Surrendering a Pet or Stray

Due to Covid-19 & until further notice,
all surrenders are by appointment only.
Thank you for your understanding.

Deciding to give up a pet can be difficult.

We understand there are times when families must consider surrendering a pet. We encourage you to exhaust all other options before surrendering. Often people think they must give up their pet because they do not know how to handle a particular issue.

However, many issues such as chewing, excessive barking, scratching furniture, urination and even allergies can be addressed. An unexpected life event such as illness, death or unplanned move may make caring for a pet seem impossible. But for most situations there is help, solutions and/or services available to overcome or reduce the effects of obstacles.

Willamette Humane Society can be a resource for behavioral, medical treatment, services, or recommendations that may help you keep your pet. Read our tips for re-homing your pet. If you believe surrendering a pet is the best option, we may be able to help.

Please note, for the safety of the pets and people:

  • We only accept dogs and cats.
  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Cats must be in a carrier
  • If you do not have a leash or carrier, please leave the animal in the car when you arrive and check in with an employee. We have leashes and carriers for use when surrendering an animal or bringing in a stray.

Costs:

Instead of a set fee, Willamette Humane Society operates on a “give what you can” donation when surrendering an animal. We rely primarily on donations to care for more than 3,600 animals annually, and on average, it costs $750 to provide 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.
How can you contribute today?

Consider a Donation at this time.

Cats : 

  • Strays: Appointment required; Call 503-585-5900 and leave a message
  • Owner Surrender, Appointments Required, Call 503-585-5900 and leave a message
  • To save time please fill out & bring with you the “Cat personality form

Dogs: 

  • Strays found in Marion County –  must go to the Marion County Dog Shelter  
  • Strays found in Polk County: Appointment required; Call 503-585-5900 and leave a message
  • Owner Surrender, Appointments Required, Call 503-585-5900 and leave a message
  • To save time please fill out & bring with you the “Dog personality form