While this is an uncertain time, the need to rescue homeless, neglected and abused pets continues — and they are counting on you more than ever. Here are ways you can help pets in need right now.
Adoptions by appointment are continuing. Please visit our adoptions page and submit a questionnaire when you find a pet you are interested in. Our staff will contact you to go through your questionnaire and set up an appointment.
All group training classes and in-person training consultations have been suspended. However, we are working on virtual visits with our OHS trainers – stay tuned!
If you have questions about COVID-19 and your pet, visit our new Frequently Asked Questions page.
Adoptions-by-appointment are continuing this weekend. On Friday, 16 pets were adopted into loving homes. The outpouring of interest in adopting a pet has been amazing. We ask for your patience as our staff works through the list of questionnaires. It may take up to 72 hours for us to get back to you.
We are also gathering names of those interested in being an emergency foster family for an OHS pet. You can submit your application here.
Emergency surrender of owned pets and end of life services are still available. OHS is also working with national leaders to implement protocols if OHS needs to provide emergency boarding for community pets due to COVID-19.
OHS has made the difficult decision to limit admission of new pets to the shelter. Emergency surrender of owned pets and euthanasia services will still be available. As challenges related to COVID-19 continue to change, we are working on developing options to help the community while ensuring the safety of our staff.
In light of the recent news around COVID-19, adoptions by appointment have been paused until Friday, March 20 while we work on refining our process to keep the public and our staff safe. Please check back for additional updates.
OHS Shelter Response
With the news about coronavirus (COVID-19) changing rapidly, OHS is taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Starting Monday, March 16, all animal adoptions will be by appointment only. Animal viewing areas will be closed to the public.
Also, numerous activities are being canceled or suspended until further notice. These include training classes, tours, group volunteers, after-school clubs and school visits. All events will be postponed, including our upcoming fundraisers, Doggie Dash and Pug Crawl. While we may not be able to come together now, we look forward to reuniting once it is safe to do so later this year. All adoption promotions, including the Free Pets for Seniors program, are also being temporarily halted.
If you are interested in adopting an animal, all pet meets will be done by appointment only by calling 503-285-7722.
These actions are being taken in response to the recommendation from local health authorities to implement social distancing measures where possible.
Coronavirus and Pets
During uncertain times, it’s a good reminder to have an emergency plan in place if you are no longer able to care for your pets. This includes ensuring pets are wearing proper identification, identifying a friend or family member who can help in case you get sick, and having extra food and supplies on hand. These preparations can also be helpful if there is a need to stay in your home for an extended period of time.
There have also been questions about whether pets can get sick from COVID-19 or if they can make us sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals, such as cats and dogs, have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
Be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely and following the advice from public health officials. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, OHS staff and the communities we serve is always our top priority.