Oregon Humane Society

The Adoption Process

1. View available pets


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


2. Meet the animals and an Adoption Counselor


Once you've selected 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 have the opportunity to meet with one of our Adoption Counselors who are trained to help make the best match for you. To assist in this process, you are invited to fill out an Adoption Questionnaire (PDF) either in advance of your visit or in person. Most pets have received a medical examination and/or a behavioral assessment to help determine the best type of home for that pet.


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'll have the opportunity to ask the Adoption Counselors 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.


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


Benefits of adopting from OHS:

  • All pets are spayed or neutered before going home


  • You pet will go home with a collar and identification tags
    • When applicable, they also come with a 60-day county license


  • Initial vaccinations


  • A certificate for a free initial veterinarian examination


  • Plenty of support and information from the experienced staff at OHS

  • 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 staffer 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.