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Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP)


The PVMA is a founding organization of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland. Emphasizing the importance of spaying/neutering as a solution to the growing pet overpopulation problem in the Portland Metro area, leaders from Portland’s largest animal welfare organizations and the veterinary community have come together to form the ‘Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’. The group’s mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy, social, and treatable cats and dogs in Portland-area shelters.


We are always open to hearing about projects and organizations in the Portland Metro Area that we can either help or that we may benefit from learning from.



Catalyst Connection "The Hand-Off" Pilot Program

In 2013, the Portland Metro Area was selected as the location for the kick-off of a new program designed to increase lifelong care of all adopted pets-Catalyst Connection! CATalyst Council, Oregon Humane Society and Portland metro area veterinarians began working together on a cat adoption pilot program which can ultimately be implemented across the entire community for both cats and dogs.  


The program is designed to benefit pets throughout the community by:

  • Increasing adoptions from shelter and rescue organizations
  • Increasing new pet visits for veterinarians by creating a means by which a pet’s   records are directly transferred from the adopting organization to the owner’s chosen veterinary practice at the time of adoption
  • Increasing the number of pets that remain in their new homes through establishing a relationship with a veterinary practice within the first month of adoption and ensuring those pets receive a lifetime of care.

For additional information, please email

To watch Dr. Jane Brunt and Sharon Harmon discuss the program on Katu's AM Northwest, please click here.

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Coffee Creek Puppy Program



Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is the state women's prison located in Wilsonville, Oregon. The puppy program was created in the late 1990s in partnership with Canines Companions for Independence, a non-profit organzition that provides disabled individuals with highly trained companion dogs.


In 2005, due to some changes to the program funding, the PVMA became involved. During the time the dogs are in training at the facility, they are in need of veterinary care which is generously provided by PVMA member veterinary hospitals. The PVMA provides additional support throughout the year, as needed, by collecting supplies for the dogs and helping manage any special needs that arise.


2014 marks the 100th puppy that the program has trained...simply amazing!


This incredible program benefits all of those involved and touches many lives! We are so fortunate to be a part of it.


Thank you to our amazing member hospital for your support, we truly could not do it without you:


Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Mt Tabor Veterinary Care, VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital, Town and Country Animal Hospital, Parkway Veterinary Hospital, VCA SE Portland Animal Hospital, Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic, Community Pet Hospital of Tigard, Cornell Center Animal Hospital, St Johns Veterinary Clinic, East Hills Animal Clinic, Hollywood Pet Hospital, Gladstone Veterinary ClinicMurrayhill Veterinary Hospital, VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital, Heartfelt Veterinary Care, and Fremont Veterinary Clinic.




In the early 1970’s, Portland had no emergency hospital and many of veterinarians took their own emergencies. Local PVMA veterinarians got together and decided to take turns providing after hours emergency veterinary care.

Dr. Richard Werner had a client, Mr. A.B. Lewis who had just lost his wife and wanted to do something to honor her. Mr. Lewis donated money to start an emergency clinic and the Portland Veterinary Medical Association became the signers and founding organization of the hospital that was formed. In the 1980’s a building at 20th and Pettygrove was purchased to house the hospital permanently.

In 1992, Dove Lewis started providing Emergency Service and Critical Care 24 hours a day and over the years they have expanded their community outreach programs such at the Pet Loss Support Program, Blood Bank, Lost and Found Database, Community Education and several others. 


The beautiful hospital that stands today, opened its doors in 2006.





Portland Public Parks and Recreation- Dog Parks







Portland Parks & Recreation’s off-leash areas are THE outdoor destination for pet recreation in the city. From booming social scenes to laid-back neighborhood play areas, the city’s 32 off-leash areas offer a wide variety of dog recreation. Starting in summer 2012, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to connect with dog owners on how they can keep pets healthy for park play and for life. As part of the Pet Health for Parks campaign, PP&R and PVMA will:

  • Create brochures with targeted messages about the benefits of dog exercise and socialization, vaccine education, parasite awareness, and other key health and wellness information
  • Distribute brochures to Portland veterinary offices and at parks, with an initial print run of 5,000
  • Create pet health and wellness specific signs for placement throughout dog areas
  • Connect with dog owners during park visits and pet-themed events


We are always open to hearing about projects and organizations in the Portland Metro Area that we can either help or that we may benefit from learning from.

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