Southern Oregon Humane Society breaks record

, Written by Jennifer Elliott, Posted: Tue, December 24 2013 at 1:32 PM, Updated: Tue, December 24 2013 at 1:34 PM

No one likes day after returns.... but the folks at Southern Oregon Humane Society like it least of all. It's hoped a record breaking year won't have canine's becoming post-holiday collateral.

Buddy is 6 years old. Already, this is his second go around at the shelter. His owner's died ....twice. Now he's one of many pups spending Christmas kenneled... instead of by the fireside.

"Everyday is a holiday for every animal that has a home," says Ken Altine of Southern Oregon Human Society. He says this was a banner year for adoptions: an all-time record breaking 1,393 found a home. "By the end of this week we'll be over 1400 animals."

But he says, on average, about 8% of adoptions are returned. Like Pipi, who was brought back after one day. "We want you to go into it with eyes wide open and realize your ready to take another family member into your home."

Altine tells us they don't expect a rise in returned pets simply because it's the holidays, and returns are part of the business...still it's something they don't want to see happen to any animal.
"A dog or cat is not a gift it is a family member for whom you buy a gift."

An important reminder, before pets like Buddy, join the ranks of those in this years record number of adoptions... and finds a forever home this holiday season.

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Jennifer Elliott anchors the primetime newscast FOX26 First News at Ten on NBC5’s partner station, KMVU/FOX26. She also reports for NBC5 News.

Jennifer began her career at NBC5 News in 2011 as a production assistant. Raised in Southern Oregon, she studied voice and piano while attending South Medford High School.

After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she returned home and added organ playing to her music repertoire. In addition to her musical talents, Jennifer is an award winning artist.

She has also co-hosted Southern Oregon’s Got Talent, the area’s premiere talent show. Jennifer is married and the mother of two young sons who keep her busy and very happy.

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