- Puppies: starting at $125 (rare shelter breeds up to $500)
- Adult Dogs: starting at $100 (rare shelter breeds up to $400)
- Senior Dogs (7+ years): starting at $60
- Kittens (2 – 6 months): $125
- Juveniles (6 – 12 months): $75
- Adult Cats (1 – 7 years): $50
- Seniors (8 years and up): $25
- Special needs (FIV+ or others): $25
- Barn cats: Waived adoption fee (free)
- Desirable Breeds: Base adoption price + $25
- Hospice: Waived adoption fee (free)
WHS does not accept checks for adoptions or merchandise. We do accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
The adoption package for a dog or a cat includes:
- Vet exam
- Microchip & inclusion in national registry
- Personalized ID tag
- Spay or neuter surgery
- First vaccinations & de-worming
- Trial of Insurance from 24PetWatch
- Temporary collar
- Temporary leash for dogs or a carrier for cats
- Coupon for NutriSource pet food, sold in Davenport’s Den
There are also adoption perks provided by partners and sponsors
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- Consider how a new pet will mesh with your lifestyle, and what qualities you are looking for.
- Check with your landlord or home-owner’s association to see which animals are allowed, and what applicable fees or deposits might be.
- Identify possible adoption candidates online, or visit an adoption center.
- Consult with our staff and volunteers to help find the right match for your needs.
- Complete an adoption application.
- If not already spayed or neutered, you may need to wait for your pet to undergo surgery and recover.
- Complete an adoption consultation to review your pet’s history and any considerations to ensure your adoption will be a long-term success.
- Prepare for your new pet by purchasing supplies. Willamette Humane Society has a pet supply & gift store on-site, Davenport’s Den.
- Complete the adoption contract and payment.
- Post-adoption, you may consider behavior & training classes to encourage good behavior and improve quality of life for you and your pet.
Willamette Humane Society offers Feline Combo Tests at the time of adoption for $30. Our Spay & Neuter Clinic offers the tests for $25 at the time of surgery only. We may also test males displaying symptoms of the following conditions before upon their arrival at the shelter.
- The Idexx snap combo test reveals presence of antigen (the actual virus).
- Rate of infection ranges from 2-3% of the general cat population, to 3-4% of feral cats, to 13% or more of at- risk cats. Prevalence is highest in outdoor cats.
- Virus can be transmitted in saliva, urine and feces, through the placenta before birth, or via milk after birth. Biting, mutual grooming, sharing litter boxes and feeding dishes, and moms to litters are common routes of transmission. Generally takes prolonged contact and social interaction to acquire infection. The chance of contracting permanent infection from a one-time brief contact is 3%. Cats living in households with FeLV positive cats have a 30% chance of becoming permanently infected.
- The virus lives only a few hours on a surface outside the cat and is easily killed with common disinfectants.
- First stage if infection is called a transient viremia. Virus is circulating in the blood for 3-6 weeks (maximum of 16 weeks). The cat is contagious during this time, but many cats are able to clear the virus from their body during this phase. Ability to do so is dependent on age, health, immune status, and concentration of viral exposure. Kittens and sick or stressed animals are at highest risk.
- Second stage of infection is called persistent viremia. The virus invades the bone marrow and the cat becomes permanently infected.
- Some cats can clear the virus from their blood, but it will stay within the bone marrow, called a latent infection. These infections can only be diagnosed with a bone marrow sample or special PCR tests. The virus may stay hidden or re-activate during times of stress, illness or reproduction.
- 50% of persistently infected cats die within 2 years; 80 % die within 3 years. They may develop leukemia, anemia, tumors, and can develop other infections due to immunosuppression.
- Vaccination provides some protection, but is not 100% effective. FeLV vaccines have also been associated with development of vaccine-associated sarcomas (tumors).
- The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends FeLV testing at time of adoption to prevent exposure of other household cats, and to serve as baseline data for the future. The AAFP also recommends retesting all cats at least 90 days after the initial test in case of early stage of infection at time of initial testing.
- No test is 100% accurate under all conditions. Results should be interpreted in light of the patient’s health and prior exposure to FeLV. A decision for euthanasia should never be made solely on the basis of whether a cat is infected. Consult your veterinarian for more information.
- The Idexx snap test detects presence of antibodies to FIV, not the actual virus.
- Rate of infection is approximately 1.5-3 percent in the US, 3-4% in the feral cat population. 15 % of high risk or sick cats are infected. Prevalence is highest in free-roaming, aggressive males.
- Transmission is most common via biting. Rarely, mothers may pass the infection to newborns in utero, in the birth canal or via infected milk. Some kittens in a litter may become infected while others do not.
- It can take 8-12 weeks post infection to see antibodies.
- A kitten may receive antibodies from an infected mother yet not have the virus within its body, thus may test positive for up to 6 months without having the actual virus. Kittens under 6 months of age with a positive test should be retested at 60 day intervals until 6 months of age.
- A positive test for an adult cat is most likely a true positive, but should be confirmed with another test (the Western blot). Few cats, if any, ever eliminate the infection.
- Infected cats may appear normal for years, though cats will become immunosuppressed and susceptible to secondary infections. The cat may deteriorate progressively or have a waxing and waning course of disease.
- There is a FIV vaccine, but protection is not complete, and future tests will show positive due to the FIV antibodies acquired.
- The FIV virus does not survive outside the cat for more than a few hours.
- The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends testing of all newly adopted cats.
- The Idexx snap test detects the presence of antigen (the actual adult heartworm).
- There are few false positives. Positive test results imply the presence of at least 1 adult live or recently deceased (within a few weeks) heartworm. The test does not detect the presence of juvenile worms or male only infections. Most juvenile worms infecting a cat only live a short time; a few can live 2 to 4 years as adults. In dogs, most will become adults and live 5-7 years.
- Most infected cats have only 1-2 adult worms, single sex infections are common, and most are male-only infections.
- Juvenille worms die within the pulmonary arteries and cause inflammation and lung disease.
- Endemic areas such as Florida and the Texas gulf coast may have infection rates higher than FeLV and FIV.
- Female mosquitoes feeding on blood of heartworm-infected dogs ingest immature heartworm microfilaria. Larvae are deposited on the skin of a cat (or dog) as the mosquito feeds, enter the skin through the bite, and eventually enter the circulation system. They travel to the heart then to the pulmonary (lung) arteries. Infected cats develop respiratory disease as the larvae die. Adult worms cause immunosuppression, allowing the cat to tolerate their presence, but when these adults die, they can cause fatal lung injury or thromboemboli (blood clots.)
- Infected cats may spontaneously cure themselves of heartworms if no clinical signs are noted. This generally takes 6-12 months. These cats will test negative within 4-5 months of elimination of the infection.
- Surgical removal may be preferable to medical adulticide.
- Oregon is not considered an endemic area for heartworm.