Television Goes to the Dogs on Oct. 12

Broadcast live from the Oregon Humane Society, the 15th annual “Love-a-thon” on October 12 promises television viewers four hours of cuddles, snuggles and unconditional love, all thanks to adorable shelter pets. “The Love-a-thon is not your normal telethon,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “We think viewers will fall in love over and over again.”

OHS is the Northwest’s largest and oldest animal organization, finding homes for more than 11,000 pets each year. Because OHS receives no tax dollars, revenue raised by special events such as the Love-a-thon is essential to the group’s success. “Pets give us so much love and affection every day of the year. During the Love-a-thon, viewers can give back a little of that love so we can care for pets who need our help.”

The Love-a-thon television broadcast aims to raise $375,000 for animals–enough to feed every pet at the OHS shelter for six months, spay and neuter 2,000 pets, bring 900 “Second Chance” pets to OHS from other shelters, and keep the OHS “Animal Cops” team working for six months. The Love-a-thon will feature real-life heroes, behind-the-scenes tours of the OHS shelter and animal hospital, and more adorable pets than you can wag at tail at. A phone bank staffed by 32 volunteers will be on hand to accept donations. 

How can animal lovers help? The public can make a donation in a pet’s name, post their pet’s picture on the OHS Facebook page (and join the live conversation during the broadcast), and ask friends to join them as they watch the show. Can’t tune in Oct. 12? Make your telethon donation in advance on the OHS website at 

What: OHS Love-a-thon to End Petlessness

When: Oct. 12, 1-5 pm

Where: Broadcast live on KATU Ch. 2. Also streaming live online, visit

How to Help: Donate in advance at