Stray Animals – Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic
SVEC provides medical care for injured stray cats, stray dogs, and wildlife. In order to provide this care, we must limit our emergency services to only critically ill and injured animals.
If you have found a stray pet that is not critically ill or injured, we encourage you to try to find the owners in the area where the pet was found. Craigslist, Marion County Dog Control, and Willamette Humane Society are all excellent resources for helping reunite a pet with its family. If you are not able to find the owners, you can call SVEC to arrange a time to have us scan the pet for a microchip*. If there is a microchip in place, we can make efforts to contact the owner and make arrangements for the patient to be picked up. If an owner can’t be reached, the pet will need to go home for the night with a Good Samaritan. SVEC will record contact information, in case the owners call us looking for their pet.
* While there is no charge for scanning a pet for a microchip, if there are emergency patients in the facility, there may be a bit of a wait.
Critically ill or injured strays or wildlife may be exempt from the examination fee and are seen on a case by case basis. You will be required to sign a release form and care will then be provided in the best interest of the pet/animal. Donations are accepted to help pay for the care of strays and wildlife.
Marion County Dog Control is open Monday from 1pm-4pm and Tuesday-Saturday from 8am-5:30pm.
If the stray dog has a Marion County Dog Control license tag with a number, the numbers can be entered online to get owner contact information.
The Willamette Humane society is open Thursday thru Monday (closed Tues/Weds) from
12 pm-7pm on weekdays, 12pm-6pm on weekends.
Check out these sites for more information on stray animals: