Dog licensing is handled by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Enforcement Division. Dogs residing in Columbia County must be licensed once they reach six months of age. Failure to do so could result in an owner citation, with a minimum late fee of $50 and up to a $500 fine. Licenses are valid for one year and expire on the same date as the animal's rabies vaccination expires.
License applications can be mailed to the Sheriff's Office, along with proof of rabies vaccinations and proof of spay/neuter, or you may license your dog online. To send in your application by mail, you may download the form, or pick an application up at one of these locations:
901 Port Ave. in St. Helens
Open 7 Days a week
Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Closed from 12:00 P.M until 12:30 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays only
(The office is closed on major holidays.)
2084 Oregon St. in St. Helen's
Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday and Friday are open via dispatch 503-397-1521.
The county's dog control shelter and office is located in the Holsheimer-Lamar Memorial Shelter at 2084 Oregon St. in St. Helens. The shelter is available by appointment only. To view any dog held by the county, make arrangements by calling the Animal Care Specialist at 503-366-4614 option #2. The Dog Control Officer uses social media to post photos of dogs cared for by the County.
Persons wishing to file a complaint regarding animal-related issues and cases of animal abuse or neglect should contact the Sheriff's Dispatch at 503-397-1521 to file a report. To report abuse or neglect of animals (other than dogs), contact the Oregon Humane Society at 503-285-7722, ext. 214 or complete the OHS online form.
Dog License fees provide the main support for services provided by Columbia County Animal Control. We accept donations of food, cash and other necessities for the dogs in our care. .
We are partnered with Purrs & Paws Pet Supply. Both the Scappoose and St. Helen's locations have donation bins for items such as food and treats.
Please see the Supporting Dog Control tab for more information or contact our office to see how you can help.