There's a new feature on the website: "From the President's Desk." This will be an occassional series where the BMHA President and other Board members will present essays addressing animal issues facing BMHA and Union County. It is our hope that this will halp clarify what ARACEO and BMHA are doing, how we are doing it, and how we are collaborating with the public in moving forward. You can find it here.
Due to funding increases, beginning February 1, 2017, ARACEO will be extending our hours of operation to the public. Our new hours will be Noon-4PM Monday and Friday, Noon-5:30 Tuesday and Thursday. We will be closed on Wednesdays. We will also begin being open on the first Saturday of each month from Noon-4PM. ARACEO will be closed on all Federal and State holidays.
This is a necklace and earring set by Crystal Unicorn Creations, known in the area for their animal-themed beadwork. This set features red, crystal, green, and blue silver-lined beads with a solid sterling bail and chain and sterling-plated heart posts and ear nuts. A $75.00 retail value set, it can be yours for a single raffle ticket (if your luck holds!). Tickets are available at the Barkin' Basement Thrift Store on North Willow between Cove and Island Avenue, $1.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. Raffle will be ending soon, so get in on this one-of-a-kind piece before it's too late!
Starting July 15, 2016, dog licenses will increase from $15.00/year to $25.00/year. Kennel license fees will remain unchanged. This is not a stingy attempt to get more money from the community; it is a requirement to comply with existing ORS, specifically ORS 609.100, which states: "A license fee shall not be less than $25.00 per dog"; this rule has been in force for several years now. While it is true that Counties retain the right to set license fees, it is clear from the statute that the fee may not be less than $25.00, and in fact could be more. We have been out of compliance for several years, and in our continuing negotiations with Union County, it has become clear that both we and Animal Control must be careful to comply more fully with existing ORS.
Until July 15, 2016, licensing fees will remain $15.00/year per dog, so now would be a good time to get your dog licensed if you haven't yet. Remember, you must show proof of rabies vaccination, and while we will issue one-year, two-year, or three-year licenses, we cannot by law issue a license that extends beyond the expiration date of the rabies vaccination. You should bring the rabies certificate with you when you purchase a license since the metal tag issued with the certificate only gives the year of vaccination, not the precise date. If you don't have a copy, you can get one from your veterinarian. Remember licensing of dogs is REQUIRED by state law; if your dog is found to not be licensed, you can be fined by animal control.
We recently had 2 boats donated to us. Click on the Fund Raising page to see photos if you are interested in purchasing these items.
The half-price jewelry sale at the Barkin' Basement is over. But...look for some SERIOUSLY cool beaded jewelry made for the Fourth of July. Stay tuned...
Due to the success of the Barkin' Basement's half-price jewelry sale, the sale has been extended. But it could end any day now, so get on down to the store and see what treasures are waiting for you!
The Pre-Vet Club at Eastern Oregon University has announced the first-ever EOU Pet Day, to be held May 21st, 2016, from 10AM to 3PM. This event is planned to be informational, educational, and include lots of fun activities for students as well as members of the community. We expect many vendors will attend, and BMHA will certainly be there as well. To request a table, you can fill out a vendor application at http://goo.gl/forms/bdDksLCA2u. Don't miss out! Anything pet or animal related will likely be welcome. The club is asking for a $15.00 donation if you wish to have a vendor table to help cover the cost. Applications should be submitted before Saturday, May 7, in order to allow the club to adequately prepare.
Starting May 2, 2016, all jewelry at the Barkin' Basement, with the exception of the custom donated beadwork paws and bones earrings, is on sale at half the marked price. But hurry, the sale will only last until May 15, and then it's all said and done!
The Executive Committee of BMHA, consisting of the Director of ARACEO and the officers of the BMHA board, met on 04/28/2016 to discuss terms of the offered contract from Union County and possible counter-offers to include. It appears we are VERY CLOSE to approval of a contract for services with Union County, which has been a goal of ours for some time. Thanks to the tireless work of the Board officers and the almost superhuman patience and goodwill of our County Commissioners for getting this close to a positive outcome for all parties concerned!
The BMHA Board conducted a marathon meeting on 04/15/2016 to discuss ways to reduce spending and cut immediate costs. Full details will be provided in the Minutes once they are reviewed and approved. We're working very hard to make the Animal Rescue a tightly -run ship, but we need your help, too. Donations, volunteering, becoming a BMHA member, all of these will help. Some immediate changes are a reduction in hours and a reduction in staff. Donations are down at many animal rescues, not just ours, so we have to find ways to cut costs so we may continue to provide animal rescue services to Union County.
April 11 is National Pet Day! Celebrate all week by considering a donation to the Animal Rescue, volunteering your time, or helping out in some other way. We honestly cannot do this without you, and we really appreciate your generosity!
BMHA will be holding a meeting on Friday, April 15, to discuss budget concerns, reduction in expenditures, fundraising opportunities and ideas, and the proposed contract with Union County recently offered by the County Commissioners. The meeting will be held at the Animal Rescue Center.
Obviously, there have been big changes in the web site for ARACEO and BMHA. Hope everyone likes the new look. Especially see the new sections for available animals, the new section announcing and detailing BMHA Board business, and the new page detailing how YOU can help.
Animal Rescue and Adoption Center of Eastern Oregon / BLUE MOUNTAIN HUMANE ASSOCIATION
3212 Highway 30
La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: 541 963 0807 541 963 0807
HOURS OF OPERATION:
12:00-4:00pm M and F
12:00-4:00 First Saturday of each month
We are closed Wednesdays and on all Federal and State Holidays