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 shelter in NE Portland or at one of our outreach locations.

Website notes: Updated animal data is sent to the website every 15 minutes. Be sure to refresh the adoption pages in your browser for the latest information. Profiles of available pets are displayed on the available for adoption pages.

Once an adoption is complete, the pet’s profile will no longer show on these pages, but instead can be found on the Recently Adopted page. All pet profiles display either the Date Available (still available for adoption) or Date Adopted (pet was adopted on the date shown).

The green icons (heart, star, etc.) displayed on some pets’ profiles represent things like special needs/special adopter needed, sponsored pet, on hold, and more. On a computer, hover your mouse pointer over the icon—or on a mobile device, tap on the icon—for a brief description of each.

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 and can answer your questions about the pets. 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.

Pet Meets: We also offer the service of introducing your new dog to your current dog. Bring your current dog with you if you intend on adopting that day and we’ll be glad to help with the introductions. In fact, dog-to-dog pet meets are highly encouraged! (Sorry, no interspecies pet meets.)

Placing Pets on Hold: When you are at the shelter in person to meet pets, if you’re still deciding, you can place a 24-hour hold for $15 on animals six months and up. At this time, we do not allow holds on puppies or kittens six months or younger.

Medical or Behavior Consults: If the pet you’re interested in has any medical conditions or behavioral issues, we will arrange pre-adoption consultations with our medical staff or behavioral trainers so you know what to expect.

Benefits of Adopting from OHS

All pets adopted through OHS come with the following benefits:

  • All pets are spayed or neutered before going home
  • Dogs and cats go home with a microchip*, new collar and identification tags
  • All animals have received 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
  • Your New Bird Booklet