Meet Our Newest Board Member: Meagan Cuthill

Animal Aid is thrilled to announce the addition of Meagan Cuthill to the Animal Aid Board of Directors.

Many Animal Aid volunteers and supporters will recognize Meagan as Animal Aid’s interim Development & Operations Coordinator, filling a critical role for the organization as the search for a permanent staff member was conducted. The Animal Aid staff and board are grateful for Meagan’s continued dedication to Animal Aid as an ongoing volunteer and, now, as its newest board member.

Meagan brings with her an extensive background in news writing, having worked for NewsBeat Social in Portland, Oregon, and interned for CBS Radio in San Francisco and KOMO 4 News in Seattle, among others. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Politics & Media Studies and is currently a Multimedia Writer for KPTV FOX 12, covering daytime web and social media updates. Meagan has been a volunteer with Animal Aid since 2014 and currently serves as a member of the Social Media Committee and as an Emergency Dog Kennel volunteer. Most recently, she has become the proud mom of Samir the cat, an Animal Aid alumni.

“I feel honored to join the Animal Aid Board and become even more involved in the organization I have loved for the past two years and will continue to love,” Meagan said. “Animal Aid is unlike any animal welfare organization I’ve known, and I look forward to helping it shine. I see great potential in Animal Aid’s community recognition and engagement and am happy to take part in realizing that potential! And I’m especially grateful for Animal Aid bringing Samir into my life; he is the best furry friend I could have asked for!”

Please join us in welcoming Meagan to the Animal Aid Board of Directors!

We Can’t Thank You Enough!

We had a record number of locations for our giving trees this past holiday season, and we want to thank the following stores for generously hosting us:

  • Western Pet Supply
  • Mud Bay (Tigard)
  • The Filling Station
  • Healthy Pets Northwest (Multnomah Village)
  • Bark Market
  • Personal Beast
  • Natural Pet Food Solutions
  • Hillsdale Community Church

We even had one volunteer who placed a Giving Tree at her work!

We watched this kindness multiple as donations flowed in from the public—so much so that we’ve only recently been able to gather a complete inventory count. In total, we received:

  • 375 pounds of dry dog food
  • 139 cans of dog food
  • 138 pounds of dry cat food
  • 216 cans of cat food
  • 49 packages of dog treats
  • 9 packages of cat treats
  • 12 greenies
  • 21 cat toys
  • 15 cat wands
  • 20 kongs
  • 100 postage stamps
  • $313.00 in cash/gift cards

We also received smaller amounts of other items like bleach, paper towels, hand sanitizer, kitty litter, stuffed dog toys, a harness, and more. And with the generosity from our Giving Trees being so great, we were able to lend a hand to fellow nonprofits Born Again Pit Bull Rescue and Fido’s Dog Food Bank with surplus donations—a triple win for the animal welfare community!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Giving Trees. The animals will benefit from it all, and we are forever grateful for your support.

Animal Aid Welcomes Director of Operations

Animal Aid is pleased to introduce Paige O’Rourke as its new Director of Operations! Paige is set to join the staff on Feb. 1.

Paige is passionate about animal welfare and thrilled to join the Animal Aid team. For several years she has served as a volunteer for Born Again Pit Bull Rescue (BAPBR), culminating in her role as Co-Director in charge of operations and strategic planning. She has an impressive array of skills and past experiences to bring to the table for shelter operations and outreach.

In addition to her volunteer work, Paige is coming to us from her former position as the Operations Coordinator for the nonprofit Literary Arts, where she managed a wide range of administrative and operational tasks that helped prepare her for this challenging role at Animal Aid. Her background is further augmented by her B.A. in English from Western Oregon University and M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Portland State University.

Paige is excited to apply her skill set to Animal Aid’s operational needs.  

Upon assuming her role as Director of Operations, Paige will step down as Co-Director of BAPBR. Her continued involvement as a board member and volunteer with this wonderful organization speaks to her commitment to animal welfare. We are proud to be able to add her to our staff, professionally and publicly representing Animal Aid.

Please join the staff and Board in welcoming Paige as our newest staff member at Animal Aid!

Huck Needs a Foster Home!

Huck needs an IMMEDIATE foster home. Please SHARE this page or contact us immediately if you are able to foster this dog in urgent need.

Email: or visit: Animal Aid covers all expenses. You provide the love and care.

This adorable 4-year-old yellow lab mix (70 lbs.) really knows his commands, is house trained and loves playtime. Huck’s a bouncy young boy and would do best in a home with adults.


You can see more about me on my bio HERE>

Are you game to play fetch and care for this young and energetic boy? Please email us at:

2016 Happy Tail: Bernice, Buster, and Flora

While they all came from different intakes, Bernice, Buster and Flora were together in Animal Aid’s Main Room and got to know each other this year.  All three cats are young and playful.  

And lucky for Bernice, Buster and Flora, they caught the eye of one adopter: she wanted all three of the young cats! 

While Bernice got to go home with her adopter right away, Flora and Buster had to stay at the shelter a few more weeks because of ringworm.

But that didn’t sway their adopter, she came several times to visit them in their isolation room.  She even rented a 4-wheel drive car on a snowy day when Buster was declared free of ringworm and ready to be picked up!  Finally, by the end of December, all the kitties made it to their shared forever home for a three times the tail-wagging happy tail!

Bernice was adopted in November and Buster and Flora were adopted in December.

2016 Happy Tail: Cole

It’s hard to believe how long Cole, a handsome young black cat, was with Animal Aid.  He spent nearly two years in our care.    

But being passed over by potential adopters didn’t make Cole give up hope on finding his forever family.  And Cole had experienced a tough loss before coming to the shelter.

His former family lost their home to a fire.  Luckily everyone survived, but Cole’s family had to give him up.  

Cole knew his second chance would come – and it did. 

Animal Aid knew Cole would do best in a home with another cat buddy.  And as it turned out, his perfect home was with another Animal Aid alumnus adopted this year.

After Avery was adopted and renamed Aloysious by his new parents, it didn’t take long for them to see he wanted another cat to play with.  So they returned to Animal Aid to add Cole to their family.  

Cole, now called Smoot, is doing great and has a wonderful friendship with Avery.  Both cats are very happy boys!   
Photo courtesy of adopters.  Avery was adopted in January and Cole was adopted in April.  

2016 Happy Tail: Baby

Adorable Baby, an American Eskimo dog with the fluffiest white fur, came to Animal Aid with a kidney condition. Despite her health, this little girl is well-behaved and affectionate – a perfect fit for her forever family.

Baby, now renamed Abby, gives plenty of love to her adopters.  She’s getting used to other dogs and has loved the snowy December days.  Baby also was featured in this happy tail video that played at Animal Aid’s fall fundraiser.  Baby is a Helping Hands pet, so Animal Aid helps pay a portion of her medical bills.  She is now the baby of her own home.     

Baby was adopted in January.

2016 Happy Tail: Gilligan

Gilligan is the type of dog who can melt anyone’s heart.  He came to Animal Aid weighing 40 pounds, a little too large for a French bulldog.  But with his smile and easy to love personality, Animal Aid knew he wouldn’t be without a new home for very long.  And that’s exactly what happened.  

Gilligan’s adopters had never owned a dog before, so they wanted a furry friend who got along with everyone.  Once Gilligan settled into his forever home, the adventures began.  He’s been camping, has played in the snow and proved to be a great addition to his family – who had him included in their Christmas card! Gilligan sure found his perfect home.

Photo courtesy of adopters.  Gilligan was adopted in April.

Winter Letter from Samir

Dear Friend of Animal Aid,

Hi there, I’m Samir!  You may not have met me yet, ‘cause I’ve only been at Animal Aid for a little while, but I couldn’t be happier to be here.

I came to the shelter as a surrendered animal; my people were moving away to escape a domestic violence situation and they couldn’t take me with them.  They told Animal Aid that I lived with other cats, but none of my buddies were dropped off with me.

samir-web0At first, I was really shy and scared at Animal Aid.  I was in a new place without my two-legged and four-legged family.  But after moving into an office with a human, I’ve come out of my shell.  The office human says she’s seen me really blossom.  

Now, I come out to greet visitors instead of staying hidden away in a desk where the human works.  And once I get some pets, I start purring loudly in no time.  I also love sitting on laps.  “Samir” means loyal and charming companion in Arabic, and I sure embody my name!

I’m currently quite a large guy – I weigh over 20 pounds!  I need to lose about 7 pounds to meet my goal weight, so Animal Aid is helping me diet.  They even got me an orange feeding ball to help me get healthier before I get adopted!

This holiday season, please donate to Animal Aid to help them care for pets like me who come from tough circumstances.  We may not have permanent homes, but Animal Aid’s shelter and foster home placements let us rest easy and be loved while we wait for the right people to make us forever members of their families.

By opening your heart and including Animal Aid in your end of year giving, you can help homeless animals in the year ahead.  Donations are all tax-deductible and allow Animal Aid to provide us a comfortable temporary home and all the care we need.

No matter the size of the gift, your support makes a difference: you help make my life better and brighter!

Wishing you a happy pawliday season and a purrfect new year,


How to Help Animal Aid Pets This Holiday Season

gracie-fm-card-rf_2152Amazon Smile: Select Animal Aid, Inc. as your charitable organization on and 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases will be donated to us!

Amazon Wish List: Our animals hope for gifts this time of year too!  We need your help with cat food, cat toys, office supplies, and more. To make it even easier, Amazon will ship your gift directly to the shelter.  Find our Amazon wish list here.

Fred Meyer Rewards: Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Animal Aid! Learn more at