On the Road to a Better Life


The Second Chance Program at the Oregon Humane Society was established in 1997 in an effort to help shelters in Oregon and Southern Washington – which may have less space, fewer resources and fewer visitors to their shelter –place highly adoptable animals in to homes. OHS received approximately 131,000 visitors to our shelter last year and over 11,500 animals were adopted. More than 6,000 of those animals came from shelters in our Second Chance Program. The program has grown over the years and now works with over 90 shelters and rescue groups all with the same goal in mind – to save lives! The program has created a win/win situation for the transfer partner shelters by allowing them to place animals that otherwise would have been euthanized. The Second Chance program enables OHS to serve a larger community of animals and people.

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