Dozens of dogs await forever homes at Oregon Humane Society

Some Dogs Need Special or Unique Homes

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of dogs in need of special or unique homes have been waiting at the Oregon Humane Society for months, and some for up to a year. The shelter hopes that hosting public tours will create love at first sight moments for their future owners.

The Oregon Humane Society is currently open to the public Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can also view pets and book appointments online.

Adoptions are still done by appointment only, but Eleena Fikhman, customer service manager for the Oregon Humane Society, said she can usually schedule a meeting the same day if a client shows up.

Oregon Humane Society has over 50 dogs available for adoption. Among these, some have waited up to a year to find housing. There is never a time limit on how long an animal can stay at the Oregon Humane Society. However, the shelter says interest in dogs requiring special or unique homes has declined and has not kept pace with the growing needs of the community and the shelter’s partners.

“We know Portland loves dogs and we hope our community members will step up to open their hearts and homes to some of these special pets,” Fikhman said.

One of the dogs available for adoption is Lola, who was rescued after Hurricane Ida in September 2021.

Another is Luca, who has been at the OHS since March 2021 and is part of the behavior modification program. He worked with trainers to learn new skills for success in a home.

Peanut is from Afghanistan and was brought to the United States in 2021. She is looking for a special home that will give her patience and lots of activity.

For anyone who is unable to adopt a dog at this time, OHS is asking people to consider sponsoring a pet, making a tribute gift or purchasing a wishlist item OHS.


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