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Bear the Dog is on the Road to Recovery at OHS



Bear with his new family and foster mom, ready to go home  

UPDATE June 25, 2012: Bear was adopted this weekend! A lovely couple saw Bear's story on KOIN 6 News and thought he sounded like just the dog for them.


They met with Bear, his foster parent Veronica, and OHS behavior and adoption staff. Bear responded very well to his new people, and they report that he is already a delight to have in their family. Congratulations to Bear and his new best friends.










UPDATE June 21, 2012: Bear's story was featured on KOIN 6 News. See Bear in his TV appearance, and learn more about the type of forever home he needs.


Bear has regrown his beautiful coat and is ready for a new home.  
Bear when he first arrived at OHS; getting bathed, below.



UPDATE June 5, 2012: After making a remarkable medical recovery, Bear is now available for adoption to a loving home. Bear is eager to participate in training, so we highly recommend a Basic Manners class to help build his confidence. We think Bear would do best as the only pet in the home, and one without young children. See more information here about adopting Bear.


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April 6, 2012: A dog named Bear arrived at the Oregon Humane Society on March 22 looking as bad as a dog can look: a severe skin infection had resulted in the loss of nearly all his fur. Bacteria had ravaged his coat and left his exposed skin severely irritated.

After two weeks of medical care at OHS, the future is looking up for the two-year-old golden retriever mix who came to OHS from another shelter. OHS is now launching a special adoption campaign in Bear’s honor.


Bear was originally found as a stray at another shelter, and his poor medical condition required urgent attention. Thanks to a group of caring individuals, Bear was transferred to OHS. At the OHS Holman Medical Center, Bear received the care he needed.


Bear has been patient and well-behaved for his medicated baths, particularly enjoying the all-over towel rubs at the end of each session. Dr. Laura Overman, an OHS veterinarian, reports that Bear’s skin inflammation is subsiding and that he enjoys meals and walking on a leash. As his medical condition improved, so did his attitude. Once lethargic and shy, Bear is now much more responsive to people and other dogs.

When Bear is strong enough, his recovery will continue under the guidance of a volunteer foster parent. Bear's road back to health will be a long one, but he has been given a second chance thanks to the many individuals who supported him and other animals like him.


Help Bear and Other Pets in Need


We appreciate those who have shown support for Bear -- from the concerned people who brought him to OHS, to all those who have sent supportive funds and messages. You can support Bear and pet's like him by making a donation to his Doggie Dash page.


Bear isn't likely to be healthy enough to make an appearance at Doggie Dash, but he will be there in spirit.