OHS Cuts Ribbon on Community Veterinary Hospital

OHS opens new Community Veterinary Hospital. Photo shows executive staff and board members posing at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The new hospital will offer expanded veterinary care for Oregon and SW Washington.

Oregon Humane Society cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of the Community Veterinary Hospital on Thursday and appointments for the public clinic are already being booked up for the first weeks. The project, along with a soon-to-be completed Behavior and Rescue Center and Animal Crimes Forensic Center, is OHS’ most ambitious expansion in its 154-year history and nearly decade in the making. The capital campaign, called the New Road Ahead, raised nearly 40 million dollars to construct the state-of-the-art hospital, Animal Crimes Forensic Center, and Behavior and Rescue Center which will offer expanded veterinary care across the Oregon and SW Washington. Pet owners everywhere continue to experience barriers accessing timely veterinary care and the Community Veterinary Hospital aims to ease that burden in the Portland metro region by offering veterinary care to tens of thousands of animals each year.

Expanding Care

The Community Veterinary Hospital will offer a variety of care centered around four core services: Preventive Wellness Care, Spay & Neuter, Dental Care, and Urgent Care. The hospital opened for appointments on Oct. 16 and slots filled-up fast. The hospital will see a mix of full-paying clientele and people who need subsidized care for their pets. The goal of the Community Veterinary Hospital is to drastically reduce the number of animals being rehomed or surrendered due to the cost of veterinary care.

“These services will be transformational for pets and people in this community and beyond,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO.

Justice for Animals

The Animal Crimes Forensics center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the collection, analysis, and storage of evidence from suspected cases of animal cruelty. While based in Oregon, the Forensic Center will be able to take in evidence from across the country and assist with cases of suspected abuse nationwide. The Animal Crimes Forensics Center will be fully operational by the end of 2022.

A Dedicated Space for Rescues

The Behavior and Rescue Center will offer a dedicated space for large scale rescues from natural or man-made disasters. The facility will expand OHS’ ability to care for and rehabilitate animals who need a quiet space or more room to recuperate.

The Behavior and Rescue Center and the Animal Crimes Forensic Center expand on critical services that the Oregon Humane Society has been providing for decades; Animal adoptions, training & behavior, and fighting animal cruelty and abuse continue to be a foundation of what OHS does. The Community Veterinary Hospital is a new expansion for OHS. By offering public services that are in critical short supply across Oregon, the new hospital aims to help 50,000 animals who may have had difficulty accessing veterinary care in their communities.