Our Shelter

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We gratefully acknowledge our building donors whose contributions made this facility possible:

Lola Anderson Memorial Fund               Micki & Mel Gordon                           Sharon & Bob Lewis
Holly H. Bard                                          Dr. Elizabeth Grauer                         Lisa Lowe & Ernie Nicholson
Holly H. Bard Fund                                 Dr. & Mrs. Donald Fuesler                Dr. Bonny Lund
   at the Community Foundation              HSSW Employees                            Margulis Jewelers
   for Southwest Washington                Estate of Lois Hallingstad                 Mert & Carolyn Meeker
Bank of America                                    Dick Hannah Dealerships                 Metro Metals Northwest. Inc.
Bank of Clark County                             Frederic & Janice Helm                    Sandi & Ralph Miller
Alan G. Brown                                      Henry Lea Hillman, Jr.                       Patricia & David Nierenberg
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation                 Foundation                                    Steve & Jan Oliva
Edward Cauduro                                   Cassy & Ward Holcomb                   Carole & Joel Olson
Edward Cauduro Fund                          Errett & Lesley Hummel                    Matt & Tina Olson
   of the Oregon Community                   Investment Development                  Gary & Dana Ostenson
   Foundation                                             Management, LLC                         Teresa Pauletto
Arlene & Cal Clark                                 Clinton & Gloria John Family             Ron & Terry Prill
Columbia Vista Corporation                   Gloria E. John                                   Realvest Asset Management, LLC
Community Foundation for                     Kaso Plastics                                   St. Lauren Family Foundation
   Southwest Washington                      Elaine & George Killian                     D. Jean Shaw
John & Bonnie Crawford                       Killian Pacific                                    Paul B. & Deborah D. Speer
Dr. Kimberly Dauphin                              Heather & Ronald Killough               Swigert Foundation
Wayne & Kay DeWitt                             Al & Sandee Kirkwood                     Dorn Swigert
Michael & Pat Del Castello                     Gred Kubicek & Betsy Cramer         William G. Swigert
Leslie B. Durst                                       Tom & Judy Laronge                        Talbot Construction, Inc.
The Renee, Rebecca and Richard         Ethel K. Lehman Fund                     John & Lois Tennant
   Elmen Foundation                                Lematta Foundation                        Al & Ladda Toelkes
First Independent                                   Wes & Nancy Lematta                    Stacey & Jeff Waddell
Jeff & Liz Firstenburg                            Donald & Jean Lewis Fund             Marci & Dave Harold Walsh
Geffen Mesher & Company, PC                at the Community                          Geraldine & Harold Westby
Pamela Goe                                               Foundation for Southwest           Karen & Duane Wilson

About Our Facility

  • Built in 2009
  • The shelter is 30,000 sq. ft., three-times the square footage of our previous shelter which was built in the 1950s.
  • The shelter has the capacity to hold twice as many dogs, and 3 times as many cats as the previous shelter.
  • Overall concepts that were considered in the design of the building:
    • plenty of natural light, and the ability to access fresh air
    • all animal holding rooms have a skylight
    • flexible use rooms
    • public and staff work areas are kept separate
    • storage space for supplies and equipment is plentiful
  • HVAC system provides 10-12 fresh air exchanges every hour.  No air travels from one animal room to another, in order to prevent airborne disease.
  • Laundry rooms and prep rooms are separated to prevent the spread of disease.
  • There are two public entrances. The front lobby is for adoptions and general entry, and the south entrance is for Animal Intake/Receiving and Lost & Found.  
  • The entire west end of the property is enclosed by fencing. This prevents loose dogs from escaping and running into the street.
  • The Humane Society receives approximately 10,000 animals each year.  We are the largest capacity shelter in the Portland Metro area, and the only shelter that takes in both stray and owned animals without a waiting list.[/collapsed]

Front Lobby

  • The retail store is stocked with high quality pet food, affordable flea treatments, basic pet supplies and more.
  • The front desk doubles as an adoption processing area and a general information desk.[/collapsed]

Cattery (Adoptable Cats)

  • The Cattery was designed with a public viewing side, and an interior staff/volunteer work area. This allows for ease of feeding, care and cleaning.
  • The Cattery design also functions as part of the HVAC system.  Air flows through the cat cages and is exhausted through the ceiling.  This way, air does not move from one cage to the next – greatly reducing airborne disease.
  • There are four cat colony rooms.  These will be used as “group housing” for long-term cats and kittens.  
  • There are 78 cat cages for adoptions.  The previous shelter had space for just 36 adoptable cats.
  • There is a row of double-wide cages for larger cats or bonded pairs.  Some cages are closed to public viewing, for cats that are sick, frightened, or just need a “day off”.
  • There are operable skylights and operable windows in the cattery to allow for fresh air and sunlight.
  • There are four Socialization (Get Acquainted) Rooms for potential adopters to bond with the animals before adoption.

Dog Adoption Pods

  • There are two Adoption Pods for dogs and puppies, for a total of 56 dogs.  The Green Pod holds 28 dogs, and the Orange Pod holds 28 dogs.  Puppy/small dog kennels are located at the north end.  The previous shelter had capacity for just 24 adoptable dogs.
  • The Blue Pod is a “flexible use” pod.  It is used for dogs that are not quite ready for adoption; dogs that are waiting for rescue; and dogs that may need to be held for long-term court cases.  The Blue Pod can also be used as an adoption pod for special events or overflow.
  • The dog kennels are designed with a public viewing side, and an interior staff work area.  This allows for ease of cleaning and feeding.
  • Dog kennels have an epoxy floor finish, designed to withstand destruction by dog claws, water and cleaning products.  The kennel walls are concrete with an epoxy paint coating.  Trench drains accommodate liquid run-off.  Each dog pod has a “floor flush” for easy disposal of solid waste.
  • There are five Socialization (Get Acquainted) Rooms to bond with the animals before adoption.
  • There are six outdoor dog runs to provide a space for fresh air, exercise, dog-to-dog socializations and doggie play groups.
  • There is a grooming tub for bathing dogs who arrive at the shelter covered in dirt, mud, insects, etc.

Animal Receiving and Lost & Found

  • Pet owners are escorted to the stray holding rooms to look for their lost animals.  
  • The dog scale is embedded in the floor so that dogs do not become frightened by stepping up on a wobbly scale.  All dogs are weighed upon intake.
  • There is a dog holding room to house incoming dogs from Animal Control.
  • All animals go through cat or dog “triage” to determine their health and disposition.  All animals are vaccinated for basic diseases, de-wormed, and examined for medical concerns before entering a holding kennel.  
  • There are two Stray Dog Pods that hold 24 dogs each (total of 48). The previous shelter had capacity for a total of 24 stray dogs.
  • There are four isolation/quarantine rooms for dogs.  These are used for dogs with kennel cough, dogs on bite quarantine, or dogs that need a quiet space separate from the main population.
  • Stray animals and owner-surrendered animals are housed in separate rooms.  This helps prevent disease spread from unknown sources.
  • There are three Stray Cat rooms.  Each room has 51 cages, for a total of 153.  The old shelter had only 54 stray cages.
  • There is a separate room to house kittens, and a Cat Isolation room with 51 cages.  The previous shelter had only 12. This gives us significantly more room to house sick cats, and helps reduce the number of cats euthanized for illness.[/collapsed]


  • There are three prep tables and two surgery tables.  All tables have access to oxygen and anesthesia, to accommodate high-volume spay/neuter surgeries.
  • There is a locked pharmacy designed to safely hold medications for shelter animals and surgical supplies.
  • There are three recovery rooms to house animals post-surgery.
  • There is an examination room for both shelter and foster animals.  This is located off of the Receiving lobby, for easy access by Foster parents.[/collapsed]

Education Room

  • This room allows us to hold Animal Training classes and other community events, including summer camp and monthly youth education programs.  
  • There is an outside entrance to allow for meetings and functions in this room during times when the shelter is closed.[/collapsed]