More about the RVHS.

What incredible jobs are done by our humane societies!

In yesterday’s post, there was a comment left by John Zande:

I have so much admiration for the rescuers, like Jean was in Mexico. They have the biggest hearts, and see the absolute worst of things.

Then a few moments later, a further reply from John:

And to rescue the abused ones. To find them, then live in that lag time before they are freed. I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I don’t have the disposition for it. I’d be physically ill.

Thus the minimum that I can do is to promote the incredible work done by the Rogue Valley Humane Society; just one among many.

For example, by republishing what they present on their About page.


About The Rogue Valley Humane Society

Our Vision

The Rogue Valley Humane Society envisions a community where every healthy adoptable companion animal has a lifetime, loving home and all homeless animals receive the care and compassion they deserve until they are adopted by their forever family.

Our Story

Fifty years ago homeless animals in the Rogue Valley faced a death sentence if no one adopted them within a few days. In 1965 a small group of animal lovers decided to try to change that, and they started a rescue to give homeless, abused, and abandoned pets in Josephine County a safe haven without a time limit. The Rogue Valley Humane Society grew out of this grassroots effort. RVHS was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to providing love, food, shelter, and medical attention to these animals until they can find new lifetime homes.

Thirty-five years later the current facility opened with the capacity to house 14 dogs and 80 cats plus litters of puppies and kittens. Our main building houses all of the cats plus the office, laundry and medical room. The separate kennel building has indoor/outdoor runs. The Robert E. and Jennifer Murphy Canine Care Building was built in 2013 to house newborn puppies and any dog needing a quiet place to heal.

Throughout the years we’ve had one singular goal: to improve the lives of animals. We are proud to show RVHS to visitors so they can see first-hand the standard of care we give to every homeless companion animal, from an elderly, blind dog to a day old kitten.

The Rogue Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We provide shelter, food, medical care and personal attention for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats every year. We are here for the young and cuddly, the old, sick and neglected, and everything in between.

We receive no county, state or federal funds and rely solely on individual and foundation grants to carry out our mission.

Our Mission

The Rogue Valley Humane Society provides compassionate care for stray, unwanted, displaced, and abandoned animals and works toward ending pet overpopulation so that there will be no more homeless pets. We are committed to placing every healthy, adoptable animal in a loving lifetime home, teaching responsible pet guardianship, and maintaining community spay-neuter programs.

Our Core Values

  • We believe that every animal’s life has value and is worthy of respect and protection.
  • We believe that euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals is not acceptable.
  • We believe that animals contribute to the health, happiness and quality of human life.
  • We believe that we must manage our resources to assure the long-term future of our organization.
  • We believe in providing quality medical and shelter care by following evidence-based animal welfare practices.
  • We believe that through humane education we can help foster compassion, protection and guardianship for companion animals.
  • We believe that we should treat everyone with dignity and respect. Community members, staff, and volunteers are partners in improving the welfare of animals and helping us fulfill our Mission.
  • We believe that we can end pet overpopulation by adhering to our commitment to spay/neuter all of our animals before adoption and by providing community-assistance spay-neuter programs.
  • We believe that we best serve our community by placing healthy companion animals in responsible, loving homes.


By promoting their Facebook page (look them up).

By enjoying some of the pictures on their website of dogs looking for homes:


Age: Young
Sex: Male
Size: Medium
My name is Rudy. I WAS extremely shy and nervous in the beginning. After a little love and patience, as you can see in the video I have come out of my shell. I love to hang out with both my human and furry friends and to be kept busy. I cherish my daily walks and because I’m a thinking I have a great fondness for brain toys.
  • Border Collie
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered

And …

 . Margo .  . Margo .
  • Labrador Retriever, American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Age: Young
Sex: Female
Size: Medium
My name is Margo. I am sweet girl looking for a new lease on life. I promise to give you lots of love and attention, if you promise me the same thing. I’m sure we can come to an agreement and live happily ever after! Sounds good to me!

Please don’t overlook that just as importantly as the dogs they have cats that are looking for loving homes!

Finally, by enjoying this recent promotional video.

(To help maintain their wonderful profile I will be publishing more RVHS stories from time to time.)

4 thoughts on “More about the RVHS.

  1. Great, wonderful people. More power to them.

    I have some sad news. The Mello in MaxMello died yesterday. 16/17 years old. Max and Mello were Sandra’s first rescues when she and her husband moved to Ibiuna. She wrote this on her FB page (the translation is not good, but you get the idea):

    We’re in mourning
    I fight for a warrior beloved, brave and wonderful companion.
    I fight for a dog viralata, of big size, missing fingers on your foot, moody and who suffered from epilepsy.
    Mourning for Mello, my beloved mello
    Mourning for friend who loved to take a bath, walk with guide (without guide he didn’t like) and more than anything, ride a car.
    I fight for a lifetime (11 years) to our side,
    Rescued the victim of a hit-and-left leaning in a gutter, delivered to the own luck, until they found him and brought him to our care.
    In his last minutes of life, lifting your eyes big and bright for me, opening your mouth, even without issue no sound, I knew he was saying good-bye and without being able to catch him in my lap, because of the weight and size, I sat down Me at your side and we began to talk through the senses and feelings. How much pain in my chest in see this giant leaving. Like a kaleidoscope, pictures of your entire life here danced in my mind and it’s not like I don’t deconstruct and fall in crying copious. Night, of ourselves… The other dogs strangely not approached me and I wanted to close those eyes still brilliant, because I knew the mello was no longer in that body, but I wouldn’t dare.
    Mello of maxmello, perpetuated in the name of this association, perpetuated in my heart.
    The pain is too great and even knowing that with his 16 or 17 years of age already too old and with health problems, he would go to heaven soon, the moment that happens in the end it is always a shock and severe pain.
    Stay in peace up in heaven, dear mellinho. You’ve been taking all my love and respect for you. Thanks for the company, friendship, fellowship. Thank you for coming into my life and I have had the opportunity and the blessing of having supported and taken care of you. Perpetual love too!


  2. Oh John, what such sad news to read this early morning here in Oregon. Thank you for republishing Sandra’s lament to their dearly departed Mello. He will live on in the hearts of many.


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