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Please consider Adopting or Rescuing your next best friend from an animal shelter or rescue group. Pets are often surrendered through no fault of their own – a family move, a new baby, allergies & so on. There are so many wonderful animals are in need of loving homes waiting to be part of a family such as yours.
Adopt or rescue an animal in need ~ you will be glad you did! Some of the benefits:
The two main considerations when purchasing a pet vs choosing to adopt are the health of the animal and concern that you might be purchasing from a puppy mill.
Regarding the health of a pet you plan to buy:
Because you love animals enough to include them as part of your family we know that you want to help reduce the cycle of suffering that is involved both with puppy mills.
Be aware that it can be difficult to know the history of your purchased pet because online pet sales can be a lot like online dating – its easy to post a photo that isn’t anything close to reality. Here is a write-up written by Best Friends: “How to be sure your next pet isn’t from a puppy mill”
When going to see about purchasing a pet here are some considerations:
These cost comparisons (based on adoption from the Oregon Humane Society) will help you be aware of some of the costs associated with a new kitten or puppy when either purchasing or adopting.
Cost Comparison for a Kitten
*Kittens will require 2 additional shots over the course of the first year. These costs are not included in the comparison. OHS does not include additional shots as part of the adoption
The difference in adult cat pricing depends on if the animal was altered by OHS and the age of the animal. See each animal’s profile for specific pricing.
OHS also runs "specials" such as 2 adults for the price of 1 or with kittens, second is 1/2 price.
Cost Comparison for a Puppy
*Puppies will require 2 additional shots over the course of the first year. These costs are not included in the comparison. OHS does not include additional shots as part of the adoption
The difference in adult cat pricing depends on if the animal was altered by OHS and the age of the animal and the breed. See each animal’s profile for specific pricing.
When you choose to adopt a pet rather than buy – you are nothing short of a Hero!!
If your adopted pet could speak, that is exactly what they would say. And anyone who works or volunteers at an animal shelter will tell you the same thing – you are a hero.
And your heroism goes beyond that of the life you just saved. Even if you adopted from a no-kill shelter you have still saved at least one life.
How? Well for one, the shelter now has an open space to bring in another animal that might have otherwise been surrendered to a facility that is in the position of having to euthanize otherwise healthy & adoptable animals because of lack of space.
Additionally, you have made a choice that does not perpetuate the profit motive which leads to the cycle of suffering caused by those breeders who consider their animals as mere “merchandise”. Certainly there are excellent breeders who love their animals and treat them humanely. However the fact that there is a profit to be made by selling animals serves as incentive to other less scrupulous and less caring people who are looking for easy money.
So when you adopt vs shop for your new pet, you have directly saved at least one life. And you have chosen not to contribute to a business that creates opportunity for so much suffering. You are speaking for those victims that have no voice.
Now don’t you feel like a Superhero?? We think you are!
Want to do more to help?
Nationally over 60% of animals that enter shelters are euthanized*.
Practical ways to reduce this rate include: spay & neuter your pets; properly id your pets (even indoors-only pets can accidentally escape) so that a lost pet can be reunited with you; when moving, put a temporary tag on your pet with a phone number of someone who will know how to reach you; keep licenses current – this funds the shelters and license information is used to reunite pets with their owners.
Animal Rescue & Care Fund♥
Fostering animals rescued from desperate situations.
Portland, OR • Eves/Wknds (503) 402-8692
Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter
Sheltering stray and abandoned animals
Hillsboro, OR • (503) 846-7041
Cupid Kitten Rescue♥
Cat & kitten rescue service.
Portland Metro area • (503) 888-0333
CAT (Cat Adoption Team)♥
No kill cats-only shelter
Sherwood, OR • (503) 925-8903
Family Dogs New Life Shelter♥
No kill dogs-only shelter
Portland, OR • (503) 771-5596
Feral Cat Coalition
Services for feral cats who have caregivers feeding them.
They also rent cat traps.
Portland, OR • (503) 797-2606
Furry Friends Cat Adoption & Rescue♥
No-kill cat shelter in Clark County, WA
Vancouver, WA • (360) 993-1097
House of Dreams Cat Shelter♥
No-kill cat shelter where cats roam free.
Portland, OR • (503) 262-0763
Indigo Animal Rescue♥
Fostering & adoptions of cats and dogs
Beaverton, OR • (503) 626-7222
Must Love Dogs NW♥
Fostering, rescue & resources for dogs in need of homes
Vancouver, WA – Portland, OR
Oregon Dog Rescue♥
No kill dogs only shelter
Portland, OR • (503) 819-1720 & 503-548-3428
Oregon Humane Society♥
Sheltering, fostering, adoptions. Fighting cruelty and neglect.
Portland, OR • (503) 285-7722
PAWS Animal Shelter♥
A Non-profic cat adoptions center.
West Linn, OR • (503) 650-0855
Adoptions & support.
Portland, OR • (503) 542-3433
Fostering, adoptions & education.
Portland, OR • (503) 617-1625
Second Chance Companions♥
No kill organization pet adoptions & referrals
Vancouver, WA • (360) 687-4569
SW Washington Humane Society
Vancouver, WA • (360) 693-4746
The Oregon Cat♥
Helping all cats, kittens, owners & rescuers.
Lake Oswego, OR • (503) 344-6044
Columbia Humane Society♥
St. Helens, OR • (503) 397-4353
Central Coast Humane Society
Newport, OR • (541) 265-3719
Greenhill Humane Society♥
Eugene, OR • (541) 689-1503
Homeward Bound Pets♥
McMinnville, OR • (503) 472-0341
Humane Society of Central OR
Bend, OR • (541) 382-3537
Humane Society & SPCA of Cowlitz County
Longview, WA • (360) 577-0151
Humane Society of the Ochocos♥
Prineville, OR • (541) 447-7178
PAW Pet Aid of Washington♥
Woodland, WA • (360) 624-8953
Project Pooch ♥
Woodburn, OR • (503) 982-4492
Safe Haven Humane Society ♥
Albany, OR • (541) 928-2789
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon ♥
Philomath, OR • (541) 929-4100
South Pacific County Humane Society ♥
Long Beach, WA • (360) 642-1180
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society ♥
Washougal, WA • (360) 835-3464
Willamette Humane Society
Salem, OR • (503) 585-5900
Born Again Pit Bull Rescue
Portland, OR • firstname.lastname@example.org
Cascade Beagle Rescue
Portland, OR • (503) 299-4084
Dead Dog Walking Pit Bull Rescue
The Dalles, OR • (541) 993-3647
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue
OR & WA • (503) 369-0778 / (360) 577-3514
Golden Retriever Rescue
Portland, OR • (503) 892-2897
Great Dane Rescue
OR & WA • see link for phone numbers
Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest
Portland, OR • (503) 784-1285
Oregon Basset Hound Rescue
Salem, OR • (503) 351-0649 / (360) 607-9274
Oregon Dachshund Rescue
OR & WA • (503) 313-3220
NW Pomeranian & Chihuahua Rescue
OR & WA • (971) 678-6501
PNW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue
WA & OR
Pacific Pug Rescue
Portland, OR • (503) 704-3587
WVESSA Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Rescue
Salem, OR • email only – refer to link
Birdman’s NW Bird Rescue – Vancouver, WA
A bird welfare organization that provides for the well being of the birds in the organization’s care
(360) 247-3626 (BIRDMAN) or (503) 247-3626
Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon – Eugene, OR
Bird rescue and placement. Education and information.
Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation – Bandon, OR
Dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife and the education of the public with an emphasis on conservation, preservation, responsibility and respect.
Learn the Typical Cost of Owning a Pet
♥These organizations do not euthanize animals in order to make room for incoming animals. All of the organizations listed here are working to help the community and the lives of companion pets. They should all be considered as great resources when looking for your new best friend. However if you need to surrender your pet for any reason, then you want to be aware of the euthanasia policies of the shelter that you bring it to.