Each year, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon honor animals who, through unselfish and courageous accomplishments, exemplify the affection, loyalty, security, public service, and value of the human-animal bond.
The Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ is the second longest running awards program among veterinary organizations in the country. Since the program was started in 1988, the OVMA and the AHFO have recognized dogs, cats, an animal welfare group, a horse therapy group, horses, and one llama! Animals are inducted into the Oregon Animal Hall of Fame™ during the Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis. See below for a list of past inductees.
Owner: Chuck Lamb
Nominated by: Dr. Jerry Cox & Dr. Roy Peterson
The Professional award recognizes animals specifically trained for service or assistance.
Thirteen years ago, Chuck and his wife, Zada, welcomed a female Goldendoodle into their home in Tigard. And from the very beginning, the Lambs knew they had one special girl.
“Darlin’ is fortunate enough to be gifted with a love of all things,” says Chuck. “That is what makes her so special – in wanting to love and help people any way she can.”
Within one year, Darlin’ started to accompany Chuck to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Portland. Chuck was concerned about the worries the children must be experiencing at the hospital that focuses on pediatric orthopedic conditions. One remedy to perhaps ease this worry: a dog’s affection and love.
Chuck received permission from the nursing team to allow Darlin’ to approach the children in their beds and cuddle with them. To nobody’s surprise, there was plenty of love and licks to go around. And lots of giggling and laughing amongst the children.
To this day, Darlin’ is eager to announce her arrival at Shriner's and share her friendliness and love throughout the hospital’s ward. Darlin’ quickly became so popular that Chuck was asked to have her visit other hospitals in the region.
“With Darlin’,” Chuck notes, “you get the love coming in all directions: patients, doctors, nurses, staff members and family alike. With all that love, you can have unbeatable results.”
Owner: Debra Jones
Nominated by: Dr. Trina Brotherton
This award recognizes animals who have provided a benefit to their human companions or their community.
Debra Jones has known Dante, a male Doberman, for nearly 10 years. She took in the dog after her friend, and Dante's first owner, Linda died from pancreatic cancer.
Linda Townsend had Multiple Sclerosis when Dante entered her life as a pet and a possible show dog. But it didn’t take long for the young and growing dog to show a keen awareness of his owner’s health limitations. He often sensed when Linda was about to fall and would position himself for support and stability.
As their bond grew, Linda decided to train Dante as a service animal. His cross-over from being a pet to an assistance dog was effortless, and he excelled in his new role, enabling Linda to keep an active social lifestyle that would not have been possible without Dante’s assistance. When Linda passed away in 2014, Dante was beside her – his head resting on her shoulder.
After her friend’s death, Debra brought Dante and Linda’s other dogs home with her. She wanted to provide the family with a respite as they dealt with funeral arrangements and the grieving process. This is when Dante first met Debra’s elderly mother – and there was an instant connection.
Dante saw the oxygen tanks, wheelchair, cane and walker, and seemed to know that he now had a new job. For the past three years, he has rarely left the side of Debra’s mother, barking to alert Debra when her mother has fallen.
This past December, after another tumble, Debra’s mother was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia, sepsis and a possible stroke. She was later moved to a rehabilitation and care center, where Dante would visit and curl up on the bed next to “Mom.”
“Dante demonstrates daily the joy, love and service that dogs can provide to the humans in their world,” Debra Jones says. “We should all be so blessed to have a dog as special as Dante grace our lives.”
Recognizes animals who have saved or preserved a life.
- 1988 Big Red (dog), Sam (cat)
- 1989 Hadji (dog), Morgan (dog)
- 1991 Max (dog)
- 1992 Missy (dog)
- 1993 Gunner (dog)
- 1997 Helga & Tad (dogs)
- 2000 Sheba (dog)
- 2002 Ceasar (dog)
- 2003 Pillsbury (dog)
- 2004 Sunny (dog)
- 2005 Chassa (dog)
- 2009 Zar (dog)
- 2011 Brodie (dog)
- 2012 Jakob (dog)
- 2013 Hunter (dog)
- 2015 Leah (dog)
Recognizes animals who have provided a benefit to their human companions or their community.
- 1994 Solo (cat)
- 1999 Project Pooch
- 2002 Howard (dog)
- 2003 Jesse (dog)
- 2005 “Ginger” (dog)
- 2006 Cassidy (cat)
- 2007 Daniel (dog)
- 2008 Gracie (dog)
- 2009 Ace (dog)
- 2010 Rusty (dog)
- 2011 Bosa (dog)
- 2012 Dottie (dog)
- 2013 Lily (dog)
- 2016 Vladimir (cat)
- 2018 Dante (dog)
Recognizes animals specifically trained for service or assistance.
- 1990 Sparkle (dog)
- 1994 Ranger (dog)
- 1998 Horses for the Physically Challenged
- 2001 Cajun (dog)
- 2002 Kate (dog)
- 2003 Camas (llama)
- 2004 Rikki (horse)
- 2005 Gleason (dog)
- 2006 Snert & Jake (dogs)
- 2007 Annie (dog)
- 2008 Butterscotch (horse)
- 2011 Doc (dog)
- 2012 Nelson (dog)
- 2013 Ryerson (dog)
- 2014 Raido (dog)
- 2015 Rawhide (dog)
- 2017 Junior (cat)
- 2018 Darlin' (dog)