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Ginny O'Brien

Ginny O'Brien

Hello friends,
Thanks for taking the time to check out my Doggie Dash page!
I’ve found that many people that I talk to about my job at the Oregon Humane Society are surprised by the amount that we do here, and the impact that we make on our local community and beyond.
I’ll make this blurb about some of those things to give you a good basic view, but feel free to hoot at me elsewhere if you want to know more about any of it! And, most importantly, make a donation if these are things that you want to support!

Some things that you should know right off the bat about The Oregon Humane Society:
OHS is the largest and oldest humane society in the Northwest. Last year, OHS found homes for more than 11,600 pets, investigated more than 1,000 reports of animal cruelty, and reached 14,000 people through its humane education programs. It is privately funded, and relies on donations from individuals like you to operate.

Some of the things that OHS does with its donations:

Thanks to donations, The Oregon Humane Society has no time limit on the animals in our care, which means that they can stay here as long as they need to in order to find the right home. We also have the ability to manage and treat many medical and behavioral issues that these animals come in with or develop, that other shelters just don't have the means to tackle. And, because we have such incredible adoption rates, OHS has created a program called The Second Chance Program. The Second Chance Program is a partnership between OHS and dozens of other shelters that don’t always have the same resources that we do. We transport dozens to hundreds of animals every week from these other shelters into our care. Literally giving animals that may not have made it out of a shelter ever, a Second Chance at life. These shelters are throughout Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and beyond, with more being added!

Thanks to donations, OHS offers "spay and save" events that provide low to no-cost spaying and neutering for families who may not have had access on their own, youth and adult education classes and events, affordable and forward thinking dog training lessons and classes, and an in-house Animal Medical Learning Center where veterinary students are able to practice hundreds of spays and neuters and get hands on experience with a full range of medical issues from a full range of animals in our care.

Thanks to donations, if you were to see a neglected or abused animal, OHS is the place that you would report that to. Our Humane Officers are the ones who complete animal abuse investigations and go into the field to work with our community and educate and improve their situations, or seize these animals in need and take legal action when necessary. OHS also leads the way in legislation and education around animal welfare that has positive ripples throughout the country. We provide medical and behavioral rehabilitation for neglected and abused animals that we seize. My first large scale investigations case as a staff member at OHS was when our Investigations department seized 118 dogs (most of them Akitas) and 21 horses. When I first met these dogs, they were completely shell shocked by the world. Most avoided all contact (out of fear), and had not lived in sanitary conditions for possibly their entire lives. Watching the OHS community rally around these neglected dogs and seeing them very slowly open up to the world around them was a huge privilege. These dogs started out too afraid to even stand up or move from the safety of their crates. But I can remember when, after passing out clean toys and getting out of sight again, we started to hear the whole row of Akitas squeaking their toys and throwing them around! They finally felt safe enough to play. The good that comes from a rescue like this is exponential. While we were improving their quality of life, our own lives were enriched and our own community grew and strengthened. Then that good spread to those who chose to foster and adopt these dogs, and their communities.

Which brings me to one of my favorite parts of OHS, the community formed by around 200 staff members, THOUSANDS of volunteers, and the public who visit us and add our animals to their families. While this is a place that people come to walk dogs, socialize cats, play with bunnies and chinchillas, learn about positive training, and even give dogs massages, it is also a space for friendships and HUMAN interaction, all revolving around compassion and care.

Though I can’t begin to cover everything that OHS does, I hope that you learned a little bit here. I encourage you to contact me if you’d like to learn more, and make a donation if you’d like to support OHS in continuing to provide these resources.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and love to all!


raised of $500 goal

Recent Donations

1. Maddie's Fund
Thanks for helping dogs!
2. B. Jennifer Shirley
Yeow-za Ginny!!! You're doing a fantabulous job cheering your Canine Crusader's on toward the finish line!! You're an inspiration in oh-so many ways....too many to list here. Thank you for being you!
3. Samuel B OBrien
4. Sharon Harmon
Thanks for stepping up to be our team captain!
5. Diana Gabaldon
Oh Captain my Captain

Team Canine Crusaders