How to Adopt
Adopt a Pet from the Oregon Humane Society
You’ve found your one-stop shop for all things adoptions at Oregon Humane Society. On this page you will find helpful information regarding what to expect when visiting the shelter and important resources for after you’ve adopted your new friend.
Visiting the Shelter
Sunday – Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Meeting Pets and Adoptions:
Sunday – Wednesday 10 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 8:30 pm
Main Phone Line: (503) 285-7722 (10 am – 6 pm)
Admissions: (503) 285-7722 x 212
Customer Care: (503) 285-7722 x 254
Donations: (503) 802-6793
Due to the high volume of calls, we are unable to provide specific animal information over the phone. Please look at each individual animal profile and come to the shelter to learn more. The best place to view the most up-to-date information is on the OHS website. Third party sites like petfinder.com and adopt-a-pet.com are great resources, but sometimes have outdated information regarding OHS pets.
OHS is a private, nonprofit organization that relies on individual donations, grants and our own fundraising to operate. We do not receive any federal, state or government funding.
Adoption fees help offset some of the costs associated with providing for the animals in our care – this includes housing, food, medical care, enrichment, behavior modification and more. We use variable pricing and the adoption fee for each animal is dependent on many factors including age, breed and health of the individual animal.
Adoption fees range from $55-$600 for dogs and $15 to $200 for cats. The adoption fee for each animal is included in their animal profile. You can view the adoption fee for a specific animal by clicking on their profile.
We offer same day adoptions. Once you’re at the shelter, you will fill out an OHS Adoption Questionnaire and sign up to meet a pet or two at the front desk. All you need is the name of the animal you’d like to meet. When you fall in love, you can take them home the same day. If you’re not quite ready, you have a few options: you can place a hold or continue your search for the perfect fit.
We offer 24-hour holds for a nonrefundable fee of $15. You can place a hold on an animal that has not been made available for adoption yet. The animal must be age 6 months or older. Holds can only be placed at the shelter.
If an animal already has a hold, you can place a non-refundable back-up hold to secure your chance of adoption. Once an animal has two holds, we will remove it from the website and no longer show the animal. We do not offer holds for puppies and kittens less than 6 months of age.
We encourage bringing all individuals that will be in regular contact with the pet; friends, family, children, significant others, your existing dog or dogs that would frequently visit. We do not offer cat-to-cat introductions or interspecies introductions. For all dog/puppy adoptions, we require you have a leash or crate to take the pet home, so don’t forget to bring yours from home if you already have one.
There are a handful of pets every day that multiple people are interested in meeting. If you find a pet you have your heart set on, we encourage you to arrive at the shelter prior to opening to have the best chance. If you find yourself second, third, fourth, etc. in line for a specific animal, you will be waiting on the showing ahead of you to finish before you will know the outcome of that pet. If the client before you places a hold, you will have the option to still meet and place a back-up hold. Once an animal has two holds, we will no longer show that animal. Keep in mind, we do not place a time limit on how long a person can meet with an animal. This means if you are not first in line the wait can be more than an hour.
When we have more than two puppies in a litter, we will show all puppies at the same time. Clients will choose on a first come first serve basis which puppy they would like to adopt. Puppies less than 6 months old are not eligible for holds.
Understanding Your Pet
Age: The age of an animal is subjective and approximate, but we look at their teeth, body condition and behavior.
Behavior: Animals are assessed by highly trained staff to see how the animal responds to things such as handling, walking on leash and meeting other animals in the shelter. Relevant information is gathered and offered to potential adopters as tools for education. The evaluations by our staff are by no means comprehensive and guarantees of behavior. Environment plays a significant role in an animal’s behavior, their behavior is subject to change once the animal is in a different environment. OHS staff do their best to find great matches for all of our adopters along with plenty of post adoption support and resources.
Medical: Not all of our animals are seen by a veterinarian. At the time of intake, all animals will be looked over by a technician to inspect their coat and skin, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth and gums and their weight. If there is a concern, a request will be submitted to have a veterinarian look at the animal.
Breed: The breed of an animal is subjective, but our highly trained staff uses their expertise to assign a breed that best fits the animal.
Previous Owner Questionnaire: All owner surrendered animals will have a previous owner questionnaire that will tell you what the previous owner wants you to know about their pet. This will go home with the animal at time of adoption.
OHS works with more than 92 shelter partners across the Northwest, California and reaching as far as Louisiana. Learn more about this program.
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