OHS Salem staff member playing with a shelter cat curled up on the front lobby desk

How to Adopt

Salem Campus

Salem Campus Pet Adoption Experience

The shelter is open for walk-through viewing and meet and greets 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days per week. Meet and greets are done on a first-come/first-served basis. The last meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m.

When you come to the shelter and see a pet you are interested in meeting, please take note of the pet’s name and visit the front desk in the lobby. Our Customer Care team will be happy to assist you with the next steps.

Visit our Salem campus to view available pets in person! You can also view all adoptable animals on our website which is updated with new pets every day.

The shelter is open for walk-through viewing from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days per week. Bringing home a pet is a family decision, so we encourage you to bring the whole family and other decision-makers. If you’re thinking about adopting a dog, don’t forget a leash!

Once you’ve found a pet you’re interested in meeting, take note of the pet’s name and visit the front desk in the lobby. We’ll have you fill out a brief questionnaire.

Please note: Meet and greets are done on a first-come/first-served basis. There may be a wait time during our busiest times, including the weekends. Our goal is to schedule meet and greets within 30 minutes, but wait times may vary. We appreciate your patience.

We do not offer holds on any animals at this time. For more information about what is included with your new pet’s adoption, please head on over to our Adoption Support page.

Adoption Information

Due to the high volume of calls, we are unable to provide specific animal information over the phone if you call in. Please look at each individual animal profile to learn more. The best place to view the most up-to-date information is on the OHS website.

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 to $600 for dogs and $25 to $200 for cats. The adoption fee for each animal is included in their animal profile.

We recommend that all parties involved in the care of the animal be present at the time of the meet and greet. This is to ensure that the entire household is on board with the pet’s specific needs and that you are making the best possible decision for your home.

We do encourage bringing your dog in to meet any dog you are considering adopting. 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.

We do not offer cat-to-cat meets.

What sort of cat or dog is a right fit for your family or lifestyle?

We always recommend that potential pet parents ask themselves the following questions before starting their search for an adoptable pet:

  • How will a new pet mesh with your lifestyle?
  • What sort of qualities or personality are you looking for in a pet? Do those qualities align with your current lifestyle and household?
  • Do you need permission from your landlord or homeowners association? Are there fees, deposits, or “pet rent” that must be paid?

How much does it cost to adopt an animal from OHS? 

As an independent non-profit, Oregon Humane Society relies on community donations to fund lifesaving programs. That means the adoption fee you pay helps us provide care for a future pet, as well as helps cover the costs of care that your new animal received before he or she goes home with you—including:

  • Microchip and national registration 
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • First vaccinations and deworming
  • A collar for dogs or a cardboard carrier for cats

Adoption fees for individual pets are listed on that animal’s profile on our website. Your adoption fee is paid at the time of adoption. OHS accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards. We cannot accept checks. 

How we assess our animals

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.

If you need additional support with your adopted pet, please visit our OHS Resource Guide or contact our Training Department.

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.

Second Chance

OHS works with more than 92 shelter partners across the Northwest, California, and reaching as far as Louisiana. 

Contact Us

Salem Adoptions

(503) 585-5900