Bring Your Pet to OHS

Find a New Home for Your Pet through OHS

If you would like to bring your pet to OHS so we can find a home for him/her, first call (503) 285-7722, ext. 211. You’ll need to schedule an appointment to bring in your animal so that OHS can provide you the best and fastest service.

When you call, our staff will provide you with tips and options, and if relinquishment seems the best option, schedule an admission appointment. After talking to you, examining your pet, and testing your pet’s behavior, we may be able to assist by matching the pet with a deserving and responsible next home.

Please note: OHS is able to accept owner-relinquished animals only; any lost/stray animals must be brought to your local county animal services.

How to Bring A Pet to OHS

1. Call (503) 285-7722, ext. 211. Speak to a staff member and schedule an appointment.

2. Fill out and submit the appropriate form to help us learn about your pet.

Cat Personality Profile (online form)

Dog Personality Profile (online form)

3. Bring your pet and any veterinary records for the pet to your scheduled appointment.

Help Your Pet Get Adopted

To help your pet attract the attention of an adopter, we suggest you groom the animal before bringing it to us. When it comes to dogs and cats, here are tips on the type of pets most likely to be adopted quickly:


  • bathed, free of parasites, trimmed nails
  • spayed or neutered
  • current on all vaccinations, with veterinary records
  • socialized with humans and other animals; friendly and easily controlled


  • well brushed (especially long-haired cats), free of parasites, trimmed nails
  • spayed or neutered
  • current on all vaccinations, with veterinary records
  • tested for feline leukemia (with veterinary records)
  • social and easily handled
  • at least eight weeks old

Will my pet find a good home through OHS?

Pets at OHS receive excellent care from trained OHS staff and volunteers. OHS does not place any time limits on an animal’s stay: a pet may stay at the shelter until a new home is found, whether it takes days, weeks, or months.

OHS told me I have to take my pet to the county shelter! Doesn’t this mean he/she won’t have a chance?

OHS must refer some pets (stray/found pets) to county animal control, according to law. If a Portland-area county shelter cannot care for a pet brought to them, OHS and other partner shelters in the area will help. You can learn about our partnership and save rates through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland website. Together we are committed to saving lives and finding homes for 100% of the treatable, adoptable pets brought to us.

Pets Not Eligible for Adoption

  • Animals who have been attack-trained
  • A pet showing very aggressive or unsociable behavior during the administration of a behavior assessment
  • Veterinary examination determines that the animal is physically unsuitable for adoption

Please phone us before bringing these animals in for surrender.

Surrender Fees

There is a basic fee for surrendering an animal to OHS for adoption. We understand that not all individuals may have the monetary capacity to provide the required surrender fees, and in these circumstances we offer a sliding scale. OHS will work with you to make it possible for all individuals/animals to utilize our services.

  • Kittens & Puppies: There is no minimum surrender fee, although donations are greatly appreciated (kittens and puppies are defined as being six months or younger).
  • Dogs: $50 for the first surrendered dog and $10 for each additional dog.
  • Cats: $45 for the first surrendered cat and $10 for each additional cat.
  • Small Animals: (domestic rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, small birds) $15 for the first small animal surrendered and $5 for each additional small animal.

These fees are on a sliding scale and inability to pay the fee does not affect our admission of any pet or our commitment to finding a lifelong home for that pet.

Questions, comments or concerns regarding our fees: please contact us at (503) 285-7722, ext. 211.

Why a Surrender Fee?

OHS asks for a surrender fee to help ensure a safe, humane haven for animals that have no other place to go.

  • The average cost to care for each dog, cat, puppy or kitten in our shelter during their stay at OHS is $450. This includes basic vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, flea/tick control, food and boarding, medical care. Some pets require more extensive care.
  • OHS is a private, non-profit charity organization that meets a specialized need in our community.
  • Adoption fees do not offset the cost of care and comprise only 12% of OHS revenue each year.
  • OHS relies on donations and fees to care for approximately 14,000 animals each year. We do not receive any government funding or tax revenue.
  • We place no time limit on any animal’s length of stay in the shelter, and these fees help with the rehoming cost of our longer-term residents.

If You Change Your Mind

Please call OHS (503) 285-7722, ext. 211, to discuss options that may be available to reclaim your pet. Note, however, that no animal is released from the OHS shelter without being spayed or neutered. So, you must also pay for this service if it is necessary.

Rehome a Pet on Your Own

If you choose not to bring your pet to OHS, here are some tips for ensuring your pet goes to a safe new home: Rehoming Packet (PDF) – view online, or download and print.

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