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
Hi! My name is Gabe (#2804). I recently flew in from China and am looking for my forever home. I am a very handsome Yellow Lab, just a tad bit underweight but I love to eat so I’ll be gaining in no time. They say I am about 3 years old, my fosters say I’m a very young 3. I act quite puppyish still, but only in a good way. I have a lot of energy and I am so curious about everything, and I do mean everything. It’s all so new to me and it’s so exciting.
My most favorite thing ever is a ball, any ball, I love balls. I love to play catch in the yard, however my play mate needs to have 2 balls because I won’t drop the first one unless another one is already in the air. I’m working on that and I know ‘drop it’ is mandatory but it’s a lot more fun to just be running in a constant circle chasing a ball. Once I’m tired out I will gladly take my ball and lay down. I am quite content to play all by myself too, I will push it around, chew on it and just carry it with me at all times.
I also love to play with my foster siblings. I will tell you, I can play pretty rough but I am getting a lot better. At first my foster sister didn’t like to play with me and she would tell me how it was. (She’s really good at that. HA!) I was very respectful and took a quick time out, then she would come lick my nose as if to say “let’s try again” and now I’m doing so much better. I can be a little bit mouthy when I get treats too but I’m also working on that because I love treats and want to be a good boy.
I’m very smart and I am a people pleaser. I want to do what you ask me too, I just need you to take some time to teach me. I promise I do my best and learn fast. (Especially if it means a treat or extra pets). I don’t think I have anything bad to warn you about….I could possibly be counter surfer if left on my own, I did put my paws on the kitchen counter my first day….but I was told that was unacceptable so now I lay on the floor at the edge of the kitchen floor instead.
I’ve only had one accident in the house and I think it was because this thing they call a vacuum just scared it right out me. I love my kennel, I sleep there at night time quietly. I also am happy to go there when my humans leave for a few hours in the day. They say it’s for my own safety and I’m good with that. I want to be safe. It does appear I’m startled easily. As I said, that vacuum scares me….I’m also not a fan of the weed eater or lawn mower. Even my foster mom’s hair dryer makes me want to leave the room quickly. If my kennel is open I will run right in there and lay down until all the noise stops. I am sure with time and getting used to all these things I will overcome some of those fears.
Overall I’m a super happy boy, I will follow you everywhere you go and I’m learning how nice it is to have someone to pet me, and love on me. My foster mom says I’m going to be great addition to some lucky family, could that be you?
From the foster mom: Gabe is truly the sweetest little boy. He’s very eager to please and taking everything in fast as he can. He’s learned the basic commands though he is still learning but wants to please. We kind of feel like he might have spent some time on the street because he’s very reactive to noises. If he’s sleeping and there’s noise of any kind he’s not used too he will literally jump to his feet from a dead sleep. He is getting much better as he learns what noises are normal, and often now he will just raise head and then lay back down. He does okay on leash walks but he’s very curious about smells and can get nervous about those sounds. If he gets scared he will back right out of a collar so I highly suggest he has a harshness when he’s out of his confined area. He will very quickly make a great walking/jogging partner though….he loves walks and has plenty of energy but he will also calm down nicely and just be happy to lay in the family room and sleep with his people close by. Whomever adopts this sweet boy will not be sorry, he’s a wonderful dog.
Adoption fee: $650 plus $35 microchip fee
My name is Maple (#2787). I am a “beautiful” (my foster mom’s word, not mine) 2-3 year-old Golden-colored dog with a Border Collie-type build and temperament. I am a very good girl in the house, but I can be a bit anxious on walks; I’m still getting used to the environment in Portland. It seems very strange after the climate of my home country of Taiwan! I will do best with someone who is patient and understands my body language. I like the quiet life, and am happy to be with you indoors, on walks, and on long car rides. Once I know that I can trust you, I am very affectionate and playful. I love tug with my squeaky stuffed animals and pounce-on-the-ball (not so much bringing-the-ball-back). I am very agile and quick, and love to run. I like to sit outside on the back porch in the sun and watch the world—and make sure no squirrels get into the yard.
I am housebroken and crate-trained, and put myself to bed at night. I know basic commands like sit and come. My natural manners are very good (although I’ll put paws up to see what’s happening on the kitchen counter, or when I’m really excited to see you). No food aggression here, and I’m polite about leaving you alone while you’re eating. I am a bit of a picky eater myself; I prefer my kibble mixed with canned food. I don’t eat most people food, but I LOVE my bones.
Continued careful socialization will be important for me; I am hand-shy when meeting new folks and prefer that they not rush up to me, but I am willing to give them a chance. I have met and been fine with dog-savvy, quiet children. Most loud noises don’t bother me, but I hide when the vacuum cleaner comes out. I am protective of my space and my person, and will bark or growl when strangers come to the door. It takes me a few minutes to feel sure visitors are safe.
I like other polite, calm dogs. My Taiwanese foster mom said I am not good with small dogs, but since I’ve been in the U.S. I’ve had a couple of fun romps with a Jack Russell and a Corgi, as well as a big Lab. I am being fostered with 3 cats, and we are coexisting peacefully. I like to herd them and lick them on the head. Squirrels are clearly The Enemy. Chasing them is one of my favorite hobbies. I am also fascinated by ice cubes, and love to play with them.
My ideal home would be a quiet one- or two-adult household, with a big yard I can guard from squirrels, and a cat or dog buddy. I am not the easiest dog, but I am worth building a relationship with. I may not be a Golden, but I have a golden heart.
Adoption fee: $350 plus $35 microchip fee
Note: Adopters will receive two free sessions with Maple’s current trainer.
The Pixe Project
Hello Hello! My name is Espresso and I am the cutest little 1.5-year-old, 8 lb Chihuahua mix you have ever seen! My name just fits me so perfectly! When we first meet, I may be a little slow and shy at first, but one shot of espresso and I am a fun little bundle of energy who loves to play! In fact, I absolutely LOVE romping around with my doggy pals. So much so that I would really enjoy having another pup at home to help boost my confidence and to let loose & really just have some fun! Even those kitties can join the party too! Since I can be socially sensitive in the beginning, I would need to be in an owned home with kids over the age of 10. With patience and a few treats, you can instantly see that I am a dog that is ready to bond, to have fun, and at the end of the day–snuggle!! So make sure that you order your next coffee with a shot of ME!! Fill out an application, so we can meet! I come to you neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped with an adoption fee of $300.