By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Beaugard, a 2-year-old West Highland terrier, became the 11,000th pet to be adopted in 2015 from the Oregon Humane Society shelter, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd.
Clint Bruton and Tammy Fields of Northeast Portland took the dog home in time for Christmas, said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.
“Our goal is to find homes for 11,000 pets each year,” Harmon said, “and it’s wonderful to see people opening their hearts to shelter animals.”
This is the sixth year in a row that OHS has reached its goal of 11,000 animal adoptions. The activity makes the agency the largest animal adoption facility on the West Coast. The feat is especially remarkable because OHS never puts a time limit on how long a pet remains available for adoption, Harmon said.
Beaugard was taken to the shelter by a breeder who no longer was able to care for him. Clint Bruton said he always had a soft spot for Westies and was delighted to take Beaugard home.