Our adoptable dogs are listed on our PetFinder list which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. We try to get our dogs up on this site as soon as they are ready to be adopted. Many people like to study this list before coming to look at dogs because it gives some good basic information about each dog. We try to keep this list updated to the minute but sometimes Pet-Finder experiences bugs in their system and the dogs are not updated as quickly as we would like. You may also like to look on our facebook page as it is updated daily with our adoptable dogs.
You can come meet our dogs 7 days a week at our facility located at 6700 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, OR 97062. Our hours do vary depending on the season but most of the year we are open Sunday and Monday 1:00 to 5:00 and Tuesday through Friday 11:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 11:00-5:00. We show our last dogs at 4:30 or 5:30 (Tues-Fri).
On Saturdays we take most of our dogs to the Tualatin PetSmart located at 7029 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin. This PetSmart is located almost directly across the street from our building so it makes viewing our dogs easy and convenient. Puppies under 5 months of age are generally in foster homes during their stay with us. This prevents them from being exposed to viruses that could stress their immune systems. Puppies are USUALLY only available to view at our building on Saturdays 11:00 to 5:00.
OUR ADOPTION PROCESS IS SIMPLE:
- You must live within a 3 ½ hour drive of the Portland area for any dog over 6 months of age. Dogs that are under 6 months of age we ask you live within 2 hours of ODR so you can return to our vet for included follow up care.
- Bring your entire family to meet your prospective new family member. We want to see how everyone interacts with the dog.
- We do not do any holds for any reason so bringing everyone in ensures a smooth adoption process.
- Bring your current spayed/neutered dog(s) with you so we can conduct a “meet and greet” to get a feeling for how the new addition will integrate into your home.
- Landlord approval is required-we accept this in writing or over the phone.
We will discuss the dog’s individual needs with you to determine if your home sounds like the right fit.
If we feel that you are a good match for the dog, you will fill out an application, you will then fill out a five page adoption contract, pay the adoption fee via cash, check or credit card, and then take your new dog home that day! Please keep in mind that the staff at Oregon Dog Rescue will make the final decision on the adoption. If we feel that the dog is not right for you, we will decline the adoption. This is ultimately for your protection and the dog’s well-being.
We highly recommend crating your dog while you are gone away from home for the safety of the dog and your possessions! We offer used and new crates for purchase anytime. Purchasing an ID tag right away is a good idea as well.
Some puppies are not spayed/neutered before adoption due to being too small or too young. In this case, the appointment is set and included in the contract. We pay for that spay/neuter so it is important to be sure it is a date that you can accommodate. In this instance, we collect a second check or visa draft of $500 which is held in the file. This check or draft will be drawn if the pup does not show up for the spay/neuter appointment. This is our “insurance policy” that you will do everything in your power to show up for that appointment. When we check with our vet and determine the dog has been spayed or neutered, we shred the check or draft.
Any adopters who are renting must contact their landlord on the phone during the interview so we can talk directly to the landlord to verify the renter may have a puppy.
WHAT YOUR ADOPTION FEE SUPPORTS
Oregon Dog Rescue is often asked what is included in our adoption fees. Because we are a young organization with a limited donor base and no government funding, we rely primarily on adoption fees to support our mission. Some of our costs are obvious, such as food for the pooches, spaying/neutering, microchips, vet visits, crates, bedding, and toys and chewies (which have to be replaced on a regular basis). We also flea-treat and worm every dog that comes into our program, unless we are aware that it has been done recently.
The cost of keeping the facility clean is substantial. The crates and areas where the dogs congregate (i.e the doggie playrooms) need to be cleaned multiple times each day, which makes our cleaning supply costs significant. Laundry detergents, cleaning sprays, and disinfectants are required. While we order from low-cost pet catalogs and shop carefully, we are always trying to increase the number of dogs for which we can find homes.
There are additional costs that are not as apparent. An extensive amount of paper and ink is necessary for our computers. The water and electric bills at the facility are considerable due to bathing, laundry (lots of towels and mats) and water for the dogs. The cost of gas and the number of miles put on our cars is substantial. We must transport dogs, pick pooches up at shelters, and run errands.