OHS Finds Home for 11,000th Pet of 2017

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Lily the cat with Caroline at OHS, just before going home.

OHS hits major adoption milestone

On Friday, Dec. 22, a 10-year-old domestic short hair cat set a milestone for the Oregon Humane Society by becoming the 11,000th pet adopted in 2017. Lily is going to a new home with the Palmer family of Southwest Portland where she will join Rosie, a four-year-old golden retriever.

“Each year, we set a goal of finding homes for 11,000 pets, and it warms my heart to know that we will be exceeding the goal this year. It’s wonderful to see people opening their hearts to shelter animals,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.

The large number of adoptions makes OHS one of the busiest shelters in the nation. OHS adopts more animals from its shelter on NE Columbia Blvd. than any other single shelter facility on the West Coast. This adoption marks the eighth year in a row that OHS has reached the 11,000 mark for animal adoptions. This feat is especially remarkable because OHS never puts a time limit on how long a pet remains available for adoption and has a save rate that is among the highest in the nation.

Leslie and her daughter, Caroline, have been talking about getting a cat for a while. “Lily really called out to us,” Leslie said. Leslie and Caroline made the drive to OHS because “OHS is the most well-known shelter and always clean and the animals are well taken care of.”

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