How to Adopt from Willamette Humane Society

Important! Adoptions are available by appointment only. 
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How to Adopt:

Step One:
Check out the available pets on our website. Click here to see our adoptable dogs and click here to see our adoptable cats. All animals available for adoption inquires are shown on the website. 

Step Two:
When you find the perfect pet, click on the “Adopt Me” button on that pet’s profile page. You’ll be prompted to sign up for Adopets, our online adoption partner, to start the adoption process. Then, watch your email in-box! We’ll send you followup messages that help you track your application. Follow those prompts to schedule appointments and more.

Step Three:
Arrive at the shelter at your scheduled time to meet your potential family member! Bring your phone with you, as you’ll need to sign your contract and pay your adoption fee through Adopets.

Things to Consider When Adopting

What sort of cat or dog is the right fit for your family and lifestyle? We always recommend that potential pet parents ask themselves the following questions before starting their search for an adoptable pet:

  • How will a new pet mesh with your lifestyle?
  • What sort of qualities or personality are you looking for in a pet? Do those qualities align with your current lifestyle and household?
  • Do you need permission from your landlord or homeowners association? Are there fees, deposits, or “pet rent” that must be paid?

How much does it cost to adopt an animal from WHS? 

As an independent non-profit, Willamette Humane Society relies on community donations to fund lifesaving programs. That means the adoption fee you pay helps us provide care for a future pet, as well as helps cover the costs of care that your new animal received before he or she goes home with you—including:

  • A complete medical exam with our shelter veterinarian
  • Microchip and national registration 
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • First vaccinations and deworming
  • Trial of pet insurance from 24PetWatch
  • A collar and leash for dogs, or a cardboard carrier for cats
  • Personalized ID tag

Adoption fees for individual pets are listed on that animal’s profile on our website. Your adoption fee is paid at the time of adoption, along with any associated county licensing fees. WHS accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards. We cannot accept checks. 

What if the adoption doesn’t work out? 

We are committed to the happiness of every pet and person we serve. That means each adoption comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you adopt a pet from Willamette Humane Society and discover that you are not compatible, we encourage you to reach out to us for support. If we cannot help you solve the issue, you may return the pet within 30 days and receive a refund of your adoption fee, or apply the adoption fee to another pet that is a better fit. After 30 days, if you find that the adoption is not the best long-term match, that is ok too. You may return the pet after 30 days with no refunds or compensation.

WHS Adoption Department
Email: Adoptions@whs4pets.org
Phone: (503) 585-5900