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Oregon humane society

1067 n.e. columbia blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
503-416-2986
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User Reviews (21)

  • 1. Love the place

    by: sbump

    Very good place. They work to place there pets.

    Pros

    non kill shelter

    Cons

    long waitting list if pet need to be put into shelter

  • 2. Wonderful place

    by: helpstrays

    Great place that does wonders for animals. Thank you for your hard work!

    Pros

    Help all animals

    Cons

    n/a

  • 3. Best Humane Society there is!

    by: LuvYourPets

    The Oregon Humane Society is the third oldest humane society in the country (founded in 1868). In 2000, they were able to rebuild to make this a state-of-the-art facility, thanks mostly to a very large donation from Ernest C. Swigert and other smaller donors. The people who work there are as nice as can be and the kennels and areas where the animals are kept are absolutely spotless. They are a great place to adopt a pet from, but I feel more compassion to the rescues & shelters who don't have the resources that OHS has. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful facility that features "get aquainted rooms, memorial gardens, a pet store." \r\n\r\n"The medical facility (on-site) is a one-of-a-kind partnership between OHS and the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Students from OSU will complete a two-week residency at the center as part of their graduation requirement. The students – as many as six at a time – will live in dorms above the medical center and work with a full-time OSU faculty member and OHS medical staff."

    Pros

    State of the art facility, great people working there and spotless!

    Cons

    None.

  • 4. Does good work in this community

    by: ry

    OHS has a great reputation in this community and their new hospital is a wonderful addition.

    Pros

    Great new hospital

    Cons

    too far away from my house

  • 5. Cats Meow

    by: kellyballance

    The Oregon Humane Society is def. one of the top animal shelters in the nation.\n\nTheir save rate is impressive, and the care that the animals receive while waiting for a home is top notch. Their adoption rate for cats (86% in 2006) is one of the highest around, and MUCH better than the national average that sits around 20%\n\nFor animals that need surgery, there is a dedicated Animal Medical Clinic that is part of the shelter. This is also a great place for veterinary students to really get some experience with the homeless animal population.\n\nOHS has some amazing programs, including Foster Care (where you will find some of the best volunteers on the planet!) and the Second Chance program. Other shelters in the state bring animals that they would otherwise not be able to save, and OHS commits to their care and finds them a home.\n\nCheck out their myspace page to see their really cute commercial.\n\nThis organization is saving lives, and doing a right good job of it. I'm happy to support them!\n\nBoth of my dogs were adopted from OHS, and my two chinchillas (OHS included the spay/neuter in the adoption fee!) were from OHS as well. I love my critters!

    Pros

    Great Shelter

    Cons

    hard to leave without a new furry friend

  • 6. Top Dog!

    by: kellyballance

    The Oregon Humane Society is def. one of the top animal shelters in the nation. \n\nTheir save rate is impressive, and the care that the animals receive while waiting for a home is top notch. For animals that need surgery, there is a dedicated Animal Medical Clinic that is part of the shelter. This is also a great place for veterinary students to really get some experience with the homeless animal population.\n\nOHS has some amazing programs, including Foster Care (where you will find some of the best volunteers on the planet!) and the Second Chance program. Other shelters in the state bring animals that they would otherwise not be able to save, and OHS commits to their care and finds them a home. \n\nCheck out their myspace page to see their really cute commercial.\n\nThis organization is saving lives, and doing a right good job of it. I'm happy to support them!\n

    Pros

    Great Shelter with dedicated volunteers and employees

    Cons

    It'll be hard to leave without a new furry friend!

  • 7. saving lives

    by: dharrison

    Great shelter that saves many lives.

    Pros

    great service

    Cons

    far from home

  • 8. Nice Shelter

    by: rsperlin

    My biggest peeve with the Oregon Humane Society is that when you go in to see the cats, you can't interact with them unless you are interested in adopting. You can't just go in and hold the cats. I prefer the Cat Adoption Team, where you can hold any cat anytime. Overall, though, I appreciate the job OHS is doing. Their facility is clean, and obviously they take good care of the animals in their care.

    Pros

    lots of animals, got my cat there

    Cons

    can't interact with animals unless you want to adopt

  • 9. Good shelter

    by: DougMSmith

    They do the best they can with the resources available. They try to keep the number of euthanized animals down by working with other local shelters.

    Pros

    Save quite a few animals

    Cons

    Euthanize some aminals

  • 10. Amazing animals!

    by: akincaidsweetie86

    This is where we got our cat.. she was a kitten. Great animal! she is completely indoors and NEVER wants to try to go outside!! we wouldn't have been able to have her be an indoor cat if it wasn't for them!\ni love how they have a "greeting" room.. where you get to sit and play with the animal to see if it's a good match! we had 2 cats on the room and she is the one we chose because of how she decided we were here!\nher name was "dolly" but we changed it!

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming

    Cons

    none

  • 11. Great organization

    by: kcovey26

    137 years of helping Portland's other homeless. Congratulations on your success and on adding the veterinary clinic - finally OHS is a complete full service shelter.

    Pros

    Lovely shelter and new vet clinic

    Cons

    not sure

  • 12. Doing better

    by: kathearn

    This is the largest rescue organization in Oregon with lots of donors & funds. They just recently opened a teaching vet hospital.

    Pros

    large selection

    Cons

    can do better

  • 13. Great Shelter

    by: Stu21b

    This is a good shelter with excellent veterinary facilities. They've saved countless lives.

    Pros

    Good clean shelter

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  • 14. Wonderful Job!

    by: theresavincent

    They have a wonderful love of animals. it's to bad that they can't take all animals that are in need of a home.

    Pros

    Wonderful love of cats amd dogs.

    Cons

    Need to expand.

  • 15. Over 100yrs young

    by: brownjudy

    OHS has saved countless lives.\n\nTheir shelter and new hospital/vet training are state of the art.\n\nYou'd be hard pressed to find a shelter of its size as awesome.

    Pros

    Saves lives

    Cons

    Need more like them

  • 16. Pretty good

    by: mlpritchard

    This is a great place except when you need to get rid of an animal fast. I found a stray and couldn't keep it, but they wouldn't take it because you need to have an appointment and there were already 50 other cats ahead of me. What are you supposed to do with the poor thing? Let it starve back on the streets?

    Pros

    They're nice people

    Cons

    You have to make an appointment

  • 17. Beautiful place

    by: Kittydreamer

    From the moment you park in their well-kept lot you know you're in a classy place. \r\n\r\nThe cattery is spotless as is the rest of the place. Each cat is given it's own space but they do have several multicat room, including a kitten room. Warning signs tell you things like "don't stick your fingers in my cage", which is nice to know when you're there with small children. \r\n\r\nI don't venture into the dog area as I'm very allergic to dogs but my husband tells me it's very nice and also clean.\r\n\r\nI love their small animal area, wish it was bigger but at least the unwanted bunnies and birds do have a place there and that's good to see.\r\n\r\nAdoption is easy, you can download their form on line and get it filled out before you go there, which is a huge plus; no sitting around trying to fill out a long form while trying to look for a pet. Once you find the pet you are interested in, simply flag down a worker and they'll get you set up in a private room so you can get to know your animal better. \r\n\r\nOver all, OHS is a great place to shop for a gift or for your own pet in their in-house store. The one complaint I have is that it can get very crowded on the weekend and it can take a while to get your paperwork pushed through so you can take your new friend home.\r\n\r\nTheir in-take staff are curtious and non-judgemental. They take care of your animal quicky and gently. They understand that it's very hard to bring in an animal and they do their best to make sure it's done with as little pain for you and the animal.\r\n\r\nI've adopted two cats from OHS and have really good luck with both animals. Over all, an awesome place to adopt a new friend.

    Pros

    clean, all sorts of animals up for adoption, in house programs

    Cons

    not in the greatest of neighborhoods, long wait to process paperwork

  • 18. Still needs improvement

    by: kathearn

    I adopted my sweet little girl from them almost 9 years ago. I am eternally grateful they were there for her when her person died. However.......\r\n\r\nUntil recently they did not alter their animals before adoption or handle medical issues. Even though they have a veterinary staff on now, they still don't do all the vetting necessary (vaccinations, testing, etc.) that smaller less funded rescues do in the area. They have recently built a new teaching hospital with a lot of money. Pay their executive director & her husband a huge amount of money (more than Michael Mountain from Best Friends) which I have to wonder if it wouldn't be better spent on care for the animals.\r\n\r\nThey are the largest rescue organization in the Portland (possibly the state of Oregon) area with the most amount of revenue, but still have a long way to go in giving the best care to the animals they are responsible for.

    Pros

    reduced euthanasia of adoptable animals

    Cons

    has a long way to go yet

  • 19. great shelter

    by: thisisjcdesign

    As shelters go, OHS is really an excellent one. It's modern, clean, nice to visit and seems to take really good care of it's animals. I've adopted a cat and a dog from them and both were healthy and are still happy. Adopting from shelters that euthanize is important, so they don't kill the animals, but I wish all shelters could be NO KILL.

    Pros

    Modern, clean shelter with caring staff, take good care of animals

    Cons

    not a NO KILL shelter

  • 20. They do a lot of good work

    by: danielai

    I have visited OHS several times and really liked it. Their new facility is quite impressive. They have a good number of cats and dogs available, and all of them seem fairly happy for being in a shelter environment. They have a ton of volunteers and outreach programs. I like that they are so involved in getting the word out to the community.

    Pros

    Many good programs, variety of species available

    Cons

    A little unclear on relinquishment/euthanasia policies

  • 21. Great place

    by: maszoo

    Here is another great shelter. They have a wonderful crew of dedicated people. The have also put together an Animal Medical and Learning Center.

    Pros

    great place

    Cons

    none