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Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities to Help Portland's Pets

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Are you a lover of pets or animals and want to give back to the animals of Portland? Here are three different non-profit animal organizations that could use your love and help.

Oregon Humane Society

Since 1868 the Oregon Humane Society has relied entirely on private donations and volunteers to help animals find a home. Since then it has become the largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest, by helping over 10,000 animals per year. In 1997 the Oregon Humane Society made history when it opened the nation's first Animal Medical and Learning Center. Volunteer opportunities include foster care, dog walking, assistance with special events, and more.   The Oregon Humane Society is looking for volunteers that are any age or ability!  You will join a team of over 1,000 compassionate volunteers that help facilitate hundreds of animal adoptions per year.

Animal Aid

Since 1969 Animal Aid has served the Portland Metro area animal community. This organization strives to reduce animal birth rates and suffering through public education programs. Animal Aid uses its monetary fund to help families or individuals in financial distress help their pets in need of urgent veterinary care. Animal Aid also provides adoption services for over 125 dogs and cats and shelters for another 40-50 abandoned animals every year. Volunteers range in age from 6-80 years old and act as caregivers, event coordinators, and foster home coordinators.  You can be a caregiver, an event coordinator, or offer your home up as a foster parent to one of hundreds of animals throughout Portland. Ã‚  Weekend and weekday opportunities also exist!

Portland Animal Welfare Team

The Portland Animal Welfare Team makes veterinary care accessible to the pets of those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. Homeless shelters do not allow pets inside, leaving the animals outside and unattended. The emotional stress to provide adequate care can often be overwhelming. The Portland Animal Welfare provides six "street" clinics each year, which provide care for an average of 70 animals per clinic. Volunteers help with outreach, the health clinics, community events, and many other activities. The PAW team is looking for many different veterinary supplies and general supplies.  Check out their list of critical ongoing medical supplies needed to keep their operations running.

These are 3 organizations that we picked; now it's your turn!

Give Back, Even Without Time

If you're short on time and aren't able to volunteer at one of these organizations there's still a way to help them or any other local "pet-friendly" organization of your choice. EngineWorks, a local company, is putting on a contest, "Helping Animals One Search at a Time." With a simple blog post you could help an organization generate more donations through the web.

For more details on the contest visit

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3 Responses to Non-Profit Volunteer Opportunities to Help Portland's Pets

  1. Team Tour de Lab August 14, 2009 at 14:46 #

    Tour de Lab is a bicycle tour of all three Lucky Lab locations – and a fundraiser for Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED and most volunteer positions award you a free ride on this super fun, quirky ride with an 18 mile Puppy course or a 30 mile Big Dog hill climb challenge. Volunteer info is on our website.

    Get dogged up and come join us for a ride in support of Dove Lewis!

  2. Good Causes in Portland August 17, 2009 at 13:30 #

    Adoptable pets from the Oregon Humane Society:

  3. Rachel June 17, 2011 at 23:32 #

    The Oregon Cat, the largest no-kill cat shelter in Clackamas County, is accepting volunteer applications. Please see their web site for more information.

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