Marion County Dog Services
Marion County Dog Services (MCDS) operates Marion County's dog shelter, which is located in Salem. Our Mission is to serve and protect dogs and communities throughout Marion County. The team at MCDS is 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.
**Thank you to everyone who visited the shelter for our adoption event on Thursday, November 30th! We hope to host similar events in the future. Please note, our kennels are closed for walk through, and all adoptions are conducted by appointment.**
We have temporarily modified our hours to allow for onboarding and training of new team members. Monday and Friday, we will be open from 12-2pm, closed from 2-3pm for lunch, and open from 3-5pm. Tuesday-Thursday, we will be open from 12-5pm. On Saturdays, the shelter will be open from 10am-4pm. Our shelter is closed on Sundays.
Dog Services Hours
Mon - Fri: Noon - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lost Dogs Accepted/Returned
Monday - Friday: Noon - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Enforcement Hours (Field Officers)
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Important Phone numbers to call
Enforcement - 503-566-6988
Dog Licensing and all other questions - 503-566-6966
Have you checked out our
Online Dog Licensing feature?
Please note: We check everyone's photo ID. Please come prepared with photo ID if you are visiting the shelter for adoption, redeeming a dog, stray dog drop-off, or to inquire about volunteering.
Interested in adopting? In order to allow our staff time to feed, clean and care for the shelter dogs, we conduct adoptions by appointment. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out the
Adoption Questionnaire and email it to
email@example.com. For best results, download the fillable Adoption Questionnaire before completing it.
Dog Services Manager - Lauren Thielke (503) 316-6655
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,
adopt a dog, volunteer, or
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
**Please Note: Marion County Dog Services does not take owner surrendered dogs.
If you wish to re-home your dog(s), please contact the Oregon Humane Society-Salem Campus at 503-585-5900.
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!