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Oregon Humane Society

  • Portland, OR

Our Story

OHS is the largest humane society in the Northwest, and adopts more animals from our Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast. OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter—a pet stays available for adoption for as long as needed to find a loving home. If a pet in our care needs medical attention, our veterinary hospital provides the pet with the same level of care you would want your own pet to receive.

We find homes for more than 11,000 pets each year. OHS Humane Officers rescue neglected and abused animals, investigating approximately 1,000 cases annually. The OHS medical team provides free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for thousands of pets owned by low-income families. Our educators reach more than 14,000 youths and 2,500 adults annually through humane education programs. And the OHS Second Chance program brings more than 6,000 pets annually to OHS from other shelters around the region.

In the state capitol, OHS is the driving force behind efforts to improve laws that protect animals and punish offenders.

Our mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals through education, legislation and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.

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That’s the best part—getting to know new arrivals, seeing them settle in, and knowing their next stop is a new home.

- Jamie , OHS Volunteer

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