Siuslaw News | Helping pets of local homeless
Dec. 2, 2020 — The Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) has launched a new outreach initiative to provide food and resources to homeless people’s pets in Florence.
“For several years, and through the generosity of many contributors, OCHS has provided free emergency pet food at the shelter through our pet food pantry,” said Charles Brown, OCHS’s executive director. “But we see a need to meet people — and their pets — where they are, especially as the colder, wetter weather is setting in.”
The new outreach program started Thanksgiving Day, with OCHS distributing food weekly on Thursdays in Florence to make sure all the pets in the community, regardless of where their humans live, have the basic care they need.
“We are committed to providing care and comfort when we see a need, and we clearly see a need for this in Florence,” added Brown, who has instituted similar programs in other cities and will be aided by his 16-year-old daughter, Madeleine, in administering the new program in Florence.
Brown said contributions of food to the program can be brought, by appointment, to the OCHS shelter, 2840 Rhododendron Dr., cautioning people not to randomly drop off food donations at the door as wildlife might get into it.
In addtion, for those who prefer, cash contributions provide OCHS more flexibility to buy what is truly needed.
Community members can alert OCHS where to find homeless pet owners who might need help by calling 541-997-4277.
OCHS is a local nonprofit, no-kill community, dependent on direct contributions of food, bedding, toys, litter and cash.
To learn more about the many services available through the OCHS, or to support its ongoing work to help animals in the Florence area, call OCHS at 541-997-4277, make an appointment to stop by the shelter at 2840 Rhododendron Dr. in Florence, or visit OregonCoastHumaneSociety.org, where you can also make a secure financial contribution.
OCHS also operates a thrift shop at Bay St. and Kingwood Ave. in Old Town, where people can shop for bargains and donate new and used clothing, household goods, tools, furniture, appliances and more to be sold to benfit of the shelter.
All proceeds from the shop help fund the shelter.