All ASAP founding organizations are committed to working together to save lives. At this point, our projects are focused on reducing euthanasia in our shelters by decreasing the intake of animals, transferring “at risk” animals between shelters and increasing adoptions.

Current initiatives:

Spay & Save >>

“Spay & Save” is a Portland metro area-wide program that aims to assist families on public assistance and their owned, stray or feral cats by offering spay & neuter surgeries for as low as $10 (other options available for low income families). The Spay & Save program aims to reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year—23,574 in 2010 alone. Based on the success of initiatives in other cities around the country, we believe that we can decrease cat shelter intake by 30% over a 5 year period by spaying and neutering an additional 10,000 cats and kittens every year.


All surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and assisted by skilled, caring support teams. This program is funded through private donations and grants. For more information, please go to Spay & Save.

Transfers >>

ASAP shelters are committed to saving lives and providing the best care possible. When one of the shelters needs assistance with a specific animal for medical, behavioral or space reasons, the other ASAP shelters will make every attempt to transfer the animal over to their facility for further treatment and/or placement. Over the past 5 years, between 1,500 and 2,000 cats and dogs alone have been transferred every year between ASAP shelters. Furthermore, we are committed to teaching out to other animal shelters and rescue organizations to transfer animals to and from their facilities, providing the animal receives the best chance at care and finding a permanent home.

Adoption Events >>

ASAP has and will continue to collaborate on adoption events. Pooling resources together, offering special adoption discounts and taking advantage of greater media exposure in order to save additional lives.

Statistical Reporting >>

ASAP has adopted a community-wide standard of collecting and reporting animal shelter data according to the nationally recognized Asilomar Accords, thereby streamlining reporting, transparency, and consistency among the shelters. Click HERE for our Community Statistics.

Future initiatives:

Power Breeds >>

ASAP members are currently researching strategies to collaborate on ways to change community perceptions and the handling of power breeds, mainly pit bulls. Power breed dogs – or bully dogs – could be categorized as mixed or pure breed Pit Bulls, Rottweiler, Doberman, German Shepherds, etc. About 20 percent of the shelter dog intake are these power breeds. We hope to accomplish change through spay/neuter efforts, training programs after adoption and educational events.

Pet Identification >>

One of ASAP’s future community projects will focus on pet identification to increase the number of lost pets returned to their owner. Nationally around 16 percent of lost dogs and only 2 percent of lost cats are found and returned to their original owners. In 2009, 34 percent of dogs and only 4 percent of cats were reunited with their owners through the shelters in the Portland metro area. Numbers that, ASAP feels, can be dramatically increased, especially for cats through pet identification such as licensing, microchipping and collar ID’s.