At HSSW, we are committed to ending the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. HSSW accepts companion animals regardless of breed, health or behavior and we do not euthanize animals for space or time. Our staff and volunteers provide support, enrichment, and life-saving rehabilitation for the animals in our care.
Take a look at our annual statistics and impact reports to learn more.
The work of animal shelters in our community is changing. Increasingly, the people and pets of Southwest Washington are in need of services that extend beyond the walls of the shelter. Our Path Forward 2025 is a three-year plan to prioritize our work and achieve our vision of a community where everyone loves and cares for animals.
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 Humane Southwest Network consists of the three humane societies (Cowlitz County, West Columbia Gorge, and HSSW) that provide animal welfare services in Southwest Washington. Together, we 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.
The HSW is 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.
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.
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.