July 31st, 2020
At Heartland Humane Shelter and Care, we are committed to making Benton County a safe and healthy place for pets and the people who love them. Our goals of caring for our most vulnerable animal companions and building a more compassionate community go hand-in-hand with efforts to promote racial justice and equality.
There is no place in our work for racism. We are committed to doing our part to listen, learn and identify ways we can take action to dismantle systems of oppression that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and other people of color, starting with a review of our own practices, policies and procedures.
We know there is much work to be done; we hope you will join us in these efforts.
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Heartland Humane Shelter & Care
Heartland Humane Shelter and Care takes into consideration the actions of industry leaders and the local municipalities that hold our contracts.
Pets for Life, an initiative of the Humane Society of the United States, was created to “challenge the institutions that create and perpetuate divisiveness, unjust policies and a stark imbalance in resource accessibility” for pet owners. Learn more about how institutional discrimination and systemic poverty impact pets and their people here.
On July 6th, 2020, “the Corvallis City Council unanimously passed a resolution of support for Black Lives Matter.” You can read the text of the resolution here.
The Corvallis resolution follows a Benton County Board of Commissioners “statement condemning systemic racism” made in June. The County’s statement can be viewed here.