Dog Adoptions Resume at OHS

Portland, Ore. – Dog adoptions at the Oregon Humane Society are scheduled to resume on Saturday following a nine day pause. Out of an abundance of caution, all dog adoptions, viewings and intake were halted after a group of dogs transported to OHS from Oakland Animal Services were exposed to dog flu.

The dogs were moved to an off-site facility and continue to receive care from dedicated OHS staff. “Our team mobilized quickly to contain the virus and protect the other dogs in our shelter,” says Brian August, OHS Chief Operating Officer.

During the past week, the dogs in the shelter have been quarantined and tested for dog flu. Based on the results, OHS veterinarians, in consultation with Dr. Sandra Newbury, a national expert in shelter medicine and dog flu, have determined that the virus did not spread.

As an extra precaution, all dogs currently available for adoption at OHS have received a canine influenza vaccine thanks to a generous donation from Zoetis.

“We are very grateful to the public for their patience and support,” added August. “Our highest priority is the health and well-being of the pets at the Oregon Humane Society as well as the pets in our community.”

Additional information on dog flu can be found on the OHS blog and on the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

OHS hours for viewing and meeting pets are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday. The shelter is located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211. Directions here.


The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs. Visit for more information.