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Sancho and Jason Kallingal. Earlier this year when Jason’s restaurants were forced to temporarily close, he fostered Sancho from OHS. Jason is one of the many heroes in our community who opened their heart and home to a pet in need during the pandemic. He provided the love and training that Sancho needed to transform.
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 09 November 2020

Portland, Ore. – This year has been full of challenges. But, the worst of times has prompted unprecedented acts of kindness, generosity and compassion. The community has come together to help animals and people during historic wildfires, help pets stay in their homes during economic hardship, and protect and care for vulnerable people and pets.

Now, the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) seeks to honor animals and animal lovers who are true heroes.

OHS is accepting nominations for its Diamond Collar Awards. The awards will recognize and honor animals who have acted to save a human or animal life in peril, performed services within the community with undying loyalty, or overcome incredible odds in order to survive. Winners can also be humans who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals, exhibiting courage and compassion in the pursuit of animals’ well-being.

“This year, the Diamond Collar Awards have special meaning,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate our collective compassion and honor those who have truly done extraordinary things this year.”

What – Diamond Collar Awards, presented by the Oregon Humane Society

Where – Nominate a hero, animal or human, www.oregonhumane.org/diamond-collar-awards.

When – Nominations open now through Jan. 15, 2021. Online event honoring heroes takes place Feb. 24, 2021.

Details - Award nominations are open to all two- and four-legged heroes and can be submitted now through Jan. 15, 2021. Nominations can be submitted online here. Nominations can also be mailed to OHS at: Oregon Humane Society, Diamond Collar Committee, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211.

The winners will be notified early February 2021 and will accept their awards during an online Diamond Collar Award event on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2021.

The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest's oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs. Visit www.oregonhumane.org for more information. 

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