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I've Found a Pet

How to Reunite Pets with Owners

In all cases of stray or found pets, whether dogs, cats, or small pets such as rabbits, the first place to check is your local county animal services agency.


In the Portland area, these agencies include:



The Oregon Humane Society can only accept pets for re-homing from owners who can no longer keep them. An Owner is defined as any person or legal entity having a possessory property right to the animal or any person who has been the keeper of an animal for a set time period (length of time varies by the county).


Bring Strays to Local Animal Services Agency

Should you find a stray or lost pet, please contact your local animal services agency in order to give the pet the best chance of being reunited with its owner.


You can find the animal services agency closest to you by either by searching online under "animal services" or checking our list of agencies here.


If your county jurisdiction does not have facilities for stray cats, contact OHS for additional resources at (503) 285-7722, ext. 211.


What You can Do to Help

  • Post a found pet flyer in your neighborhood
  • List the pet on craiglist.org, petfinder.com, and in your local newspaper
  • Have the pet scanned for a microchip at a local veterinary office


OHS Second Chance

Through our Second Chance Program, OHS saves more lives by accepting previously lost/stray animals from shelters and service agencies across Oregon, Washington and California, once all jurisdiction holding requirements have been met. This program helps find homes for many pets and fulfills the legal requirements for the placement of lost pets into new homes.