Pet Friendly Portland

Adoptions & Rescue – Find your new BFF (best furry friend)

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.

Learn some of the advantages of choosing adoption vs. a breeder

Adopt or rescue an animal in need ~ you will be glad you did! Some of the benefits:

  • There are many mature pets available whose personality is well defined, and may be already house trained.
  • Most shelters perform a behavioral assessments providing you an objective profile on an animal, increasing the likelihood of a good match for you & your family.
  • Usually vaccinations and essential health care have been provided and are included in the cost of adoption.
  • The cost of adopting or resucing a pet from a pet shelter is typically significantly lower than the cost of purchasing from a pet breeder or pet store.
  • The money you do spend to adopt will help provide much needed care and shelter for the other animals cared for by the organization.
  • If you have your heart set on a particular breed there are many breed-specific rescue groups (see below) that can help with your search.
  • You are making a compassionate choice .

Some considerations if you plan to Shop vs Adopt your pet.

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:

  • Has it had it’s initial shots and a vet exam?
  • Will the breeder or store take it back (& offer a refund) if you find that it is unhealty?
  • Does the breeder or store offer pet health insurance?
  • If your pet is not a good fit for your family, will they take it back?
  • Does the breeder or store offer follow up support or training?
  • Can the breeder or store offer references from previous clients?
  • Have you researched the breed you are considering? Many purebred animals are prone to specific health problems such as enlarged hearts, breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia and more.

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:

  • Ask to see the parents and siblings of any pet that you plan to purchase. Look carefully at their living conditions and their overall health & temperament.
  • Ask the age of and how many litters the mother has had (has the mother been having puppies every year for 10 years?).
  • Ask to look around the entire facility (home, yard, barn, kennels, anywhere animals may be living). You may be shown a few healthy animals while dozens (or more) are living in unsuitable conditions beyond what you might normally be shown.
  • Does the breeder seem overly anxious to sell their animal?
    • Ideally they are more concerned about making a good placement for their animal with an appropriate family than the profit they will make.
    • Do not bend to pressure tactics or guilt.
  • What do your instincts tell you? If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  • If you do see anything that concerns you, leave and then call an Investigator!

    (see our link on the page: Emergencies -> “Neglect or Abuse”.

Cost comparison of Adoption vs Purchase

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

  "Free" Pet Store OHS Kitten
Initial Cost $0 $130 $100
Vet Exam $30 $30 Certificate
Spay/Neuter $75-100 $75-100 included in price
Microchip $30 $30 included in price
FVRCP Vaccination $20-$40 $20-$40 1st of 3*
TOTALS $155 $285+ $100

*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

  "Free" Pet Store OHS Puppy
Initial Cost $0 $250 $200
Vet Exam $30 $30 Certificate
Spay/Neuter $90-150 $90-150 included in price
Microchip $30 $30 included in price
DHLPP Vaccination $15 $15 1st of 3*
Bordetella $15 $15 included in price
TOTALS $180+ $430+ $200

*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.

How to be a Hero.

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.

(*source)

Portland Metro Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations

Animal Aid
No kill animal rescue & outreach
Portland, OR • (503) 292-6628

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

Mult. County Animal Control & Adoptions
Adoptions of cats and dogs
Troutdale, OR • (503)988-7387

Must Love Dogs NW
Fostering, rescue & resources for dogs in need of homes
Vancouver, WA – Portland, OR
(866) 990-DOGS

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

Pixie Project
Adoptions & support.
Portland, OR • (503) 542-3433

Rabbit Advocates
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

Beyond the Metro Area

Cat Link
The Dalles, OR • (541 ) 298-8253

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

Breed Specific Rescue Groups

American Kennel Club by Breed
Nationwide resources

Born Again Pit Bull Rescue
Portland, OR • info@bapbr.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

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue
OR & WA • (503) 287-8697 / (503) 690-0116

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

NW Shibas4Life Rescue
OR & WA • shibas4life@msn.com

PNW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue
WA & OR

Pacific Pug Rescue
Portland, OR • (503) 704-3587

Pawsitively Pitbull
Portland, OR • (503) 255-2313

WVESSA Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Rescue
Salem, OR • email only – refer to link

Miscellaneous Other Groups

Oregon Horse Welfare Council
Links to statewide resources for fostering, adoptions, emergency help. (541) 671-0164


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.
(541) 461-4333

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.
(541) 347-3882

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.