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Willamette Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization that was founded in 1965.
Generous donations keep the center alive and enable the charity to continue their amazing work. Based in Salem, they shelter up to 10,000 animals each year from the Marion and Polk county areas.
Williamette Humane Society is an excellent organization to adopt from if you're a first-time adopter and a little nervous about the process. The center is super supportive and offers pre- and-post adoption consultations as well as a telephone helpline.
The shelter focuses on rehoming abandoned cats and dogs. They don't take in or rehome other types of animals, but always are happy to refer you to facilities that can or offer advice whenever possible.
In addition to their rehoming program, the Willamette Humane Society operates several other programs for the community:
Their dedicated staff is passionate about promoting the welfare of domestic animals through education and direct action. Their aim is to place each pet in the best care possible by matching them with their perfect family or individual.
The shelter invites you to view all the adoptable animals on their website before visiting the center in person to find your new friend for life! They also encourage calling the shelter if you have any questions about a specific animal or would like to find out more about the adoption process.
You can pop-in without an appointment. Their wonderful staff will be delighted to help you find the pet that suits your needs and lifestyle best. The organization also uses a “family rating system” to help identify which pets are most suitable around small children.
When you've found your perfect companion, an Adoptions Specialist will discuss the pet’s history with you, including any behavioral or medical needs. It's important to take these into account before committing to the adoption.
Once you're good to go, their staff will be only too happy to help kit you out with any supplies you need from their on-site shop. They also offer post-adoption support through their telephone hotline and canine behavior training classes.
Your adoption fee covers a veterinary examination, microchipping and inclusion in the national registration database, spaying/neutering, temporary collar/leash, first vaccinations, deworming, a free trial for 24PetWatch insurance, and a voucher for NutriSource pet food.
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.