OCHS director rescues wayward cat from river


Dec. 23, 2020 — It was about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 when, after making calls to local authorities hadn’t resulted in action, Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) Director Charles Brown borrowed a kayak from shekter volunteer Barb Schirmer and too action.

Brown had seen a wet and shivering cat stranded on the debris island just offshore from Gazebo Park in Old Town. It wasn’t known how the feline found itself floating on the flotsam — to Brown, what mattered most was getting the cat to safety. 

So, he paddled to the debris and rescued the feline, then brought it to OCHS for observation. 

An exam did not reveal a microchip and social media posts have not resulted in finding the cat’s human. The cat, named Crusoe by staff after Robinson Crusoe in the Daniel Defoe novel about a man stranded on a deserted island, will be available for adoption after being neutered and vaccinated. 

OCHS typically spends about $70 to prep a stray or abandoned cat for adoption.

“So far in 2020, OCHS has found new fur-ever homes for 600 dogs and cats, provided more than 400 spay/neuter surgeries, distributed nearly two tons of pet food to pets in need, and saved more than 1000 animals,” said Brown. “We are grateful for any and all support from the community, whether it be food, bedding, toys, cat litter, bleach and cleaning supplies, or cash.”

To learn more about the many services available through the OCHS, or how to support their ongoing work to help animals in the Florence area, call OCHS at 541-997-4277, make an appointment to stop by their shelter at 2840 Rhododendron Dr., or visit OregonCoastHumaneSociety.org.

OCHS also operates a thrift shop at Bay St. and Kingwood Ave. in Old Town, where people can shop for bargains and donate new and used clothing, household goods, tools, furniture, appliances, and more. All proceeds from the shop help fund the shelter.

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