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Thank you for helping us raise over $7K for the Animal Aid Cares Fund!

We are thrilled to announce that our Resource Coordinator, Julie, shed her hair this past Saturday at our St. Pawtrick’s Day event—and you made it happen!

We are in awe of our supporters, who rallied together to raise $7,405 for the Animal Aid Cares Fund during our Shedding Her Hair For Animal Care campaign.

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. 100% of the program’s funds go directly to the care and well-being of animals throughout our community. With your help, more animals like Havko, Little Boss, Shadow, and Curtis—Cares Fund recipients whose stories we shared these past few weeks—will be able to receive the urgent medical attention they need.

We also want to give a warm thank you to Jack, Cindy, and the entire staff of Jack’s Tap Room, who hosted us for the evening and donated 15% of their sales for the day to the animals in our care.

We are humbled and thankful for all of you who believe in Animal Aid’s mission and help us care for the animals. We cannot do what we do without you. Thank you!

Celebrate St. Pawtrick’s Day with Animal Aid

Are you ready for some meowgaritas?

Join us on Saturday, March 18 for St. Pawtrick’s Day at Jack’s Tap Room and QB Grill (4342 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy). From 9 a.m. on March 18 to 2 a.m. on March 19, Jack’s will donate 15% of all of their sales to Animal Aid! In addition to this, we’ll be hosting bingo starting at 7:00 p.m. with tons of great prizes to award the lucky winners. Animal Aid staff and volunteers will also be onsite throughout the evening, and we’ll have some fabulous merchandise for sale that you won’t want to miss out on, including our volunteer Leisa’s amazing cat hats and our Animal Aid-branded trucker hats.

The biggest moment of the night happens at 6:00 p.m., however: If we are successful at raising $5,000 for the Animal Aid Cares Fund by March 18, our Resource Coordinator, Julie, will be shaving her head! Here’s Julie and Nicole with the full scoop:

It’s a moment you won’t want to miss–and neither do we! Please help us make this happen by donating to the Animal Aid Cares Fund today:

Single Canine Seeks Active Human Companion Skilled in Belly Rubs and Butt Scratches

Hi! The name’s Huck. Or Huckleberry. Or Good Boy. Heck, if you’ve got a treat on you, you can call me Shirley.

I’m a 70-pound goof ball, which initially led the Animal Aid staff to believe I was around one-year-old and still going through my puppy stage; turns out, however, I’m closer to four and just extra young at heart. The staff and volunteers at Animal Aid have been keeping me busy learning lots of new commands like “Go to bed” and “Wait” and “Stay” and “Come,” on top of the basics I already know like “Sit” and “Down” and “Shake.” Man, with so many commands, I get confused sometimes, but I’m tryin’ and getting better every day!

Given all of the changes I’ve experienced in the last few months of my life, I’m often intimidated by new people and need slow introductions and human companions who will help me channel my energy appropriately. For this reason, I would do best in an adult-only home and need to be the only pet. (Don’t worry: I promise to shower you with as much attention and affection as you want!)

The best guess on my breed is a Labrador/Great Dane mix. If you’re looking for a running partner, hiking partner, or all-around active buddy, I’m your guy! I also like my toys and will play fetch, but I’m not obsessive. Did I mention I love belly rubs and butt scratches? Because I’m a big boy, a home with a fenced yard would be best.

Now that you know all about me, here’s the deal: I’m in urgent need of a foster or forever home. The Animal Aid staff and volunteers have been so great to me, but shelter life is hard on a guy like me. I need someone who can give me individualized attention and help show me the world isn’t such an intimidating place–not as long as I’m with you anyway.

If you’re ready to meet me, please fill out a foster application or an adoption application, and a member of the Animal Aid team will be in touch with you.



P.S. If you foster me, Animal Aid will provide all the supplies, vet care, and training you need to keep me at my best! And when you adopt from Animal Aid, you become a part of the family for life, so you’ll always have someone to turn to for advice about any of my health or wellness needs.

[Please note: Due to our preference to view the potential home and interview the prospective guardian, Animal Aid rarely adopts out of the Portland metro area.]

Meet Our Newest Board Member: Meagan Cuthill

Animal Aid is thrilled to announce the addition of Meagan Cuthill to the Animal Aid Board of Directors.

Many Animal Aid volunteers and supporters will recognize Meagan as Animal Aid’s interim Development & Operations Coordinator, filling a critical role for the organization as the search for a permanent staff member was conducted. The Animal Aid staff and board are grateful for Meagan’s continued dedication to Animal Aid as an ongoing volunteer and, now, as its newest board member.

Meagan brings with her an extensive background in news writing, having worked for NewsBeat Social in Portland, Oregon, and interned for CBS Radio in San Francisco and KOMO 4 News in Seattle, among others. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Media Studies and is currently a Multimedia Writer for KPTV FOX 12, covering daytime web and social media updates. Meagan has been a volunteer with Animal Aid since 2014 and currently serves as a member of the Social Media Committee and as an Emergency Dog Kennel volunteer. Most recently, she has become the proud mom of Samir the cat, an Animal Aid alumni.

“I feel honored to join the Animal Aid Board and become even more involved in the organization I have loved for the past two years and will continue to love,” Meagan said. “Animal Aid is unlike any animal welfare organization I’ve known, and I look forward to helping it shine. I see great potential in Animal Aid’s community recognition and engagement and am happy to take part in realizing that potential! And I’m especially grateful for Animal Aid bringing Samir into my life; he is the best furry friend I could have asked for!”

Please join us in welcoming Meagan to the Animal Aid Board of Directors!

Healthy Pets Northwest Celebrates 10 Years with Benefit Event for Animal Aid


Healthy Pets Northwest is celebrating their ten-year anniversary in style: by holding a benefit event for Animal Aid!

Stop by Healthy Pets Northwest (3612 SW Troy Street) on Friday, March 3, between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and enjoy food, music, and good company. 10% of all sales from that evening will go to Animal Aid, and our staff and volunteers will be present to chat about our adoptable cats and dogs and everything else exciting that’s happening at the shelter and in the community.

Healthy Pets Northwest is also raffling off some great prizes, like an iPad mini, a six-month supply of pet food, and several gift baskets filled with an assortment of goodies for cats and dogs, and get this: ALL proceeds will be given to Animal Aid! Raffle tickets are currently available for purchase at Healthy Pets Northwest‘s Multnomah Village, Hawthorne, and Woodstock locations; even if you can’t make it to the event, you can still participate in the raffle and contribute to the health and wellness of all of the animals at Animal Aid.

We’re excited to spend the evening with Healthy Pets Northwest, and we hope you’ll join us! Help us celebrate this milestone alongside them and thank them for their generosity to Animal Aid by stopping by.

We Can’t Thank You Enough!

We had a record number of locations for our giving trees this past holiday season, and we want to thank the following stores for generously hosting us:

  • Western Pet Supply
  • Mud Bay (Tigard)
  • The Filling Station
  • Healthy Pets Northwest (Multnomah Village)
  • Bark Market
  • Personal Beast
  • Natural Pet Food Solutions
  • Hillsdale Community Church

We even had one volunteer who placed a Giving Tree at her work!

We watched this kindness multiple as donations flowed in from the public—so much so that we’ve only recently been able to gather a complete inventory count. In total, we received:

  • 375 pounds of dry dog food
  • 139 cans of dog food
  • 138 pounds of dry cat food
  • 216 cans of cat food
  • 49 packages of dog treats
  • 9 packages of cat treats
  • 12 greenies
  • 21 cat toys
  • 15 cat wands
  • 20 kongs
  • 100 postage stamps
  • $313.00 in cash/gift cards

We also received smaller amounts of other items like bleach, paper towels, hand sanitizer, kitty litter, stuffed dog toys, a harness, and more. And with the generosity from our Giving Trees being so great, we were able to lend a hand to fellow nonprofits Born Again Pit Bull Rescue and Fido’s Dog Food Bank with surplus donations—a triple win for the animal welfare community!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Giving Trees. The animals will benefit from it all, and we are forever grateful for your support.

Dine & Donate at Salvador Molly’s on February 28

Is helping shelter cats and dogs and eating delicious food kind of your thing? Yeah, we feel you—which is exactly why we’re excited to once again be partnering with Salvador Molly’s for our next Dine & Donate event on Tuesday, February 28, and we hope you’ll join us, too! It’s the easiest and most delectable way to donate: Just stop by Salvador Molly’s (1523 SW Sunset Blvd) anytime between 3:30-9:00 p.m. and enjoy a great meal—that’s it! Salvador Molly’s will be donating 20% of all dinner sales to Animal Aid, and both dine-in and to-go orders count. Check out Salvador Molly’s menu here.

Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Salvador Molly’s | 1523 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239

Happy dining, and many thanks from Zeke (pictured above and adoptable!) and all of us at Animal Aid.

Animal Aid Welcomes Three New Board Members


Animal Aid elected three new members to its Board of Directors in July: Nicole Baker, Cheryl Bolotin, and Beth Ernst joined the existing six members.

“The new members have diverse backgrounds and expertise in areas that will help Animal Aid continue to grow and meet the demands of Portland’s homeless pet population. Their compassion for animals has been shown through countless hours volunteering with the organization,” said Board President Gail Luciani.

Nicole Baker has an extensive background in marketing and public relations. She started her career in the 1990s as the Marketing Manager for a Web site development company. She spent much of her time educating the public on the power of the Internet.  She subsequently worked as an Account Manager at the Bernhardt Agency and in Sales Training at Nike. Over the past 15 years, she has owned a variety of businesses, including a construction company and a children’s store.  She is currently helping clients brand their businesses and create a presence on social media. She holds a BA in Public Relations from Pepperdine University. Nicole’s expertise in modern marketing will help expand Animal Aid’s communications efforts. She is currently a member of several Animal Aid committees and has spent time as a Socializer and Caregiver for the animals in the shelter. Nicole shares her home with two daughters, three cats, a dog, and a tortoise.

Cheryl Bolotin is a forward-thinking marketing leader with over 13 years of experience in high-tech and B2B industries with proven success in account management, channel marketing, and project management. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and MBA from the Drucker School of Management. Currently she is an Account Supervisor for a local marketing consulting firm. She is originally from Southern California but has lived in Portland for the past 10 years. Cheryl has been a volunteer with Animal Aid for more than four years. She takes pride in her weekly caregiving at the shelter and volunteering at Animal Aid events. She greatly enjoys being part of the core team that has organized the annual fall fundraiser and takes part in fundraising for the event. Cheryl has been an animal lover her entire life, so volunteering with Animal Aid has been a natural fit. On her free time, she loves to hike with her dog and spend time gardening. She shares her home with a tabby cat and pit-mix pup.

Beth Ernst has spent much of her career in the nonprofit sector, initially doing hands-on work as a child care worker in Denver, Colorado, and Belfast, Ireland. She then moved to the administrative side of nonprofit management for Brethren Volunteer Services in Illinois.  Upon moving to Portland, she joined Animal Aid as the Office Coordinator.  For five years, she was the key administrator for the organization, eventually becoming the Operations Manager. After moving to Vancouver, Washington, she remained an active volunteer with Animal Aid by serving as the Emergency Dog Kennel Coordinator and by being a dog foster. She currently works in administrative support for Clark College. Beth brings with her a rich and vibrant understanding of Animal Aid’s operations, as well as many administrative talents and a passion for animal welfare and rescue. She shares her home with her husband, four cats (all Animal Aid alumni), and an Animal Aid foster dog.

Animal Aid is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that is dedicated to passionately serving animals and the people they love. Started in 1969 by Portland radio personality Jack Hurd as a way to help the many cats abandoned in Laurelhurst Park, Animal Aid quickly resonated with the people of Portland and began helping homeless pets city-wide.