Lost a Pet

View Stray Dogs and Cats in Custody at WHS

Lost Your Dog in Marion County?

If you lost your dog IN MARION COUNTY, go to Marion County Dog Shelter, located at 3550 Aumsville Hwy in Salem. Check their website for hours and information or call them at (503) 566-6966. Willamette Humane Society does not hold lost dogs for Marion County.

Lost Your Dog in Polk County?

If you lost a dog IN POLK COUNTY, they may be found at Willamette Humane Society. A member of the public may have brought your dog to WHS for holding. Come to WHS to look for your dog or to file a lost pet report.

Polk County Dog Control may have brought your dog to Hopes Haven.  Call 503-363-8138 or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see if your dog is there.

When stray dogs are brought to our facility, they are sheltered for three to five days while we try to locate their owner. If the animal is not claimed, he/she will be evaluated for adoption.

If you locate your dog at WHS, you will be assessed Dog Control fees as set by your county of residence.

Lost Your Cat in Marion or Polk County?

If you lost a cat in Marion or Polk County, Willamette Humane Society is your resource. Sadly, only 2-3 percent of stray cats are reclaimed by their owners. This prompted us to take a position that puts lost and unclaimed cats on a fast track to a new home. We give pet owners 24 hours to claim a lost cat before making the cat available to potential adopters. Our stray cats are housed in the adoption room and available for view and visiting from the first day of their arrival. We encourage you to come to the shelter immediately on our open days to check for your lost cat. (We open at 12 pm, Thursday through Monday. The shelter is closed Tuesday & Wednesday). If you locate your cat at WHS, you will be assessed boarding fees upon his/her return.

What You Can Do to Find Your Lost Pet:

Visit the Willamette Humane Society shelter immediately to file a “Lost Animal” report. (Sorry, we cannot take reports over the phone.) It is extremely important to file a report in person ASAP, as stray animals are sheltered for three to five days, while we try to locate their owner. If the animal is not claimed, he/she will be evaluated for adoption.

  • Bring in a recent photo of the missing animal, if possible.
  • Visit the shelter every 2-3 days to view the animals in stray holding.

Don’t see your pet? Here are some other ideas to help locate your lost pet:

  • Go door to door in your neighborhood.
  • Call local veterinarians.
  • Post flyers in your neighborhood, at pet supply stores, in local veterinary clinics, and on any local bulletin boards at stores, schools, etc.
  • Check the Lost & Found Pets of Salem Facebook Page to report your pet lost, or look for postings about your pet
  • Check the classified ads in the Statesman Journal and/or other local paper.
  • Place a “Lost” classified ad in the Statesman Journal and/or other local paper.
  • Post free listings on pets911.com, http://www.petfinder.org and http://www.missingpet.net.
  • You can also visit the Missing Pet Partnership website for more tips on how to locate a lost pet.

To learn more, visit:

Marion County Dog Control
Polk County Dog Control

Important phone numbers

Marion County Dog Control   503-588-5366
Polk County Sheriff’s Office   503-623-9251
Monmouth Dog Control   503-838-0722
Stayton Police Department   503-769-3421
Woodburn Dog Control   503-982-5243

A note about stray holding time

Typically, dogs remain in stray holding for three (without identification) to five days (with id), giving their owner time to claim them. Cats usually remain in stray holding for 24 hours. From there, the animal is evaluated for adoption by our exam staff. If the animal meets temperament and behavior standards, the animal will be moved to our Adoption kennels.

If an animal has been in stray holding for more than five days, most likely the animal is waiting to be picked-up by a rescue organization or transferred to another animal shelter. Until an animal is moved to the adoption kennels, adoption staff will not be able to provide additional information to the public.

If you have questions about Lost & Found, call the customer service department at (503) 585-5900, ext. 300, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Shelter hours are: Monday, Thursday & Friday, noon to 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday, noon to 6 pm. Our shelter is closed to the public on Tuesday & Wednesday.