Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails for Walk Your Pet Month

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails for Walk your Pet Month

Blog post created by Sam Cryer, Greenhill Humane Society volunteer

What better time to get outside and explore local trails with your pup than “Walk Your Pet” month?! Dogs love outdoor exercise, and they’re a big help when it comes to keeping that new goal of getting outside and exercising more. To help jumpstart your outdoor exploration, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite walking/hiking trails to help you and your pup stay in shape and enjoy the great outdoors!

Pre’s Trail — Located within Alton Baker Park (which also boasts a dog park), Pre’s Trail is a 4-mile woodchip and bark trail with views of duck ponds, grasslands, and woods. It’s part of a larger network of well-established running trails, so a great introduction to all the walking and running trails the Eugene-Springfield area has to offer.

Mount Pisgah — Mount Pisgah is a 3.3 mile dog-friendly hike. Note, you do do have to pay to park, however, the views of the Willamette Valley from the top of the hill are worth it!

Mount Baldy Trail — Just shy of 3 miles long, Mount Baldy’s low altitude makes it a good choice for newbies. It’s a great spot to ease yourself into hiking while still enjoying a good walk in a woodsy area.

Iris Ridge Trail — Part of the Ridgeline Trail System, Iris Ridge Trail is a 2.6 mile loop off of Bailey Hill road—popular with dogs and owners. In the spring it lives up to its name, with purple wild irises dotting the trail. The panoramic view of West Eugene can be enjoyed any time of year! (Although parts of the trail are gravel, most of it is dirt—so be prepared for some mud during the rainy season).

Spencer Butte –One of Eugene’s most popular trails, Spencer Butte is a 1.7 mile loop that stays busy year-round. Most of the path is dirt, so wear your waterproof boots, and be aware that the exposed bedrock near the summit can be slippery when wet. It’s a bit of a scramble at the top, but on clear days you can see the Three Sisters in the distance.

Ribbon Trail to Floral Hill — Another 1.7 mile trail, Ribbon Trail at Hendricks Park has lots of pretty wildflowers to enjoy in the spring and summer months—and lots of greenery year-round. While dogs are welcome on the trail itself, they’re not allowed in the Native Plant and Rhododendron Gardens.

Crilly Nature Trail – A nice quick one, Crilly Nature Trail is a 1/2-mile loop through deciduous forest. Although it’s short, it’s located within Armitage Park in the Coburg area of Eugene—which also has a fenced dog park, so your canine friend can burn off any extra energy after their walk.

One of the many advantages of living in the Eugene-Springfield area is the abundance of beautiful walking and hiking trails. We hope this list gives you and your pet a starting point and that you discover many more hidden gems during Walk Your Pet month! Happy hiking, everyone!

2020 Year End Thank You

Enjoy this year-end message from Executive Director Cary Lieberman and Gina

As this year comes to a close, I want to say thank you. We are still in the midst of one of the most challenging times, but thanks to the support of our community, this has also been a time of coming together to help those in need.

Throughout this year, we were able to be there for the people and animals that needed us. 

  • This year over 800 animals that came to us because they were lost or their owners were in crisis were provided with care and shelter until being returned to their families.
  • Nearly 2,000 animals were adopted into new loving homes.
  • During the Holiday Farm Fires, we provided 24-hour support to people fleeing the fire, distributed resources, and provided shelter and veterinary care to animals in need.
  • And across the year, we provided countless tons of pet food and supplies to people struggling financially.

Whether you have supported Greenhill this year, in years past, or plan to support this work in the future, I give you my sincerest thanks. The work that we did this year was so important to so many. As hard as this past year was, I can’t even imagine what it would have meant for the families who would have had to find new homes for their pets because they lost their jobs this year and didn’t have Greenhill there to provide support, or for those who would have had to abandon their pets to the fires if Greenhill wasn’t there to provide safe shelter.

Thank you for caring about animals.  May this next year be one of healing and prosperity.

Sincerely,

Cary Lieberman, CAWA

Executive Director

Greenhill Humane Society Assists in Helping over 250 Guinea Pigs

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Greenhill Humane Society Assists in Helping over 250 Guinea Pigs

EUGENE, OREGON (December 17, 2020) – Working in partnership with Lane County Animal Services and Oregon Humane Society, a team from Greenhill Humane Society assisted an overwhelmed pet owner in Lane County on Wednesday, December 16.

More than 250 guinea pigs were living at the residence and were brought into care by the team consisting of all three animal welfare agencies.  

The guinea pigs were gathered and evaluated by team members. Those who needed medical attention were assessed and treated by Greenhill’s Director of Shelter Medicine, Dr. Gail Schroder. OHS Veterinary Social Work Intern, Kelly Bremken, was also on scene to help support the pet owner and connect them with resources. 

“A crisis of this size called for collaboration. We are pleased to be working with Lane County Animal Services and Oregon Humane Society to help the guinea pigs and the people impacted by this situation,” says Cary Lieberman, Greenhill Humane Society Executive Director.  

Greenhill has some of the guinea pigs under their care while Oregon Humane Society will be housing a majority of the animals. They will all get evaluations and necessary medical care before they will be available for adoption.  

“This situation is a great example of animal welfare agencies working together to help the pets and people of this state,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO.

The timeline for adoption has not been determined but will be announced in the next few days. There will be a special process for adopting a guinea pig and the Greenhill small animal specialists will work with potential adopters to ensure a good fit.  

For more information about Greenhill Humane Society, visit www.green-hill.org

Monetary donations are the best way to help Greenhill Humane Society care for these guinea pigs and over 100 other animals in Greenhill’s care. Click here to donate.

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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 world in which all animals are treated with compassion and respect. To learn more visit www.green-hill.org.  

Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions with animals!

Having animals in your life can be a great way to help achieve your New Year’s Resolutions while helping the animals in our community. As 2021 approaches consider adding a furry friend to your family, volunteering with homeless animals or fostering kittens or puppies as they prepare for their forever home.

Reduce stress – Had a bad day at work or school? Imagine coming home to your adorable best friend who can’t wait to see you! Your pet promises to love you unconditionally, plus, cuddling with an animal can have a calming effect, reducing blood pressure and relieving stress.

Weight loss – Together, you and your pet can improve your health by increasing physical activity all while strengthening your bond. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition and will increase your resting metabolic rate. Great benefits for you and your pet!

Sleep better – Having a pet in your home can provide a sense of security and reduce feelings of stress, allowing better rest.

Socialize more – Take your pet on an adventure by going to a local dog park, out on a hike or to a community pet-friendly event. Or consider volunteering at Greenhill where you can cuddle with cute animals and meet like-minded people.

Get crafty – Try making your pet some delicious, healthy homemade treats or collect household items to make the perfect new toy or bedding.

Having a four-legged animal in your life can bring so much joy and help create new healthy habits!

Sources: https://www.aspca.org/news/10-animal-themed-new-years-resolutions-youll-be-happy-make-2019
https://www.aspca.org/news/benefits-walking-your-pet

9 Reasons to Be Thankful for Pets

9 Reasons to Be Thankful for Pets

Blog post created by Sam Cryer, Greenhill Humane Society volunteer

‘Tis the season to give thanks! When you count your blessings this year, we hope your pets will make the list. Here are 9 reasons they made the top of ours!

  1. They love unconditionally – When you have a pet, you’re guaranteed love and affection. It makes our day to come home and see our furry, fluffy, feathered companion waiting at the door so happy to see us!
  • They have a positive outlook – Pets are great at living in the moment.
  • They teach acceptance –From the moment they settle into a family to the moment it’s time to say goodbye, pets teach us to the importance of being present for every stage of life.
  • They enjoy the little things – Pets get a thrill out of walks, treats, their person coming home. And, oh yes, they’re just as excited about the cardboard box the new toy came in as they are about the toy itself!
  • They’re good for our health – Studies have repeatedly shown that being around pets can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and protect against heart disease. Taking your dog outside for a walk helps you both get exercise and some much needed fresh air.
  • They make us smile – While pets can’t guarantee that we won’t have hard days, they can make even the toughest times easier. We’ve found it almost impossible to not smile when your kitty is purring on your lap or chasing a crumpled piece of paper across the floor. 
  • They teach empathy – Having a pet in your life helps you to get in tune with the feelings and needs of a different species than your own. There’s no one better than a pet to show you that different can be beautiful!
  • They give us purpose – It’s been said that your pet may only be here for a part of your life, but for them, you are their whole life. Making your pet’s time with you special can bring joy and purpose.
  • They’re thankful for us – Maybe the biggest reason to be thankful for your pet is that, no matter how imperfect you are or how many mistakes you make—your pet is thankful for you! You’re their best friend and they love us always.

We are so thankful for all our staff, volunteers, fosters and donors who support Greenhill, and of course, the animals! Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving season to all the people and pets of our community!

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html
https://www.animalfriends.co.uk/blog/10-benefits-of-owning-a-pet/

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Greenhill Humane Society Shares Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
No Trick, all Treat to help keep Pets Safe this Halloween

EUGENE, OREGON – (October 27, 2020) – Halloween is usually filled with candy, parties and scary costumes and although this year might look a little different, for pets Halloween can be a tough day. Greenhill Humane Society urges the community to keep their pets’ safety in mind when planning their festivities this October 31st. Below are helpful tips for ensuring a happy and safe Halloween:

  • Stash candy safely away. Several holiday favorites are toxic to pets. Some kids love to keep their treats all over the house. If your pet ingests candy, especially chocolate, contact your veterinarian right away.
  • Watch out for the decorative plants and candles. Curious pets may knock over a lit jack-o-lantern or candle and start a fire or get burned. It’s better to keep these decorations away from pets, especially corn cobs which can be dangerous to dogs.
  • Don’t leave glow sticks out. Pets (especially cats) tend to love these and often bite into it leaving a bitter taste in their mouth and can cause severe drooling.
  • Keep your pets in a safe place indoors, including outdoor cats. Halloween can be stressful for dogs and cats due to strange masks and noises. Keep your pets in a closed room where they can relax away from the front door. This will not only help them remain calm, but also prevent them from darting out the door. If your animals are outside, make sure they are properly secured, have collars, tags and are microchipped.
  • Make sure pet costumes are the right fit. Check the costume does not limit their ability to walk, breath, bark or meow. Any extra fabric may cause a choking hazard if chewed on. Wearing costumes can also increase your dog’s feeling of discomfort and make them more stressed and anxious. If your pet looks uncomfortable or stressed while wearing the costume, it’s best to keep them in their birthday suit for the night.

If you have lost or found a pet, immediately contact your local animal control office.

• City of Creswell: 541-895-253
• Cottage Grove – Humane Society of Cottage Grove: 541-942-3130
• Eugene – Eugene Animal Services: 541-687-4060
• Junction City Police Dept.: 541-998-1245
• Springfield – Springfield Animal Control/Police Dept.: 344 A Street: 541-726-3634
• Unincorporated Lane County – Lane County Animal Services: 541-682-3645
• Veneta – Veneta Animal Control/City Hall: 88184 8th street: 541-935-2191

Learn more at http://green-hill.org/lost_and_found_reports

“Halloween is such a wonderful time to enjoy treats and get dressed up but make sure it is not at the expense of your pet’s safety.” said Megan Brezovar, Greenhill’s Event and Community Engagement Manager. “When having fun, it is easy to leave a door open or drop candy on the floor. These small mistakes can put your pet in danger. Be cautious by making sure your pets are safe inside and free of stress.”

To learn more about Greenhill Humane Society or tips on keeping your pets safe this Halloween, visit www.green-hill.org.

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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 animals are treated with compassion and respect. To learn more visit www.green-hill.org.

Tripper reunited after getting stolen!

Happy ending alert! Early Saturday morning Brian’s truck, trailer, ATV and HIS DOG, Tripper, were stolen in Florence. Later that day, a good Samaritan called the Eugene Police Department after witnessing a vehicle abandon a dog in a crate at an intersection. Eugene PD picked up the dog and brought him to Greenhill. Luckily, this guy was microchipped!! When we contacted Brian, we learned these two are originally from Salem and just happened to be in Florence for a camping trip. When he discovered Tripper was gone, he said looking in Eugene was never on his mind. Watch the sweet moment these two were reunited!

This reunification displays the importance of microchipping your pet (& making sure your contact info is up to date)! Thanks to Tripper’s microchip, we found his family in a matter of minutes! Learn more about the importance of microchipping at, https://www.green-hill.org/microchipping-and-why-its-important.

Incorporating your Pets to your Childs Virtual Classroom!

Photo by 2Photo Pots on Unsplash

Blog post created by Sam Cryer, Greenhill Humane Society volunteer

Did you know that pets make great assistant teachers? Studies have shown that students pay more attention and are better able to focus when there’s an animal in the classroom. Animals can also help kids regulate their emotions and engage more fully in learning. Plus, pets can make a learning environment a lot more fun!

With the challenges of COVID-19, your child’s educational experience is going through a lot of changes. But pets can help them adjust and even thrive in this new mix of in-person, online, and at-home learning. Whether you’re teaching your child at home, supporting them with distance learning, or just helping with homework, try these fun ideas for including pets in the learning experience.

Ideas to Incorporate Pets in Learning

Math – Do you know what your hamster weighs? Once you figure it out, you can make math a lot more fun for your kiddo by helping them convert their hammy’s weight from ounces to grams. Maybe they can even venture into the world of decimals and percentages by converting to pounds!

Science – How exactly does a wolf turn into a pug? Genetic mutation, natural selection, and evolution, of course! Make science a little more fun by having your kids draw what the in-between stages might have looked like—a curly-tailed wolf with a funny nose? A huge pug with shaggy fur?

Geography – Where did your pet’s ancestors come from? Have your kids collect some fun facts about South America that they can share with their guinea pig, or create a quiz: for each question your child answers correctly, let them feed a small, healthy treat to their pet.

History – Do your kids know that cats played a starring role in ancient Egyptian culture, daily life, and religion? What would your kitty’s life have been like if she’d been born in the land of the pyramids thousands of years ago?

Language Skills – Have your child write about their pet to an imaginary pen-pal who’s never seen this kind of animal before. What would be some good words to describe a ferret? A turtle? A rabbit?
Kiddos can also read to their pets! Reading to a pet can help young learners develop their reading skills and their sense of compassion. 

Safety Tips

Learning with pets can be fun for both kids and animals—as long as it’s done safely. Be aware of common school supplies, art materials, and even lunchbox ingredients that may be toxic to pets. Buy only non-toxic school and art supplies (and still try to keep them away from pets, as ingesting these can cause obstruction even if they’re not poisonous). And keep lunchboxes, backpacks, and school projects out of reach of your furry family members.

Here are a few common school-related pet toxins:

Gum
Grapes and raisins
Macadamia nuts
Onions
Moldy food
Cold packs used to keep foods cold
Medications and inhalers
Baking soda (sometimes used in homemade science projects)
Homemade slime (often contains ingredients like laundry detergent or borax that are very dangerous to pets)
Homemade salt dough

Balance Education with Fun

Of course, there are lots of awesome things kids can do with their pets that don’t involve academics. Interacting with pets just for the fun of it can help kids develop empathy and other important social skills. Here are some fun ideas from Greenhill’s Behavior Program Coordinator, Lauren Rubin:

Kong Sundae Bar – Get kids involved in rewarding pets. Have kiddos stuff a Kong with fun, dog-safe foods.

Treat Fairy – Have kids hide treats around the house while their pet is outside or in another room. Then they can let their pet in for a treasure hunt.

Stuff in a Box – Sometimes, boxes are just as much fun as an expensive store-bought toy. Your kids can stuff a cardboard box full of treats, toys, crumpled paper and other fun, pet-safe items. For dogs, you can seal the box and then let them figure out how to open it and get everything out. As your dog gets better at it, you can increase the difficulty by putting boxes inside other boxes! For other animals, like cats or rabbits, you may want to leave the box open and just set it near them to encourage them to dig and explore.

Whatever methods you choose, we hope these ideas will help your kids and their pets have a fun, safe, and interactive learning environment.

Sources:

https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/shelter-health-poison-control/back-school-safety-tips-pets
https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/deadly-dangers-homemade-slime
https://www.bettercitiesforpets.com/resource/pets-in-the-classroom-qa-how-pets-help-kids-learn/
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/how-do-pets-in-the-classroom-impact-student-learning-083017.html

Perma-winking Hezzie, found in McKenzie River, up for adoption

Meet Hezzie, a handsome kitty who was found in the evacuation zone of the McKenzie Fire. He was brought to Greenhill and shortly reunited with his owner. After some thought, his family decided to surrender him to the shelter. Our veterinarian discovered his right eye was injured, causing him pain, and removed it. Now, he’s a perma-winking cat!

Hezzie is one tough cat that is very sweet, affectionate and a huge fan of his cat tree. If you are interested in adopting Hezzie or one of his friends, call 541-689-1503 to make an adoption appointment.

Gismo & Tyrone, rescued from Vida, reunited with family!

Greenhill, alongside Lane County Animal Services and an Animal Rescue Team from The Humane Society of the United States, successfully rescued Gismo from the evacuation zone in Vida. Gismo was brought to the shelter for care where he quickly got comfortable and could relax. Our team was able to track down a family that lived near the site he was found and confirmed Gismo was one of their two cats that went missing during the fire. They soon came to the shelter and were SO HAPPY to be reunited with their beloved cat. 💕😻 Since then, we have been working hard to find Gismo’s brother! On 10/8, we successfully rescued and reunited them with their other kitty, Tyrone! Although this tragic event left this family apart for a few weeks, they are very grateful to have Gismo and Tyrone safe and home with them!