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'Each year, we set a goal of finding homes for 11,000 pets, and it warms my heart to know that we will be exceeding the goal this year.'

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - Brittany Grenfell said she fell in love with Nelson when she saw him in Oregon Humane Society kennel. She was first in line Monday, Dec. 3, to adopt Nelson.A 3-year-old Chihuahua named Nelson was the Oregon Humane Society's 11,000th pet adopted this year.

The society said Nelson was adopted by the Grenfell family in North Portland. He joins two cockatiels and a bearded dragon. Nelson traveled to Oregon from California animal shelter before wildfires ravaged parts of the state. He was transferred to make room for displaced pets.

The Oregon Humane Society set a goal of adopting 11,000 pets in 2018. It was the earliest date that the society has achieved the milestone in its new shelter. It's also ninth year in a row that the society has reached the milestone.

"Each year, we set a goal of finding homes for 11,000 pets, and it warms my heart to know that we will be exceeding the goal this year. It's wonderful to see people opening their hearts to shelter animals," said Sharon Harmon, Oregon Humane Society president and chief executive officer.

Brittany Grenfell said she came in on Sunday and fell in love with Nelson when she saw him in his kennel. She was first in line Monday, Dec. 3, to adopt Nelson. "I knew that he would be adopted by someone else if I waited until the end of the day, I couldn't take that chance," Brittany Grenfell said.

The large number of adoptions makes the local humane society one of the busiest shelters in the nation.

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