Our Heartstrings animals










About the Heartstrings program

The Heartstrings program is a wonderful way to make an impact in the lives of Animal Aid animals. Many of our Heartstrings pets are long-time residents who are still waiting for their forever family. They may be senior pets getting passed by for the youngsters, formerly abused and neglected pets needing more tender loving care, shy pets requiring extra reassurance, or animals with a medical condition. Sponsoring a Heartstrings Pet is a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a friend or family member, including furry, four-legged ones.

100% of the proceeds go to providing ALL of our animals with the best care (including medical attention) while they wait for their forever homes. With a donation of $25 or more, you’ll receive:

  • A certificate of appreciation
  • A photo and bio of your chosen pet
  • A note of gratitude

Heartstrings FAQs

What happens if my sponsored animal gets adopted?

We know you are as happy as we are that someone has fallen in love with your sponsored animal, but it does leave a little hole in your heart. Not to worry, we’ll work with you to select another animal to sponsor.

What if my life changes and I have to discontinue my sponsorship?

Not to worry. We understand that life is complicated and unforeseen events can occur that may necessitate the end of your sponsorship. If this happens, please e-mail the Heartstrings coordinator at heartstrings@AnimalAidPDX.org that you are no longer able to participate in the program. No monies can be refunded; however, you may discontinue any remaining recurring payments–just remember to do it before the next payment is drawn from your account.

Does my sponsorship go to the care of just my chosen pet?

Your contributions are pooled to provide benefits and services for ALL of the needy animals in our care. Your kindness and generosity will touch each one of these precious pets.

Can I visit my chosen pet?

You are welcome, and encouraged, to visit your sponsored cat at Animal Aid during regular shelter hours. All of the dogs and a few cats are in foster homes. If you are interested in adopting one of the pets in foster care, please complete an adoption application and a “meet and greet” visit can be scheduled.

I have more questions about this program. Who can I contact?

If you do not find an answer to your question here, please email us at heartstrings@AnimalAidPDX.org.