Adopt a Pet from the Oregon Humane Society

Learn more about finding the right pet for you, and how the adoption process works at OHS.


The OHS Adoption Process

1. View available pets

Browse our website or visit the animals in person at our main campus in NE Portland or at one of our outreach locations.

Website notes: animal data is automatically refreshed every 15 minutes. Some pets get adopted very quickly, so be sure to refresh the adoption pages for the latest information on which pets are available and which have moved to Recently Adopted. The green icons (heart, star, etc.) that show on some animals’ profiles represent things like special needs/special adopter needed, sponsored pet, on hold, and more. Hover your mouse or tap on a phone screen for a brief description of each icon.

2. Meet the animals and an Adoption Counselor

Once you’ve found an animal (or two!) that you’re interested in adopting, you can spend time getting to know them in our interaction rooms or outdoor play yards. You’ll meet with one of our Customer Care representatives who are trained to help make the best match for you. Most pets have received a medical examination and/or a behavioral assessment to help determine the best type of home for that pet.

To assist in this process, you are invited to fill out an OHS Adoption Questionnaire either in advance of your visit or in person.

3. Complete the adoption

If you choose to, you are able to take the pet home on the same day that you first meet them. When you’ve found a great match, it’s time to complete the adoption process! You’re welcome to ask the Customer Care representatives questions about training and for tips on helping your new pet adjust to your home.

We also offer the service of introducing your new dog to your current dog. Just bring your dog with you if you intend on adopting that day and we’ll be glad to help with the introductions. (Sorry, no interspecies pet meets.)

If the pet has any medical conditions or behavioral issues, we will arrange pre-adoption consultations with our medical staff or behavioral trainers.

Benefits of Adopting from OHS

All pets adopted through OHS come with the following benefits:

  • All pets are spayed or neutered before going home
  • Pets go home with a new collar and identification tags
  • Initial vaccinations
  • A certificate for a free initial veterinarian examination
  • Plenty of support and information from the experienced staff at OHS
  • For Oregon residents, 30 days of free pet insurance from Petplan. The policy provides $1,000 of coverage for accidents, illnesses, surgery, prescription medications and more. Ask an OHS staff member for full details when you are adopting.
  • Each adopted pet is enrolled for one year in the HomeAgain national pet recovery program. In addition to an embedded identifying microchip that can be scanned by veterinarians and shelters, the program includes a 24-hour medical hotline, access to lost pet specialists, travel assistance to return pets who are lost far from home, and more.
  • Dog Adoption Booklet
  • Cat Adoption Booklet