Helping people and pets stay together, through veterinary care for the pets of people going through the toughest times in their lives.
Outreach Clinic set for Transition Projects in May
As part of our commitment to serving the homeless in our community, we do Outreach Clinics in addition to our Front Avenue clinics. This helps ensure our services get to those who need them the most but for whom transportation is a barrier. Next month there is not a Front Avenue clinic. The Transition Projects clinic is only for their clients and is not open to regular PAW Team clients. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
Core Mission - helping the pets of the homeless
Since 1999, the PAW Team has helped keep people and pets together during the most difficult times of their lives. Our mission is to provide vet care to the pets of the homeless. When the economy crashed, we extended our services to low income families to help out in the crisis.
We network with agencies that serve those who need it most such as domestic violence shelters, homeless youth, mentally challenged adults, people living on the streets or in transitional housing and families in extreme poverty.
We keep families together at the most difficult times of their lives.
How to access our clinics
Please check out our How to Qualify for our Clinics page to find out if you qualify for our services. Clinics are first-come, first-served. Due to the high demand for our services, please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. or your pet may not be seen.
Volunteer of the Month
A.J. Brazile, who turns 12 in May, has been volunteering with the PAW Team for a year and a half. An animal lover who hopes to run his own animal adoption organization someday, he was encouraged to volunteer by his neighbor, Maria, a PAW Team regular.
A.J.’s role runs the gamut—from helping clients fill out paperwork to triage to organizing the supply room. “I do anything they tell me,” A.J. said. In return, “I’ve learned a lot of patience,” he said. “And it’s an accomplishment to know I’ve helped a lot of people.” A.J. is such an advocate for the PAW team that his mom, Elana, has started volunteering with him.
Weekdays, A.J. is a sixth grader at DaVinci Arts Middle School in Portland, with a special interest in ceramics and printmaking. The family lives in the St. John’s neighborhood with two cats and a dog.
Reaching out to the community at NW Pet Fair
Nearly 200 people - and dozens of dogs - dropped by the PAW Team booth at the annual NW Pet and Companion Animal Fair in April. Prospective clients, volunteers and donors learned about the PAW Team services helping spread the word among the animal-loving community. Canine companions got a welcome drink and a friendly pat on the head, too!
Thanks, Maul, Foster and Alongi!
Helping the PAW Team help clients better, Maul, Foster and Alongi, a socially-conscious consulting firm, has donated a beautiful table to enhance the PAW Team lobby; making our space - and our staff and volunteers - more efficient. Read more about this amazing firm here.
Helping more homeless, more pets with more services at the April Clinic
One client and her dog walked more than three hours to get to the April 6th PAW Team clinic. "My dog was sick, what else could I do? PAW Team's the only place that would help". After an exam, vaccinations, flea control and pet supplies that included much-needed dog booties, they left with the priceless gift of peace of mind with a volunteer who drove them the ten miles back to where she has been couch surfing.
87 animals were given care including six Zeuters, and xx spays/neuters which were performed offsite at our partner agency, Pixie Project. 69 clients were helped; of these 46 were new to the PAW Team and 23 were current clients. We've seen a steady increase in the number of homeless individuals coming to the PAW Team for the first time since refocusing on our core mission this January.
PCC Rockcreek Veterinary Students make a difference
PCC Rockcreek's Veterinary Sciences program is one of the best in the state and we're delighted to welcome their students to our clinics!
Clinics are typically held the first Sunday of the month unless there is a holiday that weekend.The next Front Avenue clinic is Sunday June 1, 2014.
Clinic Location, hours and directions
The clinic is located at 2700 NW Front Avenue Building J. We are open for non-medical appointments five days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Please note we do not have medical staff except on clinic days.