The Portland Animal Welfare Team is a unique non-profit that helps both people and pets - we are a unique bridge between human welfare services and animal welfare services. By providing preventative veterinary care, exams, parasite control, and vital medications for the pets of people who are homeless or living in dire poverty, we help keep people and pets together. By providing pet supplies and prescription foods we enable the homeless and very poor to allocate their own limited resources toward their basic living expenses. We help prevent unwanted litters by connecting our clients to spay/neuter services. We help families get off the streets and into housing by providing vaccinations and licensing.
Criteria for Service: You must be homeless or receiving government subsidies/benefits (such as TANF, food stamps, etc.) to access our program. All pets in the household must be spayed or neutered. You must provide proof of benefits; please bring your award letter from the government agency.
Please note: Beginning January 1, 2014 we will be focusing more of our limited resources on our core mission of helping the pets of the homeless. After January 1, 2014 you must be homeless, in transitional housing, or working with a caseworker from an approved social service agency to receive PAW Team services.
Spay and Neuter: To maximize our resources and prevent unwanted litters of animals, ALL animals in your household must be altered: refusal to spay or neuter all your pets will bar you from our services. We will refer these surgeries to participating organizations; costs range between $10 and $40. If you do NOT show up at your pet’s alteration surgery your entire household will be permanently barred from our services. We share no-show information with partner agencies. A new non-surgical sterilization procedure for small to medium sized dogs is available at our regular clinics as part of our continuum of services.
Cost: PAW Team is a non-profit charitable organization. We are funded by donations to support our work. We ask for a co-pay of $5 per pet. No one will be turned away for true inability to pay.
Medical Questions: We do not have medical personnel on staff except for Clinic days. If you have medical questions between Clinics please contact your local veterinarian. They will be able to give you immediate feedback.