It’s a common scenario. You head outside to sip your morning coffee, and you find an animal that isn’t yours. What should you do next? How can you help when the COVID-19 crisis means your animal shelter has limited hours...
I Found a Stray. Now What?
Dear Fellow Dog Lovers,Have you been wondering what social distancing looks like at the shelter? Well, wonder no more! Here we were on Sunday. I was catching up with pictures of new dogs with my wonderful photo team. Tha...
This Week’s Featured Adoptable Dogs
Would you consider a temporary, furry roommate? The COVID-19 crisis continues, and while we remain open to adoptions by appointment on Monday, March 23, we must prepare for whatever happens next. Right now, WHS had about...
Foster Families Needed for Dogs in COVID-19 Response
Give your kids something to smile about this summer. Enroll them in Camp Paw Paw, our summer camp for kids. This is a full-day camp, and each session lasts for five days. Your child will learn more about animal care and ...
Camp Paw Paw Summer Camp Registration Is Open!
Save the date! Our fun-filled WillaMutt Strut is happening Sunday, June 14, at Riverfront Park in downtown Salem. You won’t want to miss out on the fitness, training demonstrations, dog games, music, and more. Regi...
Register Now! WillaMutt Strut: June 14, 2020
Heavy rains and swollen rivers have placed Texas communities at risk. Shelters already full with animals waiting for their forever homes were under pressure. They needed to take in displaced animals and hold them safely ...
10 Texas Dogs Come to Oregon
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Radar Finds His Family

I wanted to give a big shout out to our friends at Willamette Humane Society.We adopted a little chi-weenie a few years ago and was the best decision ever.Our little Radar has become part of the family. He was so needy in the beginning and now rules the roost!! He...

A Big Dog Finds a Happy Family

This wonderful review came to our Facebook page, and we couldn’t wait to share it with a wider audience. Here’s what this pup’s family had to say about him: “When we brought this little guy home from Willamette Humane Society, we knew he would...

Poppy Finds Her People

We have a very special story to share with you today. This sweet kitty is Poppy. She came to the shelter a year ago with very sore, swollen ears. But her pain didn’t block her sweet personality. We had to amputate her ear tips. We were thrilled when she was...

Astra Finds a Happy Ever After

This caturday, we wanted to share the story of sweet Astra here. You may notice that she only has one functional eye, and you may see that her ear is a little crumpled. Astra was a stray cat, so we don’t know exactly what happened to her. But we suspect she was...

Iverson Becomes a Foster Fail

We originally only went in for a foster, to get us used to the idea of having a 4-legged companion, and what we got was so much more! We took home Iverson, who had kennel cough and hailed from Texas. He immediately took to us. We soon knew within the two weeks that we...

Hera Finds Her Forever Family

We welcomed her into our family on 3/30/19. We had recently lost two of our older dogs (a lab and a pit) to cancer and were ready to give our love to another. We were looking for a senior and/or hospice dog and the moment I saw her I knew she was the one. She has fit...



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Lost & Found Pets


Search for found pets in the shelter, browse photos of pets found in the community, learn where you can look for your pet, or file a lost pet report.


Behavior & Training


Do you need advice or training classes to improve your dog’s manners or skills? Register for our affordable dog-training classes.

Spay & Neuter


Do you need low-cost, high-quality spay or neuter surgery for a dog or cat, or even a stray cat? Our Spay & Neuter Clinic is there for you!

Thrift Store



Every time you shop at the downtown Willamette Humane Society Thrift Store, you support the pets.

Surrenders & Strays



Make an appointment to surrender a pet, check on walk-in availability, or bring in a stray.


Summer Camps



Help us create the next generation of animal lovers! Browse our current seasonal youth camps.