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Oregon Humane Society is a non-profit organization established over 150 years ago. Originally, it was founded to fight the abuse and neglect of draft animals. Later the mission expanded to include companion animals and orphaned children.
Today, the shelter finds homes for over 11,000 animals every year. There's no time limit on how long any cat, dog, or other small pet can stay at the shelter if they're healthy and adoptable. Oregon Humane Society believes in giving every living animal a chance to find a loving family and a safe place to call home. No pet will ever be euthanized to free up more space at the shelter.
Oregon Humane Society relies entirely upon donations to support their animal rescue and outreach programs. They tackle animal neglect and over-population by reaching the wider community through several important programs:
Year-in, year-out, the shelter runs on the love and dedication of over 200 full-time employees and around 2,800 volunteers (phew!). If you live in the Portland area and are considering pet adoption, contact Oregon Humane Society today!
You can begin the adoption process by checking out Oregon Humane Society's adoption page on their website. Browse their pet profiles to see if there's one furry bud that stands out from the rest.
If you find a pet you think could be a great match, then click on the link to fill out the adoption questionnaire at the bottom of their profile. Once you've submitted your questionnaire, one of Oregon Humane Society's amazing adoption specialists will call to discuss that specific animal's needs and arrange a visit to the shelter. After your appointment has been made, that pet will be on hold for you until you arrive.
Adoption fees at Oregon Humane Society vary according to the animal’s age, breed, behavior, health, and temperament. Contact the shelter directly to find out what your adoption fee covers.
If you're 60+ years old, be sure to ask about the Pets for the Elderly Program that offers reduced adoption fees!
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.