General Adoption Information

We have some truly awesome dogs! See our adoptable dogs!

Adoption viewing hours
Tuesday - Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Adoption application
For more information on the adoption process call 503-655-8628.

We cannot place dogs on hold. If you are interested in a particular dog, we encourage you to visit the shelter to meet the dog and submit an application. Please be aware someone else could adopt the dog in the interim. We accept multiple applications for every dog and place dogs with the first suitable adopter. Our adoption desk is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we are unable to approve applications submitted during that time until the following Wednesday.

Waiting period
There is a minimum 24 hour waiting period between applying for adoption and picking up your new pet; if you have a pre-approved application, the waiting period is not applicable.

If you have a cat or cats at home, remember that bringing a strange dog into a house with a strange cat (your new dog does not know or have a relationship with your cat yet) always carries inherent risks. Even if we have not seen a dog to have high prey drive, it can be an entirely different matter in a different environment (your home), with a different cat, and the added stress to the dog of another change in environment. Please follow our introduction recommendations to the letter to avoid problems.

As far as house training, we have no history on most of our dogs. Please do not assume they will be trustworthy in the house-training department, even if they are adults. Even a previously known-to-be-house-trained dog can often have accidents when re-homed. Moving to another new place is very stressful for a dog (they don't know they're "home", they just know things have changed - again).It can take them a while to learn your routine, what you expect, how to ask to go out, etc, etc. Plan on setting your new dog up for success with a house-training routine, just like if they were a puppy. A strict feeding schedule along with regular outside potty breaks where you go with them to reward their going outside is the best plan of action. It is easy to relax it as the dog shows you they understand, but giving a new dog free run of the house too soon can be inviting accidents. We will supply you with complete housetraining instructions to get you both started on the right path.

Adoption fees

Application fee
(applied to adoption fee if you adopt from Dog Services within one year)
Basic fees: under 6 years $126
Basic fees: over 6 years $86

Included with the cost of adoption, all adopting families receive:

  • spay/neuter
  • vaccinations (DHPP, Bordatella)
  • a list of veterinarians who offer an initial free health screening
  • a goodie bag filled with product samples
  • dollar-off coupons for food and pet-related services at local establishments
  • helpful information and literature on feeding, training and care of their new family member

Note on licensing

If owners live outside of Clackamas County or within the city limits of Lake Oswego or Happy Valley, they will have to license their dog in their area. Check with your city or county about licensing requirements. We insist that all dogs leaving our shelter and those who live within our licensing area, must be licensed prior to leaving the shelter.


Our shelter does not accept cats. Cat Resources

Return policy

We recognize that in spite of everyone's best efforts, there will be times when a dog will simply not be the right fit at home.  Adoption returns may be made up to 90 days after adoption for a full refund.  We will happily work with you to find the dog that is just the right fit for your home.