Want to know a bit more about PAW Team?
Here are answers to some of the questions we're asked most often.


What is PAW Team?

The Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team is a Portland, Oregon based non-profit that provides free veterinary care for the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. In addition to basic veterinary care, such as vaccines and flea treatment, PAW Team also offers free spay/neuter surgeries and other lifesaving and life enhancing surgeries.

What makes PAW Team unique?

PAW Team is the only organization in the area with the sole mission of providing free life enhancing and lifesaving medical care to the pets of those in true financial despair. We are also one of the rare organizations that benefits both pets and people by helping maintain the strength of the human-animal bond.

Is PAW Team affiliated with any other organizations?

No - PAW Team operates independently from any other local or national organization.

What services does PAW Team offer?

We offer free veterinary examinations, vaccinations, spay and neuter services, parasite control, medical grooming, pet licensing, prescriptions, food and supplies to the pets of eligible families and individuals.

How do I qualify for PAW Team services?

To qualify for PAW Team services, you must be homeless, living in transitional housing, working with a referring agency or able to provide proof of income below the federal poverty line. Click Here to find out how to schedule a qualifying appointment to obtain an eligibility card.

How is PAW Team funded?

PAW Team relies on the generosity of donors and grant-making organizations to fund our life-saving services. We do not receive funding from any other non-profit, social service organization, or government agency.

Why should I donate to PAW Team?

Your donation to PAW Team helps both people and pets. It insures that the pets of the homeless and impoverished will not suffer because of untreated medical problems. Our services also prevent animal abandonment and over-population and help lost pets find their way back to their people. [1]: /how-to-qualify-1 Donors can be assured that every penny received by the PAW Team is put to work, keeping the vital human-animal bond intact. The evidence for this can be found in the thousands of healthy pets and people who, despite homelessness and poverty, are together today because of the free medical services PAW Team provided.

How can I help?

We are actively seeking medical volunteers: veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants. We also need non-medical volunteers to provide office and clinic support and help with fundraising.

How does PAW Team help the community at large?

The number of people in the Portland area who are homeless or living in extreme poverty is increasing at alarming rates. Many of these people have beloved pets in need of routine or serious medical care. PAW Team’s life-saving services not only alleviate stress and suffering among people and their pets but contribute to the overall health and spirit of the community. PAW Team represents Portland at its most progressive, compassionate and inclusive best.

What are PAW Team’s future goals?

As the homeless population increases, so will the number of pets needing routine to critical medical care and PAW Team will be there to treat this expanding population.