In mid-December, a dozen dogs and cats who were part of OHS’ Behavior Modification (BMOD) program made the short journey to their new kennels inside the recently opened Behavior and Rescue Center (BRC). The BRC is part of OHS’ expansion that includes the adjacent Community Veterinary Hospital.
The newly built space offers improved amenities for animals needing extra help
Each animal in this purpose-built facility will receive individualized care based on their specific needs, whether that be helping animals to build confidence, socialize with people or pets, or overcome trauma. Animals having trouble adjusting to shelter life will no longer share spaces with pets who are ready for adoption or the commotion of a high-volume shelter.
The BRC includes a thoughtfully designed Cattery, a larger workspace for staff, and hallways that allow for easier transportation of sensitive animals, and dedicated areas for staff to work on individualized enrichment and training. Real-life rooms and dog “apartments” mimic a home environment, making these dogs’ and cats’ transition back to the shelter a little easier once they graduate from the BMOD program and are ready to adopt.
Pets who benefit from the specialized care that the BRC offers include a bonded pair of Chihuahuas, Beethoven and Meeko. The pair were transferred to OHS from Multnomah County Animal Services after their owner passed away. The pair were overwhelmed by the busy environments of both shelters.
OHS never puts a time limit on how long a pet can stay at the shelter. Many animals in the BRC will require an extended stay to learn the skills they need to become wonderful pets. Thanks to the success of the New Road Ahead campaign and the dedication of OHS staff, volunteers, and donors, the Behavior and Rescue Center will be there for every animal that needs extra time and attention – today and for decades to come.
Since moving to the BRC, the bonded pair of chihuahuas, Beethoven and Meeko, were adopted together to a loving home. Even though their stay at the BRC was brief, their progress is a testament to the care and dedication of OHS’ Behavior Modification team, OHS dog trainers, and the donors who supported the BRC project.