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Feb 20, 2010|

A discussion with David Leitl of the Oregon Humane Society and Dr. Tom Van Meter from Mt Hood Pet Medical about pet adoption procedures and an adoption event coming up on March 7th at Mt Hood Pet Medical.

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You're listening to -- go through a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host -- Douglas I. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- First let's let's meet our guests. Has did what you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for the org and humane society. Yeah I'm with you mortgage humane society and now part of my job is telling people about all the things that. Could go on here. We're down northeast Columbia boulevard that we offer services throughout the state of Morgan everything from adoption. Education -- enforcing animal cruelty laws. Excellent and doctor van meter how about -- what it what do you do with mounted that medical center. Well I think I'm the owner of Leo hospital AM I've been a veterinarian for thirty years I've owned several veterinary clinics -- in the -- Pacific north. -- great and everything going well -- really. Fantastic all right well let's talk a little bit about some veterinary medicine right now I mean is it in this economy we're in more people are having trouble pain firm near a heating bills are you having a hard time paying for medical care for their pets. They really are in -- were doing the best we can't help well we've added state of the art technology so a lot of the efficiency measures. To help keep our costs down and it's working. Thanks to advanced and things like digital radio -- Murphy and veterinary practice management software we've been able to maintain our -- standards. While keeping the cost the pet -- really -- us. What's what's probably the most common things someone brings a dog or cat in foreign realist from a different answers. Swisher is actually losing Manchurian that I feel are our best for either oh well Czech upper back these. Vaccines and and there you define mean that -- people fall behind on those and then what we you suggest in keeping out of the top of people's minds. -- that they do they do -- day and we do our best to remind them mr. Kennedy is due for vaccines we say about. Reminders that the appropriate time so they can bring your pentium four. Vaccinations or for other things that need to be done. As in -- you guys didn't other different types metals besides these dogs and cats. We see the occasional bird. We've -- rep told every once a while and we see quite a few what we call pocket pets hamsters in durables. Terrorists. What's up with something that goes wrong with the hamster. Well you know they they live to -- about two years -- page so it's. Toward the end of their life we see a lot of we see a lot of such tumors. All manners and also. They could be at their -- continue to grow so we we sometimes have to trim their teeth so they can. Two different properly. I say. And -- what got you involved with the -- humane society in teaming up toward this adopt a pet party. Well. When I have practice -- in Bellevue Washington I was the better consult -- perky Karen animal control that Seattle. They were having some problems somebody suggested that there were some irregularities. In the -- you can make your process so. I watched every you to make should be getting key county for one year while and that was 171000. Or parents that were euthanized so. I'm Africa. Adopting the pets that. That don't have homes and imagine that would change since it hit it changed me I didn't think it would his first press yes. At the end of that time it is I I have trouble do you could -- even more so Melvin. Leopard started to practice. Well that brings around to the organ humane society who's who of course of the house when what would you say on average -- hundreds of dogs and cats and other pets available on any given time. Any given you all we get 200 to 400 animals here. And it gave you never stop -- the org in main citing if you're even just thinking about a pet somewhere along the line. I really -- just I'm by the facility there is gorgeous it's clean it's friendly it's a really nice place to to come in and see what little critters might be available. -- yeah thank you -- you know that's such a Yelp dot big perception people have about shelters distant third or you -- -- grimy dirty places. And that is so I'm not the cases you've pointed out the ever visited here that's really fun place people even take your relatives here from out of town. And they you can spend a -- they look any cat dog can even pocket pets we have some of those do. Well you think about like you know if you walk into the -- -- fuel pet store in the mall it's always fun to go walk through there is is as much as you know -- it's sad to see the animals all created up and there but every Alexia pat and that's a nice placing go and see -- being treated well. And there are people who are urged people. Excuse me I think I think Madonna's version and then there -- in our little furry friends that are. Looking to be adopted by a family so there they're not coming out of these -- farms there they're being treated very well and -- people who truly truly love animals. And it's it's kind of a happy place and like C don't think of that of the shelters that way. No you you really don't we know our motto we shield law Clinton I think people do feel loved when they come here TV animal and and how well they're created by staff and vital volunteers and by the public. All -- you know if you're kind of adopt here we really do have a bunch of silly she can't find it in most other places like up a special room. The you can bring your own cat your dog if you wanted to put a harsh we'll bring it here ever meet in one of our pet rooms called -- -- -- groomed. Side and you can feed the animals get along that you really want to make sure that new dog gets along with your old dog on that we have special rooms if you wanna adopt they can't advocate -- room tree came out of you can spend as much time with the whole family we really encourage that. Yeah I am actually I adopted my dog who's get an update now -- sees just a little over thirteen years solely little German Pincher. And I was I was in the market I wanna get other day I'm a Miniature Pinscher. And it was listed on the web citing go to the the website which is -- -- dot org and correct it and see a lot of these animals there who were looking for adoption -- know how long they've been their lets you know. A little bio on them much any any issues they might have some having is I 81 not some been around of several different homes and -- -- -- no way this this dog or cat is good for a family it's good for children or maybe not this wandered into is some now -- this animal needs a little more care little more constant. In cities we really together as much information as we can. God you'll from the previous owner. And just from having me animal security sheltered it will have our -- education him with kid. And the kid who loved to play with the animal so we can take note -- to the along with kids. Our volunteers are taken for walks twice today for the volunteers led dear notes to it didn't we have. Fulltime computer staff here and they work with the animal will note Q I know this -- militant basic command. We're working on this sort of he did a lot of information a lot of resources here at the you won't find anywhere else. And you guys also are are available occasionally you'd UT again if they can't find -- of these puppy mills ablaze and you'll taken a large number docs I know you just took and know what -- 200. Yeah we what 2009 which is the biggest year ever wrote for away just in terms of rescue over 500 animals from from all across the street stayed and even in the -- Washington. The most recent one was hardy county. All we took about a hundred channels from there in December. And delicious trouble order that they were living in it just terrible condition while side. -- to pick up trucks and farm equipment with no shelter and -- that was down there was about eight degrees below zero is not a place you wanna be change up your now he's just sitting out there. And then combat that same week a -- in Tillamook. The big -- education case and she's rendered about a hundred dollar rat terriers. And we work with the local shelters there in the -- looking animal control we took about a hundred of those carriers back to OH yes. That bad during two days it was a busy week cured or HS. Now imagine now when you get an animal that comes from either an abusive situation or situation that isn't ideal for a pad and maybe have some behavioral issues. What do you guys do to handle that before we give the mountain family. You know wolf fortunately we've got up full time -- haters out some really talented people here and and we have a core of volunteers -- -- pet pals. And they're trained by our behavior staff and they work every day with an animal that needs who needs that work. A lot of time to simply socialization. Just make him an animal used to have any human being. In its present because a lot of these Doug could have been used by breeders they -- -- see someone feed them once today inept that they don't -- added they don't -- walked. They've never seen -- stare. Some of them have never seen it cal your piece of furniture files and we even -- we call a real light room which is. A little room something with for sure and until we can he animals and there. And who we just have volunteers were quick salmon -- serious case are professional now. Wolf we're quit the day after day because we don't want -- animal to be adopted unless it's ready to go home it is going to be meal be a good addition to your family. Brian if you just joined us you're listening to match a scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest -- and southwest Washington I'm speaking to to get to that -- have about China and I'm speaking to two guests today David like it'll from the -- humane society and doctor Tom van meter from the Mount Hood. Pets medical center and they are teaming up for an event that's coming up the adopt a pet party which will be happening Sunday march 7. From 11 AM to 3 PM at the email they -- medical center which is at 2366. East Powell boulevard in Gresham. You can find out more about that at Mount -- -- medical dot com so this -- -- that party seems like. Perfect opportunity for you doctor -- interest didn't seem pets we have little full life before being possibly euthanized and -- David you -- earlier in Maine say it was all about rescue and -- briefed her Pacino fan of animals and a new family what can people expect from the party. Well we have teamed up with the humane society and we're going to that make a donation of fifty dollars for every pet that is adopted that date. In addition. We're going to provide free office calls. For one year for that particular -- Wow that's very cool I know at the humane society you give when you adopt a pet typically is it is and -- a month of free health insurance you Juliana. You get free health insurance and and -- free first visit. But off and you know he turned off and has exceptions they're not gonna be -- Schoen -- I don't really think there's many insurance is like that adults if you don't. So what does not -- medical it -- is really a wonderful deal to get that first year I mean usually with social get the first to visit. Which is nice but then if you want to come back for something Leo that's usually out of your own pocket. Whilst yes and we've also are very in the process could teaming up with several veterinary suppliers. To walk her. Some free items. For those -- that are adopted searches. Microchips. Yeah possibly flea control. We have and that's not finally replies yes or don't like exactly what that's gonna be. Cool huh well I mean it edition that at the -- party itself again Sunday march 7 from eleven to three at the on the pet medical center. You know have some -- some hot dogs cookies some soft drinks door prizes are great now and it's not free to pick up an animal the adoption fees typically ride and what like 35 to -- -- fifteen up. 35 dollars would be the lowest for a casket. Are about 55 dollars and be the lowest for the dogs and they go up from -- depending on if it's a rare breeder for -- puppy or kitten. But. That people would not put. Medical clinic -- -- you know I don't fifty dollar donation toward the adoption CR. Really can make no charge adoption literally surely couldn't happen. That's great -- and just so people know. It's a matter of you know -- for one keep the lights on during May insist society but also in addition to that they're -- get a lot for that money these these animals are coming like to say they've they've men looked at as far as behavior early but they're also they're fully vaccinated. Yes I'm very -- they're initial vaccination often don't need boosters so you'll you'll wanna go back to your sheer amount couldn't get medical trigger boosters. IPod it'll microchip in them which is great to cover lost to catch. -- can now skin and of little local that order sheltered animal control. And that'll show all your name and a database and I'll contact you would load the whole jury it would your. And you know that that save my dog there was a time my wife and I were out of town. And we left my dog with my grandmother and we didn't know about the of them really small hole the back fence under a bush. And he got out and happen to be he'd he'd just gone out of the Matthew didn't have his collar on. And got loose and I got this terrified. Phone message from my grandmother think this year lost our dogs. And he was gone fur a for a couple of hours and -- is actually pretty funny series of phone messages -- the first one. Was from my grandmother's -- goes from my mom moves over their comforting her. And then there was one about two hours later from somebody who had found the dog taken command got the number and called us all. On and then the -- and then the next phone call the message was my mom -- like. We got him back having good because it's I would say this whole emotional roller coaster about five minutes of messages. Does that tell but but it saved my dog. DL this out so those microchips -- every animal we will we have adopted. Automatically do microchip -- they're all this is speeded neutered to -- Excellent so you know quite a bit church for your 250 bucks. Our first eurodollar or zero dollars. We know we won't cultural actual love gay you know march -- what animals -- gonna bring -- show up but we're gonna try to bring a variety of all all kind of crisis. Now -- -- we are suggesting even though this is a free event. You know that I had a donation to the organ -- -- certainly would be lovely. -- yes I you know like I can that be great if if somebody could make a small donation. Would be great but if fate. If they don't feel like I'm making a donation or they can afford to -- com. Yes it's it's it's if you can certainly and and I stay I think once you get you know peek into the eyes of these little cats and dogs you know. Images break her enough to open up that wallet and and give a little bit you're 510 bucks they average that helps them. And it -- if you wanna know what your money's going to just stop by and there it's again spectacular. Facility. The whole process and I went through and I got -- my dog it was quite lovely till I got to go in and into the clinical pods. For the for the animals -- -- yeah. God we have four -- the end. But what color coated screen red and -- Let's writing keep track where you found them they there'll the world indelible. Be enclosures are numbered and I just found my little dog that I have looked at online. I saw him and you see in wave back at the back of his sees little -- there and -- looking over shoulder kind of sad and I said to okay. I like that dogs what do I do now and I was surprised the next step was we got to go outside into a little link fenced in area. And I got kind of play with a little bit which was spotted -- today I never expected to hit the. -- that's standard operating procedure here and that'll help may happen also at this event on March 7 that the the medical clinic. Because of one of -- actually several more people will be there with these animals. And they'll be able to talk to you about a you'll be able to get curious and gone and you know scratch their ears his play would come and get out you know that animal really well that's what we want to happen. And it's amazing how fast you can connect and now I mean higher went down waited in the fenced area and a couple minutes went by and they and they brought my little typhoon out and he he came Downey he kind of stop -- ten feet from me and then went all four corners of the fenced in area and -- his business marked his territory they came right over -- -- right next to me and just sat looking the same direction I was sitting on the ground. Just sat right next to me and just looked over shoulder kind of look me in the -- and I was like all right this is love were -- -- no done deal -- they know he sees Jeff is like okay. And it was funny I had to you know was able take him that day so -- I put a hold on him and came back the next day. And then another surprise which I was delighted by. Was the interview process. I think this is like adopting you know advantage a child in a way in India -- treated as such you wanna make sure that the new owners are right for -- animal -- deal right for them. And that'll -- -- -- seven to 10-Q and organ humane society counselor will be there yet so -- you know after some. Question -- written form and start counselor goes over that we want to make sure. Did you know you're you're right for the animals any animal rights free you know it's because there might be a big rowdy dog. And they sell maybe you're -- elderly elderly person we might say you know this big dog really might not be the best for you maybe -- interest -- smaller older animal. Engaged a little scary animals and require it is exactly a lot of it is just what what demand on time in exercise except for or that might help us special diets we wanna make sure all this panel want this special diet mrs. Clinton. You need to deal we want people to be totally aware of what they're getting into. -- -- Yeah and they have the information amount you know hopefully if it somebody who has a -- of the dog. You can at least a -- do some sort of like exit interview with him and learn about the animal -- -- can pass that onto the new owners. Yet every animal that is did it comes to etc. -- what we call someone moved to hear how hard divorce or something like that. Are they allowed some nice comments about the dog bit. And I'll get along with other animals and children and family members so we sure all that with yet we also do go do get quite a few dogs were. We get them from other shelters -- right second chance dogs. In the enter shelters were were they don't -- How -- the luxury of keeping the animal anymore to -- oh -- yes we keep every animal for an unlimited period of time until it finds a home. So some of those enchanting animals we literally do not know anything about the near trades we don't know who owned them before. So we go by our own experience with them were the days or weeks or sometimes two months. I'll we've had the -- so sometime took a lot of information sometimes it's just hey we've had a animal repudiated. Here's what we know about it that we -- where we can with you. And we are lucky enough -- you know our year our dog was a surrender and we were. You know -- enough to have -- pass on some some toys and little clothing items and a and a little little -- -- which made the transition super smooth. Into our family and now I mean we've had him for seven years I can't imagine you know -- that may seem like I've always had this dog. And I it was just so pleased to see. The idea or mean society was someplace and that took such care for these animals and -- really treated them like children. And make sure like you say that not only were they ending up with a family that was right for them but that they were right for the family -- Asia because that I am the person I dealt with -- the did interviews and the most heartbreaking thing is when you see it daughter camera or another animal go out and then return a couple weeks later it just didn't work out. Yeah -- yeah that's definitely true so we were to make sure that doesn't happen we -- on the bottle right caught breaks. Except that it. Well I know where we're actually believe it or not guys we felt at the time were more will run out of time here so wanna encourage everybody once again to you a hit the adopt a pet party which is happening. At the Mount Hood pet medical center. On Sunday march 7 from eleven to three it is a free event to be like to donate a little amount of money to the our teammates citing that would be great but if you do adopt a pet that day what he gets you'll. Get a fifty dollar discount that have not heard that medical is gonna pay toward the adoption fee amazingly generous. Free office calls for that -- for one year. Excellent and this is an addition to the -- already -- you whole screening process that though HS does they're gonna have their initial vaccinations. It's it's really there's no better place to get a new member of your family knew little furry friend. Then from alloy chassis and and please do that on the seventh throughout the -- medical and of course -- that medical great place to go just take years your dog your animal your little -- for their veterinary sessions well gentlemen thank you both so much -- -- or anything else you'd like to add. And we invited gonna have. -- have about several several lower staff people here they're all looking forward to volunteer your time and the end -- going to be great. 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