Contributed by Cecil Reniche-Smith, OHS Volunteer
There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities at OHS: volunteers work with the animals, assist in the Medical Center and with the Behavioral Department, help with office work, spread wood chips on the dog paths, and more. One of the more unusual volunteer opportunities at OHS is the Technical Animal Rescue team, or OHSTAR.
OHSTAR is an all-volunteer team that is trained to rescues animals in peril, such as Ranger, an 80-pound Great Dane-Mastiff mix who fell more than 200 feet from a cliff in the Santiam State Forest outside of Silverton in 2015 (story here). Using skills acquired through the intensive training team members receive, a member of OHSTAR rappelled approximately 230 feet down the cliff and brought Ranger back up to safety.
On Sunday, March 26, you can meet the OHSTAR team at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland, where we will be screening the documentary SMART, which follows a Los Angeles-based animal rescue team similar to OHSTAR.
In Los Angeles, the members of SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) are dedicated to saving the lives of animals no matter how extreme the circumstances. This division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue every kind of creature in need, from horses and mountain lions to cats and dogs! Filmed over the course of three years, SMART shows how a team of passionate and dedicated people can become real-life superheroes.
Join us for a special benefit screening of SMART with director Justin Zimmerman and film subjects Armando Navarrete and Annette Ramirez in attendance! 50% of proceeds from this special showing will benefit OHS. Following the show, there will be a panel Q&A session with members of both rescue teams.
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 pm
Tickets: You can purchase tickets online in advance here »
Cost is $12 for each adult, $7 child (12 & under). 50% of proceeds benefit OHS.