Marion County Dog Services
Dog Services will be closed to the public on Saturday, July 4th, in observance of the holiday and will re-open to the public on Monday, July 6th, at 12:00 PM.
Effective Monday, June 15, 2020, our lobby is open to the public for purchasing dog licenses ONLY. All other services such as Adoptions and assistance with Lost and Found Dogs will remain by appointment only.
New Shelter Hours Due to COVID-19:
Mon - Fri: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed - no appointments
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Important Phone numbers to call:
Enforcement - 503-566-6988
Licensing and all other questions - 503-566-6966
Adoptions - By Appointment Only
If you are interested in adopting, please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For best results, download the fillable Adoption Questionnaire before completing it.
Dog Services Manager - Ann Potter (503) 588-5233
Marion County Dog Services operates Marion County's dog shelter located in Salem with the mission of serving and protecting dogs and communities throughout Marion County. The staff members are tasked with enforcing Marion County dog licensing and control ordinances; promoting humane treatment of dogs; providing shelter and care for stray dogs until they are reunited with their families or adopted; educating residents on quality dog care; and providing excellent customer service.
Recently, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed a bill that also requires Dog Services to register all animal rescues (not just dogs) that have legal custody of ten or more animals in a year and accept donations of any type. Registrations are handled at Dog Services and staff members are educating community rescue organizations about this new requirement and are prepared to assist qualifying animal rescues to be in compliance.
The work of Marion County Dog Services would not be possible without the several volunteers that assist the shelter in caring for the dogs or the numerous donations received. If you would like to license your dog or rescue entity,
adopt a dog,
provide donations to assist us in the care of the dogs that come to the shelter, please contact us at (503) 588-5233 or send an email to
The Marion County Dog Shelter is now EarthWISE certified. This designation is given to organizations who commit to observe environmentally-friendly practices in their facilities. Now we're dog AND Earth-friendly!