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Our Featured Portland, OR Partner:

Animal Aid Inc.

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

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Portland metro area including Vancouver & the tri-county area.

About Our Rescue Group:

Animal Aid is a charitable non-profit organization funded solely through private donations and dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals. Animal Aid provides the necessary veterinary care and socialization before adoption to loving, responsible, permanent homes.

Our Mission

  • To prevent and reduce animal suffering by providing assistance to abused, homeless, injured and sick animals.
  • To actively promote and encourage altering of all pets to reduce and prevent overpopulation.
  • To find loving, dependable and nurturing forever homes for animals in our care at the shelter and in foster homes.
  • To educate the public by teaching and promoting the ethic of compassion and respect for all animals, including the need to be kind and responsible stewards.

  • Our History

    Every year in this country alone, close to five million dogs and cats are euthanized in overcrowded animal shelters and hospitals. Additional animals suffer and die needlessly in every neighborhood. This is not a new problem; it has existed since these animals were introduced into our culture.

    Over forty years ago, Jack Hurd, a local talk show host, decided to do something about this situation. The idea was to find a way for animals to live long, normal healthy lives. Animal Aid, Inc., became the fruit of this desire to help alleviate the suffering and death of homeless animals.

    Today Animal Aid, a non-profit, volunteer organization has a goal of reducing animal birth rates through spaying and neutering, while helping people keep their pets healthy and happy. The beneficial effects on the people that have been adopted by a fur faced friend have been demonstrated again and again. Thus, by helping animals we also help the people in the community. In an effort to increase the adoption rate of animals we have acquired through abandonment and overpopulation, we are trying new and different ideas. Our resources however are growing slowly and the need is growing rapidly.

    We continue to rely on your gifts, but even with the donation of some food, and the additional hours by our volunteers it remains a challenge to keep all our furry friends fed and healthy. Hopefully someday we will be able to help a greater number of animals and their human companions. Unlike some shelters, we believe that killing is not the most desirable management tool to keep the population in check, so we attempt to serve the public as an educational resource on the care and maintenance of their pets. Animal Aid has helped scores of animals in the last years and the number is growing daily.

    We wish to thank all of our faithful supporters for their continued help to Animal Aid.

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    Come Meet our Pets:

    We are open for visitors Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Saturdays 12-4pm. Closed Sundays.

    5335 SW 42nd
    Portland, Oregon 97221

    Note: If you are interested in meeting one of the cats or dogs housed in a foster home, we ask you fill out an adoption application on our website at prior to scheduling a meeting or call 503-292-6628 option 3 for further information.

    Our Adoption Process:

    Adoption Policy

    The key to successful adoptions lies in carefully matching the personality traits of each animal to the preferences and lifestyle of the prospective home.

    Our animals visit a veterinarian for testing, exams, spaying or neutering (if 4 months of age or older), vaccinations and any other needed treatment. They are then sent to live in a foster home or the free-roam environment in our facility. Foster parents and shelter volunteers who care for the physical and social needs of the animals ascertain the specific personality traits of each. This information enables our adoption counselors to most accurately match the best possible pet to the prospective new home.

    We also evaluate the new home – we are not a pet store, and no animal is knowingly placed in an environment to which it is unsuited.

    We do not charge an adoption fee except for S.T.A.R. animals who have a set adoption fee, but because the ability to offer healthy, well-socialized pets comes at a price, we heartily welcome donations from the adopting families.

    Please note: Due to our screening preference to view the potential home and interview the prospective guardian, we rarely adopt out of our local Portland metro area.

    Once your Adoption Application is submitted, an Adoption Counselor will contact you if any clarification is needed prior to submission to the adoption committee.

    As soon as your Application is processed and a suitable match has been established, a Counselor will contact you to schedule the delivery of your new pet.

    At the time of delivery, a Counselor will coach you through introduction of the new arrival to current pets in your household. This transition period can be stressful for both you and your animals, and our volunteer Counselors will make every effort to provide support.

    You can meet some of the pets right now via our online Cat Gallery and Dog Gallery.

    First steps in adopting a pet ...

    All applicants are required to fill out and sign an Adoption Application form. This form is available at our office, or you can download it now by clicking on the following link:

    Once the form is completed and signed, you may either:
    mail it to the address on the application
    FAX it to Animal Aid at 503-296-4957
    bring it to the office when you come for your adoption interview.

    All applicants are required to meet with an Adoption Counselor. Please call 503-292-6628 during the week to schedule the appointment.


    If you have any further questions, please contact us at 503-292-6628.

    Or you can send us an email right now at or

    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, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.