Who We Are

The Humane Society of Cowlitz County is a non-profit agency governed by a board of directors, who are themselves volunteers. The Humane Society is not funded by a municipal agency but does contract with the City of Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock, Woodland, as well as Cowlitz County for Animal Control.  The Humane Society is an open admission shelter – taking in both stray and owner-released animals of all kinds, including dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and other common domestic pets.

Founded in 1973, the Humane Society has a long tradition of caring for the animals of Cowlitz County. By working in collaboration with nearby shelters, local veterinarians, animal rescue groups and compassionate members of the community, the Humane Society is dedicated to seeking loving, forever homes for hundreds of homeless, neglected and abused animals every year.  Through the work of around 20 full and part-time staff, along with the assistance of compassionate volunteers, the Humane Society offers an array of services to our community, including animal receiving and sheltering, pet adoptions, cat spay neuter assistance, community education and outreach.

Through the generous support from our community members and local partners, the Humane Society works to provide quality services for our community while working to decrease euthanasia rates, increase awareness, and promote responsible pet ownership.


Our Mission

We are committed to improving animal welfare by eliminating cruelty and pet overpopulation through education, law enforcement, providing shelter, promoting lifetime adoptions and spay & neuter programs.


Our Vision

We look forward to a community where:

  • All animals are treated with respect and compassion
  • All companion animals have a home or caregiver
  • Community education and outreach
  • HSCC is recognized as a leading authority and advocate for companion (family) animal care and on pet adoptions