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The Adoption Process


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Project POOCH, Inc.®

To drop off donations
Community Outreach Office
15800 Boones Ferry Rd. Suite A2
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

To visit the dogs
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
2630 N. Pacific Highway
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 981-2570
Visits by appointment only

Mailing Address:
PO Box 305
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Phone: (503) 697-0623
Fax: (503) 636-5908

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Here's How to Adopt a Project POOCH Dog

You reviewed our available dogs and found a dog you're interested in. Great! Here's what to do next.

Please Note: Project POOCH requires FIRST a completed application and SECOND a $50 deposit. If the dog is adopted, the $50 will be credited toward the adoption fee.

  1. Review with your family Before You Adopt a POOCH Dog.
  2. Fill out and submit an Adoption Application

    Now that you have decided on a dog you're interested in adopting, you'll need to complete and submit an Adoption Application (Adobe Acrobat PDF document).
    Get Acrobat ReaderIf you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free.

    Please submit your application using one of these methods:
    - FAX your completed application to 503-636-5908.
    - Email it to
    - Mail it to:

    Project POOCH, Inc.®
    PO Box 305
    Lake Oswego, OR 97034

  3. Kennel visit
    Call our kennel (503) 981-2570, to make an appointment to meet our available dogs. Please note: Project POOCH's kennel is located inside MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon (2630 N Pacific Highway, Woodburn, OR 97071). Kennel hours are 8:30 am-2:30 pm daily with a break between 11 and 12 noon. Visits are by appointment only. Kennel visitors can skip the line by knocking on the gatehouse window at their appointment time.

  4. Submit the $50 deposit during the kennel visit, or via PayPal using the button below.
    • If no home visit is made, the $50 application fee will be returned.
    • If a home visit is conducted but you are not selected as the adopter, the fee is non-refundable; however, it can be used to cover the cost of another home visit if you are interested in adopting a different POOCH dog.
    • If you are chosen as the adopter, the $50 will be applied to the final $300 adoption fee.

  5. Remember that a Home Visit Deposit
    does not guarantee placement.

  6. Home visit
    We will schedule a home visit where we'll bring the dog to your home. This will give us, you, and the dog an opportunity to see if he or she fits in with your home life. Please note: A key milestone each youth and dog must achieve is passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Typically this must be accomplished before the home visit can take place, and it definitely has to be complete before a dog can go home. As such, there may be some time between when an application is accepted and the time of the home visit.

    Important to understand:
    When there are multiple applications for the same dog, Project POOCH will choose a few finalists for home visits. Finalists are not selected based on the order in which the applications are received. Our goal is to find each of our dogs the home that is best for them, so we carefully select finalists based on each dog's specific needs, interests, and quirks. We make our decisions carefully by consulting the trainers and kennel managers who work closely with the dogs on a daily basis.
  7. Trial visit
    You and the dog you want will have an overnight or weekend visit to "see how it goes." (Like having a date, before you agree to go steady.) If the POOCH dog doesn't fit in with resident animals there will be no overnight.
  8. Fee
    There is an adoption fee of $300, toward which your $50 home visit deposit paid earlier will be credited. This is a very good value since your dog comes to you vaccinated, neutered/spayed, micro-chipped, with basic obedience training, and his or her Canine Good Citizen Certification.
Please select:

Please remember:  Sometimes two completed applications and deposits come in at the same time.  In such cases, the applications will be reviewed and there may be visits to the homes of both potential adopters in order to find the best home for the dog being considered. There may be other reasons in which an application is denied, too. Project POOCH staff reserve the right to make the final decision regarding the best placement for the dog in question.

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Directions to the Project POOCH Kennels

People not on the guest list will not be admitted to the facility. Leave cell phones and handbags in the trunk of your car. You will not be allowed to bring them inside.

From Portland:
Take I-5 South and exit at 282-A (Canby/Hubbard) onto Highway 99.
Stay on Highway 99 and go through the town of Hubbard.
Less than 1 mile past Hubbard, turn Left into MacLaren. (The cross street on the right is Industrial Avenue.)

From Salem:
Take I-5 North and exit at 271 (Woodburn).
Turn Right onto Highway 214 South.
Drive approximately 2½ miles to Junction Highway 99E.
Turn Left onto Highway 99E.
Turn Right into MacLaren.

If you get lost, call (503) 981-2570 and touch 0# twice. An operator will give you directions.

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