From the President's Desk, MAY 2021

Beverly Beach

Last month saw a new dog field installed, this means more outside time for our K-9 friends.

The first quarter numbers are in.  Your shelter took in 176 animals during the time period January 1st to March 31st.   Of this 176, 59 were dogs, 115 cats and 2 bunnies.  During this same time period BMHA adopted out 58 animals, 37 were returned to owner, 76 transferred to other rescues, 1 death due to health reasons and 1 DOA.

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.  At present we have 12 kittens receiving care off site.

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. 

Due to Covid-19 we are still operating by appointment only.  We look forward to welcoming back volunteers in the future when it is deemed safe to do so.  As the weather is finally breaking we will be looking for some volunteers for outdoor maintenance as in lawn mowing and general outdoor good weather chores.  If you are interested in volunteering for the above please contact the shelter.  

Meet Toby, he is presently our longest in residence dog.  Toby is an 8 year old, neutered Australian Shep cross.  Loves to herd sheep and would do best in a one dog household.  He loves to walk himself on a leash, plays keep away and knows basic commands.

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 9 dogs and 17 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 Animal Health Center. 


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.