Riverwood is located just south of Portland, a city famed for its dog-loving locals and plethora of dog-friendly attractions. And with such a tight-knit community of animal enthusiasts in and around the local area, pets in Riverwood can always find help, hope, and love when they fall on tough times.
There are several wonderful rescue and animal welfare organizations operating in the area, but Animal Aid and Family Dogs New Life Shelter are two of the best. With a commitment to serve a=nimals and the people they love, Animal Aid is a non-profit rescue organization that’s been helping animals in need throughout the greater Portland area since 1969.
A no-kill animal rescue, Animal Aid has a mission to put an end to animal suffering. To help make this vision become a reality, the group provides assistance to homeless cats and dogs, offers essential financial assistance for spay/neuter services and urgent veterinary care, and provides community education about the importance of animal welfare.
Meanwhile, Family Dogs New Life Shelter is a no-kill shelter devoted to dogs of all shapes and sizes. With a commitment to rescue needy dogs of all breeds, ages and backgrounds, this wonderful group operates on the core belief that every dog deserves a second chance at life.
With between 35 and 50 dogs housed in its shelter at all times, Family Dogs is unique in that the animals it cares for are not kept in kennels or dog runs. Instead, the pets are housed in large play groups or ‘packs’ of anywhere from 8-20 dogs, allowing them to interact with one another all day long. Since 2004, Family Dogs New Life Shelter has placed more than 12,000 dogs into forever homes.
Is your pooch always a bit on the nose after a long summer of fun? Why not treat him to a little cleaning and pampering at Portland’s biggest dog wash? Dogtoberfest is held in September at Portland’s Lucky Lab Brew Pub, with donations and proceeds from the event supporting the DoveLewis Blood Bank. While your dog enjoys a much-needed bath and nail trim, you can enjoy live music, delicious food, beer, and heaps of vendors! The Blood Bank provides more than 500 lifesaving blood transfusions to dogs and cats each year, so this is an event that supports one very worthwhile cause. Take the whole family along and check it out.
Doggie Dash is Portland’s biggest pet fundraiser, and it’s really not hard to see why this event is so paw-pular with animal lovers! Held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park each May, the dash sees thousands of dog lovers and their furry friends get moving to raise funds and awareness for Oregon Humane Society. There are two courses to choose from — the 1.5-mile Doggie Dash Classic and the 2.5-mile Bridge to Bridge — with the first wave of runners setting out at 9 am. The event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the society’s tireless work! Your pet will love being pampered and spoiled at the event’s luxurious Dog Utopia area.
Have you ever wanted to treat your furry friend to a tropical getaway without having to fork out hundreds or even thousands of dollars? This paw-some event allows you to do just that! Held at Dog Days in Portland, Island of Chi’waii is a tropical-themed event for Chihuahuas and all other small breeds. You can shop from pet-related vendors, sample a delicious cocktail or two, tuck into delicious activities, and heaps more. Dogs get access to the woof-tastic indoor play area and can elso enjoy the doggie limbo contest, costume contest, and island hop. Best of all, the event is a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society, so you can sit back and relax while you support an excellent cause!
Get outdoors, immerse yourself in nature, and enjoy some fresh mountain air with your dog at this mutts-do event! Mutts on the Mountain is an outdoor festival for dogs and their people, and it promises four hours of non-stop fun for dog lovers of all ages. Held at Mount Hood Meadows, the event features live music, delicious food and drink, pet product vendors, and stacks of doggy activities. Your pooch can explore a dog-friendly hiking trail, satisfy his appetite with a doggy snow-cone, escape the heat at the cooling station, and heaps more. All event proceeds benefit the animals at Oregon Humane Society, so add this event to your diary for next year!
If you love drinking beer, having fun, and helping animals in need, the annual Portland Pug Crawl promises a grrr-eat day out! The event takes place at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, where you and your pooch can enjoy live music, food and drink, pet-related vendors and exhibitors, and a chance to socialize with piles of other dedicated dog lovers. There’s even a Parade of Pugs for Pugs and Pug-mixes, and this cute spectacle alone is worth the price of admission. All proceeds benefit the animals at Oregon Humane Society. People of all ages and dogs of all breeds (not just Pugs) are welcome, so get ready for a pet-acular afternoon of fun!