Oregon Humane Society receives $150,000 grant from the Rachael Ray Foundation to support shelter medicine.
Pets who come to the Oregon Humane Society for medical care got a big boost recently when The Rachael Ray Foundation™ awarded a $150,000 grant to support the establishment of two Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Shelter Medicine Residents. This means pets like Justina, pictured left, a young beagle mix who came to OHS needing emergency surgery to remove a painful, ruptured eye, can get the life-saving care they need.
This is the first time OHS has received a grant from The Rachael Ray Foundation, which is funded by a portion of the proceeds from each sale of Rachael’s pet food, Nutrish®. Through March 2019, more than $35 million dollars has been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals through The Rachael Ray Foundation.
“We are very grateful to The Rachael Ray Foundation for supporting pets in need,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO. “This grant will provide critical medical care for thousands of shelter pets and pets in our community.”
Oregon Humane Society offers the only animal-shelter based veterinary residency in the United States—a three year program providing students with the opportunity and environment to hone their skills in a high-volume, high-quality surgical and medical clinical practice within a shelter.
In addition to their clinical work, OHS Shelter Medicine Residents also deliver shelter consults across the county to educate others on veterinary medicine and shelter operations, get their research published, and give presentations at local, state, and national meetings. Upon graduation, they’re prepared to be community leaders in veterinary medicine, as well as animal welfare advocates.