Running across a stray brings sadness to the heart dog lovers everywhere, and the pooch-savvy population of Northwest Portland often wants to help these woeful animals find a loving home. Various resources exist to this end, with some of the networks serving the City of Roses for decades.
Animal Aid PDX has been open since 1969, operating as a no-kill shelter that serves all of the city and hosts a website with details about how to help out an abandoned or stray animal unable to survive in the wild. Cats and dogs alike are taken into the shelter to preserve life, though most of the dogs are placed in foster care as soon as possible instead of being kept in a cage until someone adopts them.
One key goal of Animal Aid PDX is to increase awareness and education regarding low birth rates for animals; rather than treating domesticated pets as livestock and simply abandoning them, they encourage dog lovers to spread the word about spaying and neutering animals instead of yielding unwanted offspring. This helps cut down the animal mortality rate in Portland, keeping the vibrant spirit of Portland’s canine owners alive and well.
They also provide outreach for wounded and traumatized animals in need of shelter or veterinary attention, offering assistance and first aid to community members who cannot afford the high price of emergency care elsewhere. The adoption service provided by Animal Aid PDX includes an online list with details about breed and medical needs for families wishing to adopt a new furry member, with a full application and screening process to assure the safety and habitat of both potential new dog and owner(s).
The website also features a gallery of their efforts and current foster pets, as well as a calendar of pet-related events throughout Portland. Information regarding how to volunteer may also be browsed on the website, along with information about other programs and resources that Animal Aid PDX works with to keep Portland as dog-friendly and safe as possible.
Check out the Animal Aid PDX website or call them at 503.292.6628 for more information about adoption, volunteering or to have any general canine queries answered. The shelter itself is located at 5335 SW 42nd Avenue, just southwest of Portland and within a block of a TriMet bus stop served by lines 54 and 56.