2021 Claws for Paws

This year we will be holding our annual Claws for Paws event online! The auction will be open to the community and we couldn’t be more excited! Please take a look at our auction preview! Bidding starts on February 8th!

Click here to learn more!


Rabies Vaccine Clinic

On December 29, 2020, we are offering a Low Income Rabies Vaccine clinic. If you are interested in bringing your cat or dog, please fill out the form and bring it with your proof of low income. The Clinic will be from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. It will be first come, first served. Wait time will be dependent upon attendance. We will take you in order of arrival. Please come to the front left entrance to check in, and someone will come get you from your car when it is your turn. If you have prior proof of rabies, bring it with you. The price for the Rabies vaccine is $15. Rabies is required for all cats, dogs, and ferrets in the State of Washington. Please have this form filled out when you come. rabies vaccine request form

Subaru Loves Pets Event!

Dick Hannah Subaru will be donating $100 for each dog that is adopted during the month of October! If you do not find a perfect match at our shelter please check out our partners Southwest Humane and West Columbia Gorge Humane Society!



4th of July Pet Safety Tips!


More pets get lost on the July 4th than any other day of the year! Here are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States to help keep your pets safe:


– Keep your pets safely away from fireworks. Bring your pets indoors preferably with the TV or radio on to help with the noise of fireworks.


– If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help. There are medications and techniques that can help your pets through this stressful time for them.


– Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag. In the event that your pet does go missing identification will help reunite them faster. Microchips are also a great form of identification!


-If you lose or find a pet please contact the shelter as soon as possible! We may have a report for the lost or found pet and will assist you and reuniting pets with their families!

COVID-19 Update 4/29/2020

Hello Cowlitz County! Although the National Animal Care and Control agencies are still requesting that we restrict services in animal control, we have decided to implement limited contact services for the time being to allow us to better serve our communities. These regulations may change based on the Governor’s recommendations, our discussions with city officials, and our officer’s safety.

As of May 4th, we will be returning to normal (limited contact) activities within animal control. Animal Control Officers will be practicing social distancing guidelines, and wearing PPE as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary exposure.
This includes:
Responding to calls regarding healthy, stray animals.
The public may bring stray animals to the shelter during our normal business hours. We ask that if you come to the shelter with a stray animal, to call us first so we may still follow social distancing guidelines.
You may be asked to wait outside, or in your vehicle until we are ready for you, as we have been serving one client / family at a time.
Barking/nuisance complaints have a new set of guidelines for our response. You will be e-mailed, or mailed a copy of a bark log if necessary for proper documentation if the nuisance continues after initial contact by Animal Control.

Shelter services:
We will take owner releases, by appointment only at this time. Please be aware, if this is a true emergency, we may be able to fit you in same day. Otherwise, you may be booked out for a while based on availability. There is a fee for owner released animals of $30 for appointment and $50 for an emergency same-day appointment.

At this time, we will still not allow public visitors to the shelter to reduce potential spread of the virus. We appreciate all of your support during this uncertain time.

If you have questions, please call us at 360-577-0151.

Update on COVID-19 3/24/2020

Hello community members! As many of you know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. With heavy hearts, we have had to make drastic changes within our shelter to continue caring for the animals we all love and keep our community safe. Please see our changes listed below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us! Our phone lines will remain open during this time. 360-577-0151.
Currently allowed:
Redemptions (must call first to come in, our lobby doors will be locked).
Stray drop off
Animal control will operate on a limited basis. Meaning they will only be responding to emergency calls which will include aggressive animals, bite reports, law enforcement assistance, and neglect/cruelty cases.
Food pick up if a family is in need
Humane Euthanasia
Donations (Please call first or you can knock on lobby door but keep items outside and we can come get them)
Fosters or fostering to adopt (fostering to adopt will be extended from the normal 7 day period to 14 days).
Discontinued for the next 14 days:
Adoptions (We will be keeping already scheduled appointments, please call us to make sure you already have this scheduled).
Owner released animals (TRUE emergencies are allowed, but please remember, companion pets do NOT spread COVID-19, and this is not a reason we will accept for owner released animals).
No stray pick up of healthy animals at this time, and no responding to barking/nuisance complaints. If you have found a stray animal, you may bring it to our shelter. Please call first.
No public visitors (just to visit is not allowed at this time).
Please remember, our shelter workers and animal control officers are working on keeping the public safe, and are also running low on masks, gloves, and safety glasses. We can always use donations of these items, and food/enrichment items/toys to help care for the animals! We will continue taking donations in any form (monetary, in-kind, etc). as this is how we care for the animals we love!
Fostering a pet is a great way to get through this quarantine period, please contact us if you are interested in this.
Remember to stay safe, stay inside, and wash your hands. Thank you for your continued support of our animals and staff.

COVID-19 Update

To keep our volunteers, staff, and the public safe and to limit exposure and spread, we ask that if you are interested in adopting an animal to please send your application via our website to frontdesk@cowlitzhumane.com. You may still come to the shelter to adopt, fill out applications, and complete meet and greets.

If you are wanting to come visit the animals, we ask that you please postpone any shelter visits to limit your exposure, as well as others exposure. We will continue to update you on when it is safe to come visit the animals again.

Events: We will be postponing all events for the next 8 weeks. Our Wilco adoption event for this month has been cancelled until our next quarterly one in June. Yappy Hour at Petco has been cancelled this month, until we have further information.

Animal Control: We will continue Animal Control services as normal until otherwise decided by our officials. We will keep you up to date on these items.

For owner released animals: Please call to schedule an appointment for ALL owner released animals. If there is an emergency please call us immediately at 360-577-0151 to discuss relinquishment.

For stray animals found: Please call us as soon as possible, and bring in the animal during our normal business hours.

We want our community to continue helping each other in any way possible. If you are a low-income household within Cowlitz County, and in need of emergency pet food, please call us or come in and we can provide some for your pets. Please note: we are on limited supplies, but we will try to help in any way possible.

Being prepared will help you and your furry family members stay ahead of any unexpected situations. Please note the following emergency preparedness steps to implement in your home:

People should identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.

Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.

Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.

Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.

Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip (best practice is microchipping).

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Feline in Love Event

Stop by Bud Clary Subaru from 11am-2pm on February 15th for the Feline in Love adoption event! Bud Clary Subaru will be sponsoring the adoption fees of all the cats at the event!