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 https://animalaidpdx.org/heartstrings

Animal Aid Welcomes Three New Board Members


Animal Aid elected three new members to its Board of Directors in July: Nicole Baker, Cheryl Bolotin, and Beth Ernst joined the existing six members.

“The new members have diverse backgrounds and expertise in areas that will help Animal Aid continue to grow and meet the demands of Portland’s homeless pet population. Their compassion for animals has been shown through countless hours volunteering with the organization,” said Board President Gail Luciani.

Nicole Baker has an extensive background in marketing and public relations. She started her career in the 1990s as the Marketing Manager for a Web site development company. She spent much of her time educating the public on the power of the Internet.  She subsequently worked as an Account Manager at the Bernhardt Agency and in Sales Training at Nike. Over the past 15 years, she has owned a variety of businesses, including a construction company and a children’s store.  She is currently helping clients brand their businesses and create a presence on social media. She holds a BA in Public Relations from Pepperdine University. Nicole’s expertise in modern marketing will help expand Animal Aid’s communications efforts. She is currently a member of several Animal Aid committees and has spent time as a Socializer and Caregiver for the animals in the shelter. Nicole shares her home with two daughters, three cats, a dog, and a tortoise.

Cheryl Bolotin is a forward-thinking marketing leader with over 13 years of experience in high-tech and B2B industries with proven success in account management, channel marketing, and project management. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and MBA from the Drucker School of Management. Currently she is an Account Supervisor for a local marketing consulting firm. She is originally from Southern California but has lived in Portland for the past 10 years. Cheryl has been a volunteer with Animal Aid for more than four years. She takes pride in her weekly caregiving at the shelter and volunteering at Animal Aid events. She greatly enjoys being part of the core team that has organized the annual fall fundraiser and takes part in fundraising for the event. Cheryl has been an animal lover her entire life, so volunteering with Animal Aid has been a natural fit. On her free time, she loves to hike with her dog and spend time gardening. She shares her home with a tabby cat and pit-mix pup.

Beth Ernst has spent much of her career in the nonprofit sector, initially doing hands-on work as a child care worker in Denver, Colorado, and Belfast, Ireland. She then moved to the administrative side of nonprofit management for Brethren Volunteer Services in Illinois.  Upon moving to Portland, she joined Animal Aid as the Office Coordinator.  For five years, she was the key administrator for the organization, eventually becoming the Operations Manager. After moving to Vancouver, Washington, she remained an active volunteer with Animal Aid by serving as the Emergency Dog Kennel Coordinator and by being a dog foster. She currently works in administrative support for Clark College. Beth brings with her a rich and vibrant understanding of Animal Aid’s operations, as well as many administrative talents and a passion for animal welfare and rescue. She shares her home with her husband, four cats (all Animal Aid alumni), and an Animal Aid foster dog.

Animal Aid is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that is dedicated to passionately serving animals and the people they love. Started in 1969 by Portland radio personality Jack Hurd as a way to help the many cats abandoned in Laurelhurst Park, Animal Aid quickly resonated with the people of Portland and began helping homeless pets city-wide.

Community Rewards needs re-enrollment!

Fred Meyer rewards

Did you know you can link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Animal Aid and donate to us when you shop? It’s an easy way to give when you shop at Fred Meyer, and we have received hundreds of dollars that have allowed us to help the animals! Important – Fred Meyer has asked people who were already part of the program to re-enroll. If you didn’t get a notice from Fred Meyer, it’s not too late! You can still designate Animal Aid as your charity here!