On July 1st, Greenhill Humane Society began providing sheltering and adoption activities at the former Lane County Animal Services facility. Greenhill now operates two facilities in Eugene - one on Green Hill Road and one on W. 1st Avenue. This change means that Greenhill will now be caring for over 4,000 animals each year!
Under Greenhill's guidance, the 1st Avenue Shelter cares for stray animals, reunites owners with their pets, provides medical attention to those animals in need, and finds new loving homes for animals who go unclaimed. If you have lost a pet anywhere in Lane County, including the City of Eugene, check the 1st Avenue Shelter. The phone number for the shelter is 541-844-1777. Animals in the shelter are viewable on-line at www.green-hill.org.
Greenhill staff and volunteers, including many who were previously part of Lane County Animal Services, have been working tirelessly over the past few months to make the transition a seamless one for the animals. But our work is only beginning. We need more volunteers to help us in this transition to care for animals at both shelter locations and assist with creating a welcoming space for those seeking to adopt a pet. Anyone 16 years and older can volunteer, and it makes such a difference. If you don't have time to volunteer, donations are also welcome and needed.
Also on July 1st, the City of Eugene took responsibility for animal enforcement and dog licensing inside the Eugene city limits, and the Lane County Animal Services animal control officer moved into a new building on N. Delta Hwy.
What does this mean for pet owners? If you live outside the Eugene city limits, or in unincorporated Eugene, you will probably experience no changes. Lane County Animal Services still provides animal enforcement and licensing to unincorporated Lane County. The phone number to contact Lane County’s Animal Control Officer remains the same (541-682-3645). Springfield has not changed its animal control services, nor have any of the other cities within the county. Dog licensing for these areas also remains the same.
For Eugene residents, there are two City of Eugene Animal Welfare Officers providing service seven days a week. The Eugene Animal Services direct line for reporting lost and found pets, dogs at large, and animal abuse, as well as obtaining additional information, is 541-687-4060. The City of Eugene is now issuing its own dog licenses. However, Lane County licenses issued to Eugene dogs prior to July 1 will remain valid for the term of the license. When the Lane County dog license expires, owners will need to purchase a City of Eugene license. City of Eugene licenses can be purchased in person at the 1st Avenue Shelter or on-line at www.eugene-or.gov/animalservices.
What does this mean for stray, abandoned, abused and neglected pets? Stray and impounded animals will continue to be cared for at the 1st Avenue Shelter, and repeat visitors may recognize some familiar faces -- Greenhill now employs several of the former LCAS employees. Greenhill is committed to providing a high level of care, both for the stray, abandoned, abused, and neglected pets at the 1st Avenue Shelter, as well as the owned and transferred pets at the shelter on Green Hill Road. Animals are never euthanized because of space limitations. Greenhill euthanizes only in situations involving animals that cannot be safely handled – either because of aggression or contagious disease, or where the animal is suffering and a reasonable level of treatment would not be effective at improving quality of life. Greenhill employs a shelter veterinarian and trained animal care staff who evaluate and provide treatment and care for each animal. Additionally, Greenhill’s Animal Care Committee, which includes staff and professional veterinary volunteers, meets monthly to discuss animal care practices in an effort to ensure that the organization is always striving to improve the level of care provided to homeless pets.
How do I volunteer or donate to help homeless, stray, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals? Donations and volunteers are needed now, more than ever, for the activities at both shelters. For information about volunteering at the shelters, call 541-844-1777 or 541-689-1503, or visit www.green-hill.org/volunteer_opportunities.
Donations can be made by phone, on-line at www.green-hill.org/donate, or by mail sent to First Avenue Shelter, 3970 W. 1st Ave. Eugene, OR, 97402 or Greenhill Humane Society, 88530 Green Hill Rd., Eugene, OR, 97402. Checks can be made to Greenhill Humane Society or 1st Avenue Shelter. Donors can dedicate their gifts specifically to the activity of sheltering stray, abused and neglected animals, to the Mend-a-Friend fund, which is used for providing life-saving medical treatments, or to the general fund that supports on-going operations at both shelters.
Where do I go to adopt a new pet? Although the primary goal at the 1st Avenue Shelter is reuniting stray animals with their owners, both shelters have animals awaiting adoption into new loving homes. All animals available in both shelters can be viewed at www.green-hill.org.
If you have questions about animal welfare services in your neighborhood, call 541-844-1777 or 541-689-1503 for more information.
Greenhill's mission: To provide safe shelter for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals and their people, work to end animal overpopulation and educate the public about compassion and responsibilty towards all animals.