About Us


The Oregon Coast Humane Society, located in Florence, Oregon, is a no-kill shelter serving the animal welfare needs in Western Lane County. Comprised of volunteers and a committed professional staff, we are dedicated to assisting homeless and abused companion animals in our area. We also seek to educate people about animal-related issues such as cruelty and pet overpopulation.

Originally known as the Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS), Oregon Coast Humane Society was founded in 1992 when a group of concerned animal advocates met to see what they could do to help the companion animals of the area. The shelter was completed and the first animals were moved from foster homes in August of 1996. In the next few years, changes were made to accommodate the increasing homeless pet population. The cattery was enlarged to improve the isolation and stray facilities, kitten and puppy nurseries were added to the second floor, and storage space was converted into a staff/meeting rooms, as well as an additional office. In the spring of 2016, the original name was changed from Florence Area Humane Society to Oregon Coast Humane Society to reflect scope of the area serviced by our shelter.  This shelter is the only facility administering to the needs of the homeless cats and dogs within a 60 mile radius of its Florence location.

We are a private non-profit organization and receive no government money. Our support comes through donations, our Bay Street Thrift Store and PAWS Boutique, fundraising efforts, grants, endowments and membership dues. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


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.


Shelter Administration

Mark Curran – Executive Director
Marina Lewis – Shelter Operations Manager
Jenny Rankin – Office Manager

Board of Directors

Shauna Robbers – President
Jackie Parker – Vice President
Sandy Davidson – Secretary
Jerry Hatcher – Treasurer
Judy Roth – Director at Large
Carlla van de Vyver – Director at Large
Sharon McLeod – Director at Large