We provide medical attention to the animals in our care and give animals as long a time as they need to find a home. Senior dogs, like Fred and Wilma, often take a longer time to be adopted than younger dogs. We find that the potential financial responsibility of having a senior pet can deter adopters from even considering adoption. People are more receptive to adoption when we explain the medical condition of the dog because their health needs are known. Our Senior Dog Adoption Program includes a routine preventative check-up (blood panel; urinalysis; physical examination by a vet) and a dental examination along with a cleaning and extractions if needed for each senior dog upon intake. This is one way our Senior Dog Adoption Program helps our senior dogs get adopted more quickly! In addition, dogs and cats of all ages frequently come to the shelter in need of medical attention. Sometimes it is trivial but sometimes it is serious and may need lengthy treatment and/or surgery. For example, one wonderful, loving labrador called Fogo is only 4 years old but needs hip surgery. Unfortunately, all medical attention and medications are expensive.
De-worm and flea treatments=$25
Preventive check (blood panel, bp screening, urinalysis)=$153
We have great volunteers and staff and they are generous with their time. But in order to provide continuing medical attention our budget relies on donations from volunteers, the public, small grants and fundraising events.
No donation is too small to make a difference and help the animals in our care!
Columbia Humane Society (CHS) is located in Columbia County, Oregon. Established in 1985 it remains a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to assisting the community in the successful re-homing and training of adoptable animals. We provide medical attention to animals in our care and give animals as long a time as they need to find a home. We promote awareness for the need to spay & neuter in our community. Our shelter takes in owner surrendered domestic dogs, cats, rabbits, and upon occasion other small pets. We are contracted with Columbia County’s Sheriff’s Department to house and, if necessary, rehome all stray, neglected, and seized dogs. We are also a destination shelter for pets that would otherwise be euthanized. Taking them in depends on our space and financial means.