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Family Dogs New Life Shelter

9101 SE Stanley Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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We serve Oregon, Washington, California and beyond- we do out of state adoptions however we do not ship dogs.
All of the beautiful photographs of our dogs are taken by local Portland photographer Bob Libby of CanisStudio. Bob has been volunteering his time every week for over 3 years. We can't thank him enough!

About Our Shelter:

Family Dogs New Life is a no kill dog shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehoming needy dogs regardless of age, breed or history. Our organization was built on the belief that all dogs deserve a second chance at a new life. We are here for the dogs who have no other options. This includes dogs that other shelters do not have space for, long term residents who have run out of time and dogs that other shelters may consider 'unadoptable'. Our mission, simply, is to help reduce the number of dogs being euthanized . We take in dogs from Animal Control Agencies and Humane Societies located within the state of Oregon as well as Washington. We also work with many smaller Rescue Groups across the country, as well as a limited number of owner surrendered pets.
Family Dogs New Life Shelter is unique in that we do not house our dogs in kennels or dog runs, but in large play groups or 'packs' of anywhere from 10 - 20 dogs running loose together. They are allowed to play and interact all day long, just like a doggy daycare or dog park. What this does is allow us to monitor their behavior and better determine their true personalities, plus it is great socialization for the dogs.
Family Dogs specializes in matchmaking our dogs with their adopter. The public can not walk through our facility and simply "pick a pet". When you come to our shelter we will talk with you about what type of dog you are looking for, which dogs you saw here on our website that caught your attention, what pets you have had in the past, and what your lifestyle is like. We will then talk with you about which of our dogs will work for your lifestyle and help match you up with dogs that have the qualities you are looking for in a new pet- it's doggie matchmaking! It does take a little more time to do things this way, but we find that many times people choose their new dog based on looks or kennel presentation, this is not a good way to choose a new pet as they are all individuals and have different needs. We will only introduce you to dogs that we are comfortable will be a good match for both you and for the dog.
Since Family Dogs New Life Shelter began in 2004 we have placed over 6000 dogs into permanent homes and could very possibly have the pet you have been longing for, so come on in and meet some of our furry kids! With your help we hope to continue reducing the number of dogs being euthanized each year by taking in needy dogs, providing them a fun and healthy environment until we are able to find them the perfect forever home. We have high hopes of expanding in the future, one day moving to a new larger facility that better fits our dogs needs and eventually starting a sanctuary in the country to provide refuge for truly unadoptable dogs who have no place else to go....Family Dogs believes in community, and we hope that with your support we can reach these goals. Together we can make a difference.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Visit the shelter at 9101 SE Stanley Avenue, Portland Oregon 97206. 1.5 miles west of I-205 off Johnson Creek blvd.
Adoption Hours:
Saturdays 11:00am-6:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm-6:00pm
Mondays thru Wednesdays 12:00pm-7:00pm.
Last adoption is done 1/2 hour before closing.
Closed Thursdays & Fridays. You do not need an appointment, just come in anytime during adoption hours. (Please be aware that we operate on a small staff and weekends can sometimes get very busy for us).
Our pets online are updated daily, if you see a pet listed online it most likely still available for adoption. Adopted dogs are removed each evening.
Email is the best way to reach us, we have a difficult time getting to the phones as we are often too busy with the dogs.

Our Adoption Process:

All adoption fees include; spay/neuter, microchip, free vet exam , 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy/treat packet, and a reduced cost training class.
Adoption Fees vary depending on age of dog..We are able to take cash/check only. All adoption paperwork and applications are done in shelter, at the time of meeting/adoption. We can not place 'holds' on available dogs.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.