News and Event Archive



"Rub-A-Dub Pooch Scrub"

Charity Dog Wash

No need to hose down your pooch with freezing cold water or strain yourself bending over your bathtub... COME TO THIS BEAUTFIUL NEW PET STORE WITH SELF-WASHING STATIONS AND GET YOUR DOG WASHED AND DRIED BY OUR OSNF VOLUNTEERS. 100% funds raised go to OSNF on Saturday, August 18th from 9am-2pm.


Fix Them While They're Fluffy!

The Benefits of Early Age Spay/Neuter:
If you adopt a kitten or puppy from a shelter the likelihood is that they have already been spayed or neutered? Why, you ask? Because spaying and neutering pets is the most humane way reduce the number of animals entering our shelters, and thereby reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized every year. READ MORE

Cool Pets and Summer-Time Fun!

The dog days of summer can be dangerous for pets—especially those left inside cars. Every year many dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians shop or run quick errands. Even with the car windows left partially rolled down, and in the shade, cars can heat up much quicker than you think. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable. READ MORE

Tick Time

Summertime is a great season to explore the outdoors with your canine companion or when your feline wanders outdoors catching butterflies. However, danger lurks around every corner when you’re playing in the forest, coastal scrub, high brush or grasslands. Ticks abound this time of year, which can carry diseases including Lyme’s Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. READ MORE

"Kissing Puppies" at

Portland International BeerFest?!

Come to snuggle some puppies while sampling some great international brews. READ MORE

Fireworks Can Cause Panic for Pets...

Keep your pets safe this Fourth of July and the weeks before the big day, when the firework season starts, by preparing them and your home for what can be a scary and anxiety-provoking experience. Don't forget about those days after when folks burn up the last of their holiday stock. READ MORE

FIDO Frolic ~ All Breed Dog Walk

On Saturday, June 9th, from 11am-3pm at the Clackamette Park in Oregon City, join OSNF and take part in the first annual "FIDO Frolic" All Breed Dog Walk to raise funds and food for FIDO's Dog Food Bank. READ MORE

Annual "Beat The Heat for Tom & Mom" was a Success!

We haven't gotten "Surgeries Complete" total numbers yet from our participating vets but we know we were able to offer MANY low-cost spay and neuter to pet cats and kittens, strays and ferals to qualifying low-income clients! By fixing those cats, we helped reduce the number of unwanted pets that may have ended up homeless or killed in shelters.

Those households who qualified for this program were either on a Public Aid program, unemployed or under-employed, elders on social security, disabled veterans or individuals, students in need, or homeless or near-homeless. We also helped quite a few good Samaritans who had taken in strays or rescued animals or were feeding and caring for ferals.

The program worked with the help of local animal rescue groups and the kindness from our participating veterinarians. We only asked for a $20 cash co-pay for female cats and a $10 cash co-pay for males. There are still a few remaining spaces open in Bethany, Portland and Newberg so please call the hotline at 1-888-664-7729 or instead use our general CONTACT US form on our website. A volunteer will contact you as soon as possible or within 1-3 days.

If we have funding and enough donations, this program will be back next spring with the start of Spay Day, typically we start on Valentine’s Day and end on St. Patricks Day. We advertise on our webpage, Facebook and on craigslist, so keep an eye out and tell a friend, coworker or neighbor who might need our help! Don't forget to LIKE us on our Facebook page to hear about other upcoming events and opportunities. We appreciate any extra donations, big or small, and are always in need of sponsors.

Dog Lovers Converge at Doggie Palooza

Is that a team of horses entering the building? Wait no, it's a pair of majestic Great Danes.  Yikes, the Abominable Snowman is alive and heading this way!  Whoops, oh hello you gentle giant Great Pyrenees. Oh my gosh, watch out for the killer bees! Nope, wrong again, it’s just some frisky Corgies in bumblebee costumes. My, what a cute baby you have in that stroller. Hang on, that kid looks nothing like you, but it sure is a darling Yorkie. Maybe next time I should bring my glasses.

This year’s Doggie Palooza held at the World Forestry Center was truly a celebration of all things Dog! Owners and their well-behaved canines, many dressed up in their best wear or in costume garb, were welcomed into the center with open arms for this special one day only.

Wild Child Pet Fashions started off the day by showing off rescue dogs on the runway with their ready-to-wear fall looks including jackets, dresses, jewelry, harnesses and more! The Pooch Parade was an opportunity for furry contestants to be judged in three categories, Best Fall Fashion, Pet Owner Look-A-Like, and Best Pet Trick. This writer didn't get the names of all the winners, but know fabulous prizes were given and everyone who watched was quite entertained!

Dr. Jason Nicholas, BVetMed of The Preventive Vet gave a presentation on how common pet emergencies are, how expensive and debilitating they can often be, and how often they are easily preventable by (1) always using a leash, (2) being careful with medications (which ones you administer, how you store them, etc), (3) being sure to hang all bags, purses, diaper bags, backpacks, etc, (4) securing trash cans, and (5) not feeding pets table scraps & 'people food'.

Throughout the day, SPOT magazine was on the lookout for a new cover model. Photographer David Childs was busy snapping candid photos of canine visitors. Entry fees will go to a charity to be decided by Spot. The winner is still to be announced.

The vendors were all dog-themed, as you might expect. Nevertheless, they were quite varied in offerings of products or services, ranging from those selling dog designer outfits and accessories (be-jeweled bandannas and dog backpacks) to an animal communicator and energy healer, to an invisible fence company and Oregon’s only pet funeral home and crematory. Lots of pet food and supply vendors were there as well and offered many free samples, including a peanut butter treat that I saw being given to a Dachshund who did a little wiggle dance in happiness!

The Oregon Spay & Neuter Fund’s dedicated volunteers were there to spread the word of all the resources available to help remove the barriers of getting animals fixed and help reduce overpopulation. Other non-profits such as Oregon Dog Rescue, Animal Aid and Deaf Dogs of Oregon also had tables to help spread the word of the good things they all do to help many animals each year. PAW Team, a provider of well-pet care to animals living with homeless or very low-income guardians, held a supply drive. Paw Team is also the recipient of the door donations (each year a different non-profit is selected to receive same; last year OSNF was so blessed).

Overall, the day was a success… it is hard not to smile when you look up to and see a passel of pugs or a contingent of Corgis, the Rottie in a tutu, a Great Pyrenees jester and a couple of German Shepherd ladybugs parading on by.

Doggie Palooza

You and your dog won't want to miss this! On Sunday, October 16th, the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund will be at Doggie Palooza, held at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Bring your well-behaved dog and enjoy a doggie fashion show, a canine parade, candid photography with David Childs, and more--all while enjoying seasonal beer and pizza. We are excited to spread the word about our spay/neuter program and join in all the fun! Please stop by and visit us. Volunteers are needed for the event--if you are able to help, please email us at

For more information, click here.

VegFest 2011 Recap

What...a...turnout! With an attendance of over 6700 patrons, Portland VegFest 2011 was the perfect location to place a OSNF booth. We want to thank Portland VegFest’s tireless volunteers and staff members, including Dave’s Killer Bread, Integrated Medicine Group, and VegNews Magazine for your efforts and support for this amazing event. VegFest gave us the opportunity to reach out to our community to help its members show their love for companion animals by making them aware of resources to have them spayed/neutered. We also enjoyed the wonderful vegan companies/organizations, guest speakers, and other animal groups that got to join us.

We are excited to see the number of those interested in volunteering and receiving our newsletter, as well as those who signed their cats to be spayed/neutered. How grateful we are, because you are helping us to save our animal companions one day at a time..

We had many animal lovers stop by our booth, and even had the opportunity to send Good Samaritans to Tigard Animal Hospital with two cats to be altered. We were also able to prevent a stray cat from having more kittens and adding to the overpopulation problem. We were quite impressed by the number of friendly and interested visitors willing to find out more about our services. We had a good amount of donations as well..

Who knows, maybe next year we can create a “fun-for-the-whole-family” veggie dog concession and make a good mint! We want to thank all of you for making our strong efforts well worth the time and energy. We are always ready to serve you.

Join us at VegFest 2011!

Please stop by and visit our table during this year's VegFest event, being held September 17th and 18th at the Oregon Convention Center. You will get a chance to chat with our volunteers and learn about our programs, along with enjoying the event's guest speakers, classes, and food samples. For more event details, visit Portland VegFest. With over 4,000 visitors, this event will be a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

For information about volunteering at VegFest, please email

Shine with Spot: A benefit for the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and the S.A.F.E. Emergency Pet Fund

Owners, managers and staff of pet businesses and nonprofits have a unique opportunity to learn about social media - one of the leading (yet least understood) business tools today - from VP of Impact at Causes on Facebook, Matthew Mahan, dorm-mate of the creators of Facebook.

The afternoon begins with a networking mixer in the beautiful Castaway space in the Pearl, with entertainment by Michael Allen Harrison, who lends his talent in support of pet businesses and nonprofits, and the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund.

In 3 enjoyable hours and for the cost of a ticket ($15-$30) attendees will learn about social media, enjoy networking with peers, great fare and entertainment, leaving with fresh ideas and energy.

"Shine with Spot" is an investment in pet community and the animals it is devoted to. Proceeds benefit Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and the S.A.F.E. emergency pet fund. Spay/neuter is the #1 remedy for overpopulation of unwanted pets, the root cause of stray and homeless animals.

What: Shine with Spot featuring "Making Social Media Work for You"
by Causes on Facebook exec Matt Mahan

When: Saturday, July 30, 4-7 pm

Where: Castaway, 1900 NW 18th, Portland, OR

Tickets: Tickets $30 ($15/nonprofit) and can be purchased at SpotMagazine

Benefits: Proceeds to be shared by Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and the S.A.F.E. pet emergency fund.

Spot Magazine, the leading pet publication in Oregon and Washington, supports animals in need and those working on their behalf. This event is made possible through the support of our fine partner businesses: Bi-Mart, Sniff Dog Hotel and Cascade Veterinary Referral Center.
Visit for more information.

An Exciting New Fundraising Opportunity with

For the past several years, Tigard Animal Hospital has been a committed partner in helping the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund provide access to low-cost spays and neuters to our community. We are excited to announce a new level of partnership that will contribute towards meeting our fundraising goals.

Tigard Animal Hospital, owned and operated by Dr. Ken Genova, recently launched an online pet store called When customers complete an online order, they will have the opportunity to enter a promotional code. By using the code "OSNF", 5% of their order will be donated to the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund. This is an exciting way for our customers to shop for their new pets while also being able to help support our organization.

The store carries more than 12,000 products for dogs, cats, birds, and fish. The selection ranges from grooming supplies to toys, preventative products to snacks, and everything in between. The site goes beyond a regular pet store though as it incorporates the expert knowledge of Dr. Genova and his staff. There is educational information to help you better care for your pet, such as how to eliminate fleas, manage shedding, and address allergy issues. Shoppers are able to contact the site and have questions answered by actual veterinarians and licensed technicians.

"We're really excited about growing our practice with this new venture." says Dr. Genova. "I got the idea when I looked at our senior citizen clients and saw how many of them don't drive. I thought that being able to shop for their pet supplies online would be very convenient, and the idea grew to serving the rest of our clients as well."

Follow the links below to browse their product selection, and to learn more about Tigard Animal Hospital from an article we preciously posted.
Spotlighting Tigard Animal Hospital

Tom and Mom Cat Special Provides Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Local veterinary clinics and animal rescue groups have teamed up once again to run the annual Tom and Mom Cat Special, now in its tenth year. This program provides low cost spay and neuter services to qualifying households. By fixing their cats, families can help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may end up homeless or killed in shelters. In addition, their treated cats may roam, fight, or spray less and live longer.

Reservations are now being accepted for appointments available from February 14th (Valentine's Day) through March 17th (St. Patrick's Day). Neuters for male cats are only $10 and spays for females are $20. Space is limited, so it is important for those interested to act now.

The program is for low income households only (typically those receiving some form of government assistance), and for cats at least eight weeks old. To apply for a referral to a participating clinic, either call the Tom and Mom hotline or use the on-line application form.

To use the hotline, dial 503-389-0228. Please leave one message with your name, phone number, full address, the age and sex of your cats, and any other contact information. A volunteer will return your call within 48-72 hours.

To use the on-line application form, click here. You will receive a reply via email. To ease the burden on our volunteers, please apply using only one of the two methods.

The participating vets will perform the surgeries and provide follow-up care instructions. Each vet will evaluate cats for suitability using their own age and weight criteria, and in some cases may deem a cat unfit for surgery at the time of the appointment. Some vets will be able to treat feral cats, while others may not. (If you need additional help with feral cats, check with the Feral Cat Coalition.) Pet owners will pay the vets the $10 or $20 per cat in cash on the day of surgery. The remainder of the actual cost is picked up by the non-profit organizations and sponsors ($25 per female cat) and by the vets themselves. The sponsoring groups are Animal Aid, Inc., Indigo Rescue, Animal Rescue and Care Fund, and Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund.

Please help spread the word about this exciting program. Download and display our poster size or postcard size flyers, view our Facebook page, make a donation, or become a sponsor. And tell a friend!

Vote for Us to Win $500! is having an online contest and the organization that gets the most votes receives $500. OSNF is a featured organization this week (Dec. 20 – 26). You can vote once every 12 hours, and can earn an additional vote by sharing the link on Facebook! After voting, you will be taken to a results page that will show the current charity rankings. Look for the link at the top of that page to share on Facebook. When you click the "share" button, your additional vote will be added to our total. Please vote twice everyday, and invite your friends to do so as well! Please go to and register to vote. Thanks!

Treat Yourself and Help an Animal

Here are two great ways to support our spay/neuter efforts.

On December 21st, Cupcake Jones will donate five percent of their proceeds to us. Start planning your birthday parties, weddings, and events because if you walk in and buy cupcakes, or if you place an order on our "benefit day," we will receive five percent of what you spend. What a sweet way to support a local business and benefit our organization at the same time.

Our Tom & Mom Cat Special t-shirts are now available for $15 plus $3.95 shipping and handling. We have two styles: unisex (as shown here) and a short sleeve ladies scoop neck T. They come in sizes from extra small to extra large. They all feature our Tom & Mom Cat Special logo on the front. To purchase a shirt, send us an email with your style and size and click the donate button to submit payment.

Fun Filled Fundraiser for Tom & Mom Cat Special

Please join us on November 13th from 1 to 5 pm at Western Pet Supply as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tom & Mom Cat Special. We'll have be a fabulous silent auction, great raffle prizes, live music, tasty treats, fun holiday crafts, and face painting for the kids. All of the proceeds go to fund low cost spay/neuter for cats in the Portland metro area.

The Tom & Mom Cat Special enables families to keep their pets, reduces the number of cats surrendered to local animal shelters, and saves feline lives. Look for us on Facebook for more details, including photos of the auction items.

European Flea Market a Success

Thanks to all the volunteers and supporters for helping to make our European Flea Market a success. Many peopled fetched great bargains and pounced on good deals! Five hundred dollars was raised to fund our low-cost spay/neuter program for cats and dogs.

European Flea Market Benefit

Shop for great deals in an open-air market and help end pet overpopulation at the same time! Come to our European Flea Market on October 17th and browse for clothes, jewelry, furniture, books, tableware, decorations, and much more. Or, help us out by donating your time or some unused retro, vintage, or kitschy items to our cause.

The market runs from 10am - 5pm at The Chevy Store parking lot, 8715 SE Stark St. in Portland. The proceeds will be shared with Animal Rescue and Care Fund. All market proceeds will fund our efforts to provide low cost spay/neuter services and ARCF's medical expenses for rescued cats and dogs.

If you'd like to lend a hand, we have a few specific needs.

  • More donated goods to sell, especially furniture and other large items.
  • Volunteers to help close the market at the end of the event.
Call Kate at (520) 971-3890 for item pickup or to volunteer.

Spotlighting Tigard Animal Hospital

One of the most active animal welfare supporters in the Portland veterinary community is the Tigard Animal Hospital. The Tigard Animal Hospital has been a valuable partner to the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund (OSNF) for over 5 years and has made a tremendous contribution to the community through their participation in low-cost spay neuter programs and offering affordable veterinary care. This article will be the first is a series featuring the important partner organizations that help Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund bring spay/neuter services to all who are in need.

Dr. Ken Genova has been the owner of the Tigard Animal Hospital since 2000. Prior to this, the clinic went through turbulent times, changing names and owners often and eventually almost closing. With both a veterinary degree and business degree, Dr. Genova was quickly able to turn the business around to make it profitable and also give back to the community. Now, ten years after starting the Tigard Animal Hospital, Dr. Genova's clinic is performing spay and neuter procedures at the OSNF coupon cost six days a week for any person in need.

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Willamette Valley Humane Society Open House

The Willamette Valley Humane Society's new Spay & Neuter Clinic held its first Open House on January 15th.

For 27 years, Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund has partnered with local veterinary clinics to make spaying and neutering an affordable and practical option for thousands of households with pets. On January 15th, 2010, a new and exciting partnership will be starting with the Willamette Valley Humane Society that will allow for thousands more to be spayed and neutered annually. After several years of preparation, the WVHS will be opening the first clinic in the area devoted purely to high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter of our community's cats and dogs!

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Recent Events

We celebrated National Adoption Weekend on Jan. 16-17 at Petco, 8775 Tualatin Sherwood Rd., Tualatin. We helped support our partner organizations with dogs and cats for adoption with an information table where people could learn about our low cost spay/neuter programs.

On Sunday, January 24th we were at the Pongo Fund, the pet food bank in Portland. Clients of this food bank are many times interested getting help to have their pets fixed, but aren't sure of the resources available. At our last outreach event there, 15 dog and 15 cat guardians asked for assistance.

On January 30th we were at the Fix-it-Fair on at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street, Portland.

Many thanks to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. They hosted a clinic for us on December 17th where 45 cats were spayed or neutered. And we just held another clinic at their location in early January where 25 cats were altered. We really appreciate their dedication to helping end the cat overpopulation crisis. They are also great to work with and do a fantastic job with the kitties in their care.

Tail-wagging Good Time at Holiday Fundraiser!

Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend to support us and to celebrate Healthy Pets NW Alberta's 5th anniversary. We've heard from lots of folks that they had a great time sampling the delicious food and wine. Photographer Horace Long was busy all evening capturing special moments of pets with Santa. The competition was fierce for many of the auction items, and congrats go to Casey McDonald who rode home in style on the cool cruiser bike that was raffled off. We received enough donations to fund close to 100 spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. This will prevent many hundreds of kitten and puppies born unwanted and without homes. We sincerely appreciate all who helped us achieve this success.

A very special thank you goes to Laura and her amazing staff at Healthy Pets NW Alberta. They worked tirelessly to make the event run smoothly and generously supplied the food and wine, raffle bike, and other items too numerous to mention. Be sure to thank them for caring so much about the animals the next time you shop there. And if you haven't had a chance to check out the store, please do so! They have a great selection of quality pet supplies and are very knowledgeable.

Ho,Ho, Ho!

dog Pet photos with Santa at Petco, 8775 Tualatin Sherwood Rd., Tualatin, December 12. Photos are $8.95, and $5 from each purchase will be donated to our organization to fund spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.

Our first day of photos last weekend was a blast as you can see here! Santa and his elf worked hard to make sure every shot turned out merry and bright. Please come out and bring your dog or cat and let them tell Santa what they'd like for Christmas while you support OSNF.

November 2009 Clinics

kitten in surgery November was a busy month! We were fortunate to be able to hold two one-day spay/neuter clinics at local facilities, in addition to our continuing program at Multnomah County Animal Services.

Oswego Vet Clinic generously held a spay/neuter clinic for us on November 1st where 40 cats were fixed. The clinic staff were wonderful to work with and we are looking forward to another event in the future.

recovering kitten Many thanks to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon for hosting a clinic for us on November 12th where 30 cats were spayed or neutered. This was the third such clinic they have hosted for us this year and we are always impressed with the care they show the kitties.

Our last clinic of the year will also be hosted by Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. We're hoping to end the year with at least 30 more kitties spayed or neutered. And we're already in the planning stages for next year's Tom and Mom Cat Special program, our collaborative effort in conjunction with Spay Day USA. Check back next month for more info!