From the President's Desk, June 2020

Beverly Beach

June has arrived and kitten season has kept the shelter extremely busy. We have had over 65 cats and kittens move through the facility over the past two months. Many thanks to all the kitten fosters (Misty, Cora, Rebecca, Kathleen, Elyse, Tonnie, and Denise) who have been housing, bottle feeding, and nurturing orphaned kittens until they are ready for adoption.

Our thrift store, Barkin’ Basement, is in the closeout phase. Without volunteer labor the store was unable to support itself and funds used to operate the thrift store are desperately needed for the shelter’s operation costs.  All inventory is being sold at a discounted rate each Friday and Saturday from noon to 3pm. Additional sale days will be advertised on the Barkin’ Basement Facebook page, make sure to like and follow. We are still putting out new items for the month of June. Stop by 1507 Willow in La Grande, and help us clear out the inventory.

We are still operating by appointment only at the shelter. Be sure to check back here to see the animals available and follow us on Facebook for general shelter updates. With phase 2 reopening in Union County we are bringing back volunteers on a limited basis. If you are a volunteer, or want to be, contact the shelter and let us know how you can help. We will be updating our Support page soon with additional information. One area of great need this summer is outdoor maintenance, specifically a volunteer who would be willing to use our equipment for mowing our extensive lawn.

Our critters of the month for June are Kitty Reuben and Canine Kody.

Reuben is a two year old neutered male who is getting more social every day. He is cross-eyed so we think some of his past shy behavior was due to his vision challenge. He doesn’t want to be held yet, but loves being petted while on his perch.

Kody is an 11 year old neutered male who loves to snuggle, stick close to you, and ride in the car. He is a sweet pooch who needs a forever home for the rest of his days.

Many thanks this month to those of you who dropped by with much needed supplies as well as those who purchased items from our Amazon Wish List.  Shout outs go to Petsense, WastePro, Walmart, Bowman Trucking, Art in the Jeep, Max, Jennifer, Steven and Marlena. We appreciate your support.

As always, please remember to contact the shelter if you’ve found someone’s pet or if your pet is ever missing (541.963.0807), we log all lost and found calls in the hopes of reuniting pets with their families.

Stay safe,


Build the best environment for lost and stray animals, eliminate animal cruelty in Union County, inform through education, and implement spay and neuter programs to reduce the overpopulation of homeless animals.


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter and rescue committed to providing a safe, humane, high-save environment to connect all animals with their forever family, and reunite lost animals with their rightful home.

We are committed to working with local law enforcement and the community at large to provide an education resource for animal management and care. Saving animal lives, one at a time.

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The Blue Mountain Humane Association (BMHA) is the parent organization of the Animal Rescue & Adoption Center of Eastern Oregon (ARACEO). We are committed to transparency and full disclosure of BMHA policies, procedures, and finances. We believe that this transparency will allow our sponsors and donors to better understand how we utilize their generous support, and allow us to obtain additional funding to further our mission.

  • President- Beverly Beach
  • Vice President- Bri Troutman
  • Secretary- Lani Jones
  • Treasurer- Terri Bradley
  • Board Member- Mary Horn
  • Board Member- Rebecca Lord

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Oregon Charity Filing: 2013_CT12

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IRS & Oregon Charity Filing: 2017_990_CT12

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