Animal Shelter

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Animal Shelter Logo (PDF)The Salem Animal Shelter has been caring for and finding homes for the City of Salem's homeless dogs and cats for over 30 years. In August of 2001, we also became the contract housing facility for Craig County's homeless animals. We work hard to put good animals in good homes as well as protect every member of our community. Thanks to a wonderful staff, a strong positive relationship with Animal Control, and support from our city administration and community we are able to do the following and more:

  • Help reduce the overpopulation of homeless animals through spay/neuter programs
  • Rescue abused and neglected animals and teach responsible pet care
  • Educate youth and adults on the value of all life and how to be kind and responsible with animals both offsite in classrooms and on tours of the shelter
  • Place good animals in new loving homes
  • Help injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife

On August 20, 2001, we opened a state-of-the-art Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. Prior to this facility we operated in a building that was only 3,823 square feet with a total of only 4 rooms for animals. Our current building is 11,683 square feet and includes the following:

  • 4 dog holding areas, including an isolation area
  • 1 puppy room
  • 4 cat holding areas, including an isolation area
  • 2 acquaintance rooms
  • Food preparation room
  • Examining/grooming room
  • Food storage room
  • Secure garage area
  • Euthanasia room
  • Classroom/alternate 911 center
  • 6 offices
  • State-of-the-art design to facilitate the cleaning and disinfecting of the building
  • Air handling system that can exchange the air up to 11 times per hour in each animal housing area
  • Two secure exercise lots