How to Adopt

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Why Should I adopt a pet from Clackamas County’s Education and Adoption Center?

Deciding to bring dog into your life is a big decision, and if you are part of a family, it involves everyone agreeing they are going to help love and care for the newest member of the family.  We believe that adopting from a shelter or a rescue is the best way to bring a new pet into your home.

First, you will know that you are saving a life.  By adopting from a shelter,  or a rescue group, you’ll help save the lives of two animals — the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere that can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

Second, our shelter is filled with happy, healthy dogs just waiting for someone to take them home.  Our vet examines and gives vaccinations to dogs when they arrive, and spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, we also screen dogs for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

Third,  adopting from an animal shelter is less expensive than buying a pet or even getting one free thanks to the services provided by the shelter or rescue group.


Fourth, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores which can put profit above the welfare of dogs.  Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.  Then, after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded — either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting puppy mills with your money.

Finally, dogs have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States

How Can I Adopt a Dog?

43088-5One of the best ways to start on your way toward adopting a dog is to visit us.  Clackamas County Dog Services Education and Adoption Center is located at 13141 SE Highway 212, Clackamas, OR 97015.  Adoption viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30am-4:30pm, and staff and volunteers are on hand to help you meet a dog outside its kennel if you want to do a meet and greet.  For more information, please call 503-655-8628.

You can also learn more about adoption, and see current dogs online at:

Basic adoption fees are $126 for dogs under six years old, and $86 for dogs older than six.

We will help you learn more about breeds, and making the right match for you and your family. If you have a landlord, we will need to verify with the landlord that you are allowed to have a pet.  We care most about making sure that our stray dogs’ next home is a permanent one.


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