Amid gov’t shutdown, Oregon Humane Society steps up

Amid gov’t shutdown, Oregon Humane Society steps up


BUILD BARRIERS ALONG THE BORDER. THE OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY IS OFFERING HELP TO THE PETS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. KEN: KOHR HARLAN IS LIVE THERE NOW WITH A LOOK AT WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO MAKE SURE PETS HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT WHILE THEIR OWNERS ARE FURLOUGHED. KOHR: THIS CAME ON AS A RESULT OF THE SHUTDOWN. WE ARE LIVE NEAR THE OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY, WITH LAURA. LAURA, HOW ARE YOU? GOOD TO TALK TO YOU. THIS IS A CUT GIVEAWAY FOR FOLKS NOT GETTING PAYCHECKS. FIRST, TELL ME WHAT BROUGHT THIS ABOUT. WHAT WAS THE INSTINCT TO MAKE SOME BUT THIS WAS A VIABLE THING TO DO? LAURA: WE THOUGHT, WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS WHO MIGHT BE STRUGGLING IF THEY ARE NOT GETTING PAID RIGHT NOW. WE HAD THE RESOURCES TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THEIR PETS, SO WE DECIDED TO HELP — TO PUT UP A CALL TO THE COMMITTEE TO HELP FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO COME DOWN AND PICK UP SOME PET FOOD THAT THEY NEEDED. KOHR: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE PLAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE? LAURA: NO, WE DO NOT. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. OUR HOPE IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP COME OUT TO SEE US. WE WILL BE HERE UNTIL 1:30 TODAY. WE HAVE CAP FOOD, DOG FOOD, CAT LITTER, TENNIS BALLS. A PARTNER MADE A NICE DONATION. KOHR: ONE-TIME EVENT, OR IS THIS ONGOING AS THIS PROGRESSES? LAURA: THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION. WE WILL WAIT AND SEE. WE ARE KOHR: HERE TO FILL THE NEED. THANKS VERY MUCH. SHOWN SOME OF THE TENNIS BALLS. THIS WILL GO ON PERHAPS AS LONG AS THE SHUTDOWN GOES ON AND AS LONG AS A LOT OF FEDERAL WORKERS ARE NOT ANY PAYCHECK. UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF TIMES, PETS ARE AT THE END OF THE LIST. THIS IS FILLING A B IG VOID. JENNY: AS THE WEEKS GO ON, THEY MIGHT SEE MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP. IT IS GREAT THEY ARE DOING THAT, IN THE EVENT STARTED EIGHT MINUTES AGO.

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