Our Programs

Animal Aid Cares Fund

The Animal Aid Cares Fund (formerly known as the Animal Aid Fund for Urgent Veterinary Care) was established to help those who are facing urgent and overwhelming veterinary expenses without the means to pay for them. Animal Aid partners with veterinary offices in Portland to offer financial support. The veterinary office provides discounted rates and facilitates the grant appointments from the fund. 100% of the program’s funds go directly to paying veterinary bills.

In 2014, we expanded the Cares Fund to incorporate the Helping Hands fund. The Helping Hands fund was developed to support animals adopted from us who have health or behavioral conditions that make their adoptions more financially challenging to our great adopters. The fund can assist with medications, training, or unexpected medical treatment. If you would like to donate to this fund, please click here and select the Animal Aid Cares Fund.

Canine Spay/Neuter in Portland (C-SNIP)

C-SNIP is a collaboration between Animal Aid and PAW Team (Portland Animal Welfare Team) aimed at making affordable canine spay/neuter available to homeless and extremely low-income Portland area residents. C-SNIP is funded by a bequest to Animal Aid from the estate of Patricia Smith, a local animal lover who specified that part of the money be spent on spay and neuter. Animal Aid is honoring her request by subsidizing a minimum of 1,000 canine sterilizations in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark counties. Because of the unique collaboration between Animal Aid, PAW Team, and volunteer veterinarians in the area, C-SNIP is able to devote 100% of the funds from the original bequest to providing spay and neuter assistance, ensuring that every dollar goes directly to this important need.

Both Animal Aid and PAW Team believe that while spaying and neutering should be the norm at all economic levels, there are compelling reasons to focus now on the pets of people living in extreme poverty. These folks are struggling for the essentials and have little or no money for veterinary care of any kind,  which is what PAW Team provides through their volunteer veterinarians.

Currently, PAW Team operates weekday and weekend clinics at the organization’s office at 1131 SE Oak Street. For more information on clinic hours, please visit PAW Team’s website. PAW Team, which requires that all of its clients’ animals be spayed/neutered, also provides routine vet care, flea control, pet supplies, licensing, and vaccinations.

There are three communities that will benefit greatly from C-SNIP: the animals themselves, the homeless and low-income people who are their guardians, and the greater community. The Portland community at large will benefit because unsterilized dogs are more likely to stray, be hit by a car, and become aggressive (up to 97% of dog bites are from such animals). If you would like to donate to this fund, please click here and select C-SNIP.


The Heartstrings program is a wonderful way to make an impact in the lives of Animal Aid’s shelter animals. Many of our Heartstrings pets are long-time residents who are still waiting for their forever family. They may be senior pets getting passed by for the youngsters, formerly abused and neglected pets needing more tender loving care, shy pets requiring extra reassurance, or animals with a medical condition. Sponsoring a Heartstrings Pet is a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a friend or family member, including furry, four-legged ones.

100% of the proceeds go to providing ALL of our animals with the best care (including medical attention) while they wait for their forever homes. With a donation of $25 or more, you’ll receive:

  • A certificate of appreciation
  • A photo and bio of your chosen pet
  • A note of gratitude

If you would like to donate to this program, please click here and select Heartstrings. You may also click here to go to the Heartstrings page and learn more about our Heartstrings animals.