This year for Doggie Dash I am highlighting some of the great things Oregon Humane Society does for our community that is outside finding homes for animals looking for a forever family.
2020 has been a tough year for all of us. This month truly challenged our area with the massive wildfires affecting our communities. OHS was ready to step in and help the community.
When the fires broke out in Marion and Clackamas counties, OHS jumped into action by offering assistance to animals in need. Teams were sent out with food, supplies, and volunteers to aid in the sheltering and care for animals affected by the wildfires.
Savage the Cat (The handsome fellow pictured above) is a very special guy. I volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team and I had the honor of helping him get to safety from the fires in Marion County. I had already responded to a call for help at the Oregon State Fairgrounds to help construct kennels for animals being brought in from the evacuation zone. Our team received a call from the Marion County 911 dispatch asking for assistance with a cat who appeared injured by the fire. I left fairgrounds and went on a very smokey journey to Lyons OR to see if I could retrieve the cat. After meeting up with the fire department for an escort through three roadblocks I was able to get Savage and take him to Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic (they are fantastic!). Savage had badly burned paw pads and was very smoky, but was very sweet and affectionate, as well as hungry! Willamette Humane Society in Salem coordinated with the hospital and his owner has been found. Unfortunately she lost everything in the wildfire, except Savage. Since Savage will require some recovery time and the owner is now without a home, Willamette Humane has arranged for a foster to care for Savage until he can be reunited with his family.
This is just one story of many that highlight the need for emergency animal response and the ability to care for animals in these situations. I am asking for donations to help OHS be prepared to assist when disaster strikes as well as the other great work they do. Please help me help animals in need like Savage.
Also pictured are evacuated horses at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. Thousands of animals were displaced due to the fires and many of the counties opened up the fairgrounds as evacuation centers.