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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For more than 150 years the Oregon Humane Society has helped pets and people in our area.

But now more than ever, the organization needs your help.

The Oregon Humane Society lines up adoption for about 11,000 pets each year, which more than any facility on the West Coast. Free and low-cost spay and neuter programs offer thousands of pet alterations to low income people with pets. But, like many businesses, the COVID-19 closures have created some of the most challenging times in the Humane Society’s history as swarms of new kittens are about to be born. 

Late spring to early fall is when the calendar says is time for unaltered outdoor cats to reproduce prolifically, according to Multnomah County Animal Services. Now that “kitten season” is upon us, new kittens add another element to what has already been a difficult couple months brought about in large part by the coronavirus-related closures. 

“Pretty much every aspect of our work has been impacted,” said Laura Klink of the Oregon Humane Society. “Certainly in our medical center, the pause on spay and neuter services has had an impact. Our foster department has been very busy trying to get animals out to foster care to minimize the number of animals in our shelter.”

The adoptions and the low-cost spay and neuter programs couldn’t happen without the help of workers and volunteers — and money.

Doggie Dash, OHS’s biggest annual fundraiser, was scheduled for Saturday but has been postponed. This fundraiser can typically bring in a million dollars, and the postponement is posing quite a problem for the organizations economy future.

“The biggest question mark in our minds is what is the long term impact of this economic downturn?” said Klink. “So how is that going to impact pet owners moving into the future? What are we going to be seeing in terms of people not being able to afford their pets anymore? How do we help people keep their pets?”

Tuesday is the Day of Giving. This year, OHS is asking for your financial help to keep these necessary pet control programs working, to keep adoptions happening and to make the world a better place for pets to be in. 

Watch KOIN 6 News’s Oregon Humane Society Telethon on Tuesday.

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