Pets are People Too: Unusual Animals Are Reunited at Bonnie Hays

By Jennifer Keene

The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is Washington County’s lost and found for pets. Most of the time, that means dogs and cats with the occasional bunny or guinea pig. As more and more people in our community license their dogs, microchip their pets, keep their cats safe at home, and generally be responsible pet owners, we are able to reunite pets with their owners at a rate that’s about three times the average for shelters across the nation. Occasionally, we also have the opportunity to help more unusual animals get home safely.

On Tuesday, February 27th, we arrived at the shelter to find that two goats had been dropped off by Hillsboro Police Department overnight. The fugitives, who we later learned were named Thelma and Louise (seriously!) had been wandering down NE Brookwood Parkway near Top Golf in Hillsboro – not exactly a safe situation for the goats or any cars they might walk out in front of. Thanks to a tweeted photo by the HPD, the ladies quickly became celebrities and posed for photos by several news stations.

Like all lost pets at our shelter, Thelma and Louise were scanned for microchips, photographed and made as comfortable as possible in their enclosure with fresh food and water. After seeing posts on social media the goats’ owner came in to reclaim them that same day and they all drove off into the sunset together.

If you ever lose a pet (or find a pet), your first step should be to make a report with Washington County by calling 503-846-7041 or by coming into the shelter in person.

For tips on lost and found pets, or on our other many shelter services, go to The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.