Rehoming a Pet

***Please note: If you have found a stray pet, please visit this page first.*** 

Deciding to give up a pet can be difficult.

We understand there are times when families must consider surrendering a pet. An unexpected life event—such as illness, death or unplanned move—may make caring for a pet seem impossible. Other times, people think they must give up their pet because they do not know how to handle a particular issue. 

We encourage you to exhaust all other options. Many issues such as chewing, excessive barking, scratching furniture, house soiling and even allergies can be addressed. Oregon Humane Society can be a resource for behavioral and medical treatment, services, or recommendations that may help you keep your pet.


If you are needing to rehome an animal, please complete the correct form below to the best of your ability:

CAT – Personality Questionnaire

DOG – Personality Questionnaire

We are currently experiencing a high volume of submissions and are responding in the order submissions are received. Please be aware, it may take several days or weeks to receive a call from a representative. We are unable to provide any information on your place in line or when to expect a call.

For the safety of the pets and people:

  • We require appointments to help us balance the number of pets within the shelter. Appointments ensure we can care for the thousands of animals that come to us each year, while giving each one the space and attention needed.
  • We must have permission from an animal’s legal owner. If that’s not you, we require a Release of Ownership form. If the owner is unable to complete this form, let us know when we contact you, and we will discuss options.
  • OHS Salem Campus only accepts dogs and cats at this time.
  • At the time of your appointment, dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a leash or carrier, please leave the animal in the car while you check-in and we will provide one. 3-5


Instead of a set fee, Oregon Humane Society asks people to donate what they can when surrendering an animal. We rely primarily on donations to care for more than 3,000 animals annually. On average, it costs $750 to care for each pet at the shelter. Your donation helps make that care possible for the animal you are surrendering, as well as thousands of other cats and dogs each year.