Adequate Shelter Guide

Adequate shelter defined under Oregon State Statute ORS 167.310 (b) (A-G) is a barn, doghouse or other enclosed structure sufficient to protect a domestic animal from wind, rain, snow or sun that has adequate bedding to protect against cold and dampness and maintained to protect the domestic animal from weather and physical injury.

  • “Adequate” Meets standard of law 
  • “Inadequate” fails to meet standard of Law

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Adequate Shelter Guide
  • Summer Shelter: Shelter should be shaded. A doghouse in direct sun will not give heat relief.
  • Winter Shelter: There should be insulation in the shelter: straw, cedar chips or other material that will not hold water and then freeze. Bedding such as straw and cedar chips should be changed every 2 weeks.


Shelter should meet ALL of these conditions:

  • Space is suitable for EACH animal appropriate for the species, age, condition, size and type of animal.
  • Has adequate bedding: bedding of sufficient quantity and quality to permit a domestic animal to remain dry, and reasonably clean, and able to maintain a normal body temperature.
  • Is safe and PROTECTS EACH animal from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail AND direct sunlight.
  • Protects from adverse effects of heat or cold AND physical suffering.
  • Animals must be able to sit, stand, turn around, lie down, and have all normal body movements. 
  • Protects from impairment of health.
  • Is properly lighted AND properly cleaned.
  • Enables each animal to be clean and dry (except when detrimental to the species)
  • For dogs and cats, provides a solid surface resting platform, pad, floor mat, or similar device that is large enough for the animal to lie in a normal manner.
  • Can be contained in a sanitary manner.


  • Crawl spaces under buildings or parts of buildings, such as a deck, steps, or stoop.
  • The space under a vehicle.
  • The inside of a vehicle, if the manner or length of time the animal is kept in the vehicle is detrimental to the animal’s health or safety.
  • Shelters made from cardboard or other materials that are easily degraded by the elements.
  • Animal carriers or crates designed to provide temporary housing.
  • Does not keep the animal clean and dry.
  • Unlighted and or impairs health.
  • Shelters with wire, chain-link, grid, or slat floors that allow the dog or cats feet to pass through the openings; (unless the domestic animal is a bird).
  • Shelters surrounded by waste, debris, obstructions, or impediments that could adversely affect the animal’s health and cannot be maintained in a sanitary manner. 
  • Unlawful tethering (ORS 167.343) – Companion animals must not spend more than 10 hours a day on a chain or tether or more than 15 hours a day fixed to a trolley/cable runner.