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Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2022

In this edition of Animal Tales we invite you to take a deep dive into the more serious side of our operations. Read about what it’s like to discover and investigate animal neglect, and the work our entire team pours into these distressing situations in order to ensure the best possible outcome for the animals involved. Plus, we highlight the story of a kitten who found his little body stuck in a big dumpster, give you a snapshot of the diverse work our Animal Services officers do in the field, outline what to expect if you ever need to call us for help, and more!

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2021

Read about how we support both pets and the people who love them in this issue of Animal Tales! This time around, we’re sharing stories about Washington County’s first ever pet-friendly cooling center, a cross-country trip for two special pets and the changing trends in animal sheltering. Plus, we’ve included tips to plan for your pet’s future and a step-by-step guide to registering or updating your furry friend's microchip.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2021

Learn about the many ways we work collaboratively with rescue groups, police and fire agencies, community members and each other to care for the animals of Washington County! In this issue: Heartwarming reunions, stories of Animal Services officers in the field, an introduction to the Animal Services Academy, the challenges of finding veterinary care during the pandemic pet boom, catio inspiration and more!

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2020

We are grateful to our community for supporting us and working with us as we adjust to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In this issue: Read about our response to COVID-19, meet our new Animal Services Field Supervisor, say a fond farewell to long-time Animal Tales editor Jen Keene, learn the ways in which our medical care for shelter animals isn’t always routine, indulge in a sweet adoption story involving one of our transfer partners and learn more about how we’re staying in touch with volunteers during these changing times and their new role at the shelter.  

Friends of the Animals Donations, Spring/Summer 2020

During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic starting in early 2020, Animal Services made some significant adjustments to operations, while still providing emergency and priority field response as well as all necessary services at the shelter by appointment. Stray dogs and injured animals continued to come in, and we maintained our stellar RTO (return-to-owner) rate. One of the other adjustments we made was deciding not to produce our Spring/Summer issue of Animal Tales. While this newsletter is an important way for us to share our story, thank our donors and increase our funds, we felt that the resources of staff time, printing and postage would be better spent as part of our COVID-19 response. Jen Keene who is the editor and main writer for the newsletter is also our liasion to the County's Emergency Operations Center and that required her main focus during this time. However, we still wanted to highlight and thank the donors who would have received recognition. The document linked above has the full list of donors, as it would have appeared in the Spring/Summer issue of Animal Tales.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2019

Learn about how our shelter is so much more than adoptions and the other parts of our operations that are the heart of our life saving operations. Read the happy adoption story of a kitten made famous after being found in horrible condition, covered in spray foam. We also introduce you to our new volunteer coordinator, honor a retired employee, spotlight a volunteer and more in this heartwarming fall issue.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2019

We are so excited about our dog licensing campaign and our new TV and radio ads! In this issues, we tell you all about it and also share stories about success with an animal neglect case, staff members volunteering with disaster recovery in California, fundraising and event info, and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2018

In this issue we are celebrating our new cat portals and reminiscing about some summer events. You will read a great adoption story of an older dog who had been returned once already and also learn about some new safety gear for our animal services officers.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2018

Meet the new Manager of Animal Services, Randy Covey. Also included in this issue is an amazing story about a dog who we reunited with her owner in North Dakota as well as our veterinarian joining the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board, the Portland Catio Tour, preventing dog bites, and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2017

We say farewell to former Animal Services Manager, Deborah Wood after 9 years of leadership with this issue. Also learn about rabies awareness, our big summer event, adorable kittens getting the medical help they need and more!

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2017

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue features articles from a variety of staff members in different roles here at the shelter –including our first ever article in Spanish. Learn about our new and improved online licensing program, what to do about wildlife issues, stories (and adorable photos!) from kitten foster families, local kids using their LEGO skills to change the world, and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2016

The theme of this fall and winter issue is "Coming Home." For some animals, that means being returned to their owners with the help of the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. For others, it means finding a new home after receiving care at our shelter. Read heartwarming stories and about how our community and donors help us do the great things we do.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2016

This bright, bold issue highlights some great partnerships within our own community as well as how our staff was involved with a national rescue effort of 700 animals. In addition, read a heartfelt article from Animal Services Manager, Deborah Wood about the special bond between people and animals and lots of gratitude towards volunteers and donors.   

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2015

Caring, Kindness and Community are the themes of this newsletter and values that we hold dear. Disaster preparedness for your pet, this year by the numbers, alumni spotlights, holiday pet safety tips and more are all in this issue.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2015

Washington County is one of the safest place to be a homeless pet! Read about our awesome administrative specialists, a new volunteer coordinator, a special dog named Cora and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2014

The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter made international news by helping a dog named Gigit get home all the way across the country! Plus, a week in the life of the animal shelter, the new Hilhi Paws & Claws Club, our Volunteer Coordinator retires and more.

Animal Tales Spring/Summer 2014 - Including Maxwell Award Winning Article, "Will
That Dog Bite"

Predict - and prevent - a dog bite, a day in the life of an animal shelter technician, how to get started as a volunteer and all of the many lifesaving things that we are doing to help cats.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2013

Learn how we helped to a heal a dog's heart with surgery, the appreciation that we have for our volunteers, Dog Training at the shelter and more.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2013

This issue focuses on a million dollar grant to area shelters from Maddie's Fund, the ASAP coalition, a Cameron Award for the MDT, Rescue Partners, Behavior Interventions and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2012

People make our shelter great, and in this issue you'll read about some of the people who do just that. You'll read about our staff and volunteers who work hard every day helping out the animals in our community.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2012

In this issue, read about how our volunteers and new shelter veterinarian are making a difference, why getting a rabies vaccination for your pet is important, and read about an alumnus of the shelter.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2011

In this issue, read about a case of animal neglect where 47 animals were surrendered to the shelter, a happy reunion between a dog and a family after weeks of being apart, and what you can do during the holidays to help the shelter.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2010 

This issue of Animal Tales highlights many of the exciting changes at the shelter in the last year. The shelter has become a popular spot for visitors of all ages -- including kids celebrating special milestones. Also in this issue are stories on the differences between serving as an open admission shelter and a private shelter, our work on animals and domestic violence and helpful tips on choosing the best time to adopt a pet.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2010

In this issue, learn how Animal Services worked with the Sheriff's Office to rescue 14 dogs from unhealthy and filthy conditions, the new feline leukemia and FIV testing that the shelter can provide because of a grant, a happy adoption story and more.

Animal Tales, Fall/Winter 2009 PDF icon

This December edition of Animal Tales newsletter will warm your heart during these wintry, chilly days. Read about Deborah Wood's first year at Animal Services, homeless pets winning the Lottery, an owner finding his two lost dogs by searching our Web site, local animal groups working together on common goals, and much more.

Animal Tales, Spring/Summer 2009 PDF icon

This issue features a new look and introduces a new manager for Animal Services, former Oregonian Pet Talk columnist, Deborah Wood.