The Southern Oregon Humane Society is one of the shelters that do not like the idea of putting down pets.
They started a program called the ‘Saving Train’ to help animals live longer and give them another chance at life.
The SoHumane society’s website reads: “The objective of the Saving Train is to save as many lives as we can, while alleviating companion overpopulation through spaying and neutering.
“In addition, by bringing animals to the SoHumane facility, the other shelters we work with have more space available in their facilities for displaced pets in their communities.”
“This includes the public shelter in our own community, which in 2012 began transferring animals to SoHumane in an effort to reduce their euthanasia rate. According to one shelter in Northern California, their euthanasia rate went down by over 30% in 2010 due to the efforts of the SoHumane Saving Train.
“The success of the Saving Train at securing a caring and committed home for all of the animals brought to SoHumane relies on the local community’s support. Because as a no-kill shelter the animals now have all the time they need to find a new home.”
One of the dogs who has come their way is Odin, a Chihuahua mix. He had a rough past and found himself in a shelter after the Camp Fire.
When they found out that Odin was on the list to be euthanized to have space for others, SoHumane stepped in to help.
SoHumane said in a statement: “They sent out SOS emails to other humane society’s asking for help with the excess numbers of animals in hopes to save them from being euthanized.”
SoHumane’s executive director Karen Evans knew that Odin would need a lot of TLC but they still took him. “We knew the community would want us to save him,” she expressed.
Odin caught the attention of a local animal ophthalmologist, who offered to do surgeries for free!
“He will recover from both surgeries at the same time, which means he will be that much closer to meeting his forever home,” SoHumane added.
Bliss Animal Eye Care wrote on Facebook: “Dr. Bliss and Dr. Jessie are all done with surgery for Odin and he will be ready to adopt in two weeks!”
We are so happy for you, Odin!
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