How to Adopt a Pet

Important! At this time, the shelter is closed to public viewing. Adoptions are available by appointment only. Please refer to the information on this page for our most up-to-date adoption process in response to COVID-19.

How to Adopt from Willamette Humane Society

Congratulations on your decision to adopt! We are excited to help you find the perfect pet for your family. When you are ready, follow these steps to start the adoption process with Willamette Humane Society.

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 red “Apply to Adopt” button on that pet’s specific profile page, found below that pet’s photo. Then, fill out and submit our digital Adoption Inquiry Form. If you are interested in multiple pets, you must complete a separate Adoption Inquiry Form for each animal. 

Step Three: After you submit the Adoption Inquiry Form, our staff will get back to you by phone or email to complete an Adoption Consultation. You can expect to hear back from us within 48 hours of your form submission to discuss the pet’s history and specific needs, including behavior and medical information. Please be patient, as our staff is working hard to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Step Four: During your consultation, our adoption counselor will schedule an appointment for you to meet the pet and complete the adoption process. 

Step Five: Arrive at the shelter at your scheduled time to meet your potential family member! Masks and social distancing are required. If it’s a match, you’ll complete the adoption paperwork/contract, pay the adoption fee, and take your new family member home with you.

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 Willamette Humane Society? As an independent nonprofit, 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