If you’re interested in adopting a rescue dog, below we’ve featured 10 top dog rescues in Oregon.
1. The Pixie Project (Portland)
The Pixie Project is a not-for-profit animal rescue and adoption facility located in Portland, Oregon. Founder and director Amy Sacks opened this unique business in 2006 and has helped many Portland dogs find their forever home with loving families.
The Pixie Project always does their best to ensure adoptions are attainable by ensuring spay/neuter surgeries are affordable and readily available and providing necessary medications at an affordable price. They always have a great range of dogs ready for adoption – you can check them out here. And if you would like to donate to The Pixie Project, you can do so here.
2. Greenhill Humane Society (Eugene)
Greenhill Humane Society first opened its doors in 1944 and has been rehoming pups all over Eugene, Oregon, ever since. They specialize in animal adoptions, foster care, and helping lost dogs be reunited with their owners. The Greenhill Humane Society shelter ensures that all animals are happy and well looked after, with no time limit on their stay.
The Greenhill Humane Society has several programs, including their low-cost spay/neuter program to ensure that these surgeries (performed at their on-site surgical suite) are affordable for everyone adopting dogs. Click here to view the current dogs available for adoption at Greenhill Humane Society, or here if you would like to donate.
3. Heartland Humane Society (Corvallis)
Heartland Humane Society is an open-intake, no-kill shelter based in Corvallis, Oregon. They have been operating throughout Benton County since 1966 and have helped so many cats and dogs to find loving families and new homes – they help around 2,000 animals each year.
Heartland Humane Society offers a range of services including affordable adoptions, pet lost and found services, trap-neuter-return services for stray cats, and spay/neuter surgeries for other local rescue groups. View the dogs currently available for adoption here, or head here to donate to Heartland Humane Society.
4. Rebel Souls Rescue (Redmond)
Rebel Souls Rescue is a 501C not for profit animal rescue center based in Redmond, OR. They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters and patiently caring for them until they are adopted to loving owners. They pay particular attention to “bully breeds” – those breeds of dogs that sometimes get a bad reputation but are just as loving as any other pup.
Once dogs are rescued by Rebel Souls Rescue, they spend each day getting the exercise and training they need to address any behavioral issues they may have from their past. Each dog available for adoption is crate trained, housebroken, and knows basic verbal commands. View available dogs here, or donate to Rebel Souls Rescue here.
5. Puplandia Dog Rescue (Beaverton)
Puplandia Dog Rescue relies on loving volunteers to enable the rescue and eventual rehoming of dogs. Brook Benson started Puplandia Dog Rescue in 2016 and has already been responsible for rescuing over 300 dogs in need.
Puplandia Dog Rescue is committed to reducing the number of dogs in shelters, via community education, providing spay/neuter programs, and offering affordable training for pups with behavioral issues. You can view dogs available for adoption here, or donate to Puplandia Dog Rescue here.
6. Animal Aid (Portland)
Animal Aid has been operating throughout Portland, Oregon, for over 50 years. They are a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to finding forever homes to dogs and cats across Portland. Founded in 1969 by Kathryn and Jack Hurd, Animal Aid has grown substantially since 1969 to become a leading dog rescue in Oregon.
If you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, there are plenty of dogs and cats to choose from at Animal Aid. You can view their list of dogs that are ready for adoption here. Also, Animal Aid is always looking for people who can volunteer or act as a foster parent, or you can donate to their worthy cause here.
7. A New Leash on Life (Eugene)
A New Leash on Life is a dog rescue center based in Eugene, Oregon. They are a 501 nonprofit organization determined to rescue every dog they can from high kill centers and match them with loving families across Eugene. A New Leash on Life specializes in pet transport – they find animals in need all along the I-5 corridor (from Mexico to Canada) and bring them safely into their rescue network of partnering facilities.
Through their many partners, A New Leash on Life has a network of hundreds of dogs available for adoption at facilities along the west coast. To see their partners and the dogs available for adoption, click here. If you want to get involved, A New Leash on Life is always looking for donations of pet food, blankets, bowls, and kennels. You can also make a monetary donation here.
8. Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon (Corvallis)
Many people looking to adopt a dog want a puppy, and sometimes older dogs are overlooked or left behind. That’s where Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon comes in – they focus on caring for dogs aged six years and over who have all been displaced due to an owner’s illness, death, move, foreclosure, or other traumatic events.
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon doesn’t have a shelter – all of their dogs are homed with loving foster families, which means they have a great idea of the temperament and quirks of any dog you may be interested in bringing home. Visit this page to see the dogs available for adoption, or this page to donate to Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon.
9. BrightSide Animal Center (Redmond)
Located in Redmond, Oregon, BrightSide Animal Center specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats to get them ready for a new home. The center is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, donations, adoption revenues, and grants. They offer a vast range of services, including enrichment programs for the animals and pet adoption counselors for those looking to adopt.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog from BrightSide Animal Center, you can click here to see the available pups. Alternatively, you can click here to donate to Brightside, or see other ways to help their cause.
10. Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (Beaverton)
Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals is based in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area and is a foster-based rescue foundation. Since 2002, the center has saved over 18,500 pets, helped to restore their health, and found the perfect homes for these animals.
Visit this page to view dogs looking for adoption – please note that each member of your household (including other dogs) will need to attend a meet and greet before you can adopt a pup from Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. Click here to donate.
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