Pets in Portland
Portland, OR is always listed somewhere in the top 10 dog cities but we are a great PET city! We are home to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital who offers community programs for pet loss support, animal assisted therapy, canine and feline blood banks, and a stray and wild-life fund. Most cities are lucky to have one animal shelter-we have a coalition (Oregon Human Society, Multnomah County Animal Shelter, Clackamas County Dog Services, Bonnie L Hays, Humane Society of SW Washington, and the Cat Adoption Team). There are numerous rescue organizations and non-profits that work tirelessly to improve the welfare for animals in our community. The Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland is proud to work with a number of these organizations. We provide discounted surgical services and actively participate in fundraising events for the following rescue groups and shelters.
Golden Bond Rescue
Do you think I look like a Golden Lassie? I’m actually Golden/Husky and nine years old. My only known health issue is arthritis. I take pills for that every day now and feel so much better! I’m overweight—I weigh 73 pounds and need to lose about 10 more.
I spent my whole life with one family but my mom died this summer and then I was at a shelter until Golden Bond took me in. So here I am, looking for my second forever home.
I get along fine with my Golden brother. I’m well-behaved around the house and don’t do bad stuff. I’m fine when left alone and my foster mom says I’m easy to have around the house. I’m not interested in toys or balls like some dogs but love love love soft dog beds. I have lots of soft fur but don’t need much grooming.
I like exploring in the back yard and watching birds and squirrels. I love belly rubs, cuddling, ear rubs, massages and smooches. You cannot kiss me too much—I kinda purr when you snuggle with me. But I’m not one of those Velcro dogs that demands constant attention. If you let me, I’d love to sleep on your bed with you.
Meeting new people stresses me out. I bark at other dogs and people on our walks and who come into our house. But I’m fine with people at lots of other places, like at a vet’s office or a kennel. A dog trainer says I’m “socially awkward.” (My foster mom can explain below.)
My foster mom says I’m smart because I’ve quickly learned to sit/wait for my food until I get an “OK,” I’ve learned “down,” and I walk pretty good on a leash. I used to howl (like a Husky) when my mom left the house, but not so much anymore. And, FYI, I will do anything for treats!
Wouldn’t you love a well-mannered, faithful companion—me—as your pal? I want a new family that will love me lots and take care of me forever.
Tango’s foster mom: This handsome dog has the most adorable, expressive face and soulful, amber eyes. Tango is loving, loyal and calm around the house. Since he has been through so much turmoil and change the past several months, he will need a patient, loving family to help him settle into his new home. Tango needs people to love and snuggle with every day.
A trainer who’s evaluated Tango says he is “socially awkward.” He wants to alert someone that there’s a stranger nearby, is frustrated and confused about what is happening, and is also conflicted about whether he should greet the stranger or continue to talk (bark) about it. He’s not being territorial, aggressive or defensive. He’s just anxious. The trainer says he can definitely get more confident and change some behaviors but it’ll take time.
My best guess is he lived a sheltered life with an elderly woman who wasn’t well. Maybe nobody played with him or walked him, and he ate so much because he was bored. Tango has been a well-loved dog and is very comfortable in a home/yard environment, but he probably didn’t get out much for nine years. He likes our daily walk (early morning with not many others around) but is anxious in the outside world and when new people come into his home. Golden Bond Rescue and I can suggest lots of ways to deal with these situations to his new family.
Tango is being fostered in Portland.
Adoption fee: $200 plus $35 microchip fee
My name is Schmittie (#3082) and I have been in the US since October. My foster parents have a nice big house with a big backyard and 3 other pups just like me to play with. There has been so much for me to learn but I hear that I am a very quick leaner and since I’m a people pleaser I always try my best to listen and understand. My foster mom works with me a lot on not jumping on the counters and I usually try and obey but sometimes the foods just looks so tasty. I have learned that I am supposed to do my business outside but sometimes when my mom goes upstairs and leaves me alone I may have an accident, I am still a work in progress being left alone. I am kennel trained and that is where I sleep at night and also where I eat my meals. I am basically always hungry and when I see that my golden sister is a slow eater I will try and get her to share her kibble with me.
One of the best part of my new home is all the TOYS, I love the toys and playing with my foster siblings. But my favorite part of the day is when my mom gets up in the morning and I get my denta stix (chew stick) and we get to cuddle on the couch. My foster parents said that I’m not “allowed” on the couch but then the other day my mom said “it was a lost cause” which I think means I can get on the couch now.
I’m a simple pup and I just love life. If I could have my way I would follow my foster mom around everywhere she went. My nick name is Cotton Ball because I’m just a big, soft, cuddly cotton ball that LOVES all people. Everyone who meets me always says the I’m the sweetest most gentle dog. My mom laughs cause even though I am very sweet and gentle I am also a hyper young pup who has lots of energy!
I can’t wait to find my forever home!
Oh but also I have some anxiety around new places and stressful situation make me a little sick. But once I adjust I will be just fine.
From my foster Mom: We are still working Counter suffering. She is timid in new situations and can have high anxiety. She really loves to chase the ball and play with my younger pup. She is also very sweet and gentle. She is definitely a big lap dog and will be a total “Velcro” dog. This dog is unlike any dog I have ever had and the person who adopts her is basically winning the dog lottery. She would absolutely be a permanent member of our family if we didn’t have 3 other Golden’s already. Schmittie is “worth her weight in gold” as I tell everyone who meets her.
Adoption fee: $900 plus $35 microchip fee
The Pixe Project
Is anybody looking for a snuggly, lovable Teddy bear to cuddle up with? Well look no further! I am your guy! I am a 4 year old Chihuahua mix weighing in roughly at around 8lbs. I am a very mellow, but happy boy who is eager to bond with my human pals over 14. Especially if there is yummy treats involved! I am just a totally love and a perfect companion. Though I am mostly a Netflix and chill doggy, I sometimes get the zoomies and run around like a little rabbit. That being said, I am not a huge hiker, though trips to beach are nice. As long as my feet don’t get wet! I have been around other kitties and dogs, and do great. In fact, I am in foster with a big mellow shepherd friend at the moment. Handsome, delightful, and just plain darling, I eagerly awaiting to bond with my new family today. Fill out an application today, so we can meet. I come to you vaccinated, micro-chipped, and neutered with an adoption fee of $350.
The Team at VSCP is proud to work with many of our local shelters in the greater Metro community.
Multnomah County Animal Shelter
Clatsop County Animal Shelter
Columbia Humane Society
Oregon Humane Society