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 Yates (#3251). I was 89 pounds at my last vet visit but the vet said I should be about 75 pounds. In my foster home, I get along with the resident senior dog and cat just fine. I mostly ignore them, but occasionally like to play a little chase or tug-a-war. I’m a very big, strong boy who cannot control my excitement when new people come to the house or want to pet me on walks, so because of this I’m probably not great around small children. I think that standing up and putting my paws on guests is an acceptable greeting; I’m working on this and I’ve gotten better, but still need improvement.
Overall, I’m a very silly boy. I love to bring your things (not my toys) to you in the morning or when you get home from being away – shoes, clothes, socks, anything I can find within reach. I think I would spend most of his time in the backyard if my fosters let me, so I would love a large yard in my forever home. I also love to stand outside and stare at my fosters through the door, squatting down into play pose to try to bait them to play ball. I love balls! I also love that game of fetch where I bring the ball halfway back to you. Sometimes I find a ball on a walk in the park and refuse to leave it behind, only to eventually drop it somewhere else on the walk.
I walk and run well on a harness but I prefer shorter runs (less than 3 miles) and slow down quite a bit when going uphill. I’m pretty calm and a bit lazy overall, but I definitely have my crazy moments – my fosters can usually initiate zoomies in the backyard. I’m very food motivated, which makes training easier (and me heavier!). Because I am food-focused, I should be with a moderately active family to keep my weight in check!
Yates is being fostered in the Seattle area.
Adoption fee: $900 plus $35 microchip fee
Hi World! My name is Zelda (#3249), that’s Zelda with a Z. I’m that special dog that you all bought calendars for to help with my medical expenses. Thank you all so much! I guess I must have been pretty sick but I’m great now and making up for lost time. My legs might be short, but I am mighty!
I have learned that jumping up is not nice and that counter surfing is a bad idea although my legs are really too short to allow me to reach anything. I’m pretty darn smart and learn quickly if I do say so myself. I really just want to be with you all day.
Walking in harness is fun and I don’t pull nearly as hard as I used to. Not much fazes me on walks, not even that jackrabbit that ran by. I have better things to do than chase a bunny wabbit.
I am a pocket sized Golden and cute as they come. After eating carrot sticks for a couple of weeks, I am down 5 pounds and look so much better. Did I say I am a blonde? You know what they say about blondes having more fun. That would be me! You can brush or pet me all day long. My coat is growing out from the clip job I got in China and wait until you see me with feathers!
Note from Zelda’s foster: Zelda is not the wild child I originally thought. She is playful, almost puppy like but settles well. If she gets too exuberant, she gets a time out in her crate with something to chew on and then goes to sleep. She rides great in the car, goes right to sleep and she sleeps all night long in a crate without a peep.
She would do best in a home where she could have toys to play with since she will go looking for things to carry around like a typical golden. My other dogs learned quickly to not take anything away from her, so I don’t allow any high value toys when she is with other dogs since she does have some issues with resource guarding. I think it is something that can be managed and trained out of. She gets her toys in a crate or outside when we are playing and seems pretty happy with that.
Zelda would do best crated if she was left unattended at least until she has more experience. She rarely barks and absolutely goes still when you offer to pet her or brush her. If she disappears in the house, I always find her underneath the rack where the leashes are, begging to go for a walk. She is a super sweet dog with a soft style but also confident in herself.
Zelda is being fostered in Bend, OR.
Adoption fee: $900 plus $35 microchip fee
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