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End of Life & Pet Memorial Services

Planning for end of life and pet memorial services can be one of the most difficult experiences of our lives. The loss of a pet can be one of the most devastating experiences that an individual or family has to face. Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital offers a variety of grief support services.

Portland Campus Services

The hardest part of bringing a pet into the home is when it comes time to think about end of life. When it is time to have your pet euthanized, we suggest you use your regular veterinarian.

OHS Portland Campus and the Community Veterinary Hospital (CVH) provide end of life services. OHS Portland Campus provides memorial services.

Owner-present euthanasia is only offered at our CVH. Owner non-present euthanasia is available at both our CVH and our shelter. Fees range from $14 to $331.

Medical Euthanasia

End of life euthanasia requests for medical reasons are subject to approval by staff and are available on a walk-in basis. There may be times we do not have enough information to approve euthanasia. We may require current medical records to review prior to making a decision, so we recommend that you bring a copy of your pet’s medical history with you. 

Medical euthanasia is offered at OHS Portland Campus between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only (when the Community Veterinary Hospital is closed).

We offer medical euthanasia at the Community Veterinary Hospital between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Behavioral Euthanasia

Behavioral euthanasia is only offered at OHS Portland Campus. All end of life euthanasia requests due to or involving behavioral concerns go through a review process prior to any services being offered. The first step in requesting behavioral euthanasia is to fill out a pet profile in order to provide background information on your pet. Links to these profiles can be found below, if you have additional questions, please feel free to call us at (503) 285-7722 ext. 212.

OHS Portland Campus memorial services include private cremation services for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet. Fees are determined by the pet’s weight category and range from $100 to $350. We will provide you with a bamboo or bio urn as part of this service. For those who do not wish to keep the remains of their pet, general cremation services are available and range from $7 to $140.

Additional services such as ink or clay paw print keepsakes are available for additional fees ranging from $25 to $30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. No appointment necessary.

As of September 19, all pet cremations are done through our service provider, West Coast Pet Memorial Services, OHS coordinates directly with them to arrange transportation of your beloved pet from OHS into their care and your pet’s cremains can be picked up from one of their two locations in Portland or Eugene. Visit their website to learn about additional memorial needs available to honor your pet.

Update

OHS is pausing the addition of new columbarium burials currently. We anticipate reopening availability in Winter 2022.

Established in 1918, the OHS’ Portland Campus is home to the oldest pet burial grounds west of the Mississippi. Many pets have found their final resting place here in our historical cemetery, including the infamous Bobbie of Silverton. The OHS animal cemetery and pet memorial grounds offer a tranquil place for quiet reflection. You are welcome to visit any time during normal shelter operating hours.

We do not have space available in the cemetery for pet burials.

Salem Campus Services

When it is time to have your pet euthanized, we suggest you use your regular veterinarian. However, if you do choose OHS’ euthanasia service, our licensed technicians use the same painless procedure as a veterinarian. Please note, OHS does not offer owner-present euthanasia. Fees range from $14 to $231. For more information, call (503) 585-5900 ext. 300.

Medical Euthanasia

Euthanasia requests for medical reasons are subject to approval by staff. There may be times when we do not have enough information to approve euthanasia and will require current medical records to review prior to making a decision. We recommend that you have those available upon request. Medical euthanasia is offered by appointment, but urgent needs are given top priority.

Behavioral Euthanasia

All euthanasia requests due to, or involving behavioral concerns go through a review process prior to any services being offered. The first step in requesting behavioral euthanasia is to fill out a pet profile in order to provide background information on your pet. Links to these profiles are below:

We provide private cremation services for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet. Fees are determined by the pet’s weight category and range from $100 to $350. A cedar urn is included as part of this service.

For those who do not wish to keep the remains of their pet, general cremation services are available. Fees range from $7 to $140. Additional services such as ink or clay paw print keepsakes are available for additional fees ranging from $25 to $30. For more information, call (503) 585-5900 x300.

All pet cremations are done through our service provider, West Coast Pet Memorial Services. OHS coordinates directly with them to arrange transportation of your beloved pet from OHS into their care. Visit their website to learn about additional memorial needs available to honor your pet.

When you purchase a columbarium niche in the Lila Kay Memorial Garden (currently priced at $300), you are making a lifetime purchase for you and your family. Each niche measures 12 wide x 12 deep x 12 high. The niche purchase comes with one engraved plaque; additional plaques are available upon request for $30. Each niche holds up to six plaques.

For more information about purchasing a columbarium, please contact OHS Salem (503) 585-5900 ext. 300.

OHS’ Salem Campus offers personal burial options at The Lila Kay Memorial Garden located onsite at the grounds of OHS Salem. When you purchase a columbarium niche in the Lila Kay Memorial Garden (currently priced at $300), you are making a lifetime purchase for you and your family. Each niche measures 12 wide x 12 deep x 12 high. The niche purchase comes with one engraved plaque; additional plaques are available upon request for $30. Each niche holds up to six plaques.

For more information about purchasing a columbarium, please contact OHS Salem (503) 585-5900 ext. 300.

Contact Us

Exterior shot of OHS Portland Campus building
Portland Campus

Open 7 Days a Week
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland

(503) 285-7722 ext. 212

Exterior shot of OHS Salem Campus building
Salem Campus

Open 7 Days a Week
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

4246 Turner Rd. SE, Salem

(503) 585-5900 ext. 300

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Community Veterinary Hospital

Open Sunday–Thursday
7:30 am.–5 p.m.

7865 NE 14th Pl., Portland

(503) 802-6800