can be made online. Or, you can email or call our campaign office for more information and a pledge form at 503-802-6758 or [email protected]
Are there other ways to give besides a one-time gift?
Yes! By pledging over a period of up to four years, donors can make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace. Payments can be made annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or in any convenient payment schedule.
Gifts can also be made by donating stock or other securities, through Donor Advised Funds as well as through IRAs. Please contact Jennifer Baumann at [email protected] or 503-853-4014 with additional questions about giving.