Oregon Animal Health Foundation



The Oregon Animal Health Foundation (OAHF) is a non-profit charitable organization that exists to foster and promote animal welfare and the human-animal bond.

Established in 1983 under the auspices of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the OAHF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is supported by donations from veterinarians and the general public and by memorial contributions from veterinarians. This generosity supports the OAHF’s vital mission to improve and enhance the health and well-being of animals.

Why Give to the OAHF?

The OAHF has helped support many programs and projects since its inception. Following are some of the OAHF’s contributions to the advancement of the human-animal bond and animal welfare.

Human-Animal Bond

Miles examines a patient at AC Gilbert's
Discovery Village veterinary clinic
  • Sponsor of veterinary clinic exhibit at AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village. At this very popular exhibit, children are able to take on the role of a veterinarian and treat the animals seeking their care. From screening various animal X-rays to weighing a puppy on the scale, this exhibit allows children to participate in real-life situations to experience what it’s like to work in a veterinary clinic. AC Gilbert is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum in Salem that welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year. 
  • Cosponsored the Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society’s) “People, Pet, Partnership” workshop, which certifies dogs as being qualified to visit nursing homes and retirement facilities, etc.

Animal Welfare

  • Sponsor of education sessions at the Oregon Veterinary Conference and other venues for veterinarians and staff on animal welfare and ethics issues, including the latest in spay/neuter research, the link between animal abuse and human violence, as well as recognizing and reporting animal abuse.
  • Sponsored publication of an educational booklet for OVMA member veterinarians on recognizing, documenting and reporting animal abuse.
  • Sponsor of the OVMA's Animal Care Forum, which provide an opportunity for members of the veterinary, humane/shelter, and animal control communities to meet and discuss animal welfare issues, including spay and neuter programs, shelter medicine, and animal abuse.
  • Sponsored Dr. Temple Grandin's appearance at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and is a world-renowned expert in the development and design of humane livestock handling systems.
  • Provided a grant to purchase billboard space statewide for an educational campaign on the spaying and neutering of companion animals.
  • Contributed to the development and distribution of a media kit that promoted spaying and neutering as beneficial to animal health, a possible solution for pet overpopulation, and major surgery that requires extensive veterinary education and training.
  • Produced an educational and instructional videotape on the importance and value of tattoo identification for pets.
  • Sponsored a dog bite prevention education program.

Disaster Relief

In response to the tragic effects of Hurricane Katrina, the OAHF established a disaster relief fund to support animal care and rescue efforts and to help restore veterinary services in the impacted areas. Through this fund, nearly $30,000 in contributions were distributed to veterinary-related organizations in the region.

How You Can Help

The OAHF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Such gifts include:

  • Donations: Please contact us or use this form to donate.
  • In Honor of Donations: A gift in honor of a special pet or person. A card acknowledging your donation can be sent on your behalf.
  • Memorial Gifts: A gift in the memory of a cherished companion. A card acknowledging your donation can be sent on your behalf.
  • Memorial Card Program: Find out more about our memorial card program for veterinary practices.
  • Bequests: Please consider a gift to the OAHF by naming it in wills, insurance policies and trusts. The Community Fund administers the OAHF’s Planned Giving program. For more information, please call Valerie Runquist at (503) 552-3510 or Wendy Usher at (503) 944-2120.
  • Corporate Donations: Contact us to make a tax-deductible contribution to the OAHF to recognize individuals, or for specific, designated causes.

Additional Information

For additional information about this non-profit, charitable organization, please contact:

Oregon Animal Health Foundation
1880 Lancaster Dr. NE, Suite 118
Salem, Oregon 97305
(800) 235-3502 or (503) 399-0311
E-mail: oahf@oregonvma.org