How to Qualify for PAW Team Services

Requirements: Clients must have an income at or below the federal poverty line or no income at all. In addition, all pets in your household must be spayed/neutered or you must be willing to allow PAW Team to spay/neuter your pet at no cost to you. 

To Qualify or Re-qualify

There are two ways to qualify or re-qualify as a PAW Team client:

(1) In person - Please come in to the PAW Team office Tuesday through Thursday between 10:00am and 2:45pm
(1718 NE 82nd Ave. Portland, OR 97220 - Directions).

We can accept the first 10 people for qualification interviews each day.

If we’ve reached our cap for the day, you will be asked to come back another day.

(2) Referral - We partner with almost 20 social service organizations that can refer clients to us.

To qualify or re-qualify through a referral from a partner agency,

please ask your case worker to complete and send us a referral form on your behalf.

If the organization you are working with is not a referring agency,

please ask your case worker to email to learn about becoming a referring agency.

You must bring:

  • A photo ID and

  • Proof of any income, including three or more pay stubs, public assistance such as Social Security or TANF. 

  • If you have no income, but have a recent bank statement, please bring that as a starting point for a conversation.

  • If have no income and no bank statement, please bring your photo ID. We will ask you additional questions about your financial situation to determine your eligibility.

For a detailed breakdown of the federal poverty line, please click HERE.

Qualifying clients must re-qualify every 12 months with proof of income.

If you have any questions please call PAW Team at (503) 206-6033.

Referring Agencies

PAW Team partners with almost 20 social service agencies in the Portland Metro area.  If you are not currently a referring partner agency with PAW Team, please contact us at to learn more about becoming a referring partner agency.

Current Referring Agencies
Clients referred from your agency for PAW Team’s services should meet the income criteria listed above and must be willing to spay/neuter their pets if not already spayed/neutered.  As a provider of social services, you may be privy to extenuating circumstances, which you believe should allow the client access to PAW Team’s services despite not meeting the income criteria. While we ask that you adhere to the income criteria as much as possible, referral to PAW Team is ultimately at your discretion.

Referral Timeline
Referrals from partner agencies will be able to access PAW Team services for 12 months following the referral.

Referral Process
Referring agencies will receive a referral form once approved as a referring agency. The referral form should be filled out completely on both sides by the caseworker and emailed to PAW Team will contact the client within 2 weeks to discuss PAW Team's services. Clients referred to PAW Team do not have to come in to the PAW Team office to complete the qualification process – they are automatically qualified when we process the referral.