The V2 Crew was thrilled to volunteer recently at the Oregon Humane Society, Oregon’s oldest animal shelter, that was established back in 1868! Being a company of animal lovers, we were very excited to work with the volunteer staff at OHS to help with socializing the cats and dogs up for adoption. At our orientation, we were surprised to discover that OHS is one of the oldest shelters in the country, and that over the years, the facility has become quite state of the art – with a full medical facility and veterinary staff, as well as a behavior center where OHS behavior specialists work to train dogs so they can be adopted into a forever home. One of the biggest reasons animals are brought to the Oregon Humane Society are due to behavioral issues. With their partner network and amazing volunteers, OHS has become a no kill shelter that works to get every adoptable animal a loving home. In 2015, roughly 97% of cats and dogs brought to OHS were adopted. OHS offers training classes and one on one private training with your pooch on everything from basic manners to animal assisted therapy. They also offer many free workshops for the community. All of the training classes and workshops are offered by Certified Professional dog trainers.
The OHS relies on a network of over 2,000 volunteers to care for the animals on everything from cleaning kennels/cages to dog walking, maintenance, socialization, adoption services, veterinary care, and training. As part of our group volunteer work, we were tasked with socialization (petting and exercising) with the dogs in the outside yards and the cats in the colony rooms. The socialization with the volunteers helps the pets get adopted faster and provides much needed attention. We got to meet several adorable cats and dogs. Among them we played with Pee Wee, Zelena, and Rufus – who all were most interested in getting the homemade treats that OHS provided! V2 employee Erin Armentrout says “It was interesting to hear the adoption stats and history of OHS at the beginning of our shift. I’m really impressed with what OHS is doing for the pet community and how successful it has been, and of course the animals are cute too!” I also made fast friends with an adorable black cat named Marcus. Christina Harrison, another employee says “I wish I could play with cats all day, it is so therapeutic!” V2 had a blast with our furry friends, and can’t wait to go back again soon. See below some pictures of the V2 Crew with some of these adorable guys.