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Feb 25th, 2014

Portland, Oregon Emerges as One of the Safest Cities in the Country for Shelter Pets

Portland animal shelters save an unprecedented 91 percent of homeless cats and dogs in 2013 – read our press release HERE.

 



May 22nd, 2013

$1 Million Award Honors Lifesaving Work of Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

Maddie’s Fund recognizes the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland

 

Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland
Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland Receives Lifesaving Award

May 21, 2013: When it comes to saving the lives of shelter pets, no city in the nation surpasses Portland. The six shelters of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) were honored today with a $1 million award in recognition of that accomplishment. The shelters include the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, the Bonnie L. Hays Shelter serving Washington County, Clackamas County Dog Services, the Humane Society for SW Washington, the Oregon Humane Society and Multnomah County Animal Services.

The award is only given to communities that have saved all healthy shelter dogs and cats for multiple years and can demonstrate the ability to sustain this “adoption guarantee” for healthy pets in the future. The community further needs to exemplify strength in collaboration and strategic initiatives that could serve as a model in other communities across the US.

“The award funds are being allocated to the six shelters based on adoption and transfer numbers while some monies will be pooled for future collaborative projects to further benefit shelter animals”, says Britta Bavaresco, Co-Founder of ASAP. “This generous funding is a huge boost for the community and helps our shelters meet the on-going needs of our homeless pets while saving even more lives by focusing on medical transfers and treatments, behavior training, adoption promotions and special efforts for hard-to-place pets.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our life-saving efforts by Maddie’s Fund. Establishing a safety net for our community’s homeless cats and dogs has been a priority for all of us.” says Mike Oswald, Director of Multnomah County Animal Services. “ASAP’s life-saving commitment ranges from Troutdale to Battle Ground, from Cornelius to Damascus which is changing the whole region, not just the city of Portland. This grant helps animals throughout the whole metro area. ”

The Portland Metropolitan Area has reduced euthanasia in local shelters by a dramatic 65% percent from 2006 to 2012 thanks to the efforts of ASAP. With over 33,700 cats and dogs entering the six shelters last year, the community’s live release rate was an astounding 85%, compared to the national average rate of around 50%. Nine out of ten dogs, and eight out of ten cats, left animal shelters alive. No healthy, social cat or dog has been euthanized since 2010. For metro areas with a human population of over two million people, this puts Portland in the top three safest communities for homeless animals, joining New York City and the Denver Metropolitan Area (source: Maddie’s Fund National Community Statistics Database).

Since its founding in 2006, ASAP has worked diligently to end the euthanasia of healthy, social, and treatable dogs and cats in our local shelters. Starting with a live release or save rate of 62% in 2006, ASAP has implemented several programs that decreased shelter intake and increased the transfers of animals between shelters. Its successful “Spay & Save” program has altered over 30,000 cats owned by people needing financial assistance, resulting in a 25% decrease in shelter intake of cats within just two years.

“As a coalition, we have worked very hard to save all healthy cats and dogs and the majority of the pets that come into our care who need treatment before adoption,” says Sharon Harmon, Executive Director of the Oregon Humane Society. “But there is still more to do. We want to save all of the animals that need some extra help and that we know would make wonderful pets in an adoptive home. The Maddie’s Fund grant will help us get on our way but it is our hope that this award will inspire even more animal lovers to take action. These generous funds, coupled with further involvement by our community could be a springboard to the next level of animal sheltering in Portland.”

ASAP encourages all Portlanders to make 2013 the year they get involved with their local animal shelter, helping Portland become a community where every shelter pet finds a home. To get involved today, please contact ASAP at www.asapmetro.org or your local animal shelter and become an adopter, volunteer, foster parent or donor.

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About ASAP: The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy, social, and treatable dogs and cats in our local shelters by collaborating on spay/neuter programs, committing to educational and outreach efforts and promoting humane alternatives for feral cats. Founded in 2006, ASAP is a working coalition composed of the following Portland/Vancouver-area animal shelters and organizations: the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs; Cat Adoption Team; Clackamas County Dog Services; Feral Cat Coalition; Humane Society for SW Washington; Multnomah County Animal Services; Oregon Humane Society; Portland Veterinary Medical Association; SW Washington Veterinary Association; and Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter/Washington County Animal Services.  For further information, please visit www.asapmetro.org

About Maddie’s Fund: Maddie’s Fund (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s Institute. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.

 

 



Feb 17th, 2012

Shelter Alliance of Portland Awarded $180,500 Grant by the ASPCA

Contact: Anika Moje, Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland; (503) 802-6727; Anikam@oregonhumane.org

Feb. 17, 2012

Animal Coalition Targets Portland Neighborhoods

Portland, Oregon: An alliance of Portland-area animal organizations will be strengthening its efforts to help owners of pit bulls and cats in southeast Portland, thanks to a generous $180,500 grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping conducted by the ASPCA identified a specific geographic location within the metro area that will be the focus of efforts to encourage responsible pet ownership practices for owners of pit bulls and young cats. The goal of the one-year grant to the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) is to increase the live release rate of homeless dogs and cats in shelters in this area, which includes portions of the Hazelwood and Mill Park neighborhoods in southeast Portland.

“This grant is a great example of how the entire community can come together to find innovative solutions that help save more animal lives. Multnomah County Animal Services is proud to be part of this community effort with its focus on spay/neuter, and helping promote responsible pet ownership,” said Michael Oswald, director of Multnomah County Animal Services.

Sharon Harmon, executive director of the Oregon Humane Society, said the grant “will help us tackle some of the most pressing animal issues that face this community. We’re proud to say that ASAP members did not euthanize any healthy shelter animals last year, and with this grant we can make a real difference in combating pet overpopulation.”

Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research and development for the ASPCA, said the ASPCA is eager to assist Portland in developing new ways to decrease risk for community dogs and cats. “It is clear that ASAP is dedicated to improving the lives of Portland’s animals and it is our hope that this grant will allow them to continue their life-saving efforts.”

For dogs, the program will strive to increase responsible pet ownership through a variety of efforts, including: introducing incentives for spaying and neutering dogs; offering waived redemption fees for impounded dogs; offering puppy classes and personalized pet ID tags; and providing fenced yards for dogs who are chained or tethered. The grant also will fund a youth-to-youth program to reward innovative youth-developed efforts promoting responsible pet ownership.

For cats, the grant builds on ASAP’s existing Spay & Save program, which provides low and no-cost spay and neuter services to low-income residents. The grant will help expand the existing network of Spay & Save partners and will offer new services to promote responsible ownership. For example, cat owners from targeted areas can qualify for free cat licenses and personalized ID tags, free crates to transport their cats to a veterinary clinic, and a $75 credit toward veterinary care. The program also will work with local apartment managers to encourage responsible pet ownership among tenants, and with local human service organizations to provide needed human services to pet owners.

ASAP is composed of the following Portland-area animal shelters and organizations: the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs; Cat Adoption Team; Clackamas County Dog Services; Feral Cat Coalition; Humane Society for SW Washington; Multnomah County Animal Services; Oregon Humane Society; Portland Veterinary Medical Association; SW Washington Veterinary Association; and Washington County Animal Services.



Feb 8th, 2012

2012: A Spay Odyssey is Here: Free Surgeries February 27 – March 2

*In honor of World Spay Day the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) boldly sets out to alter 500 cats in one week. For free!

2012: A Spay Odyssey

2012: A Spay Odyssey

500 Cats to be Altered In One Week to help Low-Income Residents

Portland, OR:  In honor of World Spay Day on February 28, and to prevent unwanted litters of kittens from being born this spring, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) is offering 500 free spay/neuter surgeries the week of February 27 in five locations around the Portland/Vancouver metro area. World Spay Day is an annual occurrence that aims to highlight  spay/neuter as a proven means of ending pet overpopulation and is part of a global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals.

Qualified cat owners can have their unsterilized cats or kittens spayed or neutered for free during the week. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well.  Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and subsidized through charitable donations.

“In an average week our program helps 200 cats, adding more surgery slots than usual and offering the surgeries for free this week will help us reach even more cats during this crucial time of year”, says Joyce Briggs, President of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and a volunteer with the ASAP Spay & Save Program. “In wintertime cats go into season, and many are pregnant by March. Preventing those kittens is the reason for this event. With nearly 22,000 cats entering our area shelters annually, we need to focus on finding good homes for them, without a flood of kittens this Spring. There are not enough homes for all of them.”

What: Over 500 free cat spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of February 27 – March 2.

How to Qualify: Qualified cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, or Clark Counties AND receive government assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps,  Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8/Public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Oregon Health plan and Subsidized Lunch Program funding.

Where: Services provided by licensed veterinarians and caring surgical teams at the locations below. Transportation assistance may be available for those unable to take advantage of this offer because of travel issues.

Cat Adoption Team – Sherwood
Oregon Humane Society – NE Portland
Multnomah County Animal Services – Troutdale
Humane Society of SW Washington – Vancouver
Feral Cat Coalition – for strays or feral cats

How to Participate: Call 1-800-345-SPAY for a cat you own; or 503-797-2606 for feral cats. Free spay/neuter appointments will be scheduled for February 27 – March 2, 2012 only.

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The free spay/neuter surgeries are being offered through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program. ASAP is a coalition of the greater Portland area’s leading animal welfare organizations and the veterinary community. The Spay & Save program is working to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year – over 22,000 in 2010 alone. This vital program is funded through private donations as well as grant monies. Special thanks to PetSmart Charities® for their grant support.  See www.spaysave.org for details on qualifying, addresses of surgery locations and more.

 

 



Nov 14th, 2011

Jolly St Snip is Coming to Town – Fix Your Cat For Free Dec 5 – 9

The Oregon Humane Society and four other local animal organizations are bringing “Jolly

Jolly St Snip

St. Snip” and his bounty of free spay and neuter surgeries to town this December. Qualifying low-income cat lovers can have their favorite felines spayed and neutered at no charge from Dec. 5 – 9 at one of five locations throughout the metro area.

“St. Snip is bringing the best of all holiday gifts to animal lovers,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director. “The metro area faces a huge overpopulation of cats, and spaying or neutering your feline is the best thing you can do to prevent needless suffering.”

OHS plans to spay or neuter 225 cats on Dec. 7th, with other participating groups planning to fix an additional 275 Dec. 5 – 9. Caretakers of stray or feral cats can take advantage of this offer as well. The participating animal organization (see complete list below) are members of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland, which operates the Spay & Save program for low-income residents of the metro area.

“Now is the perfect time to spay or neuter your fertile cats to prevent unwanted litters of kittens being born in spring. Prevention is the key to reducing the number of unwanted cats brought to local animal shelters or free-roaming in your neighborhood,” said Joyce Briggs, President of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and volunteer with ASAP Spay & Save Program.

The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland believes that all cats should spend the holidays at home this year, and is including a free identifying microchip for every owned cat that is spayed or neutered through the Jolly St. Snip campaign. The microchips are provided thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities®.

What: Over 500 free cat spay/neuter surgery spots will be available the week of December 5 – 9.

How to Qualify: Qualified cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, or Clark Counties AND receive government assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps,  Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8/Public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Oregon Health plan and Subsidized Lunch Program funding.
Where: Services provided by licensed veterinarians and caring surgical teams at the locations below. Transportation assistance may be available for those unable to take advantage of this offer because of travel issues.
 

Cat Adoption Team – Sherwood
Oregon Humane Society – NE Portland
Multnomah County Animal Services – Troutdale
Humane Society of SW Washington – Vancouver
Feral Cat Coalition – for strays or feral cats  

How to Participate: Call 1-800-345-SPAY for a cat you own; or 503-797-2606 for feral cats. Free spay/neuter appointments will be scheduled for December 5 through 9 only. 
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 The free spay/neuter surgeries are being offered through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program. ASAP is a coalition of the greater Portland area’s leading animal welfare organizations and the veterinary community. The Spay & Save program is working to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year – over 22,000 in 2010 alone. This vital program is funded through private donations as well as grant monies. Special thanks to PetSmart Charities® http://www.petsmartcharities.org for their grant support.  See http://www.spaysave.org/ for details on qualifying, addresses of surgery locations and more.



Sep 2nd, 2011

Get the whole Kitty & Kaboodle Fixed!

$10 to spay/neuter every kitty in your household – From September 26 – 30

Kitty & Kaboodle Fall Promotion



Jun 29th, 2011

Get your kittens fixed for free this July

Take a life saving Spaycation

Spaycation Press Release

 

 

 



Feb 9th, 2011

Spay Day USA Special for the Week of February 21st

Spay Day USA Special



Nov 9th, 2010

Medical Team Set for Record Number of Cat Surgeries

Medical Team Set for Record Number of Cat Surgeries



Oct 9th, 2010

Elect to Spay your Repurrblican or DemoCat for free

Elect to Spay Press Release