The Oregon Humane Society took in almost 75 animals Thursday morning to make room for pets in other parts of the country who may be displaced by Hurricane Dorian.
OHS took in 49 dogs and 25 cats in a coordinated effort by the Humane Society of the United States’ Shelter Ally Project.
Those animals came to Oregon from the HSUS rescue center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Laura Klink, public information manager at OHS, said this is an indirect way to help pets who may need to be moved from damaged shelters and homes on the East Coast.
“We’re sort of this one piece of the puzzle,” Klink said. “From taking these animals through our partnership with HSUS, that enables them to have the space to help … shelter animals in some of the affected zones, or pets directly displaced by the storm.”
“This is all kind of preparing for a worst-case scenario,” she said.
National organizations like HSUS frequently contact the Oregon Humane Society, Klink said, since the local organization is used to doing large animal intakes. Portland is also known for being open to animal adoption, she said.
“That is also one of the reasons a lot of our national partners will turn to us for assistance,” she said.
“Because we have such a wonderful, pet-loving community here that really embraces adoption when they’re looking for a pet.”