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

Feb 17, 2012

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.