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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