The shelter software system requires that we choose a predominant breed or breed mix for our dogs. Visual breed identification in dogs is known to be unreliable, so for most of our dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We encourage you to select your new companion by considering each dog’s individual personality and pet qualities instead of relying on a breed label that is only a guess and may have no bearing on the dog’s behaviors.
Thank you for your interest in our dogs! We will reply to your specific questions as soon as possible. If you are very interested in a particular dog, we encourage you to visit the shelter to meet them and submit an application; we may not have time to answer your questions timely enough, and the dog you're interested in could be adopted by someone in the interim. We accept multiple applications on every dog, and then determine the best fit for each dog. We have a mandatory 24 hour wait period between applying and picking up your new dog.
You can also see our adoptable dogs at: http://www.clackamas.us/k9man/adoptpet.jsp
If you have a dog at home and want to know whether a particular dog "gets along" with other dogs, unless a dog's description says otherwise, we have not seen any concerning behaviors. However, just as all people don't get along or enjoy each others company, not all dogs do either - even social dogs. The best thing to do is to plan on bringing your dog(s) in for a meet & greet; staff will assist you with this process.
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. If a particular dog has displayed high prey drive, we will recommend it not live with cats. Even if we see no signs of high prey drive in a dog, 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. A very slow, uneventful introduction over a long period of time is the best way to ensure long term success.
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.
If you plan on running with your new dog, please remember that in puppies, joints and connective tissue is still developing and very susceptible to permanent injury until growth completely stops at the approximate age of 24 months. While short training sessions can be beneficial, extended runs on a dog under 2 can cause physical damage. For adult dogs, please follow the same gradual conditioning program that you would for any new runner.
If you are out of the area, we are unfortunately unable to ship dogs; if you apply online so that your application is pre-approved, you can plan a trip to us to pick up your new dog!
You may also submit an application online at:
Adoption fees are as follows:
Adoption application fee: $10 (applied toward adoption fee if you adopt from Dog Services, and good for one year)
For a dog six years of age or older: $86
For a dog under six years of age: $126
Included with the cost of adoption, all adopting families receive:
We provide shelter, medical care, and support to dogs in need. Some of what the Center offers our community are:
We are a founding partner of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, a group dedicated ending the euthanasia of social, healthy, and treatable dogs and cats in our local shelters by collaborating on spay/neuter programs, educational and outreach efforts, and the promotion of humane alternatives for feral cats.
We have a consistent save rate of 85-90%, which couldn't be done without the hard work of a lot of dedicated volunteers (see www.clackamasdogs.org for more info on volunteering).
Wondering how you can help us continue to save more lives?
If you can't adopt - foster...
If you can't foster - sponsor...
If you can't sponsor - volunteer...
If you can't volunteer - donate...
If you can't donate - educate, network, and cross-post...
Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life...
Clackamas Dog Adoption & Education Center;
13141 SE Highway 212
Clackamas, OR 97015
Adoption Viewing Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.