Help Heartland Get Ready for Our Busiest Time of Year
Living in the Willamette Valley, we all know that springtime means lambs, but did you know it also brings kittens? Cats have their litters during the warm months, starting as early as February and through the fall. In the shelter world it’s known as ‘kitten season’ and it’s our busiest time of year.
When kittens are found in Benton County, they come to Heartland for care. These tiny charges require a lot of time and resources before they’re ready to be adopted into new homes: food, vaccinations, medical care, and socialization. Each one of them will be spayed or neutered and microchipped before being adopted. Meanwhile, the warm weather also brings an increase of strays and surrenders to our doors.
Heartland works hard year-round to make our community a safe and healthy place for every pet, but the cost of running the shelter is significantly higher during kitten season.
To ensure we can continue to provide the best possible care for all of our furry residents, we’re trying something new: we’re asking you to help us raise $31k in 31 days. That’s a $1,000 dollars a day in the month of May.
You can help us reach our goal by donating right now. Every donation helps and brings us closer to raising $31k.
Helping feels good. Spread the joy by creating your own fundraiser for Heartland and rallying your friends, family, or clients to join the cause. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by creating templates for fundraising emails, thank you notes, and social media posts. You can customize your fundraising page to reflect your passion for animals, feature your brand, or speak directly to your loved ones. Getting started is easy and takes only minutes; use the buttons below to choose individual or business fundraising. We can’t wait to see what each of you can do for the animals at Heartland.
How Heartland Humane Puts Your Donations to Work
Heartland Humane Shelter & Care is a private non-profit animal welfare organization. Or mission is to make Benton
County (and beyond) a safe and healthy place for every animal, and the people who love them. We receive no tax dollars and rely on donations, grants, and income from our Thrift Shop to fund our work.
Our location-based animal shelter serves Benton County and Corvallis, and we will never turn away a pet from our service area, no matter their age, condition, health, or temperament. We never euthanize for time or space—donors like you allow us to care for our adoptable animals as long as it takes to find the right home. Find us on the Oregon No Kill Shelter Network!
Our shelter is municipally contracted to serve as the housing facility for stray pets and pets involved in law-enforcement situations. While our contracts only cover stray lost-and-found services for dogs, we use your donations to fund an open-door policy that allows us to take all stray pets from Benton County and Corvallis (as long as we can house them). While we aren’t equipped to work with large lifestock, we’ve taken in all kinds of animals, from hedgehogs and beta fish to 65 lb tortoises. In 2020, 287 pets were reunited with their families through our program.
Sometimes animals at large don’t have homes to go back to, such was the case for Chestnut. Chestnut came to Heartland with a severely fractured leg that required amputation. After surgery, Chestnut recovered in foster care, where she met her forever family through her foster mom. Meet Chestnut and her parents in this video:
Finding homes for unwanted and homeless pets is a big part of our work. In 2020, 1,021 pets were adopted from our shelter. All of our adoptive animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and given an ID tag. While at the shelter they receive medical treatment, socialization, and proper nutrition. Stephanie and Leo met their dog Sammie while volunteering, and shared their story in this video:
Our municipal contracts also bring us dogs involved in law enforcement situations, like Jane. Jane was seized by the Benton County Sherriff’s Department because of severe neglect. While at Heartland, Jane received life-saving care and learned how to be a pet again. She spent the last of her time with us in foster care, until her new mom saw her on our website and adopted her. You can meet Jane and her mom in this video:
Your donations fund our Safe Housing Program, which provides emergency boarding to pets whose families are in crisis. While this service is typically used by clients of our partner orgs (the local hospital, homeless shelters, and CARDV, the domestic violence shelter), it is also available for emergencies like the wildfires that hit Oregon in September, 2020. While the fires never reached Benton County, our shelter did house animals whose families had been evacuated or lost their houses in nearby counties, including 5 Tibetan Mastiffs. All medical care, boarding, and food are free of charge to safe housing clients.
Support for Low-Income Pet Owners
Our Pet Food Pantry is available 7 days a week and stocked with cat and dog food. It can be accessed twice a month by anyone in need – no proof of income necessary.
We also host low-income microchip, vaccine, and spay/neuter clinics. Results from our client surveys show that 80% of the pets we serve in these clinics have never been to a vet before. This year, instead of just one spay and neuter clinic, we’re holding a series throughout the spring and summer! Learn more at the link: Snip & Spay Express.
This work will continue throughout the added challenges of kitten season. That’s why we need your help to make our goal of raising $31k in May.