Animal Aid


Animal Aid of Portland enhances the welfare of companion animals through individualized care and lifelong commitment, rescue and adoption, resources and education, and community partnerships.

We operate a free-roam shelter for cats; a foster program for dogs and cats; a community-driven animal care supply sharing initiative called It Takes a Pack; and the Animal Aid Cares Fund, a partnership with local veterinarians, behaviorists, and trainers to offer funding for urgent medical or behavioral care.

We specialize in assisting animals who may be struggling in larger shelters, as well as Heartstrings Pets: These may be senior pets getting passed by for the younger animals, formerly abused and neglected pets needing medical or behavior assistance, shy pets requiring extra reassurance and time, or animals with a medical condition. We commit to the animals we rescue for life, including post-adoption support and a lifelong return policy.

Bottom Line for Portland

In 2020, Animal Aid cared for 95 cats and dogs through our rescue and adoption program, provided over $7,000 in financial assistance for urgent medical or behavioral care to 14 pets and their guardians through our Animal Aid Cares Fund, and shared over 2,500 lbs. of pet food and a wide variety of animal care supplies with our 16 It Takes a Pack partners and local animal guardians in need. 

Beyond the numbers, the biggest impact that we make in our community is our focus on helping animals who have more extensive medical or behavioral conditions and thus fewer rescue options. By devoting the extra time, care, and resources to them that they need, we’re able to save a life that might otherwise be lost, help bring together a new family when that animal is adopted, and contribute to building a more compassionate community for both the pets and people of Portland.


“I admire the way Animal Aid makes a lifelong commitment to every pet that comes through its doors. Animal Aid embodies the Portland mindset of community over competition, choosing to partner with other organizations to make sure animals come first.” —Molly Riehl, former More Good Day Oregon host and Animal Aid supporter

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Animal Aid wants to be a part of the movement toward social justice for traditionally marginalized communities, and we recognize the need for more diverse representation within the animal welfare community. We have a lot to learn and, more importantly, a lot of action to take to help make our nonprofit, our community, and the animal welfare sector a more inclusive and diverse place. We understand that racial injustice is deeply ingrained in our society, and we recognize how we have benefited from and perpetuated a system that is responsible for countless atrocities committed and lives lost as a result. We understand that we can no longer be silent, that we can no longer let this be someone else’s issue; we understand that to effectively create change, we have to start with ourselves. Read more about the steps we are taking at


All incentives for Give!Guide 2021 have been distributed to qualified donors. Thank you so much for your support!

Starting on November 1, in celebration of World Vegan Day and the launch of the Give!Guide, Virtuous Pie PDX will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of their pumpkin ice cream to Animal Aid ALL MONTH LONG.

The first 25 donors of $25 or more will receive a $10 gift card to Aesthete Tea, a woman and QBIPOC owned organic loose leaf tea and herbal blend brand with a teahouse in SW Portland.

All donors 35 and under will be added to a raffle for a $100 gift card to Ice Queen, the world's first vegan paleteria, woman-owned and located in SE Portland.

Business Partner(s)

Aesthete Tea: A woman and QBIPOC owned organic loose leaf tea and herbal blend brand with a teahouse in SW Portland.

Ice Queen: The world's first vegan paleteria, woman-owned and located in SE Portland.

Virtuous Pie PDX: 100% plant-based handcrafted pizza and ice cream, with a dedication to giving back to the community and likeminded charities.

$29,221 raised of $25,000 goal
410 donations
117% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1969

Tax ID: 23-7448353

Animal Aid is in the Animals category which is sponsored by Meat for cats and dogs

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