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Kittens Tossed From Car, Abandoned On Bridge

A 4-month-old kitten found on the Fremont Bridge will have surgery Friday. Witnesses say two kittens were tossed from a car window earlier this week.
Kitten thrown out of car
Kitten thrown out of car
Kitten euthanized
Kitten euthanized
One was discovered Wednesday night, but the other suffered through the night on the Portland bridge before another good Samaritan rescued her. They are being treated at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital.

"We're testing them both for feline leukemia and feline AIDS. And after they get that OK, he'll be ready to go," Dr. Paul Chauvin told KOIN News 6.

The male (pictured) is ready for vaccinations and then will be up for adoption. The woman who rescued the female hopes to keep her after the kitten recovers from surgery and more serious injuries.

September 5, 2004
Kitten thrown out of car window is euthanized

In a sad ending, one of the kittens thrown out of a car window on the Fremont bridge has been put down.
The kitten was euthanized overnight Friday after doctors determined major surgery wouldn't help him recover. The kitten's brother who was also thrown out of the car window has been adopted.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
The Humane Society should conduct the investigation instead they kill 06.Sep.2004 17:03

Migratory Bird

This was what the humane society was originally founded for. Now it is only for the perpetuation of animal abuse. They sell cats for research, the euthanize tons of healthy cats.

The Humane Society was orginally started so they could investigate and conduct research into who was doing crazy ass shit like that. Why aren't they doing this????????????????

Oregon Humane Society 06.Sep.2004 17:16

OHS Supporter

The Oregon Humane society does NOT sell animals for research. They are completely donator funded, no government dollars. They do a great job compared to any other similar organization. Please educate yourself before posting such comments.

from  http://www.oregonhumane.org/

The Oregon Humane Society's Investigation Department has officers in the field seven days a week, handling a variety of animal cruelty complaints. Our officers are commissioned by the Governor of Oregon with full police officer authority to enforce the animal cruelty statutes and ensure that the 2 million pets in Oregon are protected. While our primary focus is on educating owners about proper care for their animals, we will use all the authority that we have been given to ensure every animal receives at least minimum care and we will prosecute anyone who is guilty of gross negligence or abuse.

OHS officers also respond to rescue animals from disasters in Oregon and across the country.

Over the last year we received nearly 1,200 calls concerning animal cruelty and we worked diligently to ensure all the animals we received calls about are receiving proper care.

Report Abuse: (503) 285-7722, ext. 214
If you observe any animal that you believe is not receiving proper care please contact our office immediately. Our automated message system is checked regularly and most investigations are initiated within 48 hours.

Umbrella Organization 06.Sep.2004 17:33

Migratory Bird

The Oregon Humane society does euthanize healthy animals. The Humane Society, an umbrella organization does sell animals to research. Just because the Oregon Humane Society has never knowingly done so, does not mean that animals have not been bought by animal research groups. The possibility is very high. If you call the Oregan Humane Society they also say that they do not kill healthy animals knowingly.

Are they conducting the investigation, ohs supporter? This is what the organization is for, right?

Do you know how many reports of animal abuse go unreported becuase senseless death seems a cruel punishment to the victim???

Do you know how many animals I have rescued? I would never in a million years support the Humane Society.

CATS is a far better organization to support. A no kill clinic they spend millions of dollars every year rescuing animals and keeping them healthy. Give them your money and time they are far more deserving.

Cat Adoption Team 06.Sep.2004 18:11

Migratory Bird

Here is the website to donate to a truely humane society.
A no kill clinic Cat adoption team has these goals

CAT Commitment
We are committed to rescuing and placing the community's neglected, abandoned, and injured cats and kittens into loving lifetime homes. We continue to develop new programs and pursue new outreach opportunities to increase the number of adoptable homes available to the cats in our community.
We are committed to strengthening the human- animal bond by educating families regarding medical, husbandry, and behavioral issues that may jeopardize the bond. Each cat's needs and personality are carefully considered in assisting families to make a lifelong match. Whenever possible we will assist families in keeping their cat in their loving home or placing their cat in a more appropriate home.
We are committed to the overall health of each cat that comes into our care. We provide preventive and crisis medical care as needed. No cat is euthanized unless the cat's condition is hopeless and he/she is suffering.
We are committed to reducing feline euthanasia in our community by requiring 100 percent spay/neuter prior to adoption of all cats in our care.
We are committed to partnering and networking with other community-based organizations to optimize public education regarding responsible pet ownership and the value of cats in families.
We are committed to educating adopters about our indoor-only policy as well as the detriments of declawing.


OHS Facts not Conjecture 06.Sep.2004 21:38

OHS supporter

from  http://www.oregonhumane.org/faq.htm#1

1. How many pets do you place into new homes?
Every day animals at the Oregon Humane Society find new homes. In 2003, OHS received and cared for over 13,600 animals, finding homes for 96 percent of the dogs and 74 percent of the cats - 9,177 pets found homes. Our adoptions rates are quite impressive when compare to the national average (25 percent for dogs and 20 percent for cats). We are proud of our efforts and the Board, staff, and volunteers of OHS are committed to placing 100 percent of adoptable animals in to new, loving homes.

10. Does the Oregon Humane Society sell animals for scientific experimentation?
Under no circumstances are OHS animals utilized for experimentation or research.

2. What is the difference between the Oregon Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations that solicit funds from me through the mail (such as Humane Society of the United States, PETA, American Humane, ASPCA, Friends for Animals, etc.)?
While all these organizations work to help all kinds of animals, what sets OHS apart from the national organizations is that it operates a local shelter that receives and houses animals with a trackable adoption program. OHS works directly with members of this local community to find homes for homeless pets, help increase the value of companion animals, stop abuse and neglect, and solve training and behavior difficulties.

12. Is OHS a "no kill" facility?
The Oregon Humane Society is an open admission, full-service humane society that strives to achieve 100 percent adoption of the animals in our care. We accept all animals who come to the shelter, regardless of their initial prospect for adoption. Through effective use of our resources (including foster care volunteers, the second chance program, and volunteer trainers) and medical care donated by this community's veterinary clinics, OHS can provide rehabilitation (both behavioral and medical) treatment for many animals, increasing their chances of finding a home. Success is seen every day - for example, when an untrained 9 month old Labrador Retriever mix pup is transformed into a well mannered dog who can now sit, stay, and heel on command. After a two-week stay and getting the attention from a volunteer trainer, this dog finds a new home. Even a cat with a severe disability receives a new lease on life thanks to a foster volunteer and local veterinarian who did not give up on this sightless/eyeless cat. Angel now lives comfortably with her new family and other feline companions. OHS is a place for second chances.

Many "no kill" shelters are more accurately defined as limited admission facilities. The term "no kill" has, unfortunately, become a marketing tool rather than an honest description of the enormous undertaking of providing care for homeless pets. These shelters pick and choose which animals are acceptable for adoption, turning away many others who have a medical or behavioral condition or are deemed, according to that shelter's criteria, as unadoptable. Use of such vague, hard to define terms and ideals makes it confusing for pet owners trying to obtains services. The Oregon Humane Society operates with honesty and integrity. OHS pursues all avenues available when it comes to saving the life of a companion animal. OHS does not take lightly the decision to end a life and euthanizes only for significant health or behavior issues.

"No kill" does not mean no euthanasia, a key point often lost in this discussion. In the case of true "sanctuaries," where no euthanasia is practiced, there are painfully few instances where companion animals are maintained in a manner that preserves their physical and mental health.

Yes and No 06.Sep.2004 21:57

North Portlander

OHS has an admirable record and performs a valuable service. I don't believe that pets are sold by OHS for research . . . for one thing, research facilities would not be willing to pay the amounts of the adoption fees - per pet - charged by OHS. These costs would be prohibitive to research facilities, even if they could get past the adoption process.

However, it is not true that OHS doesn't turn animals away. Last year I caught a litter of kittens being raised by a feral cat under the porch of the empty house next door. I tried to catch the mother for three days with a variety of animal traps and food but was unable to do so. During the three days I was trying to catch "Mom", I made sure that the kittens received handling and human contact, were fed, and received gentle stimulation to urinate and defecate (at their age, their mother would have been doing this for them as they were not yet old enough to do it themselves, although they were very close to that point). These were not newly born kittens. They could walk and explore on their own, their eyes were well open and they could respond to people. They were in danger of wandering down into the busy street nearby. When I called OHS about taking the kittens they said (1) they were not accepting any more cats because they were at capacity and (2) they would not accept kittens without the mother. The employee I spoke with suggested I release the kittens and try to catch them again later. I know from experience that once the kittens adapted to a feral lifestyle with no human handling or contact they would be difficult - if not impossible - to catch again and would not make ideal pets. I ended up taking the kittens to Sherwood - the cat facility that did not refuse them.

We need to put greater emphasis on spaying and neutering cats. There are far too many out there reproducing like rabbits in this warm weather . . . many without homes and others "sowing their wild oats" with dozens of feral queens and then returning home to irresponsible owners. That the OHS can place as many cats as it does is a small miracle.

Hey OHS Supporter,it's time to wake up 08.Sep.2004 11:13

Have seen it with my own eyes

OHS Supporter,honey,you need a reality check.OHS is nothing more then an upscale pet shop.They are selling some dogs,yes SELLING,not ADOPTING,for as much as $400.00.Maybe you can't buy love but OHS is sure trying!As for their investigative team,what a pathetic joke.The only investigative work they do is when and if it will bring fame and fortune through their doors.Randy Covey has been asked many,many times to check on reported cases of abuse,neglect and cruelty and the majority of the time he claims he saw nothing wrong with the animals in need.Covey and OHS needs to redefine abuse and neglect or stop pretending to be what they are not,a humane society.

I'm awake 08.Sep.2004 19:07

Are you ?

If you want to deny the valuable services performed by OHS then the facts won't change your mind. I know that many, many animals have been saved from a life of misery due to their efforts. They cannot do it all, but they are doing a more than most. And all on donations, it is not governemnt funded.

I think you are dishonest also, a small bit of research would show you that they charge high fees because saving thousands of animals a year costs money. They charge high fees to keep people from making impulsive choices and picking up a pet they cannot afford or care for. They charge the fees to pay for things like the investigations and other services they provide.

No, I disagree with MB on this one. 08.Sep.2004 19:39


If you want to have a tirade against animal "shelters," there's plenty to cry about out there. Check out the Multnomah County animal shelters, for instance. Animals have very little chance of getting out of there alive. I can't even go in there (even if they DID have accessible hours and locations, which they most decidedly do not), because I can't stand to see all the animals I can't take home. I know they will likely be killed by the mindless staff there. Trust me, I work for the county. It's true.

For that reason, if I want to adopt an animal, or even if I just want to go visit one, I go to the humane society. My research has has always concluded that they carefully screen adoptive homes, and I have been assured that they do not kill any animal that's healthy and not viscious. They do everything they can to help solve animal "problems" to prevent stupid humans from having them killed or disfigured for their convenience.

Your concerns make me want to look into the matter further, to see if I can confirm independently that they don't kill the animals, but so far, the evidence is in their favor. I feel very good about what they do. I've adopted a dog and several cats from OHS, and each time have been carefully screened. The adoption fees are quite prohibitive, but I comfort myself that they're both going to help support the animals in the shelter, and helping to discourage thoughtless adoptions. If people have to pay a high fee, theoretically they are less likely to enter into the commitment lightly, and are more likely to take care of the animal. Also, labs are not likely to have that kind of budget. Yes, it's classist that only people with the money can afford to adopt. Not sure how to solve that trade-off.

This is in stark contrast to the Multnomah County animal shelters, where animals disappear into their dungeons. The shelters are far from main thoroughfares, difficult to find, dingy, awful places. Staff freely admit to killing animals after only a short time if no "owner" can be found, and they do not look for "owners." They don't even try. It's disgusting. This is where lab animals are likely coming from. This, and breeders.

It's distressing to me that I can't even walk in there. Logically, I should be adopting animals that wind up there, in order to rescue them. But I can't. I just can't even look at them, because I would not be able to take them all and would be frozen by the enormity of the decision to be made. Please, if you're stronger than I am, go there and save an animal. But never, ever give them any donations until they promise to stop killing animals. Make them stop.

Scream with me, but target the places that deserve it.

ohs needs to be seen for what it really is 08.Sep.2004 21:29

i too have seen it

hello there ohs supporter.i was just wondering how life is in la-la-land.man they realy have you duped don't they.why not do some free thinking and investigating on your own.you will be shocked at what is really going on there.how much money does it take to buy a good home/hell they don't even check the homes out before sending an animal off to a new home and they certainly do not check references.please come back to this site when you know what you are talking about.
multnomah county animal control is without a doubt a hell hole for all dogs and cats who enter there.we need more privately run shelters that are operated by people who truly care and not those just after a nice salary and benefits.

How beautiful your heart is dog and cat 09.Sep.2004 01:24

Migratory Bird

I was decrying against all Humane Society's. I really think that a 26% kill rate of cats by ohs is more commendable than the higher rates that exist at other Humane Society's elswhere. But CAT, community funded, operated, and voluteer run is far more beautiful. Sorry if you are determined to be old school and save failing organizational values. Names change but the idea and the essence must be preserved. Go Humane and dump the Humane Society!

Also I am one of those crazy's who try to take in stray or hurt animals. I don't take them elsewhere. They are my responsibility. I take on the fees and do as much as I can. I understand that my resources are far more limited than others.

One time I used CAT to take some rescue cats because I could not afford to neuter three cats at once. I did donate money. On my college student budget that crippled me financially. I cried like hell when I left those rescue cats. But those cats got good homes, medical benefits and no one died.

the problem with CAT 09.Sep.2004 08:38


Is that they are inaccessible to folks without vehicles except for the most determined and physically fit folks. They are all the way out in Sherwood. True, they do have satellite operations worked out with PetsMart in Clackamas, Hillsboro, and Tigard, but those places are still pretty far out. I wish I had known about those locations, though. I ended up carrying those kittens for miles (end of the bus line all the way from the sherwood town center to Galbreath) in a cat carrier on a fairly warm day. It was a nightmare (well, that and the fact that saying goodbye to the kitties was pretty difficult). Anyway, MB, you shouldn't imply that CAT is where people should immediately go when they have a kittie they can't care for because of this (from the CAT website):

Finding a new home for your cat or kitten

If you are trying to find a new home for a cat or kitten you currently own, please consider the following options before contacting our shelter.

* Seek advice from your veterinarian: CAT often receives calls from people wanting to turn in cats because they are urinating outside the litter box. If this is the case with your cat, please seek advice from your veterinarian before you consider bringing the cat to our shelter. Improper urination is often the result of a bladder or urinary tract infection, or other physical ailments. Cats will also refuse to use the litter box if you have changed to a brand of litter they don't like, if you have moved the box to a new location or if you have introduced a cover for the box. If you think it is a behavior problem brought on by stress, anger or territorial disputes with other cats in the household, you might consider contacting a veterinarian who uses homeopathic remedies or an animal behaviorist to help you resolve the problem.
* Ask everyone you know-friend, relatives, co-workers: Because coming to a shelter can be a stressful experience for a cat, you should make every attempt to find a new home for your cat before you bring it to our facility. Ask everyone you know-friends, relatives, co-workers-if they know of anyone who might want to adopt your cat.
* Create a colorful flyer with your cat's picture and ask permission to post it at local veterinarian clinics, pet stores, grocery stores, community service centers, local churches and on your office bulletin board. If someone offers to adopt your cat, always make a personal visit to the prospective new home before giving your pet away to make sure it is going to a home where it will be safe, loved and well cared for. Consider charging the new owner a small adoption fee. Individuals that sell animals for medical research often seek out cats and kittens that are advertised for free. Please take all precautions to ensure that this does not happen to your cat or kittens.

If the above ideas are not feasible or have not worked for you, contact our rescue line at 503- 925-8803. Provide us with a brief description of your pet, including age, breed and sex. Let us know if it has long or short hair, whether it has been spayed or neutered, or declawed, and whether its vaccinations are up to date.

We'd also like to know why you are giving up your cat, and whether he/she will do well in a household with other cats, dogs or children. If, at the time, we are unable to take in your cat, we will keep your information on hand and add you to our waiting list. If we find someone who may be interested in adopting your cat, we will pass along your name and phone number so they can make direct contact with you.
No-Kill Shelters/Rescues

* Animal Aid Adoptions, 503-643-8322
Provides in-home care of unwanted cats and dogs. Holds weekend adoptions at Beaverton PETsMART.
* House of Dreams, 503-262-0763
A non-profit, no-kill cat shelter in Portland
* Second Chance Companions (Battle Ground, WA), 360-687-4569
A non-profit rescue network in Battle Ground Washington.
* Columbia Humane Society (St. Helens, OR), 503-397-4353
A non-profit, no-kill cat and dog shelter in St. Helens.
* Animal Rescue and Care Fund, 503-244-9851
* Indigo Rescue & Adoption, 503-640-7979
* Evergreen-Doe Humane Society (McMinnville/Dayton, OR) 503 472-0341
A non-profit no-kill animal shelter.

My healthy pet was murdered by the OHS 19.Jan.2006 01:08

Jane Doe

In november of 2000 my precious little angel came up missing. He was the sweetest cat you would have ever met. I rescued him originally from a home where the owner, "SO sick of these damn cats if some one doesn't get em out of here, i'll tie em up in a pillow case and throw em in the pond." Which i'd heard this ass had done before so i didn't doubt he'd do it again. I did what every person does when their pet goes missing, put up flyers in the area, and visting every animal shelter in the metro-area. Giving the shelters copies of my flyer, and checking weekly for my beloved cat. 5 months later i get a call from my mother saying she saw my cat on a webiste for dove lewis. I immediatily looked at the website, saw him and drove as fast as i could to dove lewis. They told me they no longer had him. Then they told me the story of him coming to them. (5 years ago and i'm crying telling this story today, this hurts) He had been thrown from a truck in an industrial park some people whom had seen the event called the police. A police officer got a cardboard box and put it on the ground and my cat ran in. The officer then took him to dove lewis. He spent 2 months at dove lewis being nursed back to health, he had sever malnutrition. (this is really difficult..) and they renamed him Lestat. He then was a blood doner for other cats while in the care of dove leiws, (a little comfert, but i'm now balling like a child) they then decided to adopt him out, so they sent him to the OHS. 63 hours later he was dead. I got all of the paper work from dove lewis, and paid the bill for the care, and love they showed my baby in the last months of his life(around 600$) this is so hard... i feel responsible for not taking care of him some how, for not knowing where he was. it's my fault i couldn't save him, i'm a horrable person. anyway, all of the paperwork from dove lewis show he was healthy. The reason OHS told me they killed him was because he had distemper. I left that day in tears. on the car ride home my friend whom had gone with me told me about a couple years ealier OHS had been in trouble for filling pets caskets with cat litter and dumping the pets bodies on I5. His dog being one of them. My rage grew, i went back to OHS and i asked them what their procedure was when an animal comes to their shelter. Do they look at the flyers? they said of course, and if we would have seen it we would have called you. I demanded to see these flyers wanting to see if they even had them. Sure enough, 3rd flyer in the grey cats section was mine. The bitch actually had the nerve to ask me if i wanted to flyer. I said the flyer wasn't for me to have a momento of my dead cat, it was to find my cat alive. I went back several times, demanding information, each time given differnt reasons why he was murdered and each time given conflicting paperwork. One of these occasions i remember vividly, they were explaining this distemper crap to me then some assistant said, oh was that the cat we sent in for labwork? the woman helping me said no quietly to her and shooed her away from the front desk. I raised a huge fuss calling them murderers, and liars in front of an group of people waiting to forfet their anmals to the clutches of these nazis. i never got a straight answer from them, one excuse was that they didn't have enough vets or kennels avialible. This excuse given to me the same year OHS had spent 1.5 million dollars remodeling their corprate boardroom. I hate the OHS, they are a pet murdering group of lying rude wasteful harmful i'll stop before i throw something across the room. I just want people to know what they do. and i'm unfourtunatly not alone.

-heartsick to this day
-OHS ruins lives, murders member of our families
-and what about people whom didn't find out what happened to their pets
-i fear all the pets they kill
-and don't let them lie and say they don't have enough money, ya neither did enron