Jan 31, 2010. 6 weeks and counting

6 weeks left until our March 15th deadline to get the dogs off the Princeton property.

  • There are still about 50 dogs remaining.
  • Best guess is a dozen of the 3-6 month old pups remain.  HCSAS erected 3 more catch kennels this past weekend.
  • The older dogs and teen puppies are nearly impossible to catch and to place.  These dogs and older puppies will need a secure environment with an experienced owner to get them over their fears of being handled.  They all seem to thrive in a setting where they can be with other social dogs. Of course the adults will be the hardest to place so those are the ones we need to have places to go as soon as we get them caught.
  • Some of the dogs are injured; mostly the teen puppies.
  • Many of the bitches are pregnant, or have recently given birth.  New litters are being born DAILY.
  • The youngest puppies are the easiest to place, especially when we can catch the mom with them.  Catching mom is incredibly difficult, making her puppies hard to place if they need bottle feeding.
  • There is a chance now that we will be getting help from a large organization that specialize in this type of rescue to capture the dogs.
  • If this happens then what will be needed the MOST will be the foster or permanent homes for the dogs.
  • These dogs are mostly herding type breeds.  Aussie crosses mostly, cattle dog crosses, with some medium size “fox” looking dogs that may have some Shiba Inu in them.  If you are able to foster to socialize or adopt one of these dogs please email melanie with your information or leave a comment below.  THANK YOU!!
  • Any of the dogs not rescued by March 15th will be SHOT euthanized. Thanks to Oregon Humane, who has stepped up to euthanize any of the dogs we can’t get off property by March 15th.  Thanks to each of you who has donated cash for transport costs.  This makes catching the dogs our #1 priority, followed closely by finding foster and/or rescue placement for them.  The outpouring of outrage and support is overwhelming – THANK YOU.  You really are making a difference!
  • We’re not a political organization.  However, because several of you have made comments about the number of cases like this one that seem to come out of this area and the lack of legal controls to discourage hoarders or pay for intervention, here is a link so you can contact Harney County elected officials.

Help is still needed to find placement and to pay for transport expenses, food and medical supplies. Donations can be made to any branch of US Bank or by sending a check to Harney County Save A Stray, PO Box 403, Burns, OR 97720.

If you can help in any way please contact Melanie @ melanie@harneycountysaveastray.com.  If you comment to this post with how you can help, leaving your email address, our webmaster will make sure it gets to Melanie.  Melanie is collecting all offers and will contact you when a need matches your offer.

If you want to adopt one of the animals already off the property, that helps, too!  Taking a dog out of rescue or foster means there is room for us to put another in.  Here are the organizations to contact:

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