National Preparedness Month: How to Create a Pet Safety Kit

Blog post created by Sam Cryer, Greenhill Humane Society volunteer

Have you ever wondered what would happen to your pet in an emergency? In almost every situation, keeping your pet with you is the best idea. Fortunately, it just takes a little preparation and a basic collection of items to make sure your pet’s needs are met, even if a disaster forces you to evacuate. Learn how to create a pet safety kit that has all the essentials in case you and your pet have to leave home.

Pet Safety Kit Basics

  • Water – Make sure your pet safety kit is stocked with the most basic requirement of all: seven days’ worth of clean drinking water. As well as the water itself, pack a bowl or bottle for your pet to drink from.
  • Food – Your pet safety kit should include enough food to last your pet three to seven days. Food needs to be rotated regularly, so each time you take a trip to stock up on pet food, replace any unused food in your pet safety kit with a new supply.
  • Medicine – If your pet takes medication, be sure to keep extras in your pet safety kit. Ask your vet about buying a small emergency supply, and check with them to see how often you should rotate out medications to make sure they’re still effective.
  • First Aid – Big disasters often come with smaller emergencies. Make sure you have animal-safe first aid supplies on hand to deal with injuries and treat potential problems like shock, poisoning and diarrhea. If you’re not sure what a pet first aid kit should include, check out the ASPCA’s recommendations here.
  • Medical Records – A vet who’s unfamiliar with your pets can give them better care if they have a record of their medical history. Ask your vet for a copy of your pet’s records, so you have them on hand in case your pet needs medical attention.
  • Crates or Carriers – You’ll need to have some way to transport your pets if you have to evacuate. Make sure each of your pets has a travel-safe carrier that can serve as a means of transport and their home away from home.

Pet-Specific Items for Your Pet Safety Kit

In addition to the basics, there are special considerations to keep in mind for specific types of pets:

Dogs: Pack an extra collar or harness and leash, liners for their crate, small garbage bags for picking up poop, and toys to keep them occupied.

Cats: Include a litter box, litter, and a scoop and garbage bag to keep things tidy. Cats can also benefit from toys, and many owners find a pillowcase helpful for transporting a feline companion.

Small Animals: Have enough clean bedding to last a week, and make sure to store an extra water bottle in their carrier so you don’t have to worry about grabbing the one from their cage in an emergency. Include a hide and/or snuggle safe to help them stay safe and warm. 

Birds: Put a blanket or towel in your preparedness kit so you can throw it over their cage to reduce stress from outside stimulation. They will also need clean bedding to line the bottom of their cage.

Reptiles: Be sure you pack a heating device, such as a battery-operated heat pad or hot water bottle, to keep your pet warm. A large enough bowl for soaking is also important to keep your pet hydrated.


Creating a pet safety kit can be done in a day, and is well worth the time and effort. Once you’ve created a pet safety kit, you no longer need to wonder about what will happen to your pet in an emergency. You can rest easy, knowing that you and your pets are prepared for whatever comes your way.


Microchipping and why it’s important

By Katie Barnett, Canine Program Manager

Has your animal ever slipped past you out the front door? Have you let the dog in the backyard only to realize the gate was open? Have you been out of town and your pet sitter called to say your indoor cat had escaped? Like many owners, you may have experienced a similar situation. We all know how heartbreaking it is to have our furry family members lost.

Fortunately, there are many people out there trying to help lost animals find their way home! It’s for this very reason it’s important to have ID on your pets. Dogs should be wearing a name tag with owner information, a license tag and a rabies tag- but we all know that sometimes collars come off and cats can be hard to keep ID on. So what should you do to ensure your information is with your animal? Let me tell you about microchipping!

A microchip is a small, electronic chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that’s implanted in your animal between their shoulder blades. The chip is small and does not affect the animal’s health or movement. They don’t even know it’s there! All microchips have individual numbers that lead back to a company where your personal information is stored. Veterinary offices and your local shelter have a special scanner that can read this number, giving them the information for the company to contact to get you information and return your animal to you.

You might be asking yourself if this is really that important. Well, let me tell you about one of my favorite return-to-owner stories.  Henry the cat was brought into Greenhill Humane Society on Monday, October 22, 2018. He had been hanging around a neighborhood when someone picked him up and brought him to the shelter as a stray. Shelter staff scanned him for a microchip as soon as he arrived. Two seconds into scanning and there it was! We got the number, called the microchip company and were able to get his owners information.

According to the microchip, Henry was missing from Portland! We immediately called the owner and learned that Henry had escaped when they were in Eugene about 1 ½ years ago! The owner rushed in to get him and both Henry and his mom were incredibly excited to see each other again after so long! Henry didn’t have any other form of identification, so without the microchip he may have never made it back to his family.

Henry is only one of hundreds of cases where Greenhill has been able to reunite an animal with its owner because of a microchip. Greenhill Humane Society highly encourages all pet owners to get their animal’s microchipped and make sure to keep your current information updated with the company. You can talk to your veterinarian about microchipping. All animals at Greenhill get microchipped before being adopted. This small thing can make a HUGE difference!

Greenhill Partners with Petco Foundation to Celebrate National “Foster a Pet Month”

Community Members Can Learn How to Save Animal Lives by Fostering

Eugene, OR (June 25, 2019)Greenhill Humane Society is celebrating National “Foster a Pet Month” with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recruiting new foster volunteers on Saturday, June 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Petco located at 3000 Gateway St Ste. 22, Springfield, OR 97477.

Greenhill is one of more than 600 animal welfare organizations across the country who will join together to encourage guests to learn more about fostering pets – including what to expect as a first-time foster, the rewards of fostering, and how fostering saves animals’ lives. Greenhill volunteers and staff will be on-site to answer questions and collect donated wish list items.

“We believe if more people knew about the lifesaving impact of fostering, and that it can be an easy and fun experience, more people would do it,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

“We are so grateful and appreciative of the foster families that volunteer their time and homes to help care for the animals. Their dedication helps immensely,” said Megan Brezovar, Community Engagement Manager at Greenhill “Right now, we have 116 foster care families and are always looking for more!”

During the year, Greenhill expects to care for more than 800 animals through their foster program.

The Be A Foster event is part of the Petco Foundation’s annual Be a Lifesaver campaign which encourages everyone to help save animal lives by adopting, fostering, volunteering and donating. To create awareness and encourage more people to foster pets, the Petco Foundation has designated June as national “Foster a Pet Month,” and will share information and stories all month long to show how fostering is highly rewarding and makes a significant impact on helping the U.S. become a lifesaving nation.

In addition to fostering, adopting, and volunteering, Lane County community members can make a difference by making a donation online at  

To learn more about Greenhill, visit For more on the Petco Foundation and ways to contribute to lifesaving causes, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BeALifesaver.


About Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations.  Greenhill is located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene.  We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoption. So far, we’ve helped more than six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

About BOBS from Skechers

BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of BOBS for Dogs and BOBS for Cats shoes, apparel and accessories have improved animals’ lives: over the past three years, Skechers has contributed more than $3.4 million to help more than 583,000 shelter pets, including saving more than 241,000 rescued pets in the United States. It all started in 2011, when Skechers launched a movement to support children impacted by natural disasters and poverty – a cause that has helped the Company donate more than 15 million pairs of new pairs of shoes to kids in more than 60 countries worldwide. To learn more about BOBS from Skechers’ commitment to making a difference, visit and follow the brand on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About Skechers U.S.A., Inc.

Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE:SKX) designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 3,060 Skechers Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, and throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Greenhill Humane Society’s 6th annual Kitten Shower

Guest are invited to the Adoption Event and Supply drive

What: 6th annual Kitten Shower, Adoption Event and Supply Drive

Who: Greenhill Humane Society

When: Saturday, June 22, 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Greenhill Humane Society, 88530 Green Hill Road, Eugene

Price: Free, however, we invite guests to bring a gift for the kittens. Please check our gift registry for items needed at

Details: Summer is here and so are the kittens! Hundreds of kittens will arrive at Greenhill during this year’s Kitten Season and the community’s help is needed! On Saturday, June 22 from 11 am to 2 pm Greenhill will host a Kitten Shower Adoption Event and Supply Drive. Visitors are invited to meet numerous kittens looking for their fur-ever homes, learn about becoming a volunteer or foster family and enjoy some serious kitten cuddles!

Guests are invited to bring an item from the gift registry. The items listed on the registry are vital supplies Greenhill needs to help care for these kittens. Last year, Greenhill’s foster families cared for 474 kittens and the number is expected to increase this year. Very young kittens are first fostered by one of our 116 foster care families until the kittens are old enough to be adopted. This is typically between 4 to 8 weeks of age after getting vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Greenhill provides the needed supplies to the foster families. Many kittens are so young their eyes are not yet open, and they need to be bottle fed every two hours. They also require gentle handling and socialization. This helps to build their confidence and comfort around people.

All kitten and adult cat adoptions include: a physical exam and behavioral evaluation by a trained staff, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, a collar and ID tag, pre-adoption consultation, trackable microchip, 30 day trial of pet insurance, post-adoption support. All cats must be transported home in a carrier (available to purchase for $5) and if it is not a good fit, new pets can be returned to Greenhill at any time. 

For more information about Greenhill and the Kitten Shower, please visit   

Tips for keeping pets safe in hot weather

As warmer weather approaches, Greenhill Humane Society shares safety tips for pets

As the weather gets warmer, Greenhill Humane Society has some important tips to share on keeping pets safe. When it comes to furry family members please remember:

  • Leave pets at home when running errands.  Leaving your animal in a parked car, even for just a few minutes can easily cause heat stroke or brain damage. A car’s interior temperature can increase in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat stress because they do not sweat in the way that humans do; they release body heat by panting.
  • Oregon’s “Good Samaritan” law (dogs / kids in hot cars) states the following:
    • Anyone – not just law enforcement – may enter a motor vehicle, “by force or otherwise,” to remove an unattended child or domestic animal without fear of criminal or civil liability, as long as certain requirements are met. To fulfill these requirements, a person must:
      • Have a reasonable belief that the animal or child is in imminent danger of suffering harm;
      • Notify law enforcement or emergency services either before or soon after entering the vehicle;
      • Use only the minimum force necessary to enter the vehicle; and
      • Stay with the animal or child until law enforcement, emergency services, or the owner or operator of the vehicle arrives.
  • Keep pets inside during the heat of the day; do not leave them outside unattended.
  • Make sure pets have access to water bowls full of cool, fresh water.
  • When pets are outside, be sure there are shaded areas for them to rest in and invest in a misting hose or kiddie pool for a cool place for your pets to play.
  • Limit or skip on exercise at the dog park during the heat of the day.
  • Always test the pavement or sand with your hand before stepping out (too hot to touch is too hot for your pet). Walk early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady spots. If you suspect your pet’s paws have been burned, contact your vet immediately.
  • Dogs should not ride in uncovered pickup truck beds.  The hot metal truck bed can burn your pet’s paw pads. 

Heatstroke symptoms can include
 restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, vomiting and lack of coordination.  If your animal is overcome by heat exhaustion, consult your veterinarian right away. 

The full text of Oregon’s “Good Samaritan” law can be found under ORS 30.813.

Dental Specialty Offices donate to Greenhill the month of May

Raising donations to help the animals of Greenhill Humane Society is as easy as “liking” facebook pages!

Eugene Dental Group is partnering with dental specialty offices to raise donations to help the animals at Greenhill Humane Society! For each Facebook “like” that Eugene Dental Group receives from April 30-May 31, they will match $1 per “like” up to $200! The offices of Eugene Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Mark Stapleton DMD MSD PC, & Endodontics Eugene are even matching their donation!

Eugene Dental Group’s Facebook is

These dental groups are also participating in the $1/”like” fundraiser up to $200. Please “like” the following pages to raise money for Greenhill! Thank you!
Oregon Kids First Pediatric Clinic-
Chvatal Orthodontics-
Valley River Endodontics-
Dr. W. Gray Grieve Orthodontics-

Check out all these local dental specialty offices who love & support the animals!

Eugene Dental

Oregon Kids Pediatric Dentistry-

Chvatal Orthodontics-

Valley River Endodontics-

Dr. W. Gray Grieve Orthodontics-

Eugene Endodontic Associates-

Eugene Periodontics and Implant Dentistry-

Dr. Mark Stapleton DMD MSD PC-

26th Annual Bark in the Park


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Greenhill Humane Society’s 26th Annual Bark in the Park
Run/Walk & Fundraiser to help thousands of local, homeless pets on May 19

Eugene, OR – (April 25, 2019) This year’s Bark in the Park is on Sunday, May 19 at Alton Baker Park. It is the largest pet event in the Southern Willamette Valley and one of the largest run/walks in Eugene. More than 1,400 people and their furry friends are expected to participate in this year’s event. In addition to the 2K walk and 5K/10K runs, there are also contests, swag bags, an agility course, canine activities, demonstrations, vendors, delicious food, a kid zone and more. Runners can participate as an individual (with or without a dog) or join a team.

This year, Greenhill Humane Society hopes to raise $120,000 for the animals and is relying on the community for help. The shelter depends on public donations and grants for funding, which is used for a variety of services and resources for the animals and the community. In addition to caring for over 3,000 homeless, lost and neglected pets, Greenhill programs include, but are not limited to: adoption services, education, domestic violence assistance, senior assistance, pet retention assistance, spay/neuter programs, volunteer opportunities and foster care.


Register and learn more about Bark in the Park at  

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019, activities begin at 7 a.m. running until noon.

Where: Alton Baker Park

  • Pre-registration for Bark in the Park is $30 and includes a doggie bandana or $45 with a doggie bandana and a Tech T-shirt.
  • Day-of Registration is $35 with a doggie bandana or $50 with a doggie bandana and a Tech T-shirt (while supplies last).
  • Fundraising Registration (raising money but not participating in the event) is free.

Children 12 and under are free.

Greenhill Humane Society: Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations.  Greenhill operates two shelters in Eugene, Oregon, 88530 Green Hill Road and 3970 West 1st Avenue.  We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.C

Why you should adopt a shy cat

Some cats may be shy but once they warm up to you the wait will be worth it. The expert staff at Greenhill can help you find the perfect companion animal you are looking for and give you advice on how to better acclimate your new friend to your house.

According to the Cat Adoption team website:

Here are some tips to help shy cats get comfortable:

  • Set a routine. An uncertain cat feels more settled when she knows what to expect and when.
  • Find common ground. Take some time to learn what activities your new feline friend prefers. Does he respond well to being brushed? Love snacks? Always play with wand toys? Use these distractions to encourage and reward interaction.
  • Respect personal space. Forcing a cat to endure cuddling will only make things worse. Start out by simply sharing the space without interaction. Sit in the same room and read, play quiet video games, or even watch TV. Provide kitty with alone time too.
  • Take baby steps. As your new cat gets more comfortable, increase the length of interactions a few minutes each day. Use treats to reward your kitty after she lets you pet her or hold her—even if just for a few moments.

Find information on how to help make shy cats comfortable at


Adoption Special for Greenhill Cats older than Three

Greenhill Humane Society Prepares for Kitten Season and the Influx of Kittens to Come

Eugene, OR – (April 11, 2019) – Greenhill Humane Society is hosting an adoption special with reduced adoption fees for cats over 3 years old to prepare for the onset of kitten season. All adoption prices on cats 3 years or older will be reduced from Friday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Along with half-off adoption fees, Greenhill will be offering adoption baskets filled with extra perks for selected cats. Inside some of the baskets are the cats’ favorite toy, blanket and cat treats. A few shelter cats selected in this special include (photos attached):

  • Dexter: A 7 year old handsome brown tabby who is very friendly and affectionate. He is a barn cat, which means he is looking for a home with a lot of outdoor access (he misses the country life). But Dexter will also need to have time with humans indoors. During the promotion, Dexter’s adoption fee is $10.
  • Roscoe: This 3 year old boy has orange tabby markings with a white bib and the cutest, dazzling eyes! Roscoe is a barn cat, which means he would love access to the outdoors but some indoor time with his humans as well. He is very friendly and loves playing with toys. During this promotion, Roscoe’s adoption fee is $10.
  • Kitty Purry: Is a beautiful lady with gray tabby markings and incredible large copper colored eyes. She is 8 years old and loves window watching and sleeping in her princess bed (which will follow her to her new home). She can be shy before warming up to people so she is looking for a calmer, relaxed home where she can settle in and bond with her family. During the promotion, Kitty Purry’s adoption fee is $50.
  • Mocha: A 10 year old black female who is looking for a calm home to relax in. Mocha is a hyperthyroid kitty that needs daily medication but she eats it easily! She’s very sweet and loves lounging on the couch next to her family. During the promotion, Mocha’s adoption fee is $50.

As spring approaches, Greenhill is preparing for Kitten Season. Kitten season is the time of year when unspayed, female cats are likely to have a litter of kittens. It is during kitten season when Greenhill brings in kittens in need of extra love and care before they can find their forever homes.  

To learn more about Greenhill or see the adoptable cats and their adoption fees, visit

Greenhill Humane Society: Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations.  Greenhill operates two shelters in Eugene, Oregon, 88530 Green Hill Road and 3970 West 1st Avenue.  We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect.

Greenhill Humane Society Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program

Greenhill Humane Society Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program

Greenhill is Selected for Innovative Training Program to Increase Cat Adoptions

Eugene, OR — (March 25, 2019) — Greenhill Humane Society was selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of, to participate in the Spring 2019 Semester of Cat Pawsitive, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to cats in shelters and rescues. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for cats aims to increase feline adoption rates and maintain cat “mojo.”

The Cat Pawsitive program was developed by Jackson Galaxy (star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, and founder of JGP) who developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts. It is designed to keep adoptable cats mentally and physically active in a shelter or rescue environment. The focus is on fun, positive reinforcement-based training sessions that go beyond playtime-as-usual to help cats maintain their mojo and connect more quickly with potential adopters. From teaching high fives and head bumps to “sit” and “come when called,” caregivers at Cat Pawsitive participating organizations engage with cats in a brand new way to really help cats to “click” with adopters.

“The genesis of Cat Pawsitive stemmed from the simple desire to duplicate the “AHA!” moment I had in the early stages of my life with cats as a shelter worker,” said Jackson Galaxy. “By utilizing the training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs in our care, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result, lives being saved, was the win-win I envisioned passing on to as many cats, shelters, and rescues as I possibly could.”

 “We are ecstatic Greenhill was chosen to participate in Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Pawsitive Program! Not only will this training increase their chances of being adopted, it reduces the cats’ stress levels and build connections with our staff, volunteers and eventually future adopters,” said Sasha Elliot, Director of Operations. “23 of our Cat Pawsitive felines have already been adopted and we hope to train as many cats as we can with this initiative.”

Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Four cats currently in the program can be visited at Greenhill Humane Society. To see the cats currently in the shelter or to learn more, visit    

About Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations.  Greenhill operates two shelters in Eugene, Oregon, 88530 Green Hill Road and 3970 West 1st Avenue.  We envision a community in which all companion animals have loving homes and are treated with compassion and respect

About The Jackson Galaxy Project
The Jackson Galaxy Project, founded in 2014, is a Signature Program of, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Project is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of improving the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them.

About is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 11 years, has given over $175 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide.  To learn more, visit

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