EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- Lane County's home for stray and seized cats and dogs, First Avenue Shelter is opening its doors this weekend hoping to shed some more light on the work it's doing and the help it needs.
Greenhill Humane Society now runs First Avenue Shelter instead of Lane County Animal Services (LCAS). The shelter pretty much operates in the same capacity is always has, but Greenhill has made some functional changes.
Greenhill staff and volunteers are hoping to show people the changes they've made at an open house event on Saturday.
Inside, the agency has re-organized informational areas where staff document walks, feedings and care. They’ve also done a lot of work to clean up and refurbish some areas.
If you’ve read the local papers, you’ve probably seen some of the critical letters to the editor about the Greenhill transition. Greenhill says that’s partly why it’s holding this open house, for a little more transparency.
“We've worked really hard to make this transition as seamless as possible and its been a win-win for the animals because we've been able to incorporate policies from both shelters . . . Each shelter has had its strengths and we've been able to combine those and it's made both shelters better,” says Tuesday Scott, a community outreach coordinator for Greenhill Humane Society.
Along with repainting some areas, Greenhill has laid new laminate floors throughout the main office. Its also cleaned up animal-owner meeting areas and it’s working on the barn storage shed. New information flyers have also been placed out for people to learn more about dog behavior.
Greenhill says one of the things it needs the most help with is animal fostering. The open house is Saturday from 1 to 5 PM at 3970 West First Avenue in Eugene.