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The Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team saves lives, alleviates suffering, and keeps pets and people together by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.


PAW Team will be CLOSED
Monday, 10/15 through Monday, 10/29.

Effective immediately, PAW Team will limit new client qualifications to 12 households per day. If we hit our cap for the day, you will be asked to come back on another day (Tuesdays through Thursdays starting at 10am) for a qualification interview. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

From Monday 10/15 to Monday 10/29, PAW Team will not be able to accept new qualifications, re-qualify clients, accept referrals from our partner agencies, operate veterinary clinics or offer supplies.

If you have a previously scheduled tech appointment or your pet is scheduled to be spayed or neutered at the Oregon Humane Society, your appointment will proceed as scheduled. If you are a current client and your pet needs a prescription refill, please leave a message at 503-206-6033 option 3 (or 971-282-8444) and allow 7 days for the refill to be processed. We will call you when your prescription is ready for pick up.

We will re-open for services on Tuesday, 10/30 at 10am.


You must either be experiencing homelessness, living in transitional housing, working with a referring agency in our network, or be able to provide proof of income below the federal poverty line.
How to Qualify →
Clinic Information →


Help PAW Team alleviate suffering and save the lives of thousands of animals by supporting our work to provide free veterinary care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.
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We are always looking for more volunteers to help at our clinics and with our food bank. Please click the link below to learn more about becoming a PAW Team volunteer. 
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What We Do

The Portland area is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of homelessness with no end in sight. Many of those experiencing homelessness or living in impoverished conditions depend on their pets to provide love, comfort, companionship, security and a reason to regain health, stability and in some cases, maintain sobriety. But life on the streets is as hard on animals as it is on humans and going without basic veterinary care often leads to silent suffering and serious health problems.

PAW Team is one of the only Portland area organizations with the sole mission of providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.

Our diverse client base includes families and individuals, seniors, disabled citizens, terminally ill citizens, disenfranchised youth, and military veterans. Our clients often have just one dependable relationship in their lives - that of a beloved companion animal.

PAW Team networks with over 40 social services agencies including those serving low-income seniors, victims of domestic violence, homeless youth, adults with disabilities, and families living in extreme poverty, to identify the need and provide care before situations reach a crisis point.

Operating with minimal staff and a mighty force of volunteers, PAW Team provides a wide range of medical services to those who demonstrate true need. We currently care for over 800 pets per year - a number that will increase in the coming years as homelessness and poverty reach record levels.

Honoring the healing power of the mutually beneficial human-animal bond, PAW Team has been responsible for enhancing and saving the lives of thousands of cherished companion animals.

2018 so far...



2017 Stats