How to Get Involved?

Getting involved is rewarding for you, a contribution to the community, and can benefit animals in so many ways. Connect through social clubs, committees, and volunteer organizations. Below are some of the ways that you can get out and share your energy and love of animals.

Ways to Volunteer

Fences for Fido

Help Fences for Fido unchain one dog at a time by participating in a fence build. Great fun, social and you may learn a new skill or two.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

They provide Guide Dogs to the visually impaired at no cost to the recipient. They recruit Puppy Raisers, Campus Volunteers, Speakers and more.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Pair up with your pet to offer companionship and comfort in a variety of settings.

Read to the Dog

The program helps children develop their reading skills by offering them a relaxed, non-judgmental environment in which to practice reading aloud.

Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals

This organization has numerous ways for you to volunteer to help improve the living conditions and adoptability of shelter animals.

Hands On Greater Portland

Check their website calendar to see how you can participate on any given day that you happen to be free. Their volunteer opportunities include a wide range of activities across many organizations – including of course animal rescue.

Volunteer at an Animal Shelter or Rescue Group

Nearly all of the shelter and rescue organizations listed on our Adoption/Rescue link welcome volunteer assistance. Check their sites for details. Ways that you can contribute may include:

  • Animal care and socialization
  • Dog walking
  • Fostering animals in your home
  • Transportation/Delivery
  • Shelter assistance – clean kennels, dishwashing, etc
  • Assist with public outreach/adoptions
  • Office help – mailings and other needs
  • Volunteer at events such as the Pug Crawl or Doggy Dash
  • Education/public speaking
  • Serve on a committee or board

Dog Park Organizations

These groups could use your support to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability of safe off-leash areas for dogs in our community.

Clubs & Social Groups

Columbia Agility TeamDog Fanciers Association of Oregon

PDX Metro Pack Walks

Lewis and Clark Cat Club

Lexi Dog Social Club

Portland English Bulldog Association

Pug Meet Ups

Rose City Cat Fanciers

SunKat Feline Fanciers

Willamette Agility Group

Looking for More Ideas?

The ASPCA offers Top Ways to Help Animals in your Community.

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