Giving Tuesday Raises Thousands for Animal Aid

On Giving Tuesday, the biggest giving day of the year across the globe, Animal Aid supporters wowed us with their donations.  Our original goal was to raise $750 for upgrades to our emergency dog kennel.  But before noon on Nov. 29, we had already surpassed that goal.  Donations and #unselfie pictures kept coming in.

In total, we received $2,728 in donations on Giving Tuesday – that’s nearly quadruple the amount we hoped to raise in one day.

unselfiesmick-crop-thank-youWe were so humbled to see the generosity of our donors.

Every donation counts towards making a homeless pet’s life better while they are in our care.  Animal Aid cats and dogs cannot thank our supporters enough!

Fall Newsletter: Three Easy Ways to Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

lilah-wine-rf_1040Animal Aid Wines: These wines make great holiday gifts, with labels featuring adopted Animal Aid cats and dogs.  Wine sale profits go directly to Animal Aid to help fulfill our mission. Order today for the holidays at

Amazon 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!

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


Fall Newsletter: Alex Hussey, Serving the Animals

img_5459Army veteran Alex Hussey first heard about Animal Aid through the Wounded Warriors Project after looking for volunteer opportunities in the Portland area involving animals.

Animal Aid caught his eye after he learned of its front entrance ramp and single floor visiting rooms.  These are necessary shelter features for Alex; he lost both of his legs in Afghanistan.

While serving with the Fourth Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in 2012,  Alex  was seriously wounded after a hidden explosive device detonated underneath him.

Alex required immediate medical attention, followed by years of intense rehabilitation—including learning how to eat and speak again.

Alex returned home to Oregon two years ago and has been “an animal lover his whole life” from “growing up with five cats—one for each family member.”

Since last year, Alex has been an Animal Aid socializer on Tuesday afternoons.

Alex says the most rewarding part of socializing is “feeling the love from all of the cats.”

Meagan Cuthill

Fall Newsletter: Tips from the Vet: Pets and the Holidays

Let’s keep holidays happy for pets as well as for people!

In the upcoming onslaught of holidays, we need to stay aware of possible hazards to our furry family members.  The signature feasts at Thanksgiving and Christmas offer so many tempting smells we need to keep pets from helping themselves to unattended plates and glasses, leftovers not securely stored or disposed of, and guests giving in to begging because changes in diet, fatty or spicy foods, bones or possible bone pieces can wreak havoc on a pet’s digestive system.  Vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis or even an obstruction or perforation could ruin your gathering and even threaten your pet’s life.

Remember too, that access to chocolate and other items that are sweetened with xylitol will still be present as will macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, unbaked yeast dough, alcoholic eggnogs and other items are fine for people but toxic to pets.  A tiny bit of boneless turkey meat, or better yet, some green beans or a little sweet potato stuffed into a Kong or in their dish with their usual fare is generally safe if you feel you simply must let them share your feast.  In case of any illness or change in behavior, contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic.

Beyond foods, decorations and toys can hold risks: the pollen from lilies in a centerpiece can injure your cat’s kidneys, even if she doesn’t snack on the petals or leaves.  Many houseplants are somewhat toxic: check the ASPCA website for excellent pictures of toxic plants (  It’s safest to just keep plants out of reach of pets.  Toys, table or tree décor and gift wrappings can feature ribbons, strings, long feathers, fronds, or wires, all of which can entice playfulness in a pet but are dangerous if swallowed.  Keep them out of reach or securely behind closed doors.

I have known a hound who found the six boxes of extra-special Belgian chocolates brought from Europe, lovingly wrapped, placed under the family tree; he opened and ate every package in a 15 minute lapse of human attention. Young pets, pets new to the household or shy and anxious pets are particularly at risk of dashing out a momentarily opened door when visitors are arriving or leaving;  if pets can be comfortable in a quiet room away from the party they may be much happier and certainly safer there.

Be sure they are wearing identification on their collars and are microchipped and the chips are registered so that if they do escape, they have the best chance of being identified and reunited with you.  Walking around the neighborhood with flashlights and raincoats, calling your pet’s name, is no way to end a party.  Let your houseguests know your pet’s routines, so they won’t let the indoor-only cat outside or fail to alert you to the dog scratching at the door or whining.  If your pet does escape, post notices and notify local animal control agencies and veterinary offices immediately, and do keep searching: most of the time the pet is simply frightened, has found a seemingly safe place to hole up for a little while, and will come out and be seen by someone within a few hours.

With planning and foresight, we’ll all enjoy our holidays safely and securely.

Dr. Andy Frost, Board of Directors and veterinarian at Pacific Veterinary Hospital


Fall Newsletter: Happy Tails: Animal Aid Alumni One Year Later

Any Animal Aid adoption counselor can tell you how joyful it is to take a cat or dog home to his or her forever home.  But another special occasion is celebrating those same pet placements down the line, after cats and dogs have settled in with their adopters, whom they now know as family.

We would like to recognize the one-year adoption anniversaries of the 28 animals who were adopted between August and December of 2015.

ophelia-th-img_3268One of those adoption anniversaries was Ophelia.  Before coming to Animal Aid, she spent about six weeks on the street.  That’s a tough situation for any cat, but it was even harder for Ophelia as she was born without eyes.  She was alone in a world of darkness.  Now a year later, Ophelia has the love of her adoptive mom in a safe home.

To hear more about Ophelia’s happy tail, visit

All of the cats and dogs Animal Aid cares for currently are hoping to become Animal Aid alumni soon too.

With continued donor support, homeless cats and dogs could be celebrating their adoption anniversaries this time next year.

Pledge to help Animal Aid today.  You can donate online at


Fall Newsletter: Cats Who Fly: Two Louisiana Kitties Come to Animal Aid

jazzy-and-buster-rf_0640Flooding over the summer left the state of Louisiana in shambles and several of its animal shelters overwhelmed by the amount of homeless animals.

Wings of Rescue, which flies at risk healthy pets from high intake shelters to no-kill shelters, had a plane fly west to help save dozens of furry lives from the floods.  The plane included two cats bound for Animal Aid.

Now Jazzy and Buster are honorary Oregonians.  Jazzy has found her forever home and Buster is available for adoption.  Learn more about Buster at

We are proud our shelter could get Buster and Jazzy out of a tragic and dangerous situation.


Fall Newsletter: Paws Up for Foster Parents

neil-th-img_8189Neil, a  small terrier Shiba Inu mix, was homeless and in a high-kill shelter. Things looked up after he was placed in a home but then that fell through, leaving Neil discouraged and insecure.  But now Neil lives in a foster home arranged by Animal Aid while he waits for his permanent home.

All dogs, and some cats, in Animal Aid’s care are placed into foster homes while they await adoption.  For our foster parents, we cover all pet expenses while they provide the love.

Foster homes provide animals individualized care and socialization to ensure they will be easy to place in new homes and be adopted by families that can best meet their needs.  Without foster homes,  Animal Aid wouldn’t be able to adopt out dogs.

Animal Aid dogs have come from the streets, abusive homes and overcrowded shelters, but they feel safe and secure with their foster parents and ensured care.                  

Become a foster parent, save a life.

Contact Or make a donation to Animal Aid to support our Foster Home Program.


Fall Newsletter: Leo’s Journey with Animal Aid

leo-th-img_2285Despite his creamy fur and calm demeanor, Leo is a senior kitty who’s had a rough time.

Leo first came to Animal Aid at the beginning of 2014.  After some time in the shelter, Leo went into a foster home, back to Animal Aid and then to another foster home.

While in his second foster home this year, Leo was diagnosed with a condition he was born with which made his retina detach in one of his eyes.  Because of this condition, Leo’s left eye had to be removed. He also has kidney disease.

Thanks to generous donations, Animal Aid was able to pay for Leo’s eye surgery and has made him comfortable in the shelter’s blue room, where he currently resides.

Leo embodies the type of animal that Animal Aid hopes to help under its mission of compassion for sick and harder to place pets.

Leo is member pet of Animal Aid’s Heartstrings program, which allows donors to sponsor long-time shelter residents.

Heartstrings pets may be senior animals getting passed by for younger pets, formerly abused and neglected pets needing more tender loving care, shy pets requiring extra reassurance from people or animals with medical conditions.

Animal Aid knows Leo’s forever family is out there.  Your donation to the Heartstrings program can help Leo continue to be well taken care of during his time at the shelter.

Learn more about the Heartstrings program at