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Thank you for helping us raise over $7K for the Animal Aid Cares Fund!

We are thrilled to announce that our Resource Coordinator, Julie, shed her hair this past Saturday at our St. Pawtrick’s Day event—and you made it happen!

We are in awe of our supporters, who rallied together to raise $7,405 for the Animal Aid Cares Fund during our Shedding Her Hair For Animal Care campaign.

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. 100% of the program’s funds go directly to the care and well-being of animals throughout our community. With your help, more animals like Havko, Little Boss, Shadow, and Curtis—Cares Fund recipients whose stories we shared these past few weeks—will be able to receive the urgent medical attention they need.

We also want to give a warm thank you to Jack, Cindy, and the entire staff of Jack’s Tap Room, who hosted us for the evening and donated 15% of their sales for the day to the animals in our care.

We are humbled and thankful for all of you who believe in Animal Aid’s mission and help us care for the animals. We cannot do what we do without you. Thank you!

Single Canine Seeks Active Human Companion Skilled in Belly Rubs and Butt Scratches

Hi! The name’s Huck. Or Huckleberry. Or Good Boy. Heck, if you’ve got a treat on you, you can call me Shirley.

I’m a 70-pound goof ball, which initially led the Animal Aid staff to believe I was around one-year-old and still going through my puppy stage; turns out, however, I’m closer to four and just extra young at heart. The staff and volunteers at Animal Aid have been keeping me busy learning lots of new commands like “Go to bed” and “Wait” and “Stay” and “Come,” on top of the basics I already know like “Sit” and “Down” and “Shake.” Man, with so many commands, I get confused sometimes, but I’m tryin’ and getting better every day!

Given all of the changes I’ve experienced in the last few months of my life, I’m often intimidated by new people and need slow introductions and human companions who will help me channel my energy appropriately. For this reason, I would do best in an adult-only home and need to be the only pet. (Don’t worry: I promise to shower you with as much attention and affection as you want!)

The best guess on my breed is a Labrador/Great Dane mix. If you’re looking for a running partner, hiking partner, or all-around active buddy, I’m your guy! I also like my toys and will play fetch, but I’m not obsessive. Did I mention I love belly rubs and butt scratches? Because I’m a big boy, a home with a fenced yard would be best.

Now that you know all about me, here’s the deal: I’m in urgent need of a foster or forever home. The Animal Aid staff and volunteers have been so great to me, but shelter life is hard on a guy like me. I need someone who can give me individualized attention and help show me the world isn’t such an intimidating place–not as long as I’m with you anyway.

If you’re ready to meet me, please fill out a foster application or an adoption application, and a member of the Animal Aid team will be in touch with you.



P.S. If you foster me, Animal Aid will provide all the supplies, vet care, and training you need to keep me at my best! And when you adopt from Animal Aid, you become a part of the family for life, so you’ll always have someone to turn to for advice about any of my health or wellness needs.

[Please note: Due to our preference to view the potential home and interview the prospective guardian, Animal Aid rarely adopts out of the Portland metro area.]

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.