Pets Seek Homes for the Holidays

There’s no place like home—especially during the holidays. At OHS, pets are cared for by an extended family of staff and volunteers, but even the coziest shelter kennel is no substitute for the comfort of a real home.

Each year, OHS looks at all the pets available for adoption on Dec. 1 and sets a goal of getting each one adopted by Dec. 31. After all, there’s no place like home, especially for the holidays.

This date is not a deadline, of course. There is never a time limit on how long a pet stays at OHS. While most pets stay at the shelter for only a week or two, some need more time to find an ideal match.

Home for the Holidays Pets: Featured in the Shelter

To help these pets find their homes by the new year, the lobby at OHS will feature a large display that includes a photo of every single dog, cat, rabbit, rodent and bird who has been at the shelter since Dec. 1 or earlier. The total number of these Home for the Holidays pets is 152.

It’s easy to visit the animals: the OHS shelter (1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland) is open from 10 am-7 pm Sunday-Wednesday; 10 am-9 pm Thursday-Saturday. Find directions and holiday hours here »

Featured Home for the Holidays Pets



Cooper is an active boy searching for an active home. He is a Labrador mix looking for someone who can keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Cooper loves a good belly rub and brushing. Ready to play fetch or give a treat to this big boy? Cooper is ready to join a quiet, low traffic home. He has been at OHS since November 9th.

Learn more and watch his video »



Simon – Adopted!

Simon is a sweet, goofy, sensitive dog in need of a home. This Whippet-Doberman mix enjoys learning new things (he can sit for a treat!) and loves playing with other dogs. He a sweet, goofy, sensitive dog in need of a quiet, adult-only home. He has been at OHS since August 20th.






Cute as a button, you say? We think so. Buttons is a special kitty looking for an equally special person to take him home. He is an affectionate 10-year-old male cat looking for a lap to curl up on. He loves to be brushed and give you kisses. Buttons has been at OHS since July 3rd.

Learn more and watch his video »

How to Adopt

You are welcome to bring the whole family to meet your new furry or feathered friend. Our “get acquainted” rooms make it easy for parents and children to spend time getting to know a prospective new cat or dog. If you already have a dog and want to adopt a second, you can bring your current dog along for a “pet meet” at OHS to see how well the two canines get along. Learn more about how to adopt »

Thinking of giving a pet as a gift? Selecting a lifelong furry friend is a personal choice, so OHS encourages people to give a gift card good for adopting a pet. That way, your friend or loved one can meet with pets in person and be a part of this important decision. Gift cards good toward an adoption can be purchased in our in-shelter pet supply store, Best Friends’ Corner.

You can see and learn more about each pet by visiting our Adopt pages here, which show every pet available for adoption.

If you want to be happy in a million (or at least 152) ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.