Deceased Animals & End of Life Services

If your pet has died

  • Oregon Humane Society and Dignified Pet Services offer a range of memorial services (cremation, burial, urns, etc.).
  • Check with your city’s zoning officials to determine if you may legally bury your pet on your property.
  • Metro offers a disposal service. Animals must be triple-bagged in plastic and brought to either the METRO South Transfer Station at 2001 Washington St, Oregon City or the METRO Central Transfer Station at 6161 NW 61st, Portland. Contact them for additional informational.
  • Dead livestock may be processed through a local rendering company.
  • Please do not put dead animals into your regular garbage bins or compost. Generally, companies that handle neighborhood waste disposal don't allow this, but you can check with your waste disposal company for specific information.

If you need at-home euthanasia for your pet

  • At Home Vet - Dr. Mesher: (503) 281-1631
  • Vet to Pet - Dr. Ghang: (503) 757-6124
  • Fetch and Heal - Dr. Carroll: (503) 799-1665
  • Peaceful Passings - Dr. Healey: (503) 539-9144
  • Loving Hands, LLC - Dr. Rotman: (503) 489-8421

If you find a dead stray animal or wildlife on public property

Call us at (503) 988-7387 during regular phone hours to file a report or use the Deceased Animal Removal Request form. Our animal services officers will remove dead stray animals and dead wildlife on public property (except freeways). Dead cats and dogs will be checked for micochips. Our goal is to respond within 72 working hours of the call being received.

Dead stray animals and wildlife on freeways are removed by The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). If the animal presents an immediate hazard, see the ODOT info for road hazards. (ODOT only responds to dead animals on freeways, not local roads.)

If you find a dead stray animal or wildlife on private property

Please move the animal to the street or curb. Then call us to have the animal picked up or use the Deceased Animal Removal Request Form. Dead cats and dogs will be checked for microchips so owners can be contacted. Animal control officers will remove dead stray animals from public property (except freeways) within 72 hours in most cases.

Smaller dead wildlife may be brought to our shelter for disposal. For disposal of large mammals (such as elk or cougars) please call us during regular call center hours.

Metro offers a carcass disposal service. Animals must be triple-bagged in plastic and brought to either the METRO South Transfer Station at 2001 Washington St, Oregon City or the METRO Central Transfer Station at 6161 NW 61st, Portland. Contact them for size limitations and more information.

If you find a dead bird

If you find a dead bird and suspect that it died of a disease, reports may be submitted to Multnomah County Vector Control or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

Dead birds may be disposed of in the same manner as other wildlife.