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Happy spring, everyone, and many thanks for staying up to date on all things Animal Aid!

We first want to give a great big thank you to everyone who participated in our Pop-Up Pub spring fundraiser on April 6! It was an evening filled with laughter and brain-teasing trivia, heartfelt stories and joyful tears, and a whole lot of love for the companion animals who enrich our lives each and every day. From our volunteers and sponsors to our attendees and supporters, we couldn't have done it without you—and because of you, we were able to meet our goal for the evening and raised over $10,000 for the animals in our care!

As the year continues, we've got more excitement on the way, including our Open House this summer to celebrate the Shelter TransFURmation and our anniversary party this fall to commemorate 50 years of passionately serving animals and the people they love. Details about these events are included below, as well as updates on our adoptables, alumni, supporters, and more. Be sure to stay tuned to our e-news, website, and social media throughout the year for additional Animal Aid happenings at the shelter and in the community.

We can't thank you enough for your support of our rescue, and we look forward to continuing this work alongside you for many years to come.

With our heartfelt gratitude,

All of us at Animal Aid

We would like to take a moment to celebrate the life of George Navarro, who sadly passed away on March 1. George and his surviving wife, Lucia, have been constant and ardent supporters of Animal Aid for nearly 50 years after becoming fans of our founder, Jack Hurd, in the 1970's.

We fondly remember George as someone who had a giant space in his soul for creatures big and small. He consciously left a small footprint on this planet, but made a huge impact on our world. On behalf of all of the animals he helped over the last five decades and throughout his life, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts!

Launch date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Location: Theory Eatery at OMSI

1945 SE Water Ave | Portland, OR 97214

We're over the moon to have reached our 50th year of passionately serving animals and the people they love, and we’re ready to commemorate this milestone with our Apawllo 50 launch party! During this celebration, we’ll gather with our rescue community for an evening of out-of-this-world drinks and hors d’oeuvres, interstellar activities, and heartfelt stories from across time and space.

Animal Aid of Portland enhances the welfare of companion animals through individualized care and lifelong commitment, rescue and adoption, resources and education, and community partnerships. Founded in 1969, we were a pioneer of the nonprofit, no-kill movement in Portland. Today, we continue that legacy by operating a free-roam shelter for cats, a foster program for dogs and cats, and two community programs: The Animal Aid Cares Fund, a partnership with local veterinarians to offer funding for urgent medical care, and C-SNIP, a partnership with PAW Team to provide spay/neuter services to the pets of homeless and low-income families.

SAVE THE DATE & stay tuned for more details as we countdown to takeoff!

Interested in sponsoring this event? We are currently looking for businesses and individuals that would like to assist in this capacity! Please email Paige at director@animalaidpdx.org for more details on how you can help.

Our shelter remodel project is wrapping up, and we're so excited to share the updates with you! Save the date for our open house on Saturday, July 20, from 11:00-4:00, and stay tuned for more details in the near future! And don't forget: There's still time to join in the TransFURmation! We have adoption rooms and other shelter spaces available for sponsorship, as well as charms for our donor wall.


Sponsors receive naming rights for a room, suite, or cat condo for a minimum of 10 years! Our staff will work with you to choose a space and determine the perfect name to immortalize a special animal or person in your life. Each sponsored room will have a sign with the name of the room and sponsor at its entrance, and condos will have a plaque attached to the door. Remaining adoptable spaces include:

  • Main Free-Roam Cat Room: $15,000 sponsorship
  • Conference Room: $10,000 sponsorship
  • Walking Path & Landscaping: $7,500 sponsorship
  • Reception: $5,000 sponsorship
  • Cat Suites (two available): $5,000 sponsorship
  • Cat Intake Rooms (two available): $5,000 sponsorship
  • Kitchen: $5,000 sponsorship
  • Buffet Station: $5,000 sponsorship
  • Laundry Nook & Restroom: $5,000 sponsorship
  • Restrooms (two available): $5,000 sponsorship
  • Main Room Cat Condo (1 available): $1,000 sponsorship
  • Cat Intake Condos (8 available): $1,000 sponsorship

Interested in adopting a room? Learn more at https://animalaidpdx.org/campaign/ or reach out to us at 503-292-6628 or campaign@animalaidpdx.org.

A Charmed Life Donor Recognition Wall

This display will be a part of our largest free-roam cat room. Each sponsor will have an individual charm engraved with their name or that of a beloved pet or person they would like to honor. Sponsorship levels include:

  • Bronze Paw Print (2" diameter, inscription up to 12 characters): $150 donation
  • Silver Paw Print (3" diameter, inscription up to 18 characters): $250 donation
  • Gold Paw Print (4" diameter, inscription up to 24 characters): $500 donation
  • Red Heart (6" diameter, inscription up to 36 characters): $1,000 donation

Interested in getting a donor charm for someone special? Purchase your charm now at https://animalaidpdx.org/campaign/ or reach out to us at 503-292-6628 or campaign@animalaidpdx.org for more information.

Shelter spotlight: Esperanza

Greetings, everyone! I’m Esperanza, the beautiful tuxedo kitty with stunning green eyes and long white whiskers. I have the thickest, silkiest jet-black fur with an adorable white bib and matching white socks. I love to have conversations with my visitors. I believe in telling people how you feel and what you want, especially humans since they don't seem to be as good as telepathy as I am. It's okay, I make sure to communicate with them in a language they understand: Cute little squeaks and meows! I can be a bit shy at first with people. When I’m not being bashful, however, I love to sit or lie next to you for petting or brushing while we have some heart-to-heart chats.

This is my second time at Animal Aid. My former human became very ill and couldn’t take care of me anymore. I miss her a lot, but at least it's nice to have the familiar shelter to return to while I look for my next friend and guardian. I try to live by my name (which means "hope" in Spanish) and look forward to what each new day will bring.

My ideal home is a relaxed, quiet space with a patient, compassionate human companion. I can be anxious at times, and when I’m really stressed, I tend to over-groom and lick off patches of my fur. For this reason, I really appreciate a warm, safe cubby to get away from it all when I need a little "me" time. I like to be most active in the mornings and evenings, while I reserve many of the daytime hours for relaxing in my cat tree and watching the birds or napping in my favorite bed. In other words, I would do okay in a home with someone who has to go to work during the day, as long as we can have some time together at breakfast, dinner, and snuggles in the evenings during mewvie nights or storytime. I adore pets and brushing once I feel comfortable, and there are also some cat toys I like to play with when I’m in the mood. Oh, one more thing: Although this isn’t a huge concern, I also need to let you know that I have a very slight heart murmur (rated 2 out of 6). It doesn't bother me at all and only requires an annual recheck to make sure everything's sounding fine, but I believe full transparency is the only way to truly meet your match.

I'm purrfectly content to be an only cat, though sharing my home with other gentle cats that respect my space might be okay. I'm not a fan of kids, however; they are just too loud and unpredictable for me! But I am very sweet and would love to find my new furever home soon. If you’re looking for a dedicated, gentle kitty companion, stop Animal Aid and let’s see where our conversation leads.

Are you ready to meet your match? Visit Esperanza and the rest of our kitties at the shelter Monday through Friday from 11:00-4:00 and Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00, or view all of our adoptables online.

Foster spotlight: Pip

When you’re a Heartstrings pup like Pip, aspects of daily life that come easy for many other dogs rarely come easy for you. Car rides, neighborhood walks, socializing—all of these seemingly straightforward tasks present a struggle for Pip. Add to that being a 12 lb. cute-as-a-button poodle mix, and one thing that does come easy is for people to misunderstand you.

Like many rescue pets, Pip’s background is a mystery. He was found as a stray in Northeast Portland more than two and a half years ago. While we’ll never know what it was, it’s apparent that he experienced something traumatic, and that trauma shaped his perception of the world.

When Pip arrived at Animal Aid, we knew he was struggling and would need a foster home willing to work diligently with him and love him for him. Enter Miranda Powell, a psychotherapist for humans and, as it turns out, the occasional rescue canine. Since Pip has been in Miranda’s care, they have made “some really great progress so that he is able to be around humans other than me without aggression.”

“It's taken a lot of work—and finally the right meds—so he can safely be loose in the same room with people,” she explained. “The world is a real scary place for him.”

For Pip, security comes in the form of his special person, whom he showers with affection, looks to for guidance, and “protects” with a high penchant for jealousy and a low tolerance for sharing.

On the one hand, when he makes that unique connection, “he is cute and lovable as can be!” Miranda said. “He absolutely loves to snuggle, and when he lays on his back for pets, he looks exactly like an animated teddy bear. He grabs my hands the second I stop petting and makes what I call ‘baby dinosaur noises’ when I leave a cuddle session.”

On the flip side, Pip is very guarded about his space and his person: While Miranda has helped him learn how to have people over socially and even tolerate overnight guests, it’s clear Pip doesn’t want to share his person with other humans or animals on a daily basis.

“He's a one-human dog who needs his single person to cling to for safety and support,” she said.


A silver lining to Pip’s requirement for a home with a single adopter is how successfully he has been able to transfer his bond to a new person when the need calls for it: “He's done just fine when he's gone on visits to other foster homes while I've been away,” Miranda shared. “He needs to take it a little slow to warm up, but he really, really wants a bond to a human.”

For that reason, it usually takes a matter of hours for him to attach himself to another person, “then he's on their lap, snuggling like a madman.” In fact, if you're a bit of a couch potato, you and Pip might just hit it off grand: Because Pip doesn't particularly enjoy walks, you won't find him begging to pound the pavement and explore the neighborhood. He would enjoy a fenced yard to run around in, however, and would make an excellent assistant to anyone who enjoys gardening or summer nights on the patio.

What Pip lacks in social skills, he aims to make up for in self-entertainment.

“Watching him play fetch with himself is hysterical,” Miranda said. “He really can throw his toys across the room, and I only have to get involved when he manages to land his stuffy on top of the bookshelf.”

He loves those toys and hoards them in his crate in a mound “about as big as he is.”

Pip also doesn’t mind having the house to himself during the day and enjoys time in his crate, which he treats as a safe space to relax in. For this reason, he would do just fine in a home where his person has to be away during normal working hours.

“He has a very cat-like habit of finding the warmest place to nap,” Miranda shared.

By now, it's probably clear that Pip is a complex little guy. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you’ve had a companion animal with similar struggles. Maybe you understand that harder-to-place animals don’t just need someone, they need the one. And for Pip, maybe, just maybe, that’s you.

To learn more about Pip, call 503-292-6628, email adopt-dog@animalaidpdx.org, or fill out an adoption application at https://animalaidpdx.org/adopt/pip.

Can you provide a home-away-from-home for a cat or dog in need? Consider becoming an Animal Aid foster! Learn more about dog fostering and cat fostering, or fill out a foster application with us.

Volunteer spotlight: Pat Jones

As a volunteer, Pat Jones epitomizes the concept that actions speak louder than words. A staple of the Tuesday volunteer crew, Pat arrives with a smile to share and a hand to lend, ready to step in where it’s needed and then quietly go about her business, no fanfare required. After nearly five years of volunteer service, however, she’s more than earned a little time in the spotlight.

From serving as a weekly cat socializer at the shelter, to providing support at Animal Aid events across the city, to keeping the rescue’s neverending laundry pile at bay, Pat is part of the fabric that keeps Animal Aid’s rescue world running. In fact, Pat’s not just a helper, but a problem-solver, and her efforts and attitude are not lost on her fellow volunteers.

“Pat is always cheerful and friendly to everyone, and willing to go the extra mile for Animal Aid in so many ways: She made the cute curtains now hanging in both upstairs bathrooms, mends torn cat beds, volunteers or attends most fundraising functions, and is a consistent donator,” volunteer Susan Philbeck said. “She is truly an invaluable asset to Animal Aid, and I am so proud to call her a dear friend as well."

Pat first discovered Animal Aid while on the search for a new furry family member.

“I lost a very old cat and swore I would wait at least 6 months before getting another,” she explained. “By the end of the first month, I was obsessively looking at all of the kitty photos at shelters in Portland.”

It was then that she spotted Juniper on Animal Aid’s adoptables page.

“It was love at first sight! I came to look at Juniper [and] filled out an application,” Pat said. “After a rocky start at my home, she settled in perfectly. We are a great fit for each other!”

It was right around this time that Pat was also poised to retire and looking for volunteer opportunities to try out in the near future. The flexibility of her schedule was a perfect fit for Animal Aid’s socializing hours, which take place Monday through Friday during the shelter’s open hours from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Socializers work directly with adoptable cats to acclimate them to shelter life and socialize them in preparation for adoption. They get to know each cat and their personality by spending time grooming and playing with them, with particular attention paid to the shy or scared cats in need of a little extra TLC.

“I love working with the cats, learning about their personalities and foibles,” Pat said. “I have had favorites, and I am always so excited to see them go to their forever home.”

Pat also enjoys the opportunity to help out outside of the shelter at fundraising events like Animal Aid’s annual Winter Tails photoshoot, where pets and pet guardians have the opportunity to take holiday photos together while supporting cats and dogs still waiting for their forever family.

In addition to volunteering at Animal Aid, Pat spends her Fridays volunteering at OMSI. A self-professed “biology nerd,” Pat holds a degree in clinical microbiology and divided her career between teaching and working in the industry. Now, at OMSI, she takes on a task not everyone would sign up for: “I am the person that does the snake, reptile, insect, and rodent demos,” she explained.

Well, that settles it: We’re pretty certain there’s nothing that Pat can’t handle, and that makes her the bees knees in our book. We’re glad she seems to feel the same about our rescue.

“I have learned so much about cat care and behavior,” she said. “And I have always felt that all decisions at Animal Aid were made with the best interest of the animals as the main basis for reaching that decision.”

Looking for a way to give back? Become an Animal Aid volunteer! Available positions include opportunities to work at the shelter and remotely. We promise to provide lots of animal puns, cat hair, vegan lemon cookies, and all the fuzzy feelings! Learn more and apply to volunteer.

Community partner spotlight: Food Fight! Grocery

Being a small business owner has never been for the faint of heart. Now try turning the clock back to 2003 and adding “vegan” in front of "small business owner." Lucky for us, Food Fight Grocery owners Emiko Badillo and Chad Miller had enough heart, sass, and initiative to just go for it.

“From the idea of Food Fight to opening day, it took just like three months,” Emiko shared. “We couldn't get any sort of loan because we owned nothing, and this was before crowdsourcing, so we opened with a couple of credit cards. Because we were young, unburdened, and gutsy, we just went for it. Super DIY. Portland had cheap rent then, and the vegan community in Portland was tight-knit and supportive. It was the right timing in the right place.”

Their website reads “Bumming You Out Since 2003,” but it sounds like Chad and Emiko had been disappointed by a lack of vegan food options for a while before that.

“Chad and I both went ethically vegan in 1997 and moved to Portland in 2002,” Emiko said. “Portland was way different then. We found ourselves shopping at three different stores and spending more time than we wanted trying to find groceries. We had an idea that it would be cool if there was one store that had everything we wanted and where we didn't have to spend time checking ingredients.”

So they went and made it happen—first with a tiny sub-basement retail space on SE Division in 2003, then with their flagship location in the vegan mini mall on Stark Street in 2007, then adding a second location at 11155 NE Halsey in 2017. Today, both locations are a mix of grocery market meets convenience store, with a small produce and bulk section and lots of vegan snack foods and other tasty treats for on the go. All the while, Emiko and Chad have maintained their commitment “to show veganism as accessible, fun, and delicious while promoting animal rights ethics and community building.”

The 16-year journey has had its ups and downs, of course. As part of the foundation of Portland’s now-flourishing vegan destination status, Food Fight has become a staple of the Portland vegan community, providing jobs for fellow vegans as well as pop-up events for other vegan businesses in an effort to bolster their success.

“We've been around a while, and if we can use whatever status we have as a platform for others, we like to do that, especially for vegans of color or vegans from marginalized communities,” Emiko said. “To be able to support others to try and change the vegan-norm is always worthwhile to us.”

But financial stability is an ongoing goal and stress point for the small business owners, who have a keen awareness of how the city and veganism are growing around them.

“Since huge corporations started seeing the money in veganism, it's been harder for us as a small business to keep up with the big box stores selling the same products,” Emiko explained. “It's parallel timing with developers seeing Portland as a commodity.”

Added to that is Emiko and Chad’s unwavering dedication to putting their values and ethics at the forefront of all that they do, ”a mix of business and politics” that tends to generate pushback as well as praise. Naturally, Emiko and Chad aren’t ones to let a little controversy hold them back.

“As we’ve evolved, we’ve become more aware of the need for intersectionality within the vegan movement,” they share on their website. “We strive to be a workplace that truly values equity, justice, true diversity with an anti-racist lens, and also the places where each of us have areas of privilege and areas of oppression. We’ve come to understand that the well-being of animals is tied up in the whole system of justice that includes the need for human rights and environmental justice. We aren’t perfect, and we believe in learning, trying, and working towards these goals.”

Part of honoring that goal comes through Food Fight's support of a wide variety of charities focused on “the animals, the earth, and all the non-turd people in between.”

“It's a way to try and show others that veganism can be more all-encompassing to show care for other causes besides animal ones,” Emiko explained. “Veganism as a movement will go nowhere unless we care about human liberation as well as animal liberation.”

In 2017, Food Fight honored Animal Aid as one of its monthly beneficiaries, fundraising more than $5,000 for our rescue through their generosity and the generosity of their customers.

As anyone who has spent a little time in their stores or follows their social media knows, Emiko and Chad have an extra special place in their hearts for dogs.

“Our dog, Agostino, was the love of my life,” Emiko said. “I grew up with dogs my whole life, but Ago was the first dog me and Chad both adopted and cared for on our own as adults. We adopted him in NYC, and he came from the South Bronx. He was a super handsome, proud, tough, strong, 20 lb. street mutt. You knew he saw some shit on the streets. He was playful but didn't take any shit. We traveled cross-country together many times. He loved adventure, and he loved being by the ocean. He could sit wistfully on a bench just smelling the ocean air for hours.”

“[He was] a defender of other dogs and someone that didn't love all humans right away,” she went on to say. “He wasn't mean, but he quietly judged all humans, and you had to earn his respect. But when you did, you felt really special. I was obsessed with him from day one. He taught me how resilient and perfect dogs are. He was always there for me when I was having a hard time. He knew to come over and lay with me when I was sick or sad. His strength gave me strength.”

And from that strength came a one-of-a-kind business that is an essential part of the Portland vegan community today. Good dog, Ago.

Stop by either Food Fight Grocery store today and let them hook you up with some delicious noms! Be sure to look for Emiko's current three must-have items: Sjaak's Peanut Butter Bites, Sjaak's Caramel Bites, and Muruku South Indian snacks. Yum!

Happy tails: Tobias

Fate has remarkable ways of connecting humans with their furever friends. This is what happened to Hannah Werthman and Tobias, one of the kitties looking for his soulmate at Animal Aid last year.

Hannah is a long-time cat lover who grew up “with no less than three cats in the house.” When she moved from California to attend graduate school at Portland State University, she missed her furry companions.

So she started searching the Internet to find cats for adoption. When she saw Tobias’ profile on Animal Aid’s adoption page during a trip in South America with her family, she knew she had to meet him.

“I thought it would be great to make a little cat family of our own,” she said. This would be a new experience for her boyfriend, Rian Long. “It was my boyfriend’s first animal ever.”

The day after returning from South America, Hannah and Rian went to Animal Aid. It wasn’t long before Hannah and Tobias spotted each other.

“We walked into the cat room at Animal Aid, and there were eight cats in there,” Hannah said. “I’m looking for him. He’s on the tallest, tallest cat tower, and he’s completely asleep. He awoke, climbed down, stepped over two cats, and walked toward me. He crawled on my lap and started purring, then climbed on my chest and gave me a hug.”

Tobias also liked Rian. “We were only there like ten minutes before it was very obvious that this is the cat we wanted,” Hannah said.

Hannah and Rian filled out the adoption application for Tobias that day. “We had to wait about a week until we brought him home, which was hard,” she said.

When Tobias was scheduled to arrive, Hannah and Rian were expecting visitors from out of town. They weren’t sure how well Tobias would adapt to the visitors, so they put him in their guest bedroom. Within an hour after they got there, Tobias was knocking on the door, asking to come out. He warmed up to his new acquaintances instantly. 


Hannah and Rian live in an apartment overlooking a “big green space,” which is the purrfect place for cats to observe the world. Tobias takes advantage by watching the squirrels and other interesting subjects. His other favorite spot is atop his cat tower. When Hannah returns home every day, he likes her to stand next to the cat tower so he can place his front paws on her shoulder. Then he gradually eases himself down so that he’s sitting on her shoulder and Hannah can give him hugs.

When Hannah and Rian are at home, Tobias follows them around constantly or lies in a strategic location so that they’re in view at all times. When they’re cooking dinner, he lies in the middle of the kitchen floor. If they’re in the living room, he lies nearby. His presence is obvious because of his size—14 pounds.

Tobias does have some issues overeating, so Hannah and Rian have set up an auto-feeder for food portion control. The food dispenses at 6:30 every morning. Rian recorded calls of “Here, Tobias, kitty, kitty” that plays when the timer goes off. When Tobias hears Rian’s call, he jumps off his tower and runs to the feeder.

Hannah is delighted that Tobias walked into her and Rian’s lives. “The adoption with Animal Aid was amazing,” she said. “It was so sweet that they delivered him. The volunteer who delivered him was so nice. She stayed for a half-hour to make sure everyone was comfortable.

“He’s a very easygoing cat. It’s really been a great experience. We’re good friends.”

Is there a happy tail in your home? We’re always excited to hear how our former Animal Aid cats and dogs are doing! Email us at contact@animalaidpdx.org with the mews and pupdates, and don’t forget to share a photo or two as well, please and thanks!

Tips from the vet: The scoop on springtime spoilers for pets

Guest article by Dr. Andrea Frost, DVM and co-owner of Pacific Veterinary Hospital

Springtime! Oh, the longer days, the occasional sunshine—even in the drizzle, we and our dogs have cabin fever and are ready to head out to the parks, the hiking trails, and the dog parks. Puddles and standing water are everywhere. Especially after our late-season snows, responsible daily poop-scooping practices may have trailed off, leaving messy soft debris underfoot. One of the dangers that we and our pets face from this is a single-celled organism called Giardia.

Outside the body, this organism usually exists as a resistant little cyst inside of a tough shell. When it is ingested, the cyst shell gets digested and releases two tiny swimming organisms, called trophozooites, with long hair-like flagellae. These Giardia trophozooites live in the intestines; they don't migrate through other tissues, unlike some other parasites. They can cause diarrhea within 5-12 days of infection, shedding loads of trophozooites. If these don't infect another host promptly, they become cysts, which are pretty resistant in the environment. Strong sunlight, dessication (drying out completely), freezing, boiling, steaming, or chlorine bleach diluted 1:10 will kill the cysts.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid drinking from contaminated water sources, avoid contact with infected feces or food, and to wash your hands well after handling dogs, indoor-outdoor cats, or cleaning up their feces. The most sensitive and specific test for Giardia is the Enzyme-Linked lmmunoSorbent Assay, called ELISA for short, which is performed at a veterinary clinic's laboratory. This will reveal exposure to Giardia. Not all pets with a positive ELISA are shedding trophozooites, just as not all infected animals have clinical signs such as diarrhea. We recommend screening for Giardia along with other parasites in any pet with diarrhea. In fact, recent studies show a surprisingly high rate of Giardia infection in indoor-only cats. If dogs live in those households, it is easy to imagine how infection can get tracked in—but unless we remove our shoes at the door, we humans  can also be responsible for carrying Giardia into the house in the mud on our shoes or boots, too.

Fortunately, Giardia is very treatable. For severe cases, we might prescribe a combination of two different medications concurrently; this is almost always successful. We usually will check a fecal sample within a few weeks of treatment to be certain it was successful or that the pet has not gotten re-infected within that time!

Give while you get!

Fred Meyer Rewards: Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Animal Aid at www.fredmeyer.com/communityreward. You can search for us by our name (make sure you see our Portland address) or by our new nonprofit number: AV054. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Animal Aid earn a donation! It only takes a minute to sign up (and, yes, you will still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates just as you do today!).

Please note: Fred Meyer asks people to re-enroll each July, even if you are already part of the program. Please make sure your enrollment is up-to-date.

Amazon Wish List & AmazonSmile: Looking to donate supplies to our shelter? Thank you so much! Please view our Amazon Wish List and see what items we currently need. And don’t forget to smile: Visit Smile.Amazon.com and select “Animal Aid, Inc.” as your charitable organization. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to Animal Aid.

Donate a Vehicle: Animal Aid has a service partnership with the Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon Vehicle Donation Program through Charity Connections. The process is simple: VOA will arrange to pick up the vehicle and transfer the title. VOA can tow your vehicle if it’s located in a city along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Ashland or in the Vancouver metro area. If the proceeds from the sale exceed $500, you will be mailed a receipt certifying actual sale value. This letter shows the IRS that you are authorized for a charitable tax deduction. Contact VOA to start the donation process now.


Upcoming Animal Aid events

Dine & Donate: Virtuous Pie | 1126 SE Division St #200| Tuesday, April 30 | 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

On Tuesday, April 30, Virtuous Pie is donating a portion of their day’s sales to Animal Aid! Come enjoy pizza, salad, ice cream, and more during their open hours of 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM. The more you eat, the more you support animals in need! No flyer necessary: Just order and nosh to your heart and stomach’s content!

Sprouts & Sparkles | SW Auto Body (4200 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy) | Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Get everything you need for an amazing season of gardening at Animal Aid’s annual plant sale, where you’ll find hundreds of plant starts available for purchase: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, various flowers, and much more! We’ll also be joined by local artisans Art by ReetsFunky Knits by Georgia, Pawsitively Posh Jewelry, and Sofato Designs with a variety of must-have items for mom and anyone else on your list. This event will be held in the SW Auto Body parking lot, just down the hill from the shelter at 4200 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.

Yoga with Cats | Animal Aid (5335 SW 42nd Avenue) | Sunday, May 19 | 12:00-1:00 PM| $20

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining us at the Animal Aid shelter for yoga with cats! Classes are taught by Yoga NW owner Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat and arrive at the shelter a little before the start of class. Advance sign-up is required by Friday, January 18, at 5:00 p.m. Book your spot today!

Barkbecue to Benefit Animal Aid | Natural Pet Food Solutions (7639 SE Milwaukie Avenue) | Saturday, June 15 | 12:00-3:00 PM

Start your summer off on the right paw by joining us at Natural Pet Food Solutions for a Barkbecue on Saturday, June 15! There will be treats for people and pets, a doggie pool for your pup to splash around in, and store-wide discounts, with 20% of sales being donated to Animal Aid!

Yoga with Cats | Animal Aid (5335 SW 42nd Avenue) | Sunday, June 23 | 12:00-1:00 PM| $20

Find your center (and a little cat hair) by joining us at the Animal Aid shelter for yoga with cats! Classes are taught by Yoga NW owner Bonny Chipman. Guests should bring their own mat and arrive at the shelter a little before the start of class. Advance sign-up is required by Friday, January 18, at 5:00 p.m. Book your spot today!

Portland International Beerfest | North Park Blocks (235 NW Park Ave) | Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30

Get your taste of some great beers and support Animal Aid while you do it! We’ll once again be joining our friends Indigo Rescue, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and Oregon Spay Neuter Fund at the Portland International Beerfest, where we’ll be pouring beers from around the world! This year, we will be at the festival two days: Saturday, June 29, from 6:00-10:00 PM and Sunday, June 30, from 12:00-3:00 PM. Learn more about PIB at www.portland-beerfest.com

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