Kid with shelter dog giving a treat

Tours & Field Trips

Join us at the Portland Campus for a tour to learn how we care for animals, how we weave kindness and compassion into everything we do, and how we help to create a More Humane Society through the care and welfare of animals.

Visitors five years and older are invited to an educational presentation and tour of our facility and historical grounds. Tours will accommodate each group’s needs and we will work on this with you to determine the best fit for your goals and outcomes.

Tours of Oregon Humane Society Portland Campus include visiting the cattery, dog kennels, and small animal room. Weather permitting, visitors will learn some of OHS’s 100+ year history, stop by the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden, see the oldest animal cemetery west of the Mississippi River, and hear the story of Bobbie of Silverton.

Depending on the surgery schedule, a tour may include viewing surgery in-progress at our Animal Medical Learning Center.

Due to a busy start to the school season and staff limitations, we are already booked for fall and looking at scheduling requests into December 2022. Thank you!

  • Tours are given at the Portland location
  • Tours are given between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Weekend tours are available depending on staff availability and prior arrangement.
  • Tour length is between 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the age of the group.
  • Tour groups must consist of six or more people.
  • Please fill out the tour request form.
  • Visitors are encouraged to bring dog and cat treats, and small amounts of leafy lettuce (no iceberg lettuce) for rabbits and other small pets
  • Donations items from the OHS wish list are welcome.

Go where the school bus can’t go!  

We are happy to take students of all ages on a live virtual tour through the shelter, including cattery, the dog kennels, our small animal room, and past our veterinary surgery window in the Medical Center. We can even show some behind-the-scenes areas that can’t be accessed in person. Afterwards, we save time for your questions.

We welcome school classrooms, scouts, clubs, community organizations, senior centers and more to visit us. Each tour includes an overview of our lifesaving work and a guided tour of our shelter. Meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats!

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