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2024 Fur Ball Sponsors

Fur Ball 2024

Thank you to the following sponsors for helping make our 2024 Fur Ball at the Lindsay Lodge a success!

Pack Leader

Kevin and Lynn Reedy

Linda Barr

Cat’s Meow

Stedfast Plumbing

Purrfect Partner

Dennis and Deborah O’Donnell

Jennifer Murphy

Crystal Hesselink

238 Bar

Mini Pet Mart

Evergreen Bank

Grants Pass Toyota

Valley Animal Hospital

Caveman Heating and Air

Furry Friend

R.M. Lichtenstein

Gara Wegrich

Carol Christen

Wilken & Co. PC CPA

Fire Mountain Gems


First Community Credit Union

Met One Instruments

Grants Pass Automotive

Hart Insurance

Join us for Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 28th, 2023. Join in this global day of generosity by supporting our organization and our efforts to help the animals in our community lead better lives. Whether you become a faithful friend and sustain us as a monthly donor, donate items to our animals off our wish lists, volunteer your time to the homeless animals in our care, give one of our dogs or cats a forever home, or simply spread the word about our mission, we appreciate every single one of you!
Visit our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram on 11/28 to read more about the individual animals impacted by your generous support this year!

Part time veterinarian wanted!

The Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass, OR is seeking a part-time veterinarian to help increase our spay and neuter capacity at our surgical clinic! The primary work of this position involves performing spay/neuter surgeries (majority feline) at our clinic for shelter animals and occasional exams and consults, with the hope of expanding to the public in the future to provide low or no cost spay/neuter and other medical services for our community. We focus on spaying and neutering pets from our shelter, as well as other rescues, local municipal shelter, and doing TNR for community cats. We have an experienced supportive team and medically sound established protocols to allow you to focus primarily on surgery and patient care. Grants Pass is less than 2 hours from the rocky beaches of the Pacific Northwest, skiing and snowboarding on Mt. Ashland, the tall giants of the Redwoods, and a myriad of hiking and river opportunities outdoors. The Rogue Valley is also home to numerous wineries and breweries that are perfect for entertaining visiting guests. For more details and to apply for the position, please view our job listing on

RVHS 2022 Accomplishments!

About The 2024 Misted Pines Opportunity Quilt

Each year the Rogue Valley Piecemakers create an Opportunity Quilt and offer an “Opportunity” to win it by raffle. The drawing was held May 11th, 2023 at our Rogue Valley Piecemakers Annual Quilt Show at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

The pattern for the 2023 quilt, by Patti’s Patchwork, was a hit with our opportunity quilt committee because it reminded us so much of the place we live, the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and specifically the Rogue Valley.  We know this quilt looks great on your bed, a guest bed, or even in your summer cabin.

Photo of qhilt to be raffled

Pieced by our members Lannie Harkins, Ellie Hernández, and Carol Dickson, “Misted Pines” was custom longarm quilted by Carol Dickson and measures approximately 88 x 110.”

Sharon Garland was our “Quilt Mom,” and organized the selling of the tickets at various venues. Proceeds from our 2023 Opportunity Quilt were divided equally between the Josephine County Search and Rescue and the Rogue Valley Humane Society. Josephine County Search and Rescue volunteers avail themselves 24/7, with little or no cost to Josephine County, to assist the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office in conducting professional searches for missing individuals.

Thank you for helping us support other non-profits in our community!

RVHS 2021 Accomplishments!

The past couple years have been strange for most of us, but despite the challenges we have faced, we are proud to have made a positive impact in our community in 2021! This past year, we have made some adjustments in how we run in order to continue to take in animals from our community and provide necessary services such as spay/neuter and specialized medical care. This has included increasing the amount of transfers we do from our facility to partner facilities to create the space we need to continue helping more animals. We are so lucky to have such wonderful transfer partners that have the same philosophy as we do when it comes to the care of our fur friends and finding them excellent homes.

We have also focused a lot on TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) of unsocial community cats who would otherwise continue to have kittens in the colonies they live in. As much as we love getting kittens, we know that most of them are coming in from moms and dads who live in colonies such as these, and we are doing our part to help with overpopulation so we (hopefully) do not see as many kittens come through our doors year after year.

In 2021, we continued to have a great need from individuals in our community who rely on our pet food bank and Animeals programs to help them get by during the month. This is made possible through wonderful donations of pet food from our supporters to help others in need.

The work we do at RVHS is important and much needed.  We receive no county, city, state, or federal funds to stay in operation. Ultimately, our doors remain open due to the generosity of individual donors and grants. We want to thank each and every one of you who have donated funds or goods, supported our thrift store, or participated in our events. Every year, we feel the love from our community and are humbled to serve you all and make a positive impact in the lives of animals…four paws at a time!

1/8/22 Hours Update

About Giving Tuesday

Every November, RVHS is participates in Giving Tuesday. This global generosity movement was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. During this season of giving, we invite you to consider supporting our mission in any way you can (adopt/volunteer/donate/spread the word about us!) as we make a difference in the lives of animals…four paws at a time! Check out our fundraiser on Facebook for more information on ways your donation this season will make a BIG difference! Facebook waives all processing fees for your donation so 100% of your donation goes directly to us! Please also check out our Donation page for ways you can donate towards the animals in our care this holiday season! Thank you all for donating to our cause. You are helping us save lives—four paws at a time!

6/22/20 Update

On behalf of RVHS staff and volunteers I want to thank all of you have donated money, food, items for the thrift store and other goods to help us through these challenging times.

I want to let you know that RVHS is still required by mandate to follow COVID 19 protocols to keep our employees, volunteers, animals and, most importantly, you safe. This means that we will follow protocols that are being utilized by shelters and humane societies throughout the country, i.e., adoptions by appointment, limited exposure and interaction with staff, staff wearing protective equipment etc. It is absolutely necessary.

Additionally, you should know because of loss of revenue (due to cancelled events), we have only opened with limited staff support. We are trying our very best to ensure that we can continue to keep our doors open.

We are NOT out of the woods with COVID 19 and this week alone, the numbers have increased. There is potential for our services to be shuttered, again, due to shelter in place orders.

We appreciate your help, understanding and patience. From a staff of 17 we are only 6 trying to maintain services and provide you with our standards of excellence. Clearly, it’s challenging during these times and many folks are losing their patience with protocols, government oversight etc. etc. We ask for your support and to please approach all staff and volunteers with kindness and patience. Together, we will get through this.


Margaret Varner

Executive Director

Adoptions Update 4/2020

Adoptions will be by appointment only. Visit our adoption page, download our application and email it to: Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a response within 48 hours for further instructions. Since our office is closed we will be doing virtual meet and greets so you can have a one on one visit with the pet you are interested in.

Food Bank Pantry Update 4/2020






Our food bank pantry is offering pet food every Thursday and Saturdays noon to 3 pm while supplies last. Please wait in your vehicle and a staff member will get your order and place in by your car.

Thank you for your patience.

3/2020 Update –

Dear RVHS Community,

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe during these uncertain times. It is with a sad and heavy heart that RVHS must join the millions of other businesses and temporarily close to the public as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is essential we keep our staff and volunteers safe as well as do our part to minimize the spread of the virus. Being a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on fundraising, donations and grants to serve our community, we are currently feeling the negative financial impact of this situation. We receive no Federal, State, County, or City funding….you, our wonderful community has been what has kept our doors open for over 55 years! If you find a little extra after your family is taken care of, please help us take care of our four-legged RVHS family members, they have no voice.

Sadly, businesses across our region are feeling the social and economic affects of the world wide health emergency. We will continue our fundraising efforts to help in the planning of our reopening. There will be even more reason to continue our services as a result of this crisis.

Although the majority of our employees will be laid off temporarily, we will maintain a skeleton crew. Staff will tend to the animals in our care that are not ready for adoption, our ani-meals program will continue for our seniors and phone calls will be answered to the best of our ability. Our services may be paused but we especially now, need your financial assistance to continue these essential services.

We understand that these are stressful times for everyone and wish you they very best. Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding. We will be back in business just as soon as feasibly and safely possible and with community support, we will be stronger than ever!

Margaret Varner

Executive Director

RVHS 2020 Accomplishments!

RVHS 2019 Accomplishments!



RVHS 2018 Accomplishments!











Your donations hard at work. Thank you to all of our supporters!


Daily Courier Live Critter Cams


These web cameras are located at the Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass. It is sponsored by Mini Pet Mart and will feature cute animals waiting to be adopted.


 See Our Cats          See Our Dogs

We’re excited to share our “We Will Adopt You” video!

adopt dont shop fb cover

Grants Pass High School Marching Band and Choir joined forces with RVHS to spread the word “Adopt Don’t Shop”!

Please pass the word and join us in our mission of saving  lives! View the video here.


What’s New

  • 2024 Fur Ball


    Thank you to the following sponsors for helping make our 2024 Fur Ball at the Lindsay Lodge a success!

    Pack Leader
    Kevin and Lynn Reedy
    Linda Barr

    Cat’s Meow
    Stedfast Plumbing

    Purrfect Partner
    Dennis and Deborah O’Donnell
    Jennifer Murphy
    Crystal Hesselink
    238 Bar

    Mini Pet Mart

    Evergreen Bank

    Grants Pass Toyota

    Valley Animal Hospital […]

  • Red Dog Pet Supply supports RVHS this November!



    Want to donate your pocket change for a great cause? In honor of National Pet Awareness Month, Red Dog Pet Supply is teaming up with the Rogue Valley Humane Society for the whole month of November for a new fundraising event. Round Up the Change is an easy way to donate towards the […]

  • Orphan Kitten Club grants $25,000 for new kitten nursery at RVHS!

    Since receiving the grant, we have been hard at work creating a dedicated space to house neonatal kittens away from our general cat population. We have repurposed the upstairs rooms of our on-site surgical suite and done needed improvements such as painting, installing a heater to warm up the nursery room, and acquired tables for […]

  • Rogue Valley Humane Society receives a PEDIGREE Foundation grant!












    The Rogue Valley Humane Society is excited to announce that we are one of the 2020 recipients of  PEDIGREE Foundation’s $10,000 Program Development Grants.

    PEDIGREE Foundation was established in 2008 to help dogs in need find loving homes. Created by Mars Petcare, the maker […]

  • Training Sessions Can Make A Big Difference

    Roman Gottfried, our trainer from Holistic Dog Traning, recently hosted another training session with Manny and Noodles. Manny is about 4 years old, loves people, likes to keep busy and is crazy about water! He has had an incredibly difficult past but that hasn’t stopped his zest for life. He’s been moving forward throughout his […]

  • Paws Up to the Four Way Community Foundation!

    The Rogue Valley Humane Society would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Four Way Community Foundation for choosing us as one of their 2020 recipients of grant money that will support vital projects at our facility. The Four Way Community Foundation has served Josephine and Jackson counties for 45 years and has […]

  • Thank you A and M Transport #communitystrong

    Thank you A & M Transport! 
    Your donation of 40,000 lbs of pet food will feed many pets!!! Many thanks for your generosity!

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Despite the hard work of shelters and rescues everywhere, it is estimated that millions of dogs and cats enter America’s shelters each year, and more than half of them will never leave. While great progress has been made, accurate and comprehensive nation-wide data does not exist. It’s precisely this data that will guide good decision-making, and help us save thousands of sheltered animals’ lives. The numbers really do count.