Lost & Found Dogs

Found a dog?

If you are the finder of a dog, the County's Dog Shelter is the proper place for the dog to be placed while the owners are sought. Oregon law has many special requirements on lost and found dogs, including potential criminal charges for persons who fail to process a found dog properly. To aid in the compliance with these statues and a member of the public’s desire to retain a dog they have found, County Dog Control has the following policy on found dog:

  • The finder of a  found dog must report the found status of the dog to the Sheriff's Office at 503-366-4611 or by email to roger.kadell@columbiacountyor.gov . The Sheriff's Office will search the lost dog records and attempt to locate the dog's owner. If no owner can be located, staff will advise the Dog Control Officer of the dog's status and arrange for the dog to be picked up and transported to the shelter. 
  • If the finder resides within Columbia County and wishes to keep the dog, the finder should inform the County of  the desire to retain the dog. The  Dog Control Officer will stop by the finder's location to photograph the found dog, check the dog for a micro chip and see if he recognizes the dog. The dog will then be placed in a foster-to-adopt mode and left with the finder, and this information will be recorded in the Shelter incoming dog records. 
  • After the completion of ten days, if the owner of the dog has not come seeking the dog, the finder may elect to compete the adoption process and be granted ownership of the dog. There is no fee required for this service if the dog has not been impounded at the shelter. 
  • A finder of a dog may also surrender the dog to the shelter or the Dog Control Officer and advise that they wish to adopt the dog if the owners do not claim the dog. In this case the dog will be impounded at the shelter and first option to adopt will be granted to the finder. The normal adoption fee for a dog shall apply in this situation.

Lost a dog?

The Sheriff's Dog Control Officer uses social media and email to connect with dog owners.  You can go to the Animal Control Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaCountyAnimalControl to find any dogs currently held at the Shelter.

To retrieve a dog held at the County shelter, you will need to make arrangements with the Sheriff's Office Licensing Clerk. The County Shelter is available by appointment only. 

 Sheriff's Office - Licensing Clerk

910 Port Avenue
St. Helen's Oregon 97051

Phone: (503) 366-4611
Fax: 503-366-4644

County Shelter

County shelter operations are separate from the Columbia Humane Society, although they share a building. The County Shelter office is located on the East side of the building and clearly marked.


From Portland
Follow Rt.30/Columbia River Highway, north, sign-posted to St. Helens.
Approximately 1 mile north of St. Helens, turn right at the traffic lights onto Deer Island Road. You will cross railroad tracks next to a lumber yard. Immediately after crossing the tracks, turn left onto Oregon Street. Columbia Humane Society is located inside the Holsheimer-Lamar Animal Shelter.

From Rainier
Follow Rt.30/Columbia River Highway, south towards St. Helens.
Go through Columbia City, past the mini mart/gas station which will be on your right hand side. Half a mile on at the first traffic lights, turn left onto Deer Island Road and cross the railroad tracks. Immediately after crossing the tracks, turn left onto Oregon Street. Columbia Humane Soceity is located inside the Holsheimer-Lamar Animal Shelter.

Animal Control Quick Links
General Information
open 24/7
Animal Control Officer
Kadell, Roger
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-366-4644
Emergencies: Dial 911
Sheriff's Office
901 Port Ave.
Saint Helens,

Sheriff's Office open Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Licenses and redemption of lost dogs
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Weekends 8:30 - noon and 1-5 p.m.