From the President's Desk, August/September 2021

Beverly Beach

In an abundance of caution we are again implementing a mask mandate at our shelter to keep our employees safe.

Due to covid our fundraising capabilities have been limited.  Your shelter is in need of funds and we are pleased to announce that Bob Castles and Linda Elegant have pledged up to $2500.00 in funding. This will be a matching pledge for the month of September.  If you can please drop, mail or call in donations, lets meet their $2500.00 pledge.  We sincerely appreciate Bob and Linda’s offer of assistance for the critters at BMHA.  We are working on getting a donation button on our website prior to September 1 to make it easier for some.

 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 were 187 with 9 deaths and 1 DOA totaling 398 animals.

Kitten season is in full swing.  We are seeing so many kittens sick with cocidia, this comes from their mothers drinking stagnant water.  Please leave fresh water out for all the homeless animals and wildlife this summer.  Many thanks to our rescuers and fosters who keep so many kittens out of the shelter.  We are always in need of dry and wet kitten food for these hungry babies.

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.  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 30 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 August saw 20 public cats and 8 shelter cats fixed.  Next run is September and is filling up fast.

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.