Portland, OR. The Oregon Humane Society celebrated the groundbreaking of its New Road Ahead Project on June 16th. This is the most ambitious expansion of programs and services in its 153-year history. On hand to break ground were OHS Chief Operating Officer Brian August, Campaign Vice-Chair Marc Grignon, Honorary Campaign Chair Dolorosa Margulis, Board Chair Dave Hansen, OHS President and CEO Sharon Harmon, Campaign Chair Lynn Loacker, Dean of the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Susan Tornquist, and OHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Kochis (Photo credit, Teran Buckner with Phido Photography)
The New Road Ahead includes the construction of two new buildings next to OHS’s Ernest C. Swigert Animal Shelter. Due to open July 2022, the facilities will house a Behavior Rehabilitation and Rescue Center, Animal Crimes Forensic Center, and a Community Teaching Hospital. “The Community Teaching Hospital will give local veterinarians a critical option to offer clients who are not be able to afford care for their pets,” says Dr. Stephen Kochis, OHS Chief Medical Officer. “These situations can sometimes lead to people giving up their pets, delaying care or opting for euthanasia. This is heartbreaking for pet owners as well as veterinarians and we are looking forward to filling this important need with the Community Teaching Hospital.”
Nearly $31 million has been raised of the $36 million goal. More information about how to contribute to the project can be found at oregonhumane.org/newroadahead.
From Oregon Humane Society:
The Oregon Humane Society rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. We never place a time limit on how long cats, dogs and other pets stay at our shelter. OHS relies on donations to support our adoption, education, and animal rescue programs.