Found A Pet (Or Other Animal)

Dogs

If you find a stray dog in Marion County, you must bring it to the Marion County Dog Shelter, located at 3550 Aumsville Hwy SE or submit a report on their website. Their phone number is (503) 588-5233.

If you find a stray dog in Polk County, you may bring it to Willamette Humane Society. Please call us at (503) 585-5900, ext. 300, to arrange a time to bring the dog in, or come to the shelter during our walk-in time at 3 pm (Thursday through Monday. The shelter is closed Tuesday & Wednesday; we cannot accept animals on closed days).

We will scan the dog for a microchip and hold it for 3-5 days to give owners the opportunity to claim their pet. We will ask you to fill out a brief personality profile to provide us with any details you observed while the dog was in your care. If the dog is not claimed by its owners, it will be evaluated for adoption. Since we depend on donations to serve our community, we ask for a suggested donation of $10 to bring in a stray dog.

Cats

If you find a stray cat in either Marion or Polk County, you may bring it to Willamette Humane Society. Please call us at (503) 585-5900 x300 to arrange a time to bring the cat in, or come to the shelter during our walk-in time at 3 pm (Thursday through Monday. The shelter is closed Tuesday & Wednesday; we cannot accept animals on closed days).

We will scan the cat for a microchip and hold it for 1 business day to give owners the opportunity to claim their pet. We will ask you to fill out a brief personality profile to provide us with any details you observed while the cat was in your care. If the cat is not claimed by its owners, it will be evaluated for adoption. Since we depend on donations to serve our community, we ask for a suggested donation of $10 to bring in a stray cat. 

You may also choose to hold the animal at your home while waiting for the owners. If you choose to do this, please bring the animal into WHS so we can scan it for a chip and get a detailed description, along with your contact information. We will keep this report on file for 30 days. 

Feral Cats

WHS is not able to provide any kind of trapping service for feral cats, although our Spay & Neuter Clinic lends live-release traps. You may trap and bring in a feral cat, but please understand that feral cats cannot be accepted for our adoption program. Please call us at (503) 585-5900 for an appointment. We charge a fee of $25 to safely handle and accept a feral cat. If you need to trap a feral cat, follow these guidelines and tips for humanely trapping feral cats, compiled by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.

Traps may be rented from our Spay & Neuter Clinic (503-480-SPAY), United Rentals (503-393-1222), Capital Rentals (503-378-1122), Salem Friends of Felines (503-362-5611), or from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (503-931-2466).

Alternately, you can make an appointment to bring a feral cat to our spay & neuter clinic, where he or she will be sterilized and returned to you. The cost is $43 per cat and includes the spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, flea and ear mite treatment. See our clinic pages about spaying/neutering feral cats. You can also contact the Feral Cat Coalition for more information about caring for feral cat colonies.

Farm Animals

WHS cannot accept livestock or farm animals. If you find a stray farm animal, please contact:
Department of Agriculture (503) 986-4681
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary (503) 394-4486

Wildlife

If you find injured or orphaned wildlife, please contact:
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center: (503) 540-8664
American Wildlife Foundation: (503) 227-4036
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife: (971) 673-6000

If you have questions or concerns about the removal of wildlife from your home or property, go here for more information and to find a professional trapper or wildlife removal expert.

See this list of Frequently Asked Questions for more details about Willamette Humane’s admissions policy.

If you have additional questions about Lost & Found animals, please contact WHS (503) 585-5900, ext. 300, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).