The Oregon Humane Society was founded in 1868 with a focus on fighting animal cruelty and neglect. More than 150 years later, this work is at the core of OHS’s mission.
Each year, the OHS Humane Law Enforcement team responds to thousands of reports of animal cruelty and neglect and investigates hundreds of cases. Most of the time, OHS Humane Special Agents find that they can provide education and resources to guide pet owners toward meeting their pet’s needs and improving the animal’s quality of life.
OHS Humane Special Agents are commissioned by the Oregon State Police to enforce animal protection laws throughout the state. The Humane Law Enforcement team also includes evidence and agency support personnel, and veterinary forensic specialists.
Evidence is vitally important in animal abuse and neglect cases. Since the victims of these crimes can’t tell us what happened to them, the collection of clues and careful analysis of evidence helps build strong cases to hold abusers accountable.
When you first meet Hollie’s it’s hard to imagine how different she once looked.
She was rescued in Southern Oregon, severely emaciated and missing most of her hair. An unusual injury on the side of her face added to the mystery of Hollie’s past.
Hollie was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society and an investigation was opened. Meanwhile, the OHS medical team went to work with a careful refeeding plan to help her gain weight.
Hollie was so weak she was unable to walk. She was skin and bones so the medical team dressed her in a sweater to keep her warm. As Hollie lay in a kennel in the OHS Medical Center, it seemed she was close to giving up. She was defeated and exhausted - each day was a struggle. Slowly, her inner light began to shine. She wagged her tail when the medical team would greet her each day and she began to trust that she was safe and loved. Day by day, she got stronger and her hair began to grow back.
Hollie was eventually healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital and continue her rehabilitation in an experienced OHS foster home. She spent six weeks learning to be a dog – playing with toys, going for walks, and romping around with other dogs. Perhaps for the first time in her life, she was happy.
The investigation to find out who was responsible for Hollie’s neglect turned up dozens of dead ends. The evidence in Hollie’s case has all been gathered and the work to hold her owners accountable is ongoing.
Happily, Hollie was recently adopted by an OHS staff member and is now enjoying life as a beloved pet.
OHS shelter pets inspire us every day, especially during Doggie Dash. This year, we couldn’t decide on just one Doggie Dash mascot so we created seven!
Meet the OHS dogs who inspired each of the adorable mascots in this year’s Doggie Dash logo.
These adorable canines are all currently looking for a home. If you have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your family and one of these doggos catches your eye, check out the link to their profile.
Sweet, sensitive Padre came to OHS from a home in Klamath Falls where he was living with four other dogs. It took him a while to adjust when he first arrived as everything was new and scary. He has mastered the art of loose leash walking and has been loving all the pets and treats he’s been getting at OHS.
Learn more about Padre here .
This first thing you notice about Raphael is his gorgeous, hypnotizing eyes and beautiful fluffy tail. This handsome guy has been working with OHS behavior experts to help him overcome his anxiety. He also is a member of the OHS running team and has become a volunteer favorite. Did we also mention he looks incredibly handsome in a bow tie?
Learn more about Raphael here .
Sonny has a bounce in his step and a fondness for tasty treats. He came to Oregon all the way from Texas for a second chance at a loving home. This southern gent has been enjoying the cool spring weather and time on the dog walking path with OHS staff and volunteers. One look into his soulful eyes and it’s clear he has a story to tell.
Meet Sonny here .
Gimili is a special guy who came to OHS when his owner was facing some challenging health issues. In his time at OHS, Gimili has been showered with love and affection. This beautiful spotted guy with one blue eye has carved out a special place in our heart. Gimili is deaf, so his new family will need to adapt his training and care to address his special needs.
Meet Gimili here .
Rumor has it, Rowan is longing to be a country boy. He longs to be with his person on acres and acres of private property, away from the city crowds and congested neighborhoods. He is an ace at squirrel patrol and loves to share his booming bark with all who will listen. Are you ready to give Rowan the rural life?
Get to know Rowan here .
The truth is out there! Dave’s handsome face and curious eyebrows lead us to think he is David Duchovny’s doggleganger, but you be the judge. You don’t need to dive into the X-Files to know why Dave is one cool dog.
Investigate Dave’s profile here .
This little Rae of sunshine is on a mission to learn. She got an A+ in “sit” and is working on her loose leash walking. In her downtime, she loves to spend time snuggling on the couch with her dainty little paws crossed while she dreams of a loving family.
Get to know Rae here .
Fundraise for your chance to win Dash Cash (and earn more prizes)! For every $50 you raise between May 7 - 9, you'll be entered in a drawing for the chance to win extra funds applied to your Doggie Dash fundraising total, thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals.
20 random Dashers will receive $100 toward their fundraising total.
10 random Dashers will receive $250 toward their fundraising total.
One grand prize winner will receive $500 toward their total!
Though great art might inspire awe and wonder, a silly scribble inspires laughter…and isn’t that something we all need? Turn your artistic skills – or lack thereof – into a fundraising masterpiece by offering badly drawn pet portraits as an incentive for a donation to your Doggie Dash fundraising page. Reach out to family and friends and let them know they too can hang your moderately acceptable artwork on their fridge, in exchange for a donation of course.
Even more motivation for donations? Anyone who raises $11 or more on their Doggie Dash fundraising page on May 14 th will be automatically entered into a drawing for an OHS staffer to sketch their pet. Will it look like a Rembrandt? Or a 4-year old’s best effort? Who knows! Either way you’ll be the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind, possibly surrealist, pet portrait.
We will select five winners on May 14 th . OHS will ask the selected winners to email in a photo of their pet, and a return email with original artwork will arrive within a week.
Complete this fun and interactive trivia game from the Oregon Humane Society for your chance to win a piece of OHS merchandise from our Merch Store!
There’s no better way to someone smile – or make a tail wag – than with a treat fresh from your kitchen. Since your-legged friends are probably already underfoot checking to see if you dropped anything yummy on the ground, maybe it’s time to include them in your culinary endeavors. Once you’ve got your basics down, you can sweeten the deal a little more and use your baked goods to raise funds for your Doggie Dash team.
There’s plenty of pup-friendly recipes out there for you to try, like this pupcake with potato “frosting” from RecipetinEats. Or you could whip up a favorite Doggie Dash snack, Peanut Butter Pup Treats. Follow along with our cooking video and say “ bone appetit” to your pup when you serve these beg-worthy biscuits:
1 cup peanut butter (or any preferred nut/seed butter) *
2 cups flour
¼ cup water
*Make sure your peanut butter is xylitol-free. Xylitol is harmful to pets
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine ½ cup peanut butter, flour, eggs and 1 Tbsp. water in a bowl. Continue adding water (1 Tbsp. at a time) until the mixture reaches a dough-like consistency and all ingredients stick together. Roll dough into bite-size balls; using your finger to flatten them slightly. Place all cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool. Once cool, use the rest of the peanut butter to frost cookies. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week or place in the freezer to tore longer.
Now that your official taste-tester has given their wag of approval, why not use your baking chops fundraise for your Doggie Dash page? You might want to appeal to the two-legged folks on the other end of the leash, so brush up on your baking-for-humans. From Jessica in the Kitchen’s vegan chocolate cupcakes to brown butter snickerdoodles courtesy of a Cookie Named Desire, to a trio of gluten-free treats by Chocolate for Basil, plenty of options exist for you to entice folks and can be safely packaged individually.
There’s a baker’s dozen of ways you can turn your cupcakes into coins. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Post pictures of your masterpieces on social media, use #doggiedash and link to your Doggie Dash page.
Ask your friends and family to donate to your Doggie Dash page, with the added bonus of a home-baked reward. Offer a contact-free pick up of their delectable desserts.
Make it a team effort and host an outdoor bake sale. Have a table for pupcakes and a table for cupcakes!
Want to be the most popular person at your dog park? Bring some individually wrapped biscuits with you, add a tag with the ingredients and your Doggie Dash donation information.
Everyone knows nothing is better than something sweet to get you through day. Bring a platter of pastries for your coworkers and tell them all about Doggie Dash while they snack.
After shopping, handling food packages, or before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a mask when preparing food for others.
Package food in sealable, individual bags or containers.
Regularly clean kitchen counters and use a disinfectant product from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) .
Sunny Portland days are a treat that no one can resist, including our favorite furry family members. Taking in nature and soaking up sunshine have a positive effect on us and our pets – from better moods to improving our health – and a daily walk is a necessity for many of us.
While we can always count on our pups to always be ready for their w-a-l-k, the weather isn’t always as predictable. The first step you want to take before shoes (and paws) hit the pavement is to be prepared for anything from rain to snow to a heat wave. And remember, taking precautions to keep yourself safe on walks by practicing social distancing and wearing your mask are important too.
Here is some advice from us and our friends at VCA to ensure your walks have a 100% chance of smiles – whatever the weather.
Warm weather is on the way, so layer on your SPF and grab your sunnies because your dog needs to walk…even when it gets toasty. Read on for some hot tips on how to keep you and your pup safe and happy in the summer weather:
- Walk in the early morning, or late in the evening when the peak temperature has gone down. This will also reduce the risk of them burning their paws, or worse, heatstroke. We know this isn’t always possible to do, so be mindful of other heat-related complications when you are out and about.
- Test the sidewalk before you start out, if the surface is too hot for your bare hand or foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet. Pavement, asphalt, metal, and even sand that have been heated by the sun can burn dogs’ paw pads. More info on protecting your pup from hot pavement .
- Make sure your pet always has access to shade and fresh drinking water, especially when weather turns hot and dry. Bring a water bottle and a portable water bowl on your walk.- Be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke such as: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue or gums, vomiting, lack of coordination or even collapse, and an internal temperature over 104° F. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice these symptoms. Quick action could save your pet’s life.
- Know your dog; some dogs are more prone to hot weather-related ailments like sunburn or heatstroke. Animals with flat faces, like pugs are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Watch for sunburn. Light-colored pets are especially prone — check with your veterinarian before applying sunblock to your pet.
If you’ve been in the Pacific Northwest long enough, you might not use an umbrella, but you’ll probably want to ensure rainy day walks only dampen boots and paws, not spirits:
- Make sure you and your pup are wearing weather appropriate clothing. Rain jackets keep your pet warm and dry – they’re functional and fashionable!
- Dry off your dog’s paws after their walk. It’s important to keep their paws dry so they stay warm after their walk and it help prevent slipping on slick surfaces. Bonus? You can avoid muddy paw prints on your floors.
- Stay visible – wear bright colored jackets, use reflective leashes and armbands. This will help drivers on the road see you in the low-light and rain.
- Puddles are for splashing not lapping. Fresh rain doesn’t always mean fresh water as dirt, debris, oil and other pet hazards are often washed into puddles, along with the rain. If your dog likes to drink on their walk be sure to bring plenty of fresh clean water for them instead.
- Don’t let the rain keep you in. Walking your dog in the rain is part of good pet ownership, and it strengthens the bond between the both of you.
Want some more fur-iendly advice on safely walking with your dog? The folks at VCA have some great tips on their site . Now that you’ve got yourself dressed, accessorized and ready for whatever the sky might bring, you can walk like an expert Doggie Dasher – prepared and ready for fun!
Looking for a Doggie Dash route? Check out the April 21: Walkies Wednesday blog below for ideas!
The guilty pleasure of staying in and watching a movie while cuddled up with your furry couch companions might have lost some of its luster over the past year. But you can remake movie night, restore some of the magic…and feature fundraising for your Doggie Dash team in the process. Here are ideas to reel you in:
Set up a backyard viewing party. All you need is a way to play your movie, a projector, an empty wall or a sheet, and some portable speakers. For an admission fee, your friends and neighbors can join you on the lawn to watch a fun film. Want to raise a little extra? Offer individually packaged snacks like popcorn and candy for an additional donation. Be sure to practice safe social distancing and wear masks.
Turn all that binge watching into fundraising gold! Set up a movie marathon and ask friends and family to pledge money for every hour you watch in one night. Livestream your progress on your Doggie Dash page (view the Doggie Dash FAQ for how to livestream) or on social media and use #doggiedash.
Set up a movie night with your friends all from the safety of your homes. There’s lots of ways to connect while watching like Netflix Party , Amazon Watch Party , group texts, or an online chat. Pick a movie, day, and start time to coordinate your watch party. Ask your friends for donations in exchange for a doorstep delivery of their favorite cinema snacks.
Picking the perfect film for your fundraiser can be tough so here are five pet themed movies that might just fit the bill:
Up : This heartwarming movie about friendship and adventure between unlikely companions Carl and Russel, also features Dug, a talkative Golder Retriever and Kevin a rare flightless bird.
Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Using stop-motion animation, this film stars a charming duo made up of cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit.
Ratatouille : Remy wants nothing more than to become an amazing chef…the only problem is he’s a rat and rodents are not welcome in most kitchens. How will he achieve his dreams and taste success?
Fantastic Mr. Fox : Based on the Roald Dahl book, this adaptation tells the wild story of Mr. Fox trying to keep his family fed by outfoxing some rather nasty farmers.
Zootopia : The titular city of Zootopia is populated by a wide variety of animals and the action takes off as odd-couple rabbit Officer Judy Hopps pairs up with sly fox Nick Wilde to solve a mystery.
Now that you have a great fundraising idea and the perfect movie selection, all that’s left is for you to press play and snuggle up with your pup. Enjoy the show!
Each week we will announce a special fundraising challenge. Dashers who meet the challenge will have a chance to earn limited-edition prizes! These bonus prizes are in addition to the other awesome items you can earn as a reward for your fundraising.
Prize : Set of Doggie Dash button magnets
Challenge : The first 100 Dashers to raise $75 in donations on their Doggie Dash page between now and Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 PM will win. Previous fundraising does not apply towards this challenge.
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Week of May 3: Doggie Dash beanie
Week of May 10: Doggie Dash canvas tote bag
Curious about where to dash this year? Try one of our Doggie Dash 2021 Walks of the Week! These dashing routes highlight some of Portland’s many fantastic places to walk, hike, or run with your dog and your Doggie Dash pod. Grab your leash, doggie bags, and face covering and head out to celebrate Doggie Dash 2021!
Each of these routes includes a turn-by-turn Google Earth guide that you can use to stay on the suggested path.
Did you blaze a route of your own? Have a dashing route you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!
No matter where you chose to dash, please be safe and follow all local health & safety guidelines as well as leash laws and proper disposal of pet waste.
Don’t forget to Sweat for Pets ! Use your at-home workout to fundraise by asking friends to donate per workout, mile, walk, etc. Track your stats on your favorite fitness app and post them on your Doggie Dash fundraising page. Need a tracker? Download Strava and sync to your fundraising page directly!
- Turn east (right) and cross the Willamette River via the Steel Bridge lower pedestrian walkway.
- Turn south (right) onto the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade.
- Follow the Eastbank Esplanade Pedestrian path to the Hawthorne Bridge.
- Just after the fire station, take a left to follow the pedestrian path ramp which will put you on the Hawthorn Bridge.
- Take a right and cross the Hawthorn Bridge heading west toward downtown.
- At the end of the Hawthorne Bridge, follow the pedestrian/bike path to the right and follow it down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
- Follow the Waterfront Park Pedestrian Path north back to the Battleship Oregon Memorial.
Total distance: 2.6 miles total loopClick this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!
- Your starting point is Lower Macleay Park in NW Portland; 2960 Upshire St. Portland, 97210.
Let’s get dashing:
Take precautions! This trail can be quite muddy, even on Oregon’s driest of days. This trail is popular, and you’ll likely encounter other hikers. Be sure your pet is up for a muddy woodland adventure and bring along your COVID-approved mask or face covering.
For this walk we’re taking you to a sister city of Portland, located way down south: Sellwood . Ok…so I know the Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood isn’t its own city, but there is something about this quaint neighborhood that feels unique, timeless, and a lot like a small town of its own.
Let’s get Dashing:
Distance: 2.4 miles out-and-back
Looking to let your dog of leash? Sellwood Riverfront Park is just to the west and has an off-leash dog park and access to the Willamette River. The park’s main entrance is accessible at SE Spokane St. & Oaks Parkway.
Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!
For this route we’re taking you north to Sauvie Island . This 26,000-acre island is one of the largest river islands in the entire U.S. and was originally called Wapato Island. This Dash route highlights the Wapato Greenway Loop.
Let’s get Dashing:
Distance: 2.2 miles out-and-back
Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!
Whether you decide to take the route outlined below, or any of the island’s many hiking trails, some precautions should be taken: all trails can get muddy, even in dryer months; be sure you and your pets are ready for a mucky adventure! Also, the island, despite being only 10 miles from downtown Portland, is quite rural; there are no gas stations on the isle, and public restrooms are extremely limited. Sauvie island is home to many species of birds, coyotes, beavers, and other wildlife; always keep your dog on a leash.
OHS is partnering with big and small companies to host Sales for Tails throughout the 30 Days of Doggie Dash. View the list below for a sampling of opportunities to support local businesses and help pets, and keep an eye out for more opportunities on the Doggie Dash Facebook event or OHS’s Instagram! When you support participating businesses during their Sales for Tails day(s), you are not just shopping, you’re helping save shelter pets!
Whether it’s a young kitten who needs to be bottle fed, or a senior dog who needs extensive medical care, the funds raised through Sales for Tails go directly to help animals in need.
Ready to help pets through Sales for Tails? Check out these businesses:
OnPoint Credit Union
When: NOW through April 30th
What: OnPoint customers who refer a friend will receive $50, the referred friend will receive $50 upon joining OnPoint, and OHS will receive $50. It’s a triple win!
When: NOW through May 15th
What: Use your Employee Store pass that was included in your Doggie Dash welcome packet and 5% of proceeds from your purchase will be donated to OHS!
Where: Columbia Sportswear Employee Store - 14100 NW Science Park Dr, Portland, OR 97229
When: April 18th
What: 10% of proceeds from sales at Migration's Williams location will be donated to OHS!
Where: Migration Brewing - 3947 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
When: April 22nd
What: Become a Ridwell member using the link below and $10 will be donated to OHS!
Pizza Nostra NE
When: April 26th
What: 10% of all sales during Monday, April 26, donated back to OHS
Where: Pizza Nostra, 4831 NE Fremont St, Ste 4, Portland, OR 97213
When: April 27
What: 40% of all online sales will be donated to OHS
When: May 4th and 5th
What: Purchase any hat from Hatphile and $5 will be donated to OHS!
When: May 15th
What: 10% of proceeds from in-store sales at Mud Bay's Beaverton location will be donated to OHS!
Where: 11715 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
When Benson first arrived at the Oregon Humane Society, she could barely walk. She had suffered from unimaginable neglect and was emaciated with open wounds all over her legs. It was hard to imagine what she had been through. Marion County Dog Services reached out to OHS for help with the case and to provide critical medical care to this frail, young dog. OHS Humane Law Enforcement immediately began investigating.
Benson’s trauma was deep. She would bark and panic anytime she saw another dog or was exposed to something unfamiliar. Slowly, she gained weight, the wounds on her legs began to heal and she learned to walk again. Staff at OHS made sure she had a quiet space at the shelter and slowly worked with her to ease her anxiety.
OHS Humane Special Agents conducted a thorough investigation — they talked to potential witnesses and local police, visited the area where Benson was abandoned to look for evidence, and followed every lead. Unfortunately, a suspect was never identified.
But, a committed adopter stepped forward to give Benson the loving home she’s been missing. When they met, Benson jumped in their lap, licked their face and was eager to begin her new chapter.
Theo was a young, active border collie on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon when tragedy struck. He was hit by a car and his front leg was badly mangled. Theo was brought to a local vet clinic where his owner asked that he be euthanized. Instead, the vet clinic reached out to a local shelter to help. He was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society to get the extensive medical care that he needed.
When Theo arrived at OHS, he was scared and in pain. He slowly limped around, and it was clear that his leg was in bad shape. OHS veterinarians determined that the damage was severe and that removing the leg was the best option to relieve Theo’s pain and regain his mobility.
Theo became a beloved patient in the Holman Medical Center at OHS and quickly caught the attention of one of the veterinary students. As soon as Theo healed from his surgery, he headed to his new home with a future veterinarian who will make sure he always gets the best medical care.
This unlikely duo became best friends at the Oregon Humane Society.
Guinness has lived most of his life in shelters. At three months old, he arrived at Pendleton Animal Welfare as a stray. He was terrified of people and needed special training to help him learn to trust people. He was transferred to OHS and entered the Behavior Modification Program, which is specifically designed to help cats like Guinness. Through slow, methodical interactions, Guinness overcame his fears. But then he hit another obstacle: he was diagnosed with a contagious skin condition called ringworm that took months to treat.
But it wasn’t until Guinness met Fritz that he truly blossomed.
Two-year-old Fritz was transferred to OHS from Klamath Falls Animal Shelter. He was brought to the shelter by his family due to his feisty nature and need for a lot of activity.
These two energetic boys had an instant connection when they were placed in a cat room together. They loved to play and cuddle with each other. It’s not unusual to see Fritz’s front leg draped over Guinness to hold him close.
These two are now bonded and will be adopted together. They can stay at OHS as long as it takes to find the purrfect home.