OHS Portland Campus and Community Veterinary Hospital Aerial Shot

See the New Road Ahead Project

Located to the immediate right of our Ernest C. Swigert Animal Shelter, our expanded Portland Campus will include two new innovative facilities that will help shape the future of animal welfare.

Community Veterinary Hospital

The Community Veterinary Hospital will be the first clinic in Oregon dedicated to offering accessible veterinary care to thousands of under-resourced clients and their pets.

Rendering of interior Dog waiting area of Community Veterinary Hospital
Rendering of the exterior of the Community Veterinary Hospital
Rendering of interior Cat waiting area of Community Veterinary Hospital

High-Quality and Affordable Veterinary Care

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. When a beloved cat or dog becomes sick or injured the medical costs can be out of reach for many families.

The Community Veterinary Hospital will offer services on a sliding scale to ensure pet owners can afford care and help keep animals safe and healthy in their own homes.

Rendering of interior of OHS Animal Forensics Center

Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

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.

The Animal Crimes Forensic Center will allow the collection and analysis of evidence to help build strong cases against animal abusers. It will be located on the second floor of the Community Veterinary Hospital,

Improving Our Odds at Seeking Justice

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 tell the stories of animals who cannot advocate for themselves.

OHS staff member greets beagles at PDX airport during a Second Chance program rescue

Landing Pad for Recovery

The Behavior and Rescue Center will offer provide an immediate shelter for animals who need to heal, physically and socially. The Dedicated Animal Rescue Center will provide immediate space for animals in peril.

The Behavior and Rescue Center will allow animals with behavior challenges to learn to trust people. Our dedicated team is committed to helping these pets 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 Behavior Center Dog
Woman sitting with cats in the behavior and rescue center cattery
Rescued hamster on tanbark

New Road Ahead FAQ

The New Road Ahead is the Oregon Humane Society’s most ambitious expansion project in its 153-year history. It 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. We aim to prevent 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

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.

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.

Behavior & Rescue Center

One facility will house the Behavior and Rescue Center. This new building is being constructed specifically to helping rescued animals and animals in our behavior rehabilitation program.

CVH & Animal Crimes Forensic Center

The other building will house the Community Veterinary Hospital on the first floor and the Animal Crimes Forensic Center on the second floor.

The Community Veterinary 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.

The New Road Ahead will not replace any of OHS’s adoptions programs. Rather, the New Road Ahead will build on OHS’s success and does even more to help pets and people in our community and beyond.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for families in our community to provide medical care to their pets. With the rise of cost of living, some people believe their only option is to part with a beloved pet to save costs.

Keeping Pets & People Together

OHS recognizes that when a pet becomes sick or injured, the medical costs can be out of reach for many families. Even basic preventative veterinary care such as annual checkups and vaccinations can add up.

The Community Veterinary 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 48,000 patient visits annually.

The Community Veterinary Hospital, Animal Crimes Forensic Center, and Behavior and Rescue Center are scheduled to open October 2022.

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.

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.

With your support we will realize this important vision for our community and for the animals we serve. Or, you can message us through the button below, or call our campaign office for more information and a pledge form at 503-802-6758.

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