OHS launches adoption campaign for 'Bear's Buddies'

PORTLAND, Ore. - A special adoption campaign is now under way at the Oregon Humane Society in honor of 'Bear,' a 2-year-old Golden Retriever mix that had been abandoned on the street and arrived at the shelter with a severe skin infection.

Bear made his way to the Oregon Humane Society after another shelter that he had been brought to handed him over because they did not have the resources to care for him. His coat had been ravaged by bacteria, which left his skin severely irritated.

A medical team has spent the last couple of weeks caring for Bear and he has a long road to recovery ahead. But veterinarians say he is now much more responsive, is eating his meals and is even walking on a leash. A foster parent is caring for him and making sure he gets the medication and special baths that he needs.

On Thursday, the Oregon Humane Society unveiled an adoption campaign called 'Bear's Buddies.' They have 10 dogs and 10 cats that need loving homes and they're hoping that by offering a 25 percent discount on the adoption fees, folks will drop in to find a pet that's right for them. Unlike Bear, the dogs and cats do not require any special medical attention - they just need a place to call home.

The campaign, which also features a $5 discount for anyone adopting another animal (you just have to mention Bear's name), will run through April 30.

"We never put a time limit on how long a pet stays available for adoption at OHS, but the shelter is no substitute for a loving family," OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon said in a news release. "That's why we have this campaign to help Bear's Buddies."