From the President's Desk, October/November 2021

Beverly Beach


Greetings from your animal shelter. 

First and foremost we want to thank everyone in our community who donates to the shelter, whether it be “in kind” or money donations, you are what help us continue to rescue animals in  northeast Oregon.

New numbers are in:  January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 your shelter has taken in 672 animals.  The city of La Grande provided 290 animals followed by Union County with 126.  Baker County comes in 3rd with 67 animals followed by the town of Union with 65.  Next up is Island City with 30 and Elgin with 24.  All other cities and counties are under 20.  Outcomes at your shelter for this time period were 204 adoptions, 131 animals returned to owners, 19 deaths (medical related) and 3 DOA’s.  Transferred to other rescues for a better chance of adoption were 253.

This fall your animal shelter received a wonderful donation of a kitten incubator from Robert Castles and Linda Elegant in memory of their grandson Sterling (a kitty lover).  A kitten incubator is used to keep young vulnerable kittens without a mother warm, safe and healthy.  This is standard equipment in any rescue organization, but was something BMHA was missing.  The incubator was put into immediate use upon arrival at the shelter and is still being used today.  We appreciate Robert and Linda reaching out to fill a need.

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.  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 adoptors’ 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.

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 13 dogs and 35 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.  Our run in September saw 20 public cats and 8 shelter cats fixed.  We have runs scheduled for November and December.  

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.