Abandoned at Shelter Doorstep,
UPDATE Dec. 12, 2012: Eros was adopted yesterday evening by a family from Portland. OHS thanks everyone who expressed interest in adopting him.
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Dec. 11, 2012: A tiny dog named Eros is looking for help this holiday season after his family abandoned him at OHS last week. He was left in a crate with a note that said “he is a good boy.”
Employees at the Northwest’s oldest and largest shelter are confident that Eros – an adorable three-year old Yorkshire terrier mix – will find a loving home before the holidays are over (adoption details here).
“We’re upset to see someone abandon a pet at OHS while the shelter is open. If the owner had walked into the shelter and talked with an employee, we would have taken Eros in and learned what we needed know to find him the best home,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon.
Owner Found by Investigators
OHS, using video cameras that monitor the building’s exterior, subsequently uncovered the identity of the pet’s family based on a vehicle license plate number. Although animal abandonment is a crime in Oregon, OHS is not pressing charges. Instead, an OHS Humane Officer went to the household to inform the owner about how to properly relinquish a pet to OHS. OHS gathered more information about Eros from a member of the family and secured a release form that legally relinquished Eros to OHS.
“The worst thing you can do over the holidays is to abandon a pet. In this case, we were lucky to find Eros quickly. But too often, pets are abandoned in the dark of night and they can be the victims of the weather or predators,” said Harmon. “Please call your local shelter if you can no longer care for your pet. Yes, sometimes there may be a waiting period, but that’s a far better option than abandoning your pet on a doorstep.”
Discounted Fee for Eros, and All Pets in December
In the meantime, Eros is available for adoption today beginning at 10 am at OHS. His adoption fee is $50 as part of the December discount pricing promotion. All dogs over one year old are just $50, as all our kittens. Cats over six months old and all rabbits are just $12 through the end of December.
Happy Endings Supported by You
All costs of caring for abandoned pets such as Eros are paid for through private donations to OHS. Make your online donation today to help neglected, abused and abandoned pets.