Portland regularly features near the pointy end of lists of the most dog-friendly cities in America, and it’s not hard to see why. This beautiful city in the Pacific Northwest boasts a plethora of off-leash dog parks, pet-friendly eateries, and relaxing dog walks, making it one of the best places to own a dog anywhere in the US!
And because Portland is a dog lover’s paradise, it’s also home to plenty of wonderful rescue groups willing to go the extra mile to help out pets in need. Family Dogs New Life Shelter is one of these tail-waggingly good organizations, and it’s helped more than 12,000 dogs find a forever home since it was founded in 2004. With a commitment to rescue dogs of all ages, breeds, and backgrounds, Family Dogs New Life is a non-profit that pays particular attention to matching the pets it rescues with the perfect owners.
Oregon Dog Rescue (ODR) is another no-kill shelter serving the greater Portland area. Established in 2007, it’s a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from overcrowded local shelters, from high-kill shelters up and down the West Coast, and from families who can no longer care for them. Its Tualatin facility can house up to 60 dogs at a time, and ODR relies on 1 full-time employee, 6 part-time employees, and a tireless network of 25 volunteers to help dogs in need!
Posters & Pints for Pups is the paw-fect event for any dog lover who's partial to a local brew or two. Held at Produce Row, this treat for the taste buds gives you the chance to sample specialty beers from a selection of Portland’s leading breweries. There’s also an eclectic range of limited edition Portland beer-themed art prints available to buy on the night. A portion of the event proceeds go to support Pixie Project, a local non-profit animal adoption and rescue center, so get ready to spend big!
Portland in October can sometimes get a little cold, damp, and miserable, so what better way to boost your spirits than to enjoy a tropical holiday (of sorts) with your pooch? If you own a Chihuahua or any other small-breed dog, you and your canine companion can sail away to the Island of Chi’waii for one beautiful relaxing afternoon. Held at Dog Days Portland, this tropical-themed event includes a fun, indoor play area for some off-leash socialization, pet vendors, tropical cocktails, a photo booth, and heaps more! There’s even a doggie limbo contest and a "best costume" competition. What's more is the whole event is to benefit the Oregon Humane Society. If you feel like you and your pet could do with a holiday, don’t miss this fun fundraiser!
Wines and woofs combine for a paw-riffic day of dog-friendly wine tasting at this Oregon Humane Society benefit. Once you’ve purchased a “License to Taste” passport, you can sip and sniff your way around 16 North Willamette Valley wineries! Best of all, dogs are treated as guests of honor at each winery, so you can do it all with your four-legged friend in tow. There are also special doggy activities at each participating winery, ensuring that your pet has just as good a time as you do.
Corgi lovers unite for this cute, cuddly, and cool Corgi event. Held on the third Sunday in August, Corgi Walk in the Pearl sees hundreds of these adorable little canines (and their owners) from Oregon, Washington, and California join forces to raise funds for a great cause. The walk raises much-needed funds for both Oregon Humane Society and Corgi Rescue, and it's a great excuse for dog lovers to take a stroll and make some new friends. There’s a mid-walk Corgi hydration station along the 1.2-mile course, not to mention plenty of interested and amused onlookers with cameras at the ready.
Pugs are cute, cheeky, and full of personality, and they’re also central to one of Portland’s most popular dog-friendly events. The annual Portland Pug Crawl, which benefits the Oregon Humane Society, is perfect for any pooch living the Pug life. Not only can humans sample a few brews, but they can also enjoy all the hilarious fun of the Pug Parade. Past themes have included Star Wars and Pugs on Broadway, so the costumes are always a sight to behold. And while the parade is open to Pugs and Pug mixes only, all other dog-friendly pooches are welcome.