Think Wild Central Oregon

Between recent heat waves and wildfires, an Oregon wildlife advocacy group wants people to be aware that more animals may be coming through their neighborhoods.  Caution and care are advised.

As the 4th of July nears, local humane societies are asking pet owners to pay extra attention to pet safety.


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It’s wildfire season across Oregon, and many locals fear not just for their own safety, but that of their pets. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares some tips. 

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After last year's Holiday Farm Fire, Greenhill Humane Society has some tips about how to prepare for a quick exit with your pets. According to Megan Brezovar, Community Engagement and Humane Education Manager, the most important thing in an emergency is to get yourself to safety - and bring your pets if you can.




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It’s the eve of a New Year…which might mean fireworks shooting off along with the champagne corks. Animal advocates have tips to help your pet cope.

Tiffany Eckert

According to ownership statistics published by the Washington Post, there are more pet cats than dogs in the U.S.  If you’re a feline fan, here are some warnings about holiday hazards over this “shut in” season.

Pet Owners Reminded to be Cautious on Fourth of July

Jul 1, 2020

As Fourth of July approaches, animal control services and shelters remind pet owners to take precautions to preserve their pet’s safety during firework celebrations.


Pet lovers in Oregon could soon be able to show their support for spay and neuter programs with a new license plate.

Greenhill Humane Society

Greenhill Humane society says –“it’s kitten and bunny season.”- and that means hundreds more vulnerable animals will need care.  The agency is hosting a foster recruitment event in Springfield on Saturday from 1:30-3:00 pm.

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

With 4th of July celebrations just around the corner, people should be aware of how their pets might react to fireworks. Every year, pets run away from home because of unfamiliar and noisy festivities.


Animal welfare advocates are holding an event this Saturday in Eugene to celebrate recent legislation, and to get more laws passed to protect pets.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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An animal safety group has donated some special kits to the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, they’re to ensure pets are cared for at disaster scenes.

The Eugene Police Department is reminding pet owners to be aware of the heat and to leave animals at home. It’s too hot to for pets in vehicles even in the shade.

With high temperatures forecast to continue for the next several days, pets are safer at home where they have access to plenty of water. Although dogs enjoy car rides, Molly Monette with EPD’s Animal Welfare Unit says the department has received around half a dozen calls a day reporting dogs in hot cars.

Karen Richards

Salmon and sweet potato or chicken with blueberries. All gluten free and organic, of course. These are not choices on the menu of Eugene’s newest restaurant, but options in the pet food aisle. Pet owners are spending more on specialized food every year.

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Independence Day can be a traumatic time for pets.  Kelly Darnell has her own story about her pet dog, Sandy:

Darnell:  “Every Fourth of July she would be in the bathtub.”

Kelly Darnell is Eugene’s Interim Animal Services Manager.  She says when fuses are about to be lit, before your pet’s exposed to the rocket’s red glare – and blare – put them inside and…

“turn on the TV, turn in on a fan, so they can’t hear it as much.  If they have a fear of fireworks, certainly not taking them to fireworks.”