Oregon Humane Society opens community veterinary hospital | New
Portland, Oregon. – For pet owners who have trouble making vet appointments, there’s a new solution.
The Oregon Humane Society is finalizing construction of the largest expansion of programs and services in its 154-year history.
The project, called New Road Ahead, began in March 2021 and includes two new buildings housing a community veterinary hospital, an animal crime forensic center and a behavior and rescue center.
The expansion took more than seven years of planning, research and consultation with local and national partners to identify areas of greatest need.
The Community Veterinary Hospital opened on October 16 and offers a wide range of services, including preventive care, dentistry, sterilization and emergency care.
the hospitaltal is open to all pet owners and will provide subsidized care for those struggling to afford veterinary care for their pets.
The Behavior and Rescue Center dedicated to the behavioral rehabilitation of shelter animals to better prepare them for adoption and will also expand OHS’ ability to provide care for animals that have been rescued from natural and man-made disasters.
Pets that are part of OHS’ current behavior modification program will be moved from the main shelter to the behavior and rescue center in mid-November.
Animal Crime Forensic Center will be the first of its kind on the West Coast. State-of-the-art facility is designed for the collection and analysis of evidence from suspected cases of animal cruelty.
This evidence will be used to support the prosecution of animal abusers and improve OHS cruelty cases across Oregon. The Animal Crimes Forensic Center will be fully operational by the end of 2022.
“These services will be transformational for pets and people in this community and beyond,” said Sharon Harmon, President and CEO of OHS. “Our goal is to help animals stay with their families.”
The total cost of the New Road Ahead project is $39.5 million with a fundraising goal of $36 million. To date, over $34.5 million has been raised through philanthropic efforts.
The expanded programs do not replace any existing OHS programs. Instead, they are in addition to the adoption, medical, training, education and other services provided at the Portland and Salem campuses of the OHS.