From the President's Desk, July 2021

Beverly Beach

Summer is upon us at last.  The trees donated and planted last fall are doing well and we can’t wait for them to get big enough to provide better shade for the dog fields.

The numbers are in:  January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 your shelter has taken in 421 animals.  The city of La Grande provided 192 animals followed by Union County with 81.  Baker County comes in with 57 animals followed by the town of Union with 34.  Next up is Island City with 19 and Elgin with 14.  All other cities and counties are under 10.  Outcomes at your shelter for this time period were 120 adoptions, 81 animals returned to owners, transferred to other rescues 187 and 9 deaths and 1 DOA totaling 398 animals.

Kitten season is upon us and we are seeing an influx of kittens.  Many thanks to our rescuers and fosters who keep these kittens out of the shelter.  We are always in need of dry and wet kitten food these hungry babies.  The seven kittens in the photo just arrived the 10th of June and are being fostered until they are big enough to be eating on their own.  They were found in a barn in La Grande.

There are many feral cats in our communities and we continue to receive calls daily about colonies.  We are here to help with education, trapping and releasing.  We do not have the funding to pay for the veterinarian services to spay and neuter these animals.  We have a donor who has offered a matching grant of $1,000.00 if we can raise the first $1,000.00.  If you would like to contribute to our spay/neuter fund please contact the shelter and mention this column.  If you would like to see trapping in your neighborhood please contact your city or county commissioner and request funding for this program. 

We have found over the last year that adoptions by appointment have worked well for us and adoptor’s so we will continue this in the future.  We are bringing back volunteers and would love to hear from you if you have an interest in committing your time as a regular volunteer.  We are also looking for some volunteers for outdoor maintenance as in lawn mowing and general outdoor good weather chores.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the shelter.

Be sure to visit our website often to see all the animals presently in our care and available for adoption, and follow us on Facebook for the latest on shelter happenings. Currently we have 10 dogs and 20+ cats and kittens available for adoption. Applications for adoptions can be found here. Completed applications can be emailed, mailed, or hand delivered to the shelter.  We recently installed two mailboxes on our gate, one with blank applications and also a secure mailbox to leave a completed app in.

We continue to offer a low cost spay/neuter for cats transport monthly.  This transport leaves La Grande at 6am and returns after 3pm the same day.

Thank you Petsense for assisting with adoptions this year.  We also appreciate the continued support from Bi-Mart, Walmart, Bowman Trucking and all of you who send a check monthly. 

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.