March 2: Dine & Donate at Rudy’s Pizza

Date: Saturday, March 2

Time: 1:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza | 2443 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Join us at Rudy’s for gourmet pizza, including many vegan and vegetarian options! When you dine in or pick up, don’t forget to mention you’re supporting Animal Aid (you can also show them this ad on your phone), and 20% of the proceeds from your purchase go to our rescue!

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.

March 24: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, march 24, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, March 22 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 by Friday, March 22 at 5:00 PM is required. Click here to book your spot today.

February 17: Yoga with Cats

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Animal Aid | 5335 SW 42nd Avenue

Cost: $20. Advance sign-up by Friday, February 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 by Friday, February 15 at 5:00 PM is required. Click here to book your spot today.

February 16: Benefit Concert

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019

Time: Doors open at 8:30 PM; music starts at 9:00 PM

Location: High Water Mark Lounge | 6800 NE MLK

Cost: $8. Tickets available online until 5:00 p.m. on February 15; tickets available at the door after that. Click here to buy your tickets via PayPal now.

Join us for a benefit concert at the High Water Mark on Saturday, February 16, featuring ChildspeakOther Lights, and Dog Years. These amazing bands are donating their time and musical talent, with 100% of your $8 ticket/cover charge being donated to our rescue! Venue opens at 8:30, and bands will start playing at 9:00.

Tickets available online until 5:00 p.m. on February 15; tickets available at the door after that. Click here to buy your tickets via PayPal now.

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.

Warmly,

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 https://animalaidpdx.org/campaign!

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.

Warmly,

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 adopt-dog@animalaidpdx.org. 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.

Introducing the 24 Karat Kitty

Dear Friend of Animal Aid,

“Give me your hand, and I’ll have all the strength I need.”

If Goldie could speak our language, we think this would be her motto for life. Arriving at our shelter as a trembling bundle of matted fur, Goldie had every reason to feel a little more than fed up. At twelve years old, she looks closer to sixteen and weighs less than half of that, battling a persistent barrage of ailments: hyperthyroidism, kidney issues, a shaky body, an irritable left eye, and a right leg that goes in whatever direction it pleases (the result of an old, unknown injury). Having had a person to call her own for at least the past two years of her life, her human’s passing left Goldie homeless once more.

The key word here, however, is battling. Having come to us in an understandable state of duress, it was this frail kitty’s inner warrior that came out immediately. We see it in the way that she steels herself for her daily medications; in her resolute steadiness during another trimming to get rid of the mats in her fur; in the way that she approaches a tough road to better health with patience and a bit of well-placed moxie. She has patently refused to give in, and in spite of all that she’s dealing with, Goldie’s love for people shines through, bright and dazzling. It’s unmistakable, radiating outward when she looks up and sees you heading her way. Or when she’s fresh and rested and feeling particularly spunky. Or when you manage to find exactly the right spot under her chin that sets her foot tapping to a fluttering beat. Or, sometimes, when she simply rests her paw on your hand as if to say, “Please, won’t you stay awhile?”

When Goldie looked into our eyes and asked us this question, there was only one way we could respond: Yes, we’ll stay, for as long you need us.

At Animal Aid, that’s our commitment: To be there for homeless cats and dogs—whenever they need us, however they need us, for as long as they need us.

It’s a commitment to welcoming animals into our facility who aren’t thriving in larger shelters and working diligently to find them the best possible furever homes. It’s a commitment to operating a no-kill, free-roam shelter and a network of foster homes so that they never have to live in cages. It’s a commitment to arranging any and all medical care and training that will allow them to live the healthiest, carefree lives they can. It’s a commitment to providing a place to stay for as long as they need, even if that means the rest of their lives, and a lifetime return policy so that they will always have a safe haven. It’s a commitment to remodeling our shelter so that we can rescue more animals, and to partnering with other organizations so that pets and their people can stay together whenever possible. It’s a commitment to standing by our animals during all the stages of their life: young or old, healthy or sick, shy or headstrong, easygoing or in need of extra tenderness and time.

It’s a commitment that, like Goldie’s paw, we hold close to our hearts—but the truth is we can’t do it without your help. Will you join our commitment to Goldie and all of the animals in our care?

Your support allows us to serve our rescue animals in every way:

  • 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 specialist exam for a special needs pet like Goldie.
  • A $500 donation provides spay/neuter operations for 10 animals.
  • A $1,000 donation provides surgery to treat an injury or medical condition.

And if you are able, please consider the option to give monthly: With a gift of just $5 a month, your generosity will have an ongoing impact on the life of a homeless pet in need.

When you hear about animals like Goldie, a senior pet with a laundry list of special needs and more to come, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. For us, however, it’s part and parcel of our mission to reduce animal suffering and honor our pledge to be kind, compassionate, respectful, and responsible stewards. And in return, we’re gifted tenfold—with animated chirps of greeting in the morning; with gentle head butts of affection; with intricate, impressionistic nap time poses; with sage eyes full of love ready to be shared at the touch of a paw.

We’re committed to serving animals, and with your help, we’ll continue to shape new beginnings for the ones who need us most. On behalf of Goldie and all of us at Animal Aid, thank you for your support.

Warmly,

Paige España
Director of Operations

P.S. Though pets like Goldie never ask for much, they often need extra care to help them stay healthy and comfortable. Please consider making a one-time or monthly contribution to Animal Aid today so that all of our animals can put their best paw forward.