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July 26 Annual Odds 'N Ends for Furry Friends Garage Sale
(SW 42nd & Bvtn-Hillsdale Hwy)
Aug 2 Dog Wash Fundraiser
(Holistic Pet, NW Cornell)
Aug 8-10 Portland Intnl. Beerfest
(Holladay Park)
Aug 16 Nose to Tail Rummage Sale
(NW Front Ave.)
Aug 16 CityScape Adventure Race
(downtown Portland)
Sept 27 Bet for Pets Casino Night and Auction

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Summer 2014

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Upcoming 2014 Events


So Does This Rather Odd Way of Funding
Programs Work?


  • Our 2013 Brewfest volunteers earned $2375.55 in support of the ASAP spay/neuter program.
  • In 2010 our ring crews earned slightly over $6000.
  • In 2011 we were shooting for $10,000 ...and in ten trials made $10,257 (includes employer matches)!
  • Our trial calendar for 2012 was much shorter ... in five trials we made $5684 (includes employer matches).
  • Our 2013 total (including employer matches) was $5,195.

Special Projects Teams

CLICK HERE to fill out the Special Projects application online now.

Frequently opportunities arise for Animal Aid to earn money by providing intelligent, reliable temporary staff for other people's events. Our Special Projects teams don't ask for money, they earn it.

In most cases, there is little to no training required, and volunteers will get free admittance to the event once their shift is over. And what a fun selection of events we're finding! Car shows, canine agility trials, the Portland International Beerfest – the possibilities are endless. And the clear positive impact of these activities makes them excellent choices for community service projects.

Why is this good for Animal Aid?    Zero overhead! All money earned goes directly into our programs, and all volunteer hours have an immediate, concrete payoff.

Is the Special Projects Team a good fit for you?   Maybe. Do any of these apply?

  • I'd love to support Animal Aid, but my budget is already stretched to the max.
  • My family/work schedule is very unpredictable – I could help on an occasional weekend, though.
  • I'd like to help, but I want something I can involve my family in as well.
  • I need Community Service hours right away!
  • I want to know that my contribution of time and effort is going directly to help the animals, not paying for stamps on a mailer!

How do I sign up?  

  • If you've already filled out a volunteer application for Animal Aid, we already have most of the information we need – just send us an email at to tell us which event interests you.
  • If you've never submitted an Animal Aid volunteer application before CLICK HERE to sign up online* right now! More comfortable filling out things by hand? Then CLICK HERE to download a Special Projects Team application you can mail or fax to us.
  • * Is it safe to send my personal information over the Internet? Any pages on our site that deal with personal information are on a secure server (https://), so all transmissions are encrypted.

Portland International Beerfest (PIP) is a benefit for Pet Cross. CLICK HERE to learn more about them.

Portland International Beerfest (PIB)

Friday, Aug 8th - Sunday, Aug 10th

PIB helps PET CROSS improve the lives of many furry critters in the Portland area. PET CROSS is the local non-profit group who has put on this event annually since 2001. Public support of PIB has helped make a big difference in the local animal community. 100% of PIB's proceeds are donated to help animals. Historically, Animal Aid has dedicated our share of the money to support spay/neuter programs.

The 2014 Portland International Beerfest will be Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10 at a new location: Holladay Park near the Lloyd Center. Animal Aid will join forces with  Indigo Rescue, Feral Cat Coalition and Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund to staff a puppy kissing station and outreach booth at the event. Remember that you must be 21+ to volunteer!

Who do we need:

  • Volunteers staffing the puppy kissing station will help monitor people
    entering and exiting the puppy  area, answer questions and collect money.
  • Volunteers circulating the crowd will sell raffle tickets and encourage
    people to come check out the puppy kissing station.
  • Volunteers at the booth will share information about the organizations,
    sell raffle tickets and collect donations.
  • We also need volunteers to help set-up the booth on Friday and break down on
    Sunday (tents and tables will already be set-up for us). This will include
    loading and unloading supplies, setting up the puppy kissing station and
    booth outreach materials.

When do we need you:

Friday, August 8th:
10:30am-2:30pm (includes set-up)
6pm - 10pm

Saturday, Aug 9

Sunday, Aug 10
4pm-7:45pm (includes tear down)

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Kristi Marines ( with the shift(s) you would like to fill and if you have a preference for the puppy kissing station, exhibit booth or crowd outreach.

Shifts are first come, first serve.  We will do our best to honor your volunteer assignment preferences, but please be prepared to rotate between the different assignments, if needed. Plus, we want everyone to enjoy some puppy time!

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Agility Ring Crews

Our hardworking volunteers are developing a good name for themselves in the agility community! Next up on the schedule:

  • Agility Pot Luck and Doggy Social!
    The agility crew would like to invite volunteers to a potluck meet 'n greet at Gabriel Park on Sunday, July 20, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

    Bring your family, friends, and furry companions for an afternoon of fun, games, food, and appreciation.  If you are new to agility or would like to learn more about agility and its role in Animal Aid, come out and join us!

    CLICK HERE to let us know you are coming!

What do we do? Ring crews are seated inside each of the 100’ by 100’ agility rings during the competition. They are responsible for adjusting the equipment as needed, moving quickly and unobtrusively.

This is a great way to satisfy community service requirements – you can earn 4 to 24+ hours in a single weekend.

Each day has two shifts::

  • 7:30 - Noon (Friday may start later)
  • 11:30 - end-of-day (usually around 4:30)

Note: Workers under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. This pair = one "super worker"!

How do I sign up? This is done in three steps:

  1. Start by completing a volunteer application. CLICK HERE to do it now! Note: If you have ever worked as a volunteer for Animal Aid before, we should have your application on file and you can skip this step.
  2. Sign up for one or more shifts. CLICK HERE to do it now!
  3. Read the workers' information packet for your event – this is REQUIRED of all workers before they come out! CLICK HERE to take a look at the training packet.
  4. Questions? Contact the coordinator at

What are we working for? In exchange for our crew's work the hosting clubs make a nice donation to support the programs of Animal Aid. The hard work of our volunteers impacts many small lives!


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