Animal related

Heartland Humane Society

  • Corvallis, OR

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To build a more compassionate community by teaching humane messages to our youth, caring for homeless animals and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Main Programs

  1. Adoption Services for Homeless Animals
  2. Humane Education
  3. Safe Housing Program
Service Areas



Benton County, Oregon

ruling year


Principal Officer


Ms. Andrea Thornberry



Animal Welfare and Protection, Humane Education

Notes from the Nonprofit

What it Means to Be an Open Door
While Heartland Humane Society qualifies as a “No-Kill” organization* and is listed on the No Kill Network Directory, we choose to refer to ourselves as “open-admission” because, unlike many other shelters, we do not place restrictions on animal intake from our service area.
*According to the guidelines of the “No-Kill Equation”

Open-admission. We do not place restrictions on animal intake from our service area. We keep an 'Open Door.'
High Save - work to achieve adoptability for all animals in our care by providing health care and basic training and by utilizing foster homes and transfers to other rescues and shelters
Geographically focused (serve Benton County, OR)
A municipal shelter for the City of Corvallis and Benton County
A private 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps animals and community members
The only facility-based animal welfare organization in Benton County
A shelter for ALL companion animals, including small animals
Fiscally and operationally transparent
An active part of a network of animal welfare organizations
An active part of our local community, welcoming volunteer workers, tour groups, and the public
Humane Educators for all ages
Conscientious adopters of companion pets
Advocates for animal welfare

Limited admission
A public veterinary clinic
Funded by the Humane Society of the United States or any other large national welfare organization
A pet store
An organization that makes euthanasia decisions based on time, breed, or age
Lobbyists for animal welfare-related causes

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Also Known As







Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

Our board and senior staff
are actively researching the next phase. 
We plan to deliver more mission based programs such as
expanding our humane education programs and providing more of a safety net for
the animals in our community.  We hope to
have a space where we can offer programs for pet owners such as disaster prep,
first aid, training, etc.  This may
include the ability to offer more spay and neuter and other medical services to
low-income pet-owners.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Adoption Services for Homeless Animals

Animal Care Programs
Heartland cares for all stray, seized, or surrendered animals in Benton County. We work to find new homes or appropriate placement.
Heartland staff members and volunteers work hard to ensure our animals are healthy and happy. We use the Open Paw program to reduce the stress for dogs while they are in the kennels and provides basic training. Open Paw engages volunteers, staff, and even the visiting public.

Our cat population benefits from the Meet Your Match program. By identifying the different personality traits of adoptable cats, and matching them with the traits adopters want, we can successfully increase adoptions and reduce returns.

Foster Care Saves More Lives
Foster Care gives animals a second chance. Foster homes care for animals that are too young or too ill to stay at the shelter. With generous support from community members who open their homes to these animals, HHS expands the walls of the shelter, serving more animals than the facility could do alone. Last year, 689 animals went into Foster Care.

The Safe Housing Program utilizes the Foster Care network to care for pets whose families are seeking emergency assistance from the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), inclement weather shelters, Community Outreach Inc. (COI), and the Mario Pastega House. This year, we helped 26 animals in this program.
689 animals were cared for by foster volunteers.
155 current foster volunteers.

Preventing Unwanted Pets
Heartland Humane Society provides life-saving medical treatment for animals, as well as important spay/neuter services to address pet overpopulation in the community.
1,125 surgeries were performed in the clinic last year.

Transfer Partnerships
Heartland works with many shelters throughout the region to save animal lives. When we have space we will transfer animals in from shelters with higher density populations and from shelters who lack necessary resources to adequately serve a particular animal. These transfers are at our discretion so we can always fulfill our commitment to our service area of Benton County. Most of these transfers are Linn County Dog Control, Lincoln County Animal Services Shelter, Luv-a-Bull and Luv-a-Little, Feral Night Cat Rescue, and dogs from the START program which serves many municipal shelters in California.

We also work with many shelters and rescues to place our animals to broaden their chance for a new home. Transferring to placement partners reduces the population of animals at Heartland and gives more animals a better chance for new families. Some of the groups we work with include Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon, Pet Adoption Network, Cat Adoption Team, Oregon Humane Society, Luv-a-Bull, and various breed-specific rescues.



Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified




Program 2

Humane Education

Every year we visit all of our local elementary schools sowing the seeds of compassion by teaching responsible pet ownership and safety around animals. Every month, through the support of local businesses and the Corvallis Gazette Times, we publish a pet-care page in our local paper. Every day we have volunteers in our shelter. Many of them range in age between 8 and 15 years. While they are here they volunteer side-by-side with a family member. Together they learn the joy of giving and helping others in need.

Humane Education - Classroom Presentations
Heartland Humane Society’s humane education program instills values and facilitates character development through age appropriate lessons regarding responsible pet ownership, as well as respect and compassion towards animals and people. Our lessons about humane treatment of animals helps schools meet “Instructions in Ethics and Morality” under ORS Statue 336.067.
Each topic has a length of 30 minutes.

Kindness Kids Club
Kindness Kids' Club is a volunteer program for youth ages 8 years to 15 years. During program hours, Heartland Staff supervise the youth volunteers while they help with afternoon tasks and special projects around the shelter. The youth volunteers learn how to care and work with animals around the shelter all while building leadership skills and compassion.

Camp Catnip
During Camp Catnip, youth enjoy a week filled of active learning with age appropriate curriculum all while working hands on with the animals at Heartland Humane Society. Camp Catnip focuses on building leadership skills in youth as well as educating them in fun ways on important animal related topics - Responsible Pet Care, Animal Safety & Bite Prevention, Careers with Animals, and Open Paw Dog Training. A Camp Catnip T-shirt is included. Limited scholarships available through Heartland Humane Society.

Other Humane Education Activities
Youth Tours
Birthday Parties
Poster Contest
Heartland Heroes


Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)




Program 3

Safe Housing Program

It is an unfortunate fact that domestic violence and animal abuse often coincide. Sometimes, these occur simultaneously and in some instances the animal abuse is the method of spousal control and violence. As difficult as it is for a person to leave a violent relationship and enter a shelter, the decision can be made more painful when a beloved pet is left behind. Some people will choose to stay with the abuser and the pet rather than seek necessary shelter.

Similarly, people who have lost their homes may choose to stay in a car or on the streets because they are unable to keep their pets otherwise. At the Mario Pastega House, some people have declined their services and delayed medical treatment because they did not have care for their pets. Others drove hours each day to continue caring for their pets.

The Emergency and Safe Housing Program serves clients of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), inclement weather shelters, Community Outreach Inc. (COI), the Mario Pastega House and the American Red Cross.

Owners sign a contract with Heartland so their pets can be cared for and receive necessary vaccinations and veterinary care while the owner receives services from partner programs. Owners can visit their pets daily and when they are back on their feet the pet is returned to them. The typical term of service through this program is one month.



Population(s) Served





Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Save more animal lives in Benton County with an emphasis on cats.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Targeted adoption specials, innovative foster partnerships, transfers to reputable agencies and rescues, modifications to facility, build a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Heartland is the only facility-based animal welfare organization in Benton County. We have a strong network of volunteers, friends, placement partners, and adopters. We believe there is strong support in the community for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We work regularly with local veterinarians and we have two certified veterinary technicians on staff. Currently, we operate a clinic for in-house animals and local groups and rescues. We hope to expand our current activities to the public.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Increase in adoptions
    Decrease in euthanasia of animals in the shelter
    Decrease of "free" animals in the paper and on Craig's List
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    A task force was formed in the winter of 2012 and completed their report June, 2013. Staff can begin to implement some of the directives (adoption specials, foster partnerships, etc.) and a new committee will form to plan capital improvements needed for a spay/neuter clinic.
Service Areas



Benton County, Oregon

Funding Needs

Funds are used to ensure all cats and dogs are spayed/neutered before adoption, direct care of homeless animals, staff time and supplies for humane education programs, and volunteer management.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Humane Association


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Principal Officer

Ms. Andrea Thornberry


Andrea Thornberry attended Virginia Tech, where she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Creative Writing, and Philosophy and later an MBA with a concentration in Investments Finance. After moving to Corvallis, OR, Andrea volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and did some freelance grantwriting. Eventually, her volunteering led to a position in Resource Development and she soon became the Resource Development Director.

In 2007, with a strong desire to remain in non-profit community service work, Andrea accepted a position as Executive Director at Heartland Humane Society. Andrea utilizes all of her undergraduate and graduate learning experiences in the day-to-day management of a growing organization, particularly in the areas of Board Development, Resource Development, Staff Development, and Financial Policy and Procedure. Andrea serves on the boards Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence, Benton County Mental Health, Addiction & Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, Leadership Corvallis, Soroptimist International of Corvallis, and Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis. She serves on various committees for Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties, and Ashbrook Independent School.



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