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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



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