How Many Dogs or Cats Can You Own in Oregon?

How many dogs or cats are considered too many in one household in the state of Oregon? First of all, Oregon does not have a statewide law that dictates the number of pets a resident can own. However, each municipality in the Beaver State has the authority to impose a local limit. Most municipalities in Oregon limit households to 4 dogs or cats while others have no limit on the number of dogs or cats one may own. In this article, I have listed some Oregon cities and the number of dogs and cats they allow residents to keep in one household.

A dog and a cat playing

Portland, OR

The City of Portland does not impose a limit on the number of dogs or cats a resident can own. However, it is generally recommended that you own as many dogs or cats as you can properly care for. Keeping too many animals on your premises in the City of Portland may lead to animal control officers checking up on you every now and then. And you might find yourself in legal trouble if the animals aren't well cared for. Portland City has a leash law requiring dog owners to securely hold their dogs on a leash no greater than eight feet in length, except in areas designated as off-leash.

Eugene, OR

In the City of Eugene, households are limited to three dogs. A noncommercial kennel license may be obtained to own more than three dogs in Eugene. There is no limit to the number of cats a resident can own in Eugene. Every Eugene dog owner is required to immediately obtain a license for his or her dog as soon as the animal reaches 6 months of age. Owners must present a certificate of rabies vaccination before a license is issued.

Additionally, Eugene has a "Potentially Dangerous Dog" law. A dog is deemed Potentially Dangerous in Eugene if, while at large, it kills any domestic animal or livestock, or bites or causes physical injury to any human being or domestic animal. No dog shall be deemed potentially dangerous in Eugene if it attacks a trespasser that illegally enters its residence. Some of the regulations for Potentially Dangerous Dogs in Eugene include muzzling and restraining the dog with an adequate leash held by a capable person.

Salem, OR

As one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country, the Oregon City of Salem places no limit on the number of cats and dogs allowed per household. However, you should keep in mind that more dogs or cats means more joy as well as responsibility. In Salem, dogs are required to be kept on a leash when off their owner's premises. In addition, all dogs in Salem are required to have a current Marion County dog license.

Hillsboro, OR

In Hillsboro, Washington County, OR, each household is limited to 3 adult dogs, 3 adult cats, and 4 adult rabbits. According to Washington County's Code of Ordinances, a resident can obtain a Kennel license to keep five or more dogs in one household. It is unlawful and a Class C civil infraction for a pet owner to permit his or her dog to run at large in Washington County, OR. Furthermore, the County Code requires that pet owners immediately remove and dispose of in an appropriate waste container any feces left by their animals on any public or private property.

Bend, OR

The City of Bend does restrict the number of dogs and cats residents can own, which means you can own as many dogs or cats as you can properly care for, so long as the animals do not become a public nuisance. Bend pet owners are required to license their dog not later than a month after becoming the dog's owner or establishing residence within the City. Additionally, every dog owner in Bend is required by law to have his or her dog wear a collar to which a license tag must be attached.

When off its owner's premises in Bend, a dog must be on a leash, except in areas designated as off-leash. When in an off-leash area, owners must keep their dogs under control at all times.

Albany, OR

Unless you obtain an exception permit, you can not own more than 2 dogs in the city of Albany. It costs $50 to obtain the permit, under which you may own no more than four dogs. Albany Code does not place a restriction on the number of cats residents can own. All dogs six months of age in Albany, OR, are required to be licensed and wear a collar or harness to which the license tag must be securely attached.

Bethany, OR

In Bethany, OR, households are limited to a total of four dogs or cats. The City Code prohibits dog owners from allowing their dogs to be at large or trespass on the property of another within the city. Bethany has a nuisance law, which prohibits pet owners from permitting their dog to cause annoyance or disturbance to neighbors by loud or frequent barking, howling or yelping. All dogs and cats within the city of Bethany must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Forest Grove, OR

The City of Forest Grove in Washington County limits households to three adult dogs and an unlimited number of cats. Forest Grove dog owners must restrain their dogs by a leash while in public places, except in off-leash designated areas. Additionally, dog owners in Forest Grove are required to prevent their dogs from making long, unnecessary and continuous noises that last longer than ten consecutive minutes.

Other Oregon Municipalities

  • Newberg, OR: A hobby kennel is required to own 4 or more dogs. No limit on cats
  • Ashland, OR: 3 dogs per household. No limit on cats
  • St. Helens, OR: 3 adult dogs per household. No limit on cats
  • La Grande, OR: 3 dogs per household. No limit on cats
  • Ontario, OR: Households are limited to 3 dogs. No limit on cats
  • Monmouth, OR: No more than 4 dogs per household. No limit on cats
  • Cottage Grove, OR: Limits households to 3 dogs. No limit on cats
  • Baker City, OR: 4 dogs per household. No limit on cats

How Many Dogs or Cats Are Too Many For a Household?

Having furry companions in our homes brings joy, love, and endless tail wags. However, have you ever wondered how many dogs or cats are too many for a single household? It's a question that often arises when we find ourselves surrounded by precious four-legged friends.

While there is no universal answer to this question, it's important to consider various factors when determining the ideal number of dogs or cats for your household. Factors such as available space, time and resources, individual pet needs, and your ability to provide proper care should all be taken into account.

Remember that every dog and cat needs attention, exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. It's essential to ensure that you can meet the physical and emotional needs of each furry family member adequately.

Ultimately, the perfect number of dogs or cats differs from one person to another. Some may find harmony with two dogs or cats while others thrive in a multi-pet household. The key is finding a balance that allows you to provide the love and care each pet deserves.

So go ahead and embrace the joy of having pets in your life! Just be sure to assess your capabilities honestly and create an environment where every wagging tail or purr feels cherished and loved.


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