Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team
The Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team saves lives, alleviates suffering, and keeps pets and people together by providing free and low-cost veterinary care to pets of people who are experiencing houselessness or extreme poverty.
Bottom Line for Portland
As a volunteer-powered, grassroots organization there is not a single pet that has access to our services without the support of our dedicated community members. Over the past year, we have seen a sharp increase in the need for free & low cost veterinary services as our community continues to face an unprecedented level of financial hardship and housing instability due to the economic impact of COVID-19. To meet this need, each year PAW Team serves pets from over 1,000 Portland Metro Area families through our weekday appointments, bi-monthly weekend vaccine clinics, offsite outreach clinics, pet appointment transports, pet supply deliveries, and our free pet supply bank. PAW Team is here to ensure these families do not have to choose between providing care for their companion animal and affording rent, groceries, or tending to their own medical needs.
“PAW Team has helped non-stop with Chezabelle’s needs. My stress level has dropped completely. I don’t have to worry about providing food or supplies for her. I know they’ll help connect me with the resources I need.” - Tonya, PAW Team Client
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As an organization serving our unhoused neighbors, we are keenly aware of the intersection of poverty and marginalized communities. PAW Team is committed to incorporating equity into everything that we do. Our leadership, staff, and volunteers are dedicated to maintaining an awareness of one's own personal unearned privilege, continuing to learn and unlearn our personal biases, and creating space for community members to express how we can continue reducing barriers to the care their pets need.
Goodie Basket Giveaway Days - Donors who give $100 or more to PAW Team during the first week or last week of the Give!Guide campaign will be entered to win gift baskets filled with local goodies for you and your pet such as a wine tasting & picnic for 4 at Haden Fig and Evesham Wood Wineries, gift cards to Portland Pet Supply, goodies from Reclamation, and much more!
Team Up Giving Day - On November 16th, the first 50 donors who give to both PAW Team AND Cat Adoption Team will receive a $15 gift card from Meat for Cats & Dogs AND a free scoop coupon from Dairy Hill Ice Cream!
Double Your Impact - During the week of Giving Tuesday, our generous friends at River Hawk Construction will match your donation up to $4,000!
River Hawk Construction is generously matching all donations to PAW Team up to $4,000 during the week of Giving Tuesday!
Haden Fig and Evesham Wood Wineries are contributing a wine tasting & picnic package for 4 and specialty wines to support our Goodie Basket Giveaway during the first and last week of the Give!Guide campaign!
Meat for Cats & Dogs is partnered with PAW Team to support our Team Up Giving Day with Cat Adoption Team on November 16th!