Heartstrings Spotlight: Hank

Heartstrings Spotlight: Hank

Back in March, on the day that Hank walked into Fang Pet & Garden Supply in Kenton, it was impossible for him to know just how his life was about to change. Presumed to be a stray, the scrawny short-haired tuxedo cat had already been spotted wandering the area on...
A Giving Tuesday Match in Loving Memory of Puff

A Giving Tuesday Match in Loving Memory of Puff

This Giving Tuesday, we’re honored to highlight Puff, a former Animal Aid cat who passed away one month ago on November 1, 2020. At 12 years old, Puff came to Animal Aid in 2015 following the passing of his previous guardian. Thankfully, his time as a homeless kitty...
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Animal Aid operates a shelter in SW Portland and a foster network throughout the metro area. We acknowledge that our rescue work takes place on the unceded territories of the Atfalati, Cowlitz, Umpqua, Molalla, Southern Kalapuya, Rogue River, Chasta, and the many...
Foster Spotlight: Betty

Foster Spotlight: Betty

Betty’s life before coming to Animal Aid is a mystery, but foster parents Lissa and Carolyn believe it must have been traumatic. “All we know is someone tied her to a pole,” Lissa said. When Betty arrived at Carolyn and Lissa’s home on September 5, they noticed other...
Tips from the vet: Disaster planning

Tips from the vet: Disaster planning

Are you and your pets evacuation-ready? The Portland metropolitan area shuts down with 2-3 inches of snow, and freezing rain causes major disruptions to transportation and utilities. We’ve all been admonished to be ready for such events and worse ones, like an...
Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle and Cody

Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle and Cody

Michelle and Cody’s volunteer experience in animal rescue started at Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue while they lived in Omaha. When they moved to Portland in 2019, they wanted to continue volunteering for an organization that shared similar values as Muddy Paws. ...

Happy Tails: Eugene

Eugene was a scrappy cat when he arrived at Animal Aid more than three years ago. He had mood swings and his manners needed refinement. But as time passed, his charm and charisma began to shine through those rough edges. That’s what attracted Susan Rooney to him. ...
Our 2020 Give!Guide Campaign and Partners

Our 2020 Give!Guide Campaign and Partners

Animal Aid is grateful to once again be a part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide, Portland’s easiest path to year-end giving that has brought 174 nonprofits together under one online giving platform. This year’s Give!Guide theme is “PDX Gives...
Thank you for making Bid for Pets a success!

Thank you for making Bid for Pets a success!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for Bid for Pets! Whether you participated in the online auction, joined us for the livestream, or made a donation (or perhaps did all three!), we are so grateful for your support. What’s more, you helped us surpass our...
Buffy the Asthma Slayer

Buffy the Asthma Slayer

There’s no worse feeling than knowing your animal needs help, but not knowing if you’ll be able to afford it. For many of us, the price of preliminary testing can represent the extent of our expendable income, let alone the cost associated with a treatment plan. Throw...
Foster Spotlight: Nash

Foster Spotlight: Nash

Cami Brisbo and Charlie Ylijoki have wanted to be dog foster parents for some time now, but couldn’t while they both worked full-time onsite. Now that they’re working remotely from home, however, it’s become possible. The couple both grew up with dogs and they have...
Community Spotlight: Kelly Carmody

Community Spotlight: Kelly Carmody

Generosity runs in the Carmody family, that much is evident. Animal Aid has been fortunate enough to have Kelly’s sister, Shannen, volunteering with our rescue for the last three years (in fact, the best graphic design work in this newsletter is hers). So you can...

Volunteer Spotlight: Sally & Jeff Earll

When Sally and Jeff decided to become dog foster parents, their research into Portland’s rescue community led them to Animal Aid. “We prefer volunteering for a smaller organization,” Sally said. “A small family can have a big impact in a small organization.” They were...
Tips from the vet: Disaster planning

Tips From The Vet: Navigating Reopening

My article for the last newsletter was about keeping your pets, yourselves, and your children safely occupied during the “stay at home” order. Here we are now already very cautiously starting to emerge from that, but still faced with SARS-CoV-2 in the community. We’ve...

Happy Tails: Amara

Cats have creative ways to get what they want—their favorite kibble, a special place to soak up the sun, or even a human to be their forever friend. When Stephen Day became an administrative volunteer for Animal Aid, he wasn’t thinking about adoption. One...
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Racism exists. Our system is inequitable. Black Lives Matter. We should have shared these words before now—not just during the weeks preceding, or in past years. They should have been a part of the mission of our organization since day one. We have a lot to learn and,...
Front Porch Pooches

Front Porch Pooches

We can’t thank Kelly Carmody Photography enough for these amazing photos of our current and former foster dogs! Front porch photos provide beautiful snapshots of family and friends during this unique moment in history (while still adhering to physical distancing...

Spring 2020 Heartstrings Happy Tail: Neil

This is a big one, everyone: At nine years old, Neil has been with Animal Aid since he was one! As a Heartstrings Pet, Neil was a harder-to-place dog in search of his meant-to-be companion. Over the past year, we shared his story via comic strip and video:  As it can...
Spring 2020 Happy Tails: Tilly

Spring 2020 Happy Tails: Tilly

Tilly is a chug—a chihuahua/pug mix—who had been living on the streets of Portland with an injured eye for an unknown period of time. As a stray, she first arrived at Multnomah County Animal Services before being transferred over to Animal Aid. Among her initial care...

Animal Aid cats have sheltering down to an art

Since our facility is currently closed to visitors, we know that many of you have been missing the opportunity to interact with our cats, and boy do they miss you, too! Rest assured, they’re all being well taken care of—you might even say they’re running...

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