The Humane Society of the Ochocos is looking for emergency foster help after a travel trailer crash Thursday added more than 50 animals to the shelter.
According to Oregon State Police, an uneven load in a 29-foot trailer began to sway, causing the trailer and truck to go off the road and down an embankment on Highway 26 near Ochoco Reservoir.
OSP said 60-year-old Thomas Misik was the driver of the truck. Dorothy Misik, a passenger in the trailer, and 20-year-old Dusten Misik, a passenger in the truck, were injured in the crash and taken to St. Charles in Prineville.
The trailer was carrying 45 cats, 10 dogs and a rabbit. Three of the cats died in the crash, but the rest were rescued and taken to the Prineville shelter.
“People are really stepping up and helping us,” said Robin Cruz, shelter manager at the Humane Society of the Ochocos “We’re needing help getting our cats out and getting these cats in because some are not very healthy.”
Before the crash, the shelter had about 30 cats that were looking for forever homes, Cruz said. Those animals are needing foster care right now.
“Our shelter is very small, so we’re trying to get our healthy animals out to foster homes,” she said. “We’re asking for donations of warm blankets, food, beds.”
Some of the animals were in carriers inside the trailers, but others were not.
Cruz said the shelter would be closed today and Saturday to allow staff to assess the animals conditions and get them the appropriate care.
If you’d like to help, contact the Humane Society of the Ochocos at 541-447-7178 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also donate directly on the shelter’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hsonokillshelter