PDX International Beerfest: Saturday, June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23

Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

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 www.portland-beerfest.com

Furlandia 2018: Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27

Dates: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Airport Hotel | 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland OR 97220

Join us at Furlandia, Portland’s anthropomorphic arts convention, where Animal Aid will be the charity of honor for the 4th year in a row! Help raise funds for our shelter by bidding on items available in this year’s brand new charity auction. Learn more about Furlandia at www.furlandia.org/2018.

Sprouts & Sparkles Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: SW Auto Body | 4200 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy

Get everything you need for an amazing season of gardening at Animal Aid’s plant sale, where you’ll find hundreds of plant starts available for purchase: Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, various flowers, and much more! We’ll also be selling a variety of spiffy new pet supplies and handcrafted jewelry items—the perfect gifts for everyone in your family!

Animal Aid PDX Day: Monday, April 30

Date: Monday, April 30

Time: All day

Location: www.rescuechocolate.com

Make your National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day extra special: Buy items from Rescue Chocolate at www.rescuechocolate.com anytime on Monday, April 30, using the code ANIMALAID, and our rescue will receive $1 for every item purchased! Plus, you’ll receive a free fix bar just for being a part of our day! Rescue Chocolate is 100% vegan, organic, and handcrafted.

How it works: Enter “Animal Aid PDX” into the Notes field at checkout and your purchase will benefit our shelter! To receive your free Fix bar, add the bar to your shopping cart and then enter the discount code ANIMALAID. That’s it!

Yoga with Cats: Sunday, April 29

Date: Sunday, April 29

Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.

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

Cost: $20

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining us at the Animal Aid shelter for Yoga with Cats from noon to 1:00 p.m. These classes are taught by Yoga NW instructor Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat (all other props supplied) and arrive at the shelter at 11:45 a.m.  Please note: Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early: www.animalaidpdx.org/monetary

Become a part of the fabric of our shelter by donating to our facility remodel this season

“The heart dog is born with great purpose, but he looks like any other.
He will find you, walk by you, and leave you better than you were…
The heart dog is one you needed more than he needed you.”

– Cristine Dahl, “My Heart Dog”

Dear friend of Animal Aid,

If we asked you to tell us about your heart cat or dog, what would you say? Would you describe their physical characteristics in vivid detail or delve straight to the core of their personality? Would you share the day you met, your life together, the moment you knew they were the one? Would you break out in a smile or in tears? Perhaps you’d simply look us in the eye and share something that goes beyond words.

Our work at Animal Aid began from this same ineffable relationship. In 1969, we set out to provide for the animals in need in our community, and what we were provided with in return was an identity and a purpose. We found ourselves in the hearts of our rescue animals and made it our lifework to serve their needs first.

Now, nearly 50 years later, that bond and the mission that emerged from it are stronger than ever. But we need your help to see us through the next 50 years and beyond.

This summer, we broke ground on our Shelter TransFURmation Remodel Capital Campaign, a two-year, $300,000 renovation project that will expand our rescue capacity by 25 percent. Phase 1 of the remodel—completed this November—saw our ground floor converted from basement storage space to a second operational level of the shelter, including the construction of two new cat intake rooms, a new meeting room, and the refurbishment of our emergency dog kennel, laundry nook, restroom, and animal care supply storage.

When we begin Phase 2 in 2018, we’ll add three new cat rooms to our upper floor and undertake major renovations to our current animal care, administrative, and exterior spaces, including an upgraded lobby, a pedestrian walkway, and a giant cat tree that will serve as the focal point of our main free-roam cat room.

But what does all of this mean for the animals we serve?

It means we’ll be able to rescue more animals with behavioral needs like Bixby and Eugene, who both came to Animal Aid extremely frightened of the world around them. Now, through the attention and care of our staff and volunteers, the benefit of a free-roam shelter environment, and the time necessary to build their confidence, both cats have made considerable strides, with Bixby’s forever mom describing him as “the sweetest cat I’ve ever known.”

      

It means we’ll be able to foster more senior dogs like Barney and Ruthie, for whom a larger shelter environment is particularly overwhelming. Today, both pups enjoy the tranquility of their foster homes, with our emergency dog kennel ready to serve as a home-away-from-foster-home should the need arise.

     

It means we’ll be able to shelter more cats with medical or dietary needs like Gloria and Diego, whose food allergies used to leave them feeling itchy and uncomfortable and who subsequently benefit from a room of their own to maintain their special diets. These days, both kitties enjoy their own cat suites and room service meals catered to their specific needs.

     

Our work is only made possible through your generosity, and every dollar counts, now more than ever:

  • $10 will help pay for a giant cat tree and bench seating in our largest cat room, for greater enrichment and interaction.
  • $50 will help pay for a walkway between parking lots, for enhanced safety.
  • $100 will help pay for new windows throughout the shelter, for increased comfort and decreased utility costs.
  • $500 will help pay for cat condos, to give animals new to the shelter a chance to adjust to their surroundings.
  • $1000 will help pay for one of the 20 new or renovated animal care and administrative spaces throughout our facility, to expand our rescue capacity.

When you donate to our Shelter TransFURmation, you quite literally become a part of the fabric of our shelter, contributing to a loving refuge for countless animals now and in the future—animals who may be abandoned, abused, injured, or elderly; who may have special behavioral, medical, or dietary needs; who may simply need a safe place to rest their paws while they wait to find you.

On behalf of all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for supporting our shelter, our programs, and the animals that we passionately serve.

Warmly,

Paige O’Rourke
Director of OperationsP.S. Interested in other ways to contribute to our remodel? Visit our website to learn about room sponsorship opportunities and our donor recognition wall!

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: