December 15: Yoga with Cats

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, December 13 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, December 13 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

November 17: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, November 15 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, November 17 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

October 20: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, October 18 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, October 18 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

September 15: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, September 13 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, September 13 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Click here to book your spot today.

Setting the Pace: Sasha’s Second-Chance Story

Dear Friend of Animal Aid,

When we first met Sasha, her body told the story of neglect. Patchy fur and irritated skin from poor diet and probable food allergies long untreated. Sore hips and stiff limbs from a life spent looking through the crossbars of a crate. A frame ten pounds underweight and sensitive to unfamiliar touch. That last part is particularly important, because neglect is a psychological state as much as a physical one, and rescue animals carry those scars just as keenly.

Her body told another story, though, this one of acceptance, of resilience, of hope. We saw it in the way her eyes lit and ears perked when she spotted us; in the expectant tilt of her head and eager sway of her tail; in her inspiring ability, despite past treatment, to find joy in her human companions. Animals are constantly teaching us, even in those moments when we’re focused on the idea that we’re the ones helping them. Sasha had every reason to give up on humans altogether, yet she chose to trust—to nuzzle her sugar face into our hands and let us be her second-chance people. When she said yes, so did we.

Animal Aid was founded by a community called together in the name of animals just like Sasha: the neglected, the abandoned, the abused, the forgotten. It was a community united by a belief in our collective responsibility to be their caregivers, guardians, and friends, choosing to work harder, do more, be better, for them. 50 years later, we’re able to continue carrying forward that commitment each day because of your support. Because you’re as determined as we are to be there for animals in need, we’ll always be ready for our next mission, and many more second chances to come.

So many experiences were new or refreshed for Sasha when she entered into Animal Aid’s guardianship and the home of a loving foster family. The ability to roam free in a house, to play tug-of-war, nap on the couch, or simply wander from room to room with her humans. The opportunity for long walks in the fresh air, taking in the sights and smells of rain-soaked neighborhoods, backyard barbecues, and even the ocean after an exhilarating car ride out to the beach. The chance to stretch her limbs in her own backyard, enjoying the cool grass against her paws and sunshine on her back. With the addition of a prescription diet and some much-needed veterinary care, we’ve witnessed a transformation begin to take place in Sasha: the healing of her skin, the loosening of her gait, the strengthening of her physique.

Emotional healing works at its own pace, of course, and that process is different for every animal. For Sasha, neglect resulted in fewer opportunities for socialization, which in turn has made her sensitive to situations that may be commonplace for many dogs but are much less familiar to her. It’s a fairly small thing to be understanding of, given how understanding she has proven to be, and we’re extremely grateful for the ability to give our adoptables the time and resources they need because we are part of a dedicated community.

Sasha’s story is her own, but unfortunately it’s not unique. The needs of each animal who comes into our care are often difficult to predict, but the fact that they’ll need it is beyond a doubt. Your commitment allows us to serve rescue companions wherever they are in their journey—to not only take those next steps with them, but to allow them to set the pace. It’s what gives us the ability to welcome them with open arms into our rescue, to maintain an open mind as we learn about their needs, to present an open heart as they begin to get to know us, and, one day, to hold open the door that leads into their forever home. Sasha’s still waiting for that last one, but in the meantime we’ll stand by her and teach her and learn from her and love her and let her set her own pace. And when she is ready to say yes, so will we.

On behalf of all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for supporting our rescue and dogs like Sasha.

Warmly,

Paige España
Director of Operations

P.S. Animals who have faced neglect expect very little yet deserve so much. Help us give more rescue cats and dogs the care they’ve been waiting for by making a one-time or monthly contribution to Animal Aid today.

August 10-11: Odds & Ends for Furry Friends

Date: Saturday, August 10 + Sunday, August 11

Time: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: SW Auto Body & Frame | 4200 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97221

It’s time for Animal Aid’s annual garage sale, where you can discover treasures for you and your pets! Most items will be name your own price, with 100% of the proceeds going to Animal Aid. The sale will take place at SW Auto Body, just down the hill from our shelter along Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

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.

**FULL CLASS** 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. This class is full Spots in our September-December classes are still available here: https://animalaidpdx.org/category/events/

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.

This class is now full. Spots in our September-December classes are still available here: https://animalaidpdx.org/category/events/

Community Care: 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.

Warmly,
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.

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!