Before any animal can be adopted by a new owner, there is a stray hold time to give owners an opportunity to claim their pet. Oregon law prescribes a three day hold time for dogs without identification and a five day hold time for dogs with identification.
There are no laws for how long to hold a stray cat, but WHS places a one business day stray hold on a cat without identification. This does not include the day of arrival or any days we are closed to the public. Our return-to-owner rate for felines is no different than when we had a longer stray hold. In fact, stray cats now have greater adoption visibility and faster placement.