Portland one of safest places for homeless pets

Portland one of safest places for homeless pets

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by Art Edwards, KGW Staff

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Posted on February 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 8:52 PM

PORTLAND -- The Portland Metro Area is at the top of another list. It's one of the safest communities in the nation for shelter pets, with a save rate of 91 percent.

The six largest public and private animal shelters in the Portland-Vancouver area, veterinarians and volunteers worked together to make the area safe for homeless pets.

"We have reached a save rate that is unprecedented for a community of this size. No healthy treatable animal was euthanized and that's great news," said Sharon Harmon, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Oregon.

Sammy, a 9-month-old lab mix, is one of the success stories. He ended up at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington after he was hit by a car. He suffered two broken legs and other injuries.

Instead of euthanizing Sammy, the Humane Society put out the call for help. A local vet treated him for free. Then, a Portland family adopted him.

Sammy's new mom says he's perfect for her family.

"We didn't even know we needed a dog until we got him. The joy he's brought has been amazing," she said.

Sammy's recovery has also been amazing. He did have a leg amputated but that hasn't slowed him down at all.

 

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