Author Archives: Paige O'Rourke

Saturday, December 2: Winter Tails

Date:  Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Western Pet Supply | 6908 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy

Cost: $25 (includes series of photos loaded onto a USB drive)

Get a jump start on your holiday cards by joining us for a winter wonderland photo shoot for you and your furry family! Santa will be there if you’d like him to join in your photos. For only $25, our photographer will take a series of photos, and then we’ll load all of those photos onto a USB thumb drive for you to take home with you. Sign-up ahead of time to secure your preferred time slot: bit.ly/WinterTails2017 (Please note: Each photo shoot ‘time slot’ reservation is $25.)

All proceeds benefit Animal Aid’s C-SNIP program, a partnership with PAW Team to offer spay/neuter to homeless and low-income families.

Turn your old items into funding for Animal Aid

Declutter for the animals! We’ve partnered with Mighty Good Things to provide you with a way to turn your old possessions into fundraising for Animal Aid: Look around your home and collect items you’re no longer using, then send them to Mighty Good Things using the prepaid shipping label they provide. Items are sold on marketplaces like eBay, and our shelter receives 100% of the net proceeds (just make sure you select “Animal Aid” as your nonprofit of choice). Mighty Good Things will also send a donation receipt to you for tax time.

PLUS, from now until Giving Tuesday (November 28), if you sign-up and pledge to donate a pre-loved item someday, Animal Aid will receive $1 dollar today!

Click here to donate your stuff to support Animal Aid:

Remodel Updates!

Check out our latest Facebook Live video for the latest updates on our downstairs remodel:

Interested in contributing to these exciting changes? Make your donation today on our Capital Campaign page!

And be sure to join us on Sunday, November 12, between noon-4:00 p.m. for our Remodel Phase 1 Open House— stay tune for more details to come soon!

Sunday, November 19: Artisans for Animals

Date:  Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Multnomah Arts Center | 7688 SW Capitol Highway

Cost: Varies by vendor

Turn your holiday shopping into a lifesaving effort! Discover unique and beautiful items for everyone on your list from vendors like Bonsante Gourmet Dog Food, Crafty Lady Soaps, Earth & Art Works, Funky Knits by Georgia, Grace McLaughlin Pottery, Little Bay Root, Luna by Karina PotestioMy Craft Kicks Glass, Pawsitively Posh, Play on Art, Tea Party Animals, Tonya Gray Artworks, Vegarue Designs, Wild Feather Jewelry. A percentage of all vendor sales will go to Animal Aid!

Hard to place, but easy to love

KOIN 6 stopped by Animal Aid this week to meet some of our adoptables like Harriet who are featured on Core Paws. Fun fact: Animal Aid was Core Paws’ first-ever partner nonprofit, and we’re so thankful for all that they do to help promote our hard-to-place but easy-to-love shelter and foster animals!

If you haven’t been acquainted with Harriet and our other adoptables yet, be sure to stop by the shelter soon to meet your purrfect match or read more about them here.

December 3: Yoga with Cats

Dates: Sunday, December 3

Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Animal Aid (5335 SW 42nd Ave.)

Cost: $20

Sign-up: animalaidpdx.org/monetary

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining Harriet and her friends at the Animal Aid shelter for Yoga with Cats from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 and/or Sunday, December 3. These classes will be taught by Yoga NW instructor Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat and arrive at the shelter at 11:45 a.m. Spots are limited, so click here to reserve your seat today.

Thank you for your support of animals like Huck!

Dear Friend of Animal Aid,

Have you ever tried to imagine how the world looks through your pet’s eyes?

Last September, we took a special dog into our care named Huck. He is a charmer, a goof ball, and, most importantly, a good boy. His favorite word is “treat,” and his favorite thing to do is be with his people—whether that means going for a walk, playing a game of tug-o-war, or lying quietly at your feet as you work. But Huck also experiences a high level of anxiety when being introduced to new people. Many details about the first few years of Huck’s life are unknown to us, and he is often scared and reactive in the process of learning to trust.

We can only guess what the world looks like through Huck’s eyes, but there is one thing that is clear to us: We are committed to doing everything we can to make the world Huck sees a safe and joyful one. But we need your help to do that.

Since day one, Animal Aid has been dedicated first and foremost to serving animals. We commit to the cats and dogs we rescue for life. In Huck’s case, this means dedicating as much time and as many resources as necessary for him to live the very best life he can. It means scheduling at least five dog caregiving shifts a day. It means allocating funding toward ongoing, one-on-one behavioral trainings. It means staff and volunteers rearranging their days and their lives so they can contribute to the betterment of his. It means working diligently right along side Huck to be the best companions we can be.

Without Animal Aid, Huck would not have the opportunities available to him that he has today—and without your support, neither would we. Please consider giving to Animal Aid today so that we can continue providing animals like Huck with the time, attention, and resources they need to be healthy, safe, and happy.

It’s the unfortunate truth that Huck’s case is not unique. Many cats and dogs in Portland and beyond need our help. They need the time and space that our shelter and foster programs allow for. They need the attention and devotion that our staff and volunteers can give. They need the veterinary and behavioral care that our community programs make available.

Our work is only made possible through your generosity, and every little bit provides something valuable for our animals, like Huck:

  • $10 will provide flea treatment or a microchip for an animal.
  • $60 will provide a month of high quality food for a homeless pet.
  • $100 will provide veterinary exams for four animals.
  • $150 will provide a behavioral training session for Huck.
  • $300 will provide dental treatment for a painful mouth.
  • $500 will provide spay/neuter operations for 10 animals.

We’ve taught Huck new skills during his time with us, but the truth is that he’s taught us even more. He’s reaffirmed our belief that all animals are individuals who deserve to be treated as such. He’s challenged us to think deeply about the expectations our society places on pets. He’s humbled us with the reminder of how remarkable the bond we share with our companion animals really is.

When we imagine the world through Huck’s eyes, we see the joy of simple things: a good stick to chew, a good plant to sniff, a good ball to chase—a good boy who will give you his heart just as soon as he feels confident enough to lend you his paw.

On behalf of all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for supporting our shelter, our programs, and animals like Huck.

Warmly,

Paige O’Rourke
Director of Operations

P.S. This summer, Animal Aid will begin the process of a complete facility remodel that will allow for the rescue and adoption of up to 25% more cats at our shelter! We hope you’ll consider join us in taking our organization to the next phase of its evolution and its potential by giving to Animal Aid today.