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Humane Society of the Ochocos will hold its annual golf tournament fundraiser sept. 21 at Meadow Lakes

PHOTO COURTESY OF HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OCHOCOS
 - The Humane Society of the Ochocos mascot hams it up for the camera during the 2018 event.

Meadow Lakes Golf Course will host its sixth-annual golf tournament for the Humane Society of the Ochocos (HSO) on Sept. 21 at 12 p.m.

Dinner will begin promptly at 5:30, with a silent and live auction to follow at 6 p.m.

"It is our largest fundraiser to date for the Ochoco Humane Society," said Executive Director for HSO Heather O'Daniel. "A large portion of our proceeds this year will be going towards our new building campaign."

Currently, the shelter is overpopulated and chronically out of space for incoming animals. It was originally built as a temporary structure. There are many issues with the building, and it is nearing the end of its useful life.

January and February are difficult months, with expenses sometimes exceeding revenue. Slightly more than one-fourth of the revenue comes from fundraising, program income and government contracts. The remaining revenue is derived from their thrift store sales, bequests and endowments, and public support.

The goal for their next four phases of the building campaign is to secure funds to build a new shelter complex on the current property that is larger, safer, healthier and more efficient to operate. Phase 1 will involve building the reception and medical isolation area; Phase two will be the canine care and housing; Phase three will be feline care and housing; and Phase four will be support facilities.

"Our hope is to build the shelter all at once, but if we have to build in pods, we can do that," said O'Daniel.

She added that they have hired Shelter Planners of America (SPOA) to do a feasibility study.

"Now we have a good foundation of what our building is going to look like," she said.

The next step will be to move onto the engineering portion. They will soon establish their citizens committee. She indicated that they will not only reach out to local businesses and community groups, but will go to outlying areas that also benefit from services provided by HSO .

Because HSO is a "no kill" shelter, they get a fair amount of animals from areas such as Post, Paulina, Wheeler and Grant counties — although Crook County is their main focus.

"I think it is important for us to spread our message that way, and let them know what we are doing and how we will be doing it," said O'Daniel, adding that they will be forming the citizen committee soon after the golf tournament in November and December.

The shelter was established in 1995, with a commitment to be a "no kill" shelter. HSO is Crook County's only animal shelter service, and was established as a nonprofit 501(c) (3). Their entire board of directors is volunteer, and they currently have 48 active volunteers for the shelter. There are 17 foster volunteers as well.

This is one of the true "no kill" shelters on the east side of the Cascades in Oregon. Their mission is to create a community that is responsible for their animals, give shelter to stray and abandoned animals, and find them a loving, permanent home.

Their vision is to have every animal that is adopted be treated with respect, and for every adoptable animal to be placed in a loving home. It is also their hope to have every lost animal in their care be reunited with their owner.

HSO also provides services such as spay and neutering. They provide shelter to approximately 1,000 animals per year. They also provide services such as micro-chipping, pet cremation, and support local rescue missions when possible.

The nonprofit works with local government and public agencies to assist with abuse and abandonment situations of animals. They provide on-the-job learning skills for various programs as well.

There are currently 28 in-door kennels for dogs and two stand-up kennels for small dogs. They can house up to 38 cats with five cat rooms, and 14 stand-up kennels in the isolation room. The Hart House in town houses four isolation kennels and seven cat rooms.

The shelter functions heavily on volunteers. Operating costs to feed dogs is approximately $1.88 per day per dog, and $.98 per day for cats. This does not include operating costs and payroll for their 11 employees.

O'Daniel added that they have enough money in reserves to begin the building campaign, and many business owners have been looking at the shelter to see how they can help, once they get past the engineering and permitting scope.

She is optimistic that they will be able to build the shelter for under $2 million.

"We are building it very wisely."

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6th-Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for HSO

Meadow Lakes Golf Course

September 21

Begin at noon

Four-man teams

Dinner promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Silent and live auctions at 6:00 p.m.

Board of directors for HSO

Joey Williams

Rebecca Ott

Bill Zelenka

Colleen Ferguson

Lori Hooper

Darrell Antram

Advisors

Tom MacDonald

Greg Lynch


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