Florence, OR, May 16, 2016 -- The winds of change continue to blow through the Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS). The name change reflects the organization's focus on network/outreach programs with myriad animal welfare facilities across the state. OCHS's existing relationships with the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, OR and the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR has helped a variety of needy cats and dogs find their forever homes.
"It takes all of us to do this work," said OCHS Shelter Manager Tanya Garrett. "The more lives we can touch by developing new partnerships directly increases the number of animals who get to spend their nights in a loving, responsible home instead of a shelter."
The shelter's reach recently expanded into Southern Oregon through diligent follow up by OCHS staff, volunteers and a tabby-striped Scottish Fold named Buddy. Buddy was the shelter's only FIV+ kitty who arrived last year after his owner passed away. Sanctuary One in Jacksonville, OR houses one of the only specially designed Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) facilities in the entire state. Buddy can now live out his days in the lap of luxury at the new facility, but is also available for adoption, as are all five of the FIV+ cats living at the facility. FIV+ cats cannot transfer the disease to humans, it is only transmitted to other cats through blood, saliva and sexual contact.
"The trip proved successful for all," said OCHS Marketing Director, Alison Taplin. "We found Buddy a new home, solidified the budding relationship with Sansa and the Sanctuary One team and forged a new one with the Southern Oregon Humane Society! All of us have the same goal - to find loving, forever homes for these amazing animals. By working together as a team, that goal becomes much easier to achieve."
The name change also clears up some confusion stemming from a humane society located in Florence, SC with a very similar name. Shelter staff receive multiple calls and social media messages each week about lost pets, adoption programs, and even donations from the community in Florence, SC.