Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is a “managed intake” shelter, which means we accept cats, kittens, puppies and dogs primarily from Marion and Polk Counties as space and resources allow.
While we are not an official participant of the “No Kill” movement, all of the conditions and programs collectively referred to as the “no kill equation” are actively implemented at Willamette Humane Society.
We are committed to saving as many pets as possible. Each animal is treated as an individual upon intake. There are no time limits for any animal in our shelter, and outcomes are determined by health and temperament. When a pet cannot be admitted to our adoption program, the pet owner is provided with alternative options.
Thanks to financial and volunteer support from our community, there are resources to help each animal thrive until adoption. Animals receive medical care as well as training, exercise, and socialization based on that animal’s individual needs. In addition, WHS is a resource to people needing free behavior advice, training classes, and low cost spay and neuter services. Finally, our robust humane education programs in the schools train the next generation of pet owners.
Our 2015-2016 save rate of 90% for dogs rising 80% for cats is an indicator of shelter and community success in rehoming animals. The number of animals we save each year is available to the public in our annual report.