November 23, 2010
Pet Crates Donated to Oregon Homeless Shelter
The HSUS partners with local animal control to help keep families with pets warm this winter
by Julie Hauserman
With winter’s cold blowing in, The Humane Society of the United States has partnered with the local animal control department in Portland, Oregon to make sure that pets in homeless families stay warm.
Oregon has one of the nation’s highest rates of homelessness. And with bleak economic times, the ranks of people who have lost their homes keep growing. An estimated 2,500 people are homeless in Portland this winter, and many of them have pets in tow.
To help homeless families and pets during the snowy season, the HSUS partnered with Multnomah County Animal Services to provide 40 animal crates to the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. The crates will house pets at a special, pet-friendly Red Cross Emergency Warming Center in downtown Portland that’s able to accommodate 150 people and up to 40 pets when the temperature dips.
Kelly Peterson, The HSUS’ Vice President of State Affairs, lives in Oregon and helped spearhead the HSUS’ involvement.
“As the forecast calls for snow in the coming days, The HSUS is relieved to offer this small gift to Portland-area residents who are doing their best to keep their entire family, even their beloved four-legged ones, warm and dry this winter,” Peterson said.
Mike Oswald, Director at Multnomah County Animal Services, said the county “enthusiastically supports the expansion of this service to accommodate the entire family, including pets.”
“Even in the most severe weather conditions, including Hurricane Katrina, pet owners would not abandon their pets to enter facilities that were unable to accept animals,” he added. “By accommodating pets, we are not only saving animal lives, but human lives.”