Mission Statement

The Mission of the Corporation shall be to rescue, care for, and find responsible, loving, permanent homes for homeless and at-risk dogs and cats; to advance the goal of a no-kill community; to promote the principal of a lifetime commitment to our pets; and to provide for spay-neuter and educational programs to the public.

We are a no-kill facility.

February 21, 2018

Dear Oregon Coast Humane Society Members,

The Oregon Coast Humane Society is transitioning back to a membership organization, whereby members elect the Board of Directors.  A special election will be held to elect the Board.  Election procedures, including the procedure for seeking a position on the Board, are included below.

  1. Who Can Vote?

The special election will be conducted by mail.  To be eligible to vote in the special election, you must be a member of the Oregon Coast Humane Society, in good standing, by no later than March 12, 2018.  If you have questions about whether you are a member, or whether your membership dues are paid, please call the shelter at 541-997-4277.  A list of members in good standing and eligible to vote in the special election will be available at the shelter.

  1. Interested in Serving on the Board?

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the enclosed Candidate Form.  Anyone interested in running for a position on the Board must be a member in good standing and must submit a completed Candidate Form.  A blank Candidate Form is enclosed and also available from OCHS’s website   All completed Candidate Forms must be received no later than March 12, 2018, 4:00 pm at the address listed on the form.  We aim to have seven Board members elected in this special election.  The application process is intended to be open and there will not be a formal nominating committee.  The Department of Justice will work with a neutral Elections Coordinator to review applications to identify the candidates to be included in the ballot.

  1. The Election Process.

Ballots will be sent to members, via mail, on or about March 30, 2018. Ballots will contain a list of candidates and will have detailed instructions for completion and return.  We anticipate that members will vote for up to seven candidates, consistent with the goal of electing a total of seven directors.  Ballots can be mailed to the Elections Coordinator, Jane C. Hanawalt, at PO Box 1153, Florence, OR  97439, or delivered to Ms. Hanawalt’s office at 327 Laurel St., Florence, OR  97439 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Mon.-Fri.   In order to be counted, ballots must be received by 4:00 p.m. on or before April 16, 2018. The elections process will be monitored by the neutral Elections Coordinator, who is approved by the Department of Justice.

  1. Election Results and Term Length.

We anticipate that the votes will be tabulated the day after the deadline for the return of ballots.  Results will be tabulated by the neutral Elections Coordinator, with additional oversight provide by the Department of Justice.  Results of the election will be announced on or before April 18, 2018.  Election results will be posted on the Oregon Coast Humane Society website and Facebook page.

The newly elected Board directors’ terms will begin the day after election results are announced. For the purposes of this special election, each director will be elected to serve an approximately 1-year term until June 30, 2019.  The next member election of directors will be in June 2019.  It will be the responsibility of the new Board, in conjunction with the membership, to determine whether and how to stagger the terms of Board directors going forward.  The newly elected Board will select Board officers at its first meeting and will schedule future membership meetings.

Dates referenced herein may be subject to modification.  Any such modification will be approved by the Department of Justice.


Oregon Coast Humane Society Board of Directors

Download the Board of Directors Candidate Form as a PDF

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