August 24: Pints for Paws @ The Civic

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop | 621 SW 19th Avenue, PDX, OR 97205

Stop by The Civic on Saturday, August 24, between 2-5 PM for Pints for Paws. $2 from every rescue pint will be donated to Animal Aid, and you can even get your beer in an Animal Aid glass! Civic is a dog-friendly establishment: Leashed, dog-friendly pups are welcome. Animal Aid will be onsite for yappy hour raffles and giveaways.

August 18: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, August 16 at 5:00 PM is required. Click here to book your spot today.

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining us at the Animal Aid shelter for yoga with cats! Classes are taught by Yoga NW owner Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat and arrive at the shelter a little before the start of class.

Advance sign-up is required by Friday, August 16 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

July 28: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, July 26 at 5:00 PM is required. Click here to book your spot today.

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining us at the Animal Aid shelter for yoga with cats! Classes are taught by Yoga NW owner Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat and arrive at the shelter a little before the start of class.

Please note: Advance sign-up is required by Friday, July 26 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

Caring for a Community: The Animal Aid Cares Fund

Dear friend of Animal Aid,

Alfie. Shyla. Jinxie. Odis. Buster. Dolly.
Queenie. Crabapple. Chuck Mantooth.
Luna. Petey. Nutmeg. Felix. Pickles.
Momo. Saddie. Sassafras. Little Boss.
Remie. Betty. Roger. Buddha. Dacotah Marie.

These are the names of just some of the animals that have been a part of our Cares Fund over the past eight years. Created to help pet guardians facing urgent but overwhelming veterinary expenses, the Animal Aid Cares Fund provides financial assistance for emergency medical or behavioral care. To do so, Animal Aid works in collaboration with local veterinary clinics to offer each partner practice the ability to submit at least one grant request per month, at their discretion, to cover costs up to $500.00 per grant. In 2014, we further developed the Cares Fund by
establishing Helping Hands grants, which support animals adopted from our shelter whose health or behavioral conditions make their adoptions more financially challenging to their forever families.

This year, we’re expanding the Cares Fund to include more veterinary partners across Portland so that we can be a resource to pets and pet guardians throughout the city. We’ve also broadened our program to incorporate assistance for behavioral care, because we know that, right beside medical expenses, behavior concerns are one of the leading
reasons for an animal to be surrendered to a shelter. Since 2011, the Cares Fund has provided more than $33,000 in lifesaving grants. But we need your assistance to continue making our assistance possible: Will you help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 for the Animal Aid Cares Fund?

Unlike the cats and dogs in our shelter and foster program, we can tell you very little about most of our Cares Fund recipients beyond their names and what brought them to one of our partner clinics: Dental extractions.
Urinary blockages. Bladder stones. Heart problems. Ear Surgery. Knee surgery. Hematoma surgery. Splenectomy. Growth removals. Foreign body removals. Bites. Broken limbs. The list goes on.

With names like Chuck Mantooth, Sassafras, and Little Boss, it’s no stretch to imagine their personalities. We’ll have to settle for imagining them, too, because the moment when their journeys crossed paths with our rescue was brief. That’s okay, though, because that’s what the Animal Aid Cares Fund is all about: Quietly stepping in to assist those in need, and just as quietly stepping back out, so that those animals and their humans can get back to the work that
matters most—caring for each other.

The need never stops—in fact, every day it seems to grow—and the job of caring for a community takes a community. Can we count on you to care, too? Whether you’re able to give $5 or $500, your contribution to the Animal Aid Cares Fund helps pet guardians like your neighbor, or your friend’s neighbor, or the person you sat by on the bus ride home, or the family you stood next to in line at the grocery store, or perhaps, as we’ve found to be the case, someone you’ll never meet at all.

We don’t know who will need the Cares Fund next or when exactly they will need it, but we know
without a doubt that they will need it. And when that moment comes, we’ll get to learn their name and
their need, and much of the rest will be left to the imagination—to envisioning what the years after that
moment meant for those animals and their families. One thing is certain, however: Because of your
support, because you chose to care, that moment will be life-changing.

On behalf of all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for supporting our rescue, the Cares Fund, and animals in
need throughout our community.

Paige España
Director of Operations

P.S. If you are able, please consider becoming a sustaining donor to the Animal Aid Cares Fund with a monthly contribution to the program. With a donation of $50 a month (less than $2 a day), you can provide one additional lifesaving grant per year to an animal in need of urgent care.

June 29-30: Portland International Beerfest

Date: Saturday, June 29, from 6:00-10:00 PM & Sunday, June 30, from 12:00-3:00 PM

Location: North Park Blocks | 235 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Get your taste of some great beers and support Animal Aid while you do it! We’ll once again be joining our friends Indigo Rescue, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and Oregon Spay Neuter Fund at the Portland International Beerfest, where we’ll be pouring beers from around the world! Learn more about PIB at

In Memoriam

We celebrate the life of George Navarro, who sadly passed away on March 1. George and his surviving wife, Lucia, have been constant and ardent supporters of Animal Aid for nearly 50 years after becoming fans of our founder, Jack Hurd, in the 1970’s.

We fondly remember George as someone who had a giant space in his soul for creatures big and small. He consciously left a small footprint on this planet, but made a huge impact on our world. On behalf of all of the animals he helped over the last five decades and throughout his life, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts!

A Year in Review & Thank You

2018 was a significant year for our rescue as we commenced the second phase of our Shelter TransFURmation and completely remodeled our adoption floor and administrative space. We’re thankful for all of the animals who joined our shelter, our programs, and our hearts this past year and beyond, and we’re forever grateful for your support to make it happen.

As we continue into 2019 and our 50th anniversary year, we look forward to more peaceful purrs, more prancing paws, and more opportunities to be part of their journey into your arms.

Thank you for making this work possible.

Home for the holidays: Audrey & Midas

Dear friend of Animal Aid,

One thousand, one hundred and seventy-seven days. 

That’s how long bonded pair Audrey and Midas patiently waited to spend the holidays in their forever home. Rescued in 2015 from a backyard breeder alongside more than 40 cats and numerous snakes, Audrey and Midas came to Animal Aid having suffered physical and emotional neglect for their entire lives. We can only imagine the nightmares they experienced: scarcity and competition for food; lack of proper medical care; absence of human contact and comfort. Covered in mats and ear mites, and terrified of human touch, it was obvious that they had a long road ahead of them.

Thankfully, that road led them to Animal Aid, where instead of a cage, they were given a free-roam room, complete with windows for sunbathing, meals delivered straight to their cat tree, and plenty of cozy places to hide away from the people so eager to show them the kinder side of humanity. Because when you’ve been freed from a world of fear, sometimes what you need just as much as a world of compassion is a world of time. So it was time that we gave them. Time to explore their new landscape at their own pace. Time to observe us and assess our intentions. Time to snuggle into each other’s fur, just a little less burdened than they were the day before.

As a no-kill rescue, this is the bedrock of our work: to provide time—even if that means a lifetime—to our adoptables. It’s for animals like Audrey and Midas that this commitment matters most, and it’s through support from community members like you that we’re able to fulfill this mission. With your support, we’re able to open our doors to cats and dogs in need. With your support, we can provide them with individualized attention, including any and all medical or behavioral care. With your support, we have time to give them time to find their way home.

While we make it happen, it’s you that make it possible, which is why I hope you’ll choose to continue your support by making a year-end donation to Animal Aid. It only takes a minute to give, but the difference it makes for animals like Audrey and Midas lasts a lifetime:

• A $10 donation provides flea treatment or a microchip for an animal.
• A $60 donation provides a month of high quality food for a homeless pet.
• A $100 donation provides veterinary exams for four animals.
• A $300 donation provides a dental cleaning for a painful mouth.
• A $500 donation provides spay/neuter operations for 10 animals.
• A $1,000 donation provides surgery for an injury or medical condition.

Despite all that Audrey and Midas have been through, what stands out most about them is how incredibly bonded they are to one another. The love that they were denied by humans in those early years of their lives, they poured into each other. They became each other’s lifeline. And because of your generosity, we were able to provide them with the safety net they needed and the promise that they would always be together, whether at our shelter, in a foster home, or perhaps, one day, in a forever home of their own.

We didn’t know when Audrey and Midas would find their forever home, and honestly, we weren’t sure if Animal Aid might not end up being that place. And we were ready, should that be the case—to watch over them, to take care of them, to be there for them as long as it took. Then one day it happened: After more than three years in shelter and a lifetime’s worth of waiting, in walked the person who would spend several hours over several days visiting them, asking questions about them, studying them while being studied by them, and, ultimately, welcoming them home for the very first time.

Adoption delivery days at Animal Aid are always joyful, often tearful, and full of promise: The promise of new beginnings, nurturing companionship, and a lifelong commitment from Animal Aid to be there in whatever way our rescue animals, both adoptable and alumni, truly need us.

On behalf of all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for supporting our rescue and animals like Audrey and Midas.


Paige España
Director of Operations

P.S. While Audrey and Midas are home for the holidays, each day brings more animals who need our individualized care and lifelong commitment. Please help us to be their lifeline to a brighter tomorrow by making a one-time or monthly donation to Animal Aid today.

Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on 11/27

It’s TransFURmation Tuesday, and we’ve got our largest newly renovated free-roam cat room to share! We’re so excited to have this space nearly completed and ready to hand over to our rescue kitties, but we feel like something’s still missing….Be sure to check your inbox on Giving Tuesday on November 27 (that’s one week from today!) to find out how you can help us make this and our other 11 free-roam rooms into the purrfect spaces for our shelter cats! With your help, we hope to make this Giving Tuesday our most transFURmative one yet!

P.S. Haven’t heard about our Shelter TransFURmation remodel before? Learn more today at!

The Long Way Home: Neil the Heartstrings Dog

Dear Friend of Animal Aid,

Neil first came to our rescue in the fall of 2011, a young adult dog from a large county shelter who was suffering from the stress of life in a kennel. At the time, that’s pretty much all we knew about him. As we came to understand his likes (neighborhood walks, playtime in the yard, barking at friendly passersby), his dislikes (cats, lazy mornings, people invading his personal bubble), and his needs (patience, perceptiveness, an appreciation for his independent nature), Neil’s unique personality revealed itself to us. Three homes and seven years later, our journey to find Neil’s match continues. Neil is a Heartstrings animal: a harder-to-place dog in search of a meant-to-be companion.

Many of our Heartstrings cats and dogs are long-time residents who are still waiting for their forever family. They may be senior pets getting overlooked for the youngsters, animals with a medical condition, shy pets in need of extra reassurance, or animals with behavioral struggles due to abuse, neglect, or under-socialization.

That last description fits Neil. It’s likely that at some point during his early life, Neil experienced trauma that has made him react defensively to hands reaching for him. We can only guess what Neil encountered to create this reflex, and we can only imagine how hard it must be on him in a world where the common response to his wide, toothy smile and energetic disposition is to want to praise him with petting. What we do know is that Neil is in need of a little extra space, the freedom to be himself, and help to navigate his path through life with both tools for managing his fears and respect for his particular framework of happiness. When you give to the Heartstrings program, you help us provide the best care for every animal who enters our rescue and enters your heart—especially the ones, like Neil, who may be taking the long way home.

We know that you know Neil’s story, because it’s a story that is becoming all too familiar for homeless animals across our city and across the nation. It’s common to label dogs like Neil “difficult” or a “challenge,” but the real challenge lies with us. Will you join us in stepping up to that challenge? Together we can honor every Heartstrings pet’s individual needs. Together, we can work to make the world a safer, healthier, happier place for them. Together, we can be their next good thing.


Paige España
Director of Operations

P.S. Interested in learning more about Neil? Check out his full bio on our website and send your questions to Or, if there isn’t room in your home for a special needs pet, we hope you’ll find room in your heart and donate to the Heartstrings program and animals like Neil today.