Story from the Oregonian:
Yamhill veterinarian Dr. Barbara Kahl of the United SPCA was presented with the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Award for her work with abused, abandoned and neglected horses.
Kahl received the award at the organization’s annual conference in Corvallis this weekend.
During the conference, the nonprofit organization, which consists of more than 1,000 veterinarians statewide, honors veterinarians who have contributed exceptional service to the veterinary profession.
Kahl, who was nominated by outgoing OVMA president Dr. Laird Goodman, has actively assisted law enforcement agencies with abused and neglected horses seized in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties for the past two years.
She examines and treats sick and injured animals and helps to rehabilitate them at the rural Yamhill County shelter she established on her property.
Kahl founded the United SPCA (not affiliated with the New York-based ASPCA) in 2010 as a shelter for abused and neglected horses to recover. Kahl and her crew of volunteers then work to find the horses safe permanent homes once their ownership is relinquished to law enforcement.
The USPCA’s 20-acre equine shelter offers the horses 10 stables with turn-out paddocks, as well as an indoor exercise arena, a tack room, a wash stall, a storage area for hay, and pellet bedding for the horses.
While nonprofit solicits donations to fund the veterinary care, feed and housing, Kahl and her husband cover the majority of the costs themselves.
Kahl has also developed a horse care program geared toward youth, and her volunteer staff also offer basic horse classes for owners.
In addition to her work with the USPCA, Kahl works as an associate veterinarian with Kindness Family Pet Clinic in Forest Grove.