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X-Ray Vision

Read here how HSCO Transformed and Saved Florence's Life

Fluffy’s Story

Fluffy was a two-year-old spayed domestic medium hair cat that was surrendered by her owner to HSCO recently.  Another shelter in the area wouldn’t take her because her leg was obviously injured.  Upon intake at HSCO, Fluffy was very friendly but clearly in pain.  We had radiographs (x-ray images) taken by our good friends at Riverside Animal Hospital, since our clinic doesn’t have an x-ray machine.

The images showed that Fluffy’s tibia was fractured and her fibula was bowed.  The fibula injury likely came from trying to walk for a long time on her broken leg—the weight of her body bowed this small, flimsy bone.

Our clinic staff contacted Dr. Colton at Central Oregon Animal Hospital to see if he could help us—he graciously performed the surgery at cost, and a small fundraiser for Fluffy raised the remaining expense.  She is doing well, in foster care, and will be ready for adoption soon.

The Need

Without radiographs, our clinic staff wouldn’t have been able to diagnose Fluffy’s injuries. While our partners at Riverside Animal Hospital and Brookswood Animal Clinic have been very generously offering the use of their x-ray machines without charge, our organization still incurs costs to get the images. The animals must be transported to either facility, and usually need to be sedated before the images can be taken. This results in two Certified Veterinary Technicians being gone for up to two hours at a time, which isn’t efficient when we have so many animals to care for.


Not only would an in-house x-ray machine conserve HSCO’s limited resources, it would allow clinic staff to conduct an appropriate number of diagnostic examinations for the animals that enter the shelter. Due to the travel and expense, as well as the fact that the current services are being donated by our partners, we currently only get radiographs about once every two weeks.

However, our vet staff estimates that we would average 3-4 radiographs for diagnostics as part of regular patient care per week. This would improve our ability to diagnose and treat animals and also to give more accurate prognoses for adopters.

While detecting fractures are obvious uses of a radiograph, the machine can also show subtler lesions and bruises, enlarged or small organs, and foreign bodies. When making a diagnosis, having the most information relevant to the clinical sign(s) is necessary to provide the best care and management for the animal.

Meeting the Need

To meet this need, the Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to purchase a digital x-ray machine. This would allow us to provide the best possible care for the animals in the shelter and HSCO staff would stay abreast of current technology and standards for care. In fact, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board requires all veterinary clinics in the state to have radiology capability.

HSCO has matching funds available from previous generous donations to purchase the machine, but is still in need of funding. With your support, we can purchase and install this machine, giving our animals the care they need and deserve.


Please help our animals by making a tax-deductible donation. To direct your support specifically to the purchase of the machine, please indicate ‘X-Ray’ in the special message field for an online donation, or on the memo line of your check.

For questions or more information, please contact John Houchens, Development Director, at [email protected] or (541) 382 3537.


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