Family Dogs New Life Shelter

A 9101 SE Stanley Avenue, Portland, OR 97206 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs.

Pets at Family Dogs New Life Shelter

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female

Georgia Isa Peach

Female, Adult
Rhodesian Ridgeback / German Shepherd Dog

Simon

Male, Young
Siberian Husky

Vicco

Male, Young
Australian Cattle Dog / Border Terrier

Rambo

Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Maxxi

Male, Young
Rottweiler / Australian Shepherd

Goldie

Female, Adult
Collie / Labrador Retriever

Bianca

Female, Senior
Boxer

Astro

Male, Young
Boxer / Australian Shepherd

Rainy

Female, Adult
German Shepherd Dog / Retriever (Unknown Type)

Mia

Female, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier

Bella

Female, Young
Catahoula Leopard Dog / American Pit Bull Terrier

Smiles

Male, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier / Akita

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Areas Family Dogs New Life Shelter Serves

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.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter's Adoption Process

We understand the concern surrounding (COVID-19) across our communities, and we are working hard to keep our customers and the pets we love healthy and safe. This means that every day, as part of our regular operations, our facility is cleaned and sanitized. Recently, we've increased the frequency of cleanings in our public spaces and as always, we provide hand sanitizer throughout our lobby for customers and associates, and access to a hand washing station.
We intend to stay open for adoptions during this time, as it is crucial we continue our life saving efforts and allow our dogs the opportunity to find adoptive families. However we do ask that you only visit us if you are intending on taking a new pet home with you that day, as we do not “hold” dogs. Adoptions are done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, we do not schedule appointments via email or accept online applications. All customers will need sign in with us for the particular dog you are interested in adopting, we will schedule you a meeting time and you will be asked to wait in your car until you receive a call back that it is your turn. Be aware that on Weekends, particularly Saturdays, people do arrive early in the morning, well before opening time, in order to have the opportunity to be the first signed in & scheduled to meet dogs. If there are already multiple people signed in for the same dog, we will stop taking anymore sign ins for that particular dog. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE IN A DAY, SO WHEN WE REACH CAPACITY FOR THE DAY WE WILL STOP TAKING SIGN INS TO MEET/ADOPT DOGS- it is not uncommon on Saturdays for us the reach sign in capacity, and therefor stop taking anymore sign ins for the day, by 10 or 11am.

Sundays are typically not as busy, but some weeks the sign in process does apply on Sunday mornings as well.

It is important our dogs find forever families so that we can continue saving more dogs who need us, but the health of our human community is equally important. We value everyone who comes in to explore the option of adopting, but for the time being we ask you suspend all visits to volunteer or "just look”. ALL of our available dogs are posted on the Adoptable Dogs page of our website.

We will be limiting our capacity to no more than 2 families Inside of our facility at any one time. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers than please stay home!

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy, and for continuing to adopt needy pets during this time!

Our adoption hours during this time are as follows:
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm to 6pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Last meet & greet is done at 5:30pm.


BE SURE TO READ COMPLETE POLICY & PROCEDURAL INFORMATION BELOW FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE COMING TO MEET DOGS.
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

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

Phone: 503-771-5596 (Our phone is an automated / voice message system only. Phone calls do not get answered, but got straight to voicemail. All voicemails will be returned by a staff member, but this may take several days. For a more timely response please send us an email instead. )

ADOPTION HOURS & POLICIES

We do not do adoption meet & greets by appointment, so just come in anytime during our regular hours to meet and learn more about our adoptable dogs * Please be sure to read information below regarding Weekends- our busiest adoption days- when a sign in sheet applies in order to meet dogs.

*Please be aware that Saturdays are very busy for us. If you are coming to meet/adopt on a Saturday we highly recommend that you arrive early, as you must be signed in with us & scheduled a time in order to meet dogs. We start signing people in around 8:30-9:00am but please be aware people do arrive much earlier to have the opportunity to be the first signed in & scheduled to meet/adopt- we cannot tell you a time to arrive, as it changes weekly and there is no way for us to know what time people will start arriving. PLEASE NOTE WHEN WE REACH CAPACITY FOR THE DAY WE WILL STOP TAKING SIGN INS TO MEET DOGS. Sundays are typically not as busy, since most of our adoptable dogs do get adopted on Saturday each week, however it is not uncommon for a sign in sheet to schedule meets with dogs to start on Sunday mornings as well.
Once you have been signed in on the sign in sheet you will be assigned an approximate meeting time for later the same day, so you may leave and return when you receive a phone call back confirming that it is your turn. Each cusomer’s meeting slot is 45 minutes long.

We do require that you bring All human members and any other dogs in the home when coming to meet our dogs. It is important to ensure that all members of your household and your potential new companion all interact well together, an adoption cannot be completed without all household members meeting the potential pooch.

Meet & greets with our adoptable dogs and adoption interviews are done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

We do not have an online application. All adoption paperwork and adoption applications are done in shelter, at the time of meeting/adoption. Adoptions are done on a same day process, so there is no waiting period and you should be prepared to take your new pet home with you at the time of initial meeting if your application is approved.

We cannot place ‘holds’ on available dogs or allow you to apply to adopt online.

We do adopt to families outside of the Portland area, however we do not ship or transport dogs. All potential adopters must come to the shelter to meet & apply to adopt. In some cases with the adoption of a young puppy, you may be required to bring the adopted pup back to the Portland metro area for per-scheduled veterinary services, in these cases you must live within a reasonable driving distance of the Portland area in order to have your adopted puppy at their scheduled veterinary appointment at 8:00am

We may require landlord contact to get adoption approval if you are a renter and must be able to make contact with your landlord at the time your application is submitted.

Our regular (Pre/post-COVID) adoption hours are as follows:

Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 7pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm to 7pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED

Last adoption is done 30 minutes before closing, therefore we stop introductions 30 minutes before closing time.

Please be aware that we do not place puppies/litter-mates in pairs, meaning you can not adopt two puppies at once. Read more about littermate syndrome to find out why.

Adoption Fees-
Our adoption fees vary; each dog’s fee is listed at the end of their bio.

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 , Dynamite Doggies

Microchip ID & Registration

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, we do not ever have dogs available for adoption who are not posted on our adoptable dogs page.

About Family Dogs New Life 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 15,000 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.

Come Meet Family Dogs New Life Shelter's Pets

We understand the concern surrounding (COVID-19) across our communities, and we are working hard to keep our customers and the pets we love healthy and safe. This means that every day, as part of our regular operations, our facility is cleaned and sanitized. Recently, we've increased the frequency of cleanings in our public spaces and as always, we provide hand sanitizer throughout our lobby for customers and associates, and access to a hand washing station.
We intend to stay open for adoptions during this time, as it is crucial we continue our life saving efforts and allow our dogs the opportunity to find adoptive families. However we do ask that you only visit us if you are intending on taking a new pet home with you that day, as we do not “hold” dogs. Adoptions are done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, we do not schedule appointments via email or accept online applications. All customers will need sign in with us for the particular dog you are interested in adopting, we will schedule you a meeting time and you will be asked to wait in your car until you receive a call back that it is your turn. Be aware that on Weekends, particularly Saturdays, people do arrive early in the morning, well before opening time, in order to have the opportunity to be the first signed in & scheduled to meet dogs. If there are already multiple people signed in for the same dog, we will stop taking anymore sign ins for that particular dog. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE IN A DAY, SO WHEN WE REACH CAPACITY FOR THE DAY WE WILL STOP TAKING SIGN INS TO MEET/ADOPT DOGS- it is not uncommon on Saturdays for us the reach sign in capacity, and therefor stop taking anymore sign ins for the day, by 10 or 11am.

Sundays are typically not as busy, but some weeks the sign in process does apply on Sunday mornings as well.

It is important our dogs find forever families so that we can continue saving more dogs who need us, but the health of our human community is equally important. We value everyone who comes in to explore the option of adopting, but for the time being we ask you suspend all visits to volunteer or "just look”. ALL of our available dogs are posted on the Adoptable Dogs page of our website.

We will be limiting our capacity to no more than 2 families Inside of our facility at any one time. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers than please stay home!

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy, and for continuing to adopt needy pets during this time!

Our adoption hours during this time are as follows:
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm to 6pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Last meet & greet is done at 5:30pm.


BE SURE TO READ COMPLETE POLICY & PROCEDURAL INFORMATION BELOW FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE COMING TO MEET DOGS.
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

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

Phone: 503-771-5596 (Our phone is an automated / voice message system only. Phone calls do not get answered, but got straight to voicemail. All voicemails will be returned by a staff member, but this may take several days. For a more timely response please send us an email instead. )

ADOPTION HOURS & POLICIES

We do not do adoption meet & greets by appointment, so just come in anytime during our regular hours to meet and learn more about our adoptable dogs * Please be sure to read information below regarding Weekends- our busiest adoption days- when a sign in sheet applies in order to meet dogs.

*Please be aware that Saturdays are very busy for us. If you are coming to meet/adopt on a Saturday we highly recommend that you arrive early, as you must be signed in with us & scheduled a time in order to meet dogs. We start signing people in around 8:30-9:00am but please be aware people do arrive much earlier to have the opportunity to be the first signed in & scheduled to meet/adopt- we cannot tell you a time to arrive, as it changes weekly and there is no way for us to know what time people will start arriving. PLEASE NOTE WHEN WE REACH CAPACITY FOR THE DAY WE WILL STOP TAKING SIGN INS TO MEET DOGS. Sundays are typically not as busy, since most of our adoptable dogs do get adopted on Saturday each week, however it is not uncommon for a sign in sheet to schedule meets with dogs to start on Sunday mornings as well.
Once you have been signed in on the sign in sheet you will be assigned an approximate meeting time for later the same day, so you may leave and return when you receive a phone call back confirming that it is your turn. Each cusomer’s meeting slot is 45 minutes long.

We do require that you bring All human members and any other dogs in the home when coming to meet our dogs. It is important to ensure that all members of your household and your potential new companion all interact well together, an adoption cannot be completed without all household members meeting the potential pooch.

Meet & greets with our adoptable dogs and adoption interviews are done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

We do not have an online application. All adoption paperwork and adoption applications are done in shelter, at the time of meeting/adoption. Adoptions are done on a same day process, so there is no waiting period and you should be prepared to take your new pet home with you at the time of initial meeting if your application is approved.

We cannot place ‘holds’ on available dogs or allow you to apply to adopt online.

We do adopt to families outside of the Portland area, however we do not ship or transport dogs. All potential adopters must come to the shelter to meet & apply to adopt. In some cases with the adoption of a young puppy, you may be required to bring the adopted pup back to the Portland metro area for per-scheduled veterinary services, in these cases you must live within a reasonable driving distance of the Portland area in order to have your adopted puppy at their scheduled veterinary appointment at 8:00am

We may require landlord contact to get adoption approval if you are a renter and must be able to make contact with your landlord at the time your application is submitted.

Our regular (Pre/post-COVID) adoption hours are as follows:

Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 7pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm to 7pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED

Last adoption is done 30 minutes before closing, therefore we stop introductions 30 minutes before closing time.

Please be aware that we do not place puppies/litter-mates in pairs, meaning you can not adopt two puppies at once. Read more about littermate syndrome to find out why.

Adoption Fees-
Our adoption fees vary; each dog’s fee is listed at the end of their bio.

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 , Dynamite Doggies

Microchip ID & Registration

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, we do not ever have dogs available for adoption who are not posted on our adoptable dogs page.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter's Adopted Pets

See Adopted Pets List

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