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
My name is Molly (#2817). I am a happy little girl who thinks everyone is my friend! People are my favorite, but I also love to play with other dogs, play with my toys, eat, and watch/chase birds! I watch cats intently but could probably learn to live with them if given the proper introductions and time.
I am about 6 years old, a petite but solid 44 pounds with the funniest build for a golden you’ve ever seen. My short legs, wide chest and ribs and perky ears give me character that goes along with my happy, friendly nature. I make friends wherever I go!
Given my background as a breeding dog in China where I ended up very sick in the slaughterhouse, people think it’s amazing I can be so happy, loving, and have such a positive outlook on life. I deal with spondylosis in my back and extensive arthritis in my knees and have a funny pacing gait, but despite all that I am now in great shape, love my daily walks, and can go for half- to one mile-walks twice daily with no problem. I’ll never be a long distance hiker, runner or jumper, but regular walks will keep me active. Along with walks, I need to continue with good joint supplements, and getting acupuncture every couple of weeks has given me mobility back and will help to keep me moving more easily.
I am a very mellow, sweet, friendly dog who adapts to most anything. I’ll speak up for myself (with my funny, croaky little bark) and am not afraid of anything. Anyone who gives me a loving home will be repaid with doggie love and happiness over and over again. Promise.
Adoption fee: $600 + $35 microchip fee
Molly is being fostered in the Corvallis, OR area
Hi! I’m Harry (#2829). I like to think of myself as a good-natured, handsome dog, all male and all Golden. The vet thinks I am about 8 years old, but I act much younger; people sometimes think I’m a puppy. I have got a sweet heart and am very loving, but I’m a survivor of some rough conditions. I have a lot of skills that were useful in my old life but aren’t appropriate for my new one, and I have got a lot to learn (or so I’m told). For example, I had no idea that the sounds people make have anything to do with me. Once I started figuring that out, I picked up “sit” really fast, and I’m learning my name. “Come” and “off” are trickier because I’m very curious, and very independent. I’m very confident; in fact, some would call me bossy. My confidence and curiosity can be a good thing; I love new situations and new people. I’m an adventure dog, and I haven’t found anything I’m afraid of, including the vacuum. All of that makes me challenging to control. I’ve only been neutered for a very short time, and will probably continue to relax.
I am very strong, but not hyper, and am quiet in the house. I like 20-30 minute walks, and don’t need a big yard. I’m getting better on the leash, but I’m obviously tolerating it and can get impatient when I’m not moving; I’ve chewed through leashes while waiting in the car and at an outdoor café. When I meet people, I want to stand up and hug them, and I will grab at their keys, purses, or any dangling clothing. I’ve got great bite inhibition and my fosters can safely put their hands in his mouth to take things (including chicken bones), but they have to pry my jaws open to release the items. I love novelty; my old toys are not interesting, although I will play with my ball when I need something to chew on, and will fetch a couple of times before I get bored. I like to put my paws up and hunt the counter and table tops for potential toys, although I do not usually take food. I have no resource guarding issues or separation anxiety, and bark only very rarely; I do not bark at people who come to the door and am always happy to meet them. I am easy to bathe; I just sit in the tub and let my humans work on me.
I love car rides and will try to jump in any open door. I’ve been on a 4-hour road trip and did fine. Although I don’t always like new dogs, especially when they walk right up to me, I have been fine when introduced carefully, and had a great time on a two-day vacation with a setter and a Scottie. I’m great with other species; I am interested but not aggressive. I don’t chase squirrels, and am friends with the neighbors’ chickens. I ignore my adult cats. My kitten is in love with me and likes to sit on me and play with my face and lick my nose; I have given a low growl a couple of times when she bit my paws but never made a move to hurt her.
I am mostly housebroken, although I have lifted my leg on the cat box. I am not crate-trained, and I sleep on a dog bed at night. I will get on furniture. My health is generally good, although I am working on getting a very itchy skin condition under control; I have no mobility issues. The vet says that I have early indicators of cataracts, but my vision is currently good. My teeth are in good shape, although I need a cleaning; I do have some wear on the bottom that is probably from chewing on rocks and metal. (Please don’t judge.) My coat was completely matted when I got to the shelter in China, and I was shaved to the skin (except for my face and a pompom on my tail). My fur is growing back a gorgeous copper-red.
I am good with kids who are big enough not to be knocked over by me (12 years old or so). Children should be comfortable getting me to release things I shouldn’t have, and be taught how to introduce their friends to me . I am “a lot of dog”, and will need continued training to learn good manners. I will do well with one person or a family, as long as they are willing to be firm and loving with me.
Adoption Fee: $600 + $35 microchip fee
Harry is being fostered in the Portland, OR area
The Pixe Project
My name is Marky Mark and I am looking for my new family to be my funky bunch! I am a 4 year old Chihuahua mix weighing in at around 8lbs. I traveled all the way from LA to retire here in the beautiful Pacific North West. I am a very social, outgoing guy who loves meeting all people, dogs and those kitties too. I love to play with my squeaker toys and after a nice play session, I am ready to snuggle in your lap! I do have a genetic disease that affects my back legs so they aren’t quite as strong as they should be. I am getting all fixed up by Pixie and doing fine. I am currently available for foster or adoption! So fill out an application today, so we can meet and get our groove on!