The Humane Society for Southwest Washington supports the animals and families of our community. Each year, HSSW provides thousands of pets with shelter, medical care, behavior support, and a second chance for a happy home. We also support the animals of our community with programs like CHOW pet food assistance, wellness clinics for the pets of houseless families, spay and neuter clinics, and other programs that help keep families together.

We're more than the largest Adoption Center-Shelter in Southwest Washington, we also own and operate ReTails Thrift Store - the premiere Clark County thrifting experience! We believe in second chances - not only for pets, but for gently used home goods, clothing, books and much more. Every purchase and donation supports the dogs and cats.

Our Mission

rescue • return  restore  rehome  reconnect
One animal at a time.

Our Vision

A community where everyone loves and cares for animals.

Our Values

Compassion: Always consider the best interest of the animal, while having compassion for the owner.

Collaboration: Building partnerships through collaboration, sharing knowledge and goals to expand community relationships that benefit the welfare of companion animals.

Excellence: Always seek innovative methods and opportunities. Strive to be the best at what we do.

Service: Educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the Humane Society's role in serving the community.

Integrity: Communicate openly, raise awareness, and demonstrate accountability for what we do.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

HSSW is committed to an environment that welcomes and values all people. We believe we will be more successful in achieving our mission and vision when we seek out and respond to diversity, honoring the strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our staff, volunteers, workforce partners, donors, supporters and our community.

See our full DEIA statement.


Our History

Since 1897, we've been caring for the animals of Southwest Washington and surrounding areas. By working in collaboration with local veterinarians and animal rescue groups, the Humane Society and its partners in animal welfare look forward to a future where all companion animals will live in a loving home.

Through the work of our committed staff and volunteers, HSSW offers a variety of programs including pet adoptions, community education, pet behavior advice, spay/neuter assistance, low-cost programs for qualifying families and much more.


Our Partnerships

At HSSW, we believe that the people and animals in our community benefit when animal welfare groups work together to make our region the safest for pets in our country. We're proud to be founding members of the following cooperative networks in Southwest Washington and the Portland Metro Area.

Humane Southwest Network

The three humane societies that provide animal welfare services in Southwest Washington have come together and formed a network dedicated to raising the standards of care for animals in our region. By working together we can create greater efficiencies, be more highly effective, and serve as better and stronger advocates for animals and their families.

Together, we are committed to protecting the health of shelter populations, ensuring quality shelter medical services, minimizing average length of stay, and providing assistance in the event of an emergency.

Members of the Humane Southwest Network

Humane Society of Cowlitz County
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society

Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

The greater Portland Oregon metro area served by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) spans four counties (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington in Oregon and Clark in Washington), 2 states and 3,673 square miles.

All ASAP founding organizations are committed to working together to save lives. Our projects are focused on reducing euthanasia in our shelters by decreasing the intake of animals, transferring “at risk” animals between shelters and increasing adoptions. Discover our current and future initiatives to improve the lives of animals throughout the Portland metro Area.

ASAP shelters and organizations assist a community of nearly 2.4 million people, with 10.9 percent of these living below the poverty line. It is estimated that 462,000 cats and 402,000 dogs share homes with Portlanders, with an additional estimated 100,000 free-roaming, stray, or feral cats in the community.

ASAP’s six shelters care for about 90 percent of the unwanted animals in the greater Portland metro area which amounts to around 40,000 cats and dogs annually.

UNUSED - Diane Ashton

Our Team

The staff and board of directors of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

By The Numbers & Disaster

By the Numbers

Statistics, funding, financials, and information about the life-saving programs of HSSW.

Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors and Partners

We have an amazing community of supporters. We can't do it without them.

Projects for Kids

In The News

Catch up on the latest media coverage. Our pets and people are practically celebrities!