FAQ

Where does Heartland Humane Society get its funding?

Our income comes from fees for services (such as adoptions, animal release, etc.), direct donations, special events, grants, and revenue generated by The Heartland Humane Society Thrift Shop. Contracts with the City of Corvallis and Benton County are for exchange of service and together account for less than 11% of our overall income.

We receive no money from national humane organizations.

We are a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all donations to Heartland are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Where does the money from my donation to Heartland go?

Your donations all stay within our county to help local animals and community members. We keep our administration costs to a minimum and the vast majority of every donation goes straight to our programs of sheltering homeless animals, humane education and our spay/neuter program.

How many animals do you help each year?

We care for more than 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, ferrets, rats and other small domestic animals every year.

Are you a “no-kill” shelter?

We are a geographically focused, open-door facility, meaning we will never refuse any animal from our primary service area of Benton County. We meet the protocols for no-kill, however we call ourselves open-admission because we never turn an animal away regardless of adoptability. We also provide the municipal services for our city and county so we accept strays, impounds, seized, and surrendered animals.

What are your adoption rates?

Our save rates are over 90% for dogs and nearly 80% for cats. These rates are well above the national average, which is unfortunately, less than 30%.

So you never kill any animal?

The only way to ensure no animal is ever euthanized by Heartland is to limit admissions to only healthy, adoptable animals. However, Heartland accepts all animals, regardless of health or behavior. We work with the local veterinary community and rescue groups to save as many of these animals as possible. However, sometimes euthanasia is the kindest option.

How much time does an animal have before it is euthanized?

There are no time limits. As long as an animal is healthy and happy and we have space, we will keep him/her until she is adopted. Additionally, we utilize foster homes to increase the space we have available.

Does Heartland Humane Society pick-up stray animals?

No. Benton County and the City of Corvallis have Animal Control Officers who do that important job.
Do you have animals other than cats and dogs?

Yes, we always have rabbits. We often have guinea pigs, ferrets and other small companion animals. We do not adopt out reptiles or farm animals.

Do you ever get Rottweilers/Labs/Doxies/Persians/Etc….?

Yes, more than 25% of the dogs we receive are purebreds. Additionally we receive lots of Siamese, Persians and other popular cat breeds. Moreover, if we don’t have what you are looking for we can put you in touch with a rescue group for the type of animal in which you are most interested.

Can I bring my animal to the shelter to have it euthanized?

We believe this service is best done by your regular veterinarian who has served your pet throughout his/her lifetime. However, in some cases Heartland may be able to assist if you call and make an appointment.

Can I bring the remains of my animal to your shelter for disposal?

Yes, we work with Rest Assured Pet Cremation, LLC located in Springfield, Oregon. They offer both private and general cremations.

Who do I call when I see animal abuse?

Animal abuse and neglect are crimes. Please call your local law enforcement division.

Can you recommend a veterinarian? Where can I find low-cost veterinary services?

Heartland Humane Society is the beneficiary of support from all the local veterinarians. Therefore, we will not recommend any specific clinic or person. Clinics’ prices do vary widely, but we suggest you look at more than just prices when choosing your pets’ vet. On occasion we do hear about low-cost vaccination clinics that are being held in our community and are always willing to pass this information on.

Why do we have to have our adopted pet “fixed?”

Pet-overpopulation is still a major problem in this country. For every person born there are 15 dogs and 45 cats born. That means a family of four (humans) would need to house 60 dogs and 180 cats to ensure that every pet has a home! Spaying and neutering and responsible pet ownership are the only answers to the tragic problem of pet overpopulation.

Moreover, these surgeries prevent many common causes of infections and cancers and reduce or eliminate many problem behaviors. The problem of over-population and the medical benefits of spaying/neutering extend beyond dogs and cats and are also true for rabbits.

How much does it cost to adopt?

Adoption fees vary depending on the age and reproductive status of the animal. Additionally, we have a G.E.M. program allowing our super-star animals to provide a financial legacy for other animals that will be in the shelter longer.

How much does it cost to release a pet to the shelter?

On average it costs us over $250 to care for each animal that we shelter.

There is no charge for stray animals brought to the shelter. If the animal is being released by its owner, the fee is on a sliding scale of $35 – $100. The person releasing the animal decides where they fit on the scale. This money is simply used to off-set the costs of housing, vaccinating, medicating when necessary, etc.