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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.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Family Dogs New Life works to match needy dogs with forever families, we do adopt to families outside of the Portland area, however do not ship dogs. So all potential adopter must be able to travel to FDNLS to meet and apply to adopt a pet.

About Our Shelter:

Family Dogs New Life is a non profit 501c3 no kill dog shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehoming needy dogs of all ages, breeds and backgrounds. Our organization was built on the belief that all dogs deserve a second chance at a new life. It’s not about being the perfect dog, it is about dog and adopter being perfect for one another.
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 or dogs that are struggling in the conventional shelter environment. Our mission, simply, is to help reduce the number of dogs being euthanized. Our focus is taking in needy dogs from Animal Control Agencies and Humane Societies located within the state of Oregon, however we do work with many shelters and 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 8-20 dogs living loose together. We typically have 35-50 dogs in our shelter at all times. Because of our group housing all our dogs are able 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 and alleviates stress that often accompanies the conventional kennel housing. At night time all dogs are trained to sleep in their own crate, which when continued by the adopter, makes for a wonderful transition.
Family Dogs works on 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 discuss with you which of our dogs meet your criteria 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 often 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. It’s not about being the perfect dog, it is about dog and adopter being perfect for one another.
Since Family Dogs New Life Shelter began in Feb. 2004 we have placed over 11,000 dogs into permanent homes and just might have the pet you have been longing for, so come on in and meet some of our adorable adoptables! Find Love. Give Life.
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:

Visit the shelter at 9101 SE Stanley Avenue, Portland Oregon 97206. 1.5 miles west of I-205 off Johnson Creek blvd.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter
9101 SE Stanley Ave
Portland, Oregon 97206

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about us and our services.
Send us an e-mail at bark@familydogsnewlife.org
Phone: 503-771-5596 (Please be aware that our phone # is an automated / message system only. )

Adoption Hours-
We are open the following days and hours:
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 12pm to 7pm
Wednesday: 12pm to 7pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED

Last adoption is done 1/2 hour before closing, therefore we stop introductions 1/2 hour before closing time.
You do not need an appointment. Just come in anytime during our regular hours. (Please be aware that we operate on a small staff and weekends can sometimes get very busy for us, often times there is a Long wait on saturday mornings). We do require that you bring your children, spouse, or any other dogs in the family when coming to meet our dogs. It is important to ensure that your family and your potential new companion all interact well together, so an adoption can not be completed without all family members meeting the potential pooch.
We do not have an online application. All adoption paperwork and applications are done in shelter, at the time of meeting/adoption. We can not place 'holds' on available dogs or allow you to apply to adopt online.

Adoption Fees-
Our adoption fees vary from dog to dog, and each dog's fee is listed at the end of their description.
All of our adoptions include the following:
• Free veterinary exam certificate accepted by 20 local veterinary clinics.
• 1 month pet health insurance through 24 PetWatch Pet Insurance
• Reduced cost training offered by Synergy Behavior Solutions and Dynamite Doggies
• Microchip ID
• Spay/Neuter
• Leash and Collar
• Toy/Treat Packet
• Food Sample

We support our adopters and their adoptee for the life of the pet and are always here to help in whatever way we can.
All dogs rescued by FDNLS are kept in our care for at least one week before becoming available for adoption, so that we may monitor their behavior and health. All newly available dogs are posted on our Adoptable Dogs page every thursday evening.

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.