The Portland Pit Bull Project

Promoting responsible dog ownership

   Dec 07

Pit Bull Friendly Organizations & Businesses We Recommend

Organizations We Like

The Pongo Fund
Portland, Oregon is fortunate to have a number of organizations providing food for the homeless; sadly almost none of them provide food for the animal companions of the homeless. As a result, meals are frequently shared between animal and person. Consequently, neither one achieves a full stomach. But The Pongo Fund is trying to change this.

Volunteers from The Pongo Fund regularly seek out and deliver food to these vulnerable animals, allowing the opportunity for both animal and person to each have their own meal.

Fences for Fido
FFF creates safer and improved conditions for chained dogs by providing shelter, veterinary care, and spay and neutering services when necessary. They work to educate families on how to best care for their four-legged family members during the heat of the summer and the cold, wet winter months. Twice a year their team of tireless volunteers visits all of the dogs in the FFF family to make sure they remain unchained, safe and healthy.

Operation Keep-A-Bull
Operation Keep-A-Bull is a non-profit Organization that aims to keep Pits and their people together. When they learned that local shelters have large waiting lists for these dogs to be surrendered they wanted to help.  This organization works with families that are facing the decision of owner surrender because of a variety of reasons.  Some people they have no luck getting through to but others just need help. They offer help with training, helping people find housing that will allow their pet and connecting them to the resources they need.  If we can keep the shelter numbers down and keep Pitties with their people it’s a win-win. They also believe in educating people about the breed and how to raise a dog that can be a real advocate for their own breed.

PAW Team – Portland Animal Welfare Team
PAW Team is a volunteer-based organization. Services are provided by volunteer veterinarians, vet techs, and others from the Portland community interested in helping people on the streets and their companion/service animals. Their mission is to keep pets of homeless and low-income individuals healthy and fed. Services include: monthly vet clinics, vaccine clinics, spay/neuter services, pet food/supplies and client educational handouts on pet care.

Helpful Websites

Animal Farm Foundation
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980’s. They are located in Dutchess County, NY. They currently dedicate theri resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. Whether the dog is called a “pit bull” because of a documented pedigree, or merely on the basis of physical appearance, recognizing that these dogs are individuals for whom we are responsible is an integral step toward a compassionate future for all dogs. Great owner and educational information available on their site.

- Bay Area Dog Owners Responsible About Pit Bulls

BAD RAP’s mission statement is “Securing the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion”. This organization has a rescue in California, speak nationally and work to end BSL as well as provide a website with a host of helpful resources. This site offers very comprehensive and helpful collection of information about pit bull types dogs and sharing your life with them as companion pet.

Pit Bull Rescue Central
A virtual shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes.

The National Canine Research Council
Information on dog bites, dog behavior, breed identification, and more. The studies are unbiased and offered by dog experts–such as veterinarians, behavior specialists, and other respected professionals–in the world of canine research.

Pit Bull Lovers
A comprehensive resource on caring for, training, and dispelling the myths about Pit Bulls., Dogs for Smart People
A community driven website containing a large amount information about breed specific legislation (BSL), along with great gear for your Pit Bull, forums, and news groups.

The Truth About Pit Bulls
Another great resource for the history of Pit Bulls as provided by the ASPCA.

Training/Behavior Resources

Behavior issues is one of the most common reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters. One of the best gifts you can give yourself and your dog is behavior/obedience training. A happy well-mannered pet makes for a happy home. A couple of the resources listed below are specifically for the local Portland Metro area (Oregon) but you can check with your local animal services or vet clinic for trainer/behaviorist referrals.

AKC’S Canine Good Citizen Program
Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. I great goal for pit bull type dog owners to work toward to show the public these dogs are indeed good citizens!

Bark Busters
In home dog training Bark Busters dog trainers specialize in adult dog and puppy training in your home. They assess your current household dynamics, how these influence your dog’s behaviors, make necessary adjustments, and then teach you the communication techniques to lead your dog confidently and easily. Bark Busters has been selected by SPCA International as “Best of the Best” in companion dog training, and is proud to have led the successful training of more than 500,000 dogs, and their owners, worldwide. You can use this link to find a Bark Busters trainer near you.

B.A.T. – Behavior Adjustment Training
 A resource for information on Behavior Adjustment Training to help desensitize fearful and reactive dogs using functional rewards.

Clackamas Dog Services
Clackamas Dog Services offers a variety of training classes at reasonable prices from Puppy Kindergarten to Canine Good Citizen Prep classes. Classes are designed to build the owner/dog relationship and help make a successful and happy home for your companion animal.

Oregon Human Society
OHS offers a variety of classes at a reasonable cost. Since behavior problems is one of the biggest reasons dogs are surrender OHS provides training and educational resources to help keep companion pets in their homes.

Rescues & Shelters

The shelters and rescues listed below are specific to Oregon and SW Washington. If you are looking for a pit bull rescue in your area visit Pit Bull Rescue Central  .

Born Again Pit Bull Rescue
BAPBR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, no-kill organization dedicated to creating a better future for pit bull terrier type dogs in Portland, Oregon. Passionate about helping repair the reputation of this breed as the “family dog” through responsible ownership, while working to educate the public to stop their abuse, over-breeding, and neglect.Born Again Pit Bull Rescue (BAPBR) partners with overcrowded shelters to create room for more dogs in need by matching good dogs to the families that desire them.  Based in Oregon.

Bonnie L Hays Animal Shelter
Washington County Animal Services, located at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, cares for lost animals, finds homes for abandoned pets, licenses dogs, and enforces animal cruelty laws. Located in Hillsboro Oregon.

Clackamas Dog Services
Clackamas Dog Services always has many wiggly-butt pitties waiting for their forever homes. Dogs at CDS often come in as strays or surrenders. Visit CDS today to visit you new best friend! Located in Clackamas Oregon off Highway 212.

Columbia Humane Society
Local shelter located in St Helens Oregon. Find your new best friend!

Diamond Cut Loyalty Canine Rescue and Pit Bull Rehabilitation
Our friends Ronnie Lucero and Kim Singer are not only charter Bully Walk participants but are a very small and underfunded rescue who are working tirelessly to grow and improve.  They just expanded their facility so that they can take in more dogs and are always there to help pull a dog from a shelter, find a foster or help a dog get medical treatment. If you are looking for someplace to volunteer your time or donate funds and/or goods to that could really use a hand this is one that really is trying to do more with less and could use your help.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter
Family Dogs New Life Shelter is a no kill shelter devoted to rescuing and re-homing needy dogs regardless of age, breed or history. They believe that all dogs deserve a second chance at a new life. Based in Portland this no kill shelter has also built a following for its fun “Piteos” featuring adoptable pit bull type dogs.

Goodfella’s Rescue
This is a fairly new pit bull rescue in the area.  Check them out and lend a hand if you can.

Lovers-Not-Fighters Pit Bull Rescue
This rescue is going to the top making a lot of noise in the Portland area.  In our opinion these folks are doing massive things for dogs with minimal funds and support so please check them out and see if you can lend a hand.

Multnomah County Animal Services
Multnomah Co Animal Services always has a host of smiling pitties waiting for their forever home. Dogs at MCAS often come in as strays or surrenders. Visit MCAS today to find your new best friend! Located in Troutdale Oregon off of the Columbia River Highway.

The Pixie Project
Located in Portland Oregon The Pixie Project is committed to changing the image of a “rescue” or shelter animal. While some animals come to the Pixie Project seeking medical or behavioral attention not accessible in a typical shelter, many Pixie Project “kids” are professionally trained, family friendly pets whose circumstances have left them in need of a new home. All of the animals in the Pixie Project adoption program are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and temperament tested to assure that they are good candidates for adoption.

West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
This no-kill shelter in Washougal, Washington is the ‘little rescue shelter that could’!!!  They do great works and love pit bulls.  They are also regulars on our Bully Walks and bring pitties in need of a loving responsible forever home to walk with us.

Willamette Humane Society
Shelter located in Salem Oregon, find your new furry family member here!

Clatsop County Animal Control
Clatsop County Animal Control and Shelter provides care and protection for hundreds of homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused or neglected dogs and cats.  We respond to complaints of stray dogs, nuisance dogs, dog bites and to reports of animal abuse in the unincorporated areas.  We find new loving homes for dogs and cats.  We issue licenses for dogs and other pets.

Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved.

Clatsop Animal Assistance
This organization is a partner of the Clatsop County Animal Shelter that advocates for the shelter animals and appears to be a HUGE pit bull fan.  If you can volunteer, donate or assist in any way please contact them.  They need all the help they can get to save the animals.

Businesses We Like

Busy Buddy Product by Premier Pet
The Busy Buddy® line of treat dispensing chew toys are designed for longer lasting playtime! Each Busy Buddy toy is made with a different and unique chewing experience in mind and helps redirect potentially destructive chewing behavior into positive playtime. These are great tools for helping stay busy in a positive manner instead of being destructive when bored.

Dog Powered Scooter
Also known as practical urban mushing, you really have to check out this site to understand what a dog powered scooter is. A great form of exercise of very active dogs who like to run and pull.

Dogstar Day Care
This professional doggie day care facility is pit bull friendly.  The owner, Kevin York, is a former pit bull owner and understands that every dog’s behavior is determined not so much by it’s breed but by the human who has the dog.  Their day care facility requires that your dog pass a behavior test prior to joining the other dogs in the day care.  They also require that dogs be vetted and altered for the safety of all of the dogs that participate in their day care program.  His staff is well trained and oversees play time closely so that any issues are quickly remedied to avoid harm to any of the dogs.  We highly recommend this day care facility for pit bull owners and other dog owners alike.

Ella’s Lead
Ella’s Lead makes high quality, durable custom dog leashes and custom leather dog collars. Using only top quality rope, they offer a wide range of strong, comfortable rope options.  Their leather collars are made from the highest quality latigo and other leathers and they offer unique patterns and a full selection of conchos. I great site for custom collars for all those collar-junkies out there!

Meat for cats and dogs is a local Portland business committed to offering quality raw food diets. In addition the owner is a pit bull lover and supporter.

Muffinhead is a local small business based in Oregon. They make wonderful dog outerwear out of recycled and vintage clothing and material. In addition the owner is a pit bull lover and supporter plus being a great friend and supporter of our advocacy.  Emily just ROCKS!!!

Pink Pawsitive
A new company just starting due to a need to help pets suffering from epilepsy.  They provide 100% all natural fibers for their accessories and organic dog treats using original dog tested recipes.  Their collars and leashes are hand made locally from recycled natural fabrics.  All products are 100% hypoallergenic.

Spencer Lund – Insurance Agent
Spencer Lund is a pit bull lover who also happens to be a Farmer’s Insurance Agent.  Spencer can help you obtain coverage as a pit bull owner in regard to home owners and renters insurance and will fight for your right to have a pit bull as a responsible dog owner.

Lisa Parks – Insurance Agent
Lisa Parks insurance agent represents State Farm Insurance which we’ve been advise does not write breed restrictions into their homeowners or renters insurance.  So for another option for your homeowners or renters insurance please contact Ms. Parks’ agency.

Other Resources:

Spay/Neuter Resources

Why should you spay or neuter your pet? Spaying or neutering your pet helps combat the huge pet over population problem in the U.S. In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.

Even though an action may be good for the community, people have a natural tendency to ask what benefits they will receive. Here are some benefits you and your dog can expect when you have your dog spayed or neutered.

- Better Health: no chance of uterine or testicular cancer, lower risk of breast cancer in females and the risk of urinary infections is drastically  reduced.

- Better Behavior: Males dogs neutered as much less likely to roam, mark territory with urine or show aggression toward of male dogs.

- Easier Care: Unspayed females go into heat and bleed for about 10 days straight, twice a year. Not too much fun to clean up after.

- No Accidental Pregnancies: If your dog accidentally becomes pregnant you are responsible for medical care, for her and the puppies. In addition to being responsible for finding the puppies good homes.

Hayden Meadows Vet Clinic – Starting at $49 for male dogs and $60 for females. North Portland location call 503-286-9155 for more information or pick up a coupon at Clackamas Dog Services.

Spay & Neuter Savings Spectacular – Printable coupons for Portland Metro and Willamette Valley areas. (Portland, OR)

SW Portland Spay/Neuter –  Printable coupon for the Burlingame Veterinary Clinic. (Portland, OR)

Reduce/Low Cost Rabies Vaccinations – Portland Metro and Surrounding Areas

- Canby Vet, Canby OR: First Staurday of each month 1:30-4pm, call 503-266-2768
– Animal Care Clinic, Wilsonville OR: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, new clients only, call 503-682-1792
– Village at Main Vet, Wilsonville OR: Staurday closest to the 15th of the month 9am-2pm, call 503-570-9735
– Luv My Pet: Every Saturday & Sunday, call 503-557-1740
– Harrison Animal Clinic, Milwaukie OR: call 503-654-8511
– Sandy Animal Clinic, Sandy OR: Every Wednesday if your dog has an yearly exam at Sandy Animal Clinic, call 503-668-4139

Books – For Entertainment and Education

- A Modern Dogs Life – by Paul Mcgreevy
BAT: Behavior Adjustment Training for Fearful, Frustrated and Aggressive Dogs – by Grisha Stewart
Cesars Way – by Cesar Millan
Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well Behaved Dog – by Cesar Millan
– Several Short Book on various topics by Patricia McConnell: Fiesty Fidos, Cautious Canine, The Other End of the Leash, Family Friendly Dog Training, I’ll Be Home Soon, How to Be the Leader of the Pack and Have Your Dog Love You for It, plus other titles.
- Oogy: A Dog Only a Family Could Love – by Larry Levin
The Pit Bull Placebo – by Karen Delise
The Lost Dogs –  by Jim Gorant

Emergency Vets – Portland, OR

The resources listed below are for the Portland Metro (Oregon) area and SW Washington.

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialist
Open 24 day Monday-Sunday. Located at: 16756 SE 82nd Dr Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone: 503-656-3999

Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
24 hour hospital. Located at 1945 NW Pettygrove Portland, OR






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