Our Programs

Animal Aid Cares Fund

The Animal Aid Cares Fund was created to help those who are facing urgent and overwhelming veterinary expenses without the means to pay for them. Animal Aid works in partnership with veterinarians across Portland to offer each partner clinic or hospital the ability to submit one grant request per month, at their discretion, to cover medical costs up to $500.

In 2014, we expanded the Cares Fund to incorporate Helping Hands grants. Helping Hands grants were developed to support animals adopted from our shelter who have health or behavioral conditions that make their adoptions more financially challenging to their forever families. The grants can assist with medications, training, or unexpected medical treatment.

In 2015, we began offering Synergy grants to fellow animal welfare nonprofits to assist animals in their care with needs beyond their own financial capacity. Synergy grants are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Click here to donate to the Animal Aid Cares Fund.

Canine Spay/Neuter in Portland (C-SNIP)

Animal Aid’s C-SNIP program is a partnership with Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team to provide funding for canine spay and neuter procedures to homeless and extremely low-income Portland-area residents. This program was initiated thanks to a bequest from the estate of Patricia Smith, a local animal lover who requested that her donation be allocated toward spay and neuter operations. Currently, C-SNIP funds 100% of PAW Team’s spay/neuter surgeries and, since the program’s start in May of 2015, has assisted more than 800 dogs.

For more information on PAW Team’s hours, services, and how to qualify, please visit www.pawteam.org.


The Heartstrings program is a wonderful way to make an impact in the lives of Animal Aid’s shelter 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 while they wait for their forever homes. With a donation of $25 or more, you or your recipient will receive a personalized thank you card and a postcard all about your chosen Heartstrings Pet.

Click here to donate to the Heartstrings program, or learn more about our Heartstrings pets here.