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Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to rescue as many "last chance" animals as possible from overcrowded shelters, restore them to good health; and through adoption, provide them permanent, loving homes.

Results: Since our beginning in 2002, we have rescued over 18,500 homeless companion pets!

Target demographics: Rescue homeless, "last chance" shelter animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: match over 700 companion animals with their forever families!

Geographic areas served: We serve the metro area of Portland, Oregon

Programs: Restoring them to health with appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering; and through adoption, finding them loving forever homes.

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33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience of fostering and also adopting! Staff iss extremely friendly and informative. Documents and medical check ups all done prior to adoption. For fostering, they provide all the necessarily supplies/equipment. Highly recommend working with this group!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve fostered a couple of sets of kittens and they make my day brighter. I love this foundation because they are So easy to work with and it is a very simple foster program.

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ahaynes 08/10/2020

Thanks so much for this awesome review! We are grateful for your help in fulfilling our mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, a foster care provider, an adopter, a donor, and supporter of Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals since 2007. In that time there have been changes in personnel, location, and model base, but in my 13 years of experience with them, there has never been a change in their determination to save the lives of unwanted animals. I have seen first hand that they don't discriminate. They rescue babies, seniors, animals with behaviors, and animals with medical conditions, and they all find homes! I fostered a little 4 lb senior Chihuahua that if ofosa had not requested to add her to their transport, she would have been euthanized that day. She was adopted, soon after arrival and continues to bring joy to her owner. I love the idea that there is a home out there for every animal. Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals makes me believe that.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Thank you so much for this awesome review and for everything you do that ensures the fulfillment of our mission, Karen! You are our hero!

Shawna L. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help with an adoption event. There were 8 Mastiff/Mix puppies ready to go to loving homes. So cute your heart could burst from it. The first family came in and the puppy they were interested in just didn't work for them. I witnessed grace, good questions, and no judgment about making a choice not to adopt. You will find that all the folks at OFOSA want what is best for the animals as well as the people. They care.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Shawna -- thanks so much for your help and for this wonderful review! We are grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered three dogs with OFOSA and found the people working there to be seriously concerned with the well-being of the animals in all cases. The office is efficient, organized, and run with humor. I would trust the organization to try for the best outcome with any animal.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Thanks so much for your kind words and review. We are grateful for your help in fulfilling our mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the amazing things about this shelter is that they bring in transports from other places (out of state) in order to prevent them from being euthanized. It doesn't ever seem to be a situation of "we can't this time," or "we can only take a few." Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals is passionate and diligent about not leaving any animal behind. They work tirelessly to match up animals with foster homes. ALL medical issues are taken care of during the fostering process so that these amazing animals can be placed into their forever homes with peace of mind.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Almarose -- thank you for sharing about how we fulfill our mission. We are grateful we are able to do this work and especially grateful to have your help! It's wonderful to have so many people share our passion!

Melissa F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only have I fostered for OFOSA many times but my 3rd foster was a “foster fail” and I adopted my sweet Lady. I highly recommend OFOSA as both a reputable rescue to adopt your new family member but also a great rescue to volunteer for ❤️

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Melissa -- thank you for being a volunteer and an adopter! We are grateful for your help and for helping save homeless animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I not only foster for the OFOSA but I also adopted a puppy from them as well. It has been a great experience for us on both ends. I’ve been happy to help out also the adoption process for our newest pet.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Brownmrse -- thanks for your review, for being a foster, and adopter! It truly takes a village and we're glad you're a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals in 2015. At first, I went there almost every Sunday to walk the dogs. In the spring of 2016, I began fostering for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. It was in the middle of kitten season, so my first fosters were a mom cat and her 2 week old kittens. It was my first time fostering and the staff at Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals were very supportive and kind, especially when it came to adoption day and it was hard to let go of the kittens.

Now it's been quite a few years and I've continued to foster for them. I have fostered over 50 cats and dogs. Throughout my time volunteering for them, there has been so many wonderful experiences. The people at Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals are wonderful, hardworking, compassionate and are really dedicated to helping dogs and cats.

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

You're a foster rockstar! Thank you for everything you do to help save kitties and pups! Fostering really does save lives and we are grateful for your kind review and your help in fulfilling our mission!

Ankur S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ofosa gave us an amazing foster-parenting experience. We were first time foster parents and got to foster a dog named Buzz. We enjoyed fostering. The staff is also very humble and knowledgeable. They love animals, I remember a time when we were concerned about the dog's health because he chew something in the wild, and Arlene came to ofosa office on a Sunday evening to help us out. Attaching the image of the dog :)

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ahaynes 08/06/2020

Ankur -- thanks so much for stepping up to help Buzz! We are grateful for your kind review and the part you play to help us fulfill our mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered several cats from OFOSA in the past year, and have really enjoyed the fostering process! Every cat we have fostered has been either a stray or abandon, and every one has found a good permanent home. OFOSA does great work to take care of these animals and provide them a better future!

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ahaynes 08/04/2020

Thanks so much for your kind words and for being a vital part of fulfilling our mission! We are grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFOSA is a fantastic rescue organization and puts in a lot of work to make sure that all their animals are happy and healthy and that they go to good homes. I've worked with them as a cat foster for the past couple years and always enjoy seeing how much they care.

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ahaynes 08/03/2020

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your kind words and for your help to fulfill our mission!

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ahaynes 08/04/2020

Thank you, Elizabeth! Your gracious words and vital help is much appreciated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We learned about OFOSA when we adopted our pup from them four years ago. She’s been the most amazing addition to our family and we started fostering OFOSA dogs this year which has also been such a great experience. They’ve always been very kind and professional and they put the animals first.

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ahaynes 08/03/2020

Thanks so much for your kind words, for adopting, and for saving more lives through fostering! We are so grateful!

Hayley G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great hardworking staff. We’ve been fostering various cats & kittens for a few months through them now, & have had great experiences.

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ahaynes 08/03/2020

Hayley -- thanks so much for the awesome review and for helping save more animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OFOSA is a great place to foster for. The staff are all easy to work with and really have the best interest of the animals at heart. I have fostered over 15 cats and dogs over the past 2.5 years. The animals are treated very well. They are largely placed in foster homes, with some in the office, but get great care. Both the foster and the staff get to vet the potential adopter and make sure it is a good fit.

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ahaynes 08/03/2020

Thanks so much! We are grateful for your kind words and for being a vital part of fulfilling our mission!

Client Served

Rating: 5

OFOSA is amazing! They were super friendly and accommodating and clearly take great pride in doing good work with animals.

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Nick -- thank you so much for your kind words and for adopting! We are so grateful! ❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted multiple pets from Ofasa and currently foster pre-ween kittens for them. The staff and other volunteers are very concerned about the welfare of all animals that come through the doors.

They have taken in and rehabilitated animals that other rescues were unable or unwilling to care for. I have worked beside staff members and volunteers well into the night to make sure their charges are given the best chance possible.

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Many thanks for these wonderful words! We are grateful for your support!

Mallory D.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OFOSA helps hundreds of animals find there forever homes!! I personally have a rescue from them that was once feral and now loves a spoiled loved life!! They gave him a chance when others wanted to have him put down!! I would recommend getting your next fur baby from them!! Also volunteer foster or food donations, toys and bedding can also be a great way to help!

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Mallory -- thanks much for your kind words and your immense support of OFOSA! you are our hero!

1 Jo S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been an OFOSA foster family for about a year now and love working with this organization. The OFOSA staff are truly passionate about animals and it never ceases to amaze me how tirelessly they work to help save as many creatures as they can.

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Thank you, Jo! We are so grateful for everything!

1 Stacy King S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a blessed mama of 4 count them 4 OFOSA grads. The staff is very professional and always made sure my fur babies were very healthy happy socialized and would integrate well with my home. The new staff is amazing. Always on the ball with who has fostered who and gives check ins for the first month making sure the adoptive families are doing ok with the change. A big thank you to Arlene Murrey, Chris Hill, and Christy Schwartz for running such an amazing rescue. They really do care.

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Stacy -- BIG gratitude to you for all you do for OFOSA as well as these kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at this organization is dedicated like no other to the rehabilitation, care and rehoming of stray, abandoned, and abused domestic animals. The volunteer staff all work far in excess of 40 hours per week to find foster and permanent homes for their charges.

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Thank you, millek, for these wonderful words about our staff and volunteers. Your support is greately appreciated! ❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster with this Organization and it has been great!

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ahaynes 06/05/2020

Thanks so much for this awesome review and for being a foster!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All I have to say is VERY UNPROFESSIONAL! The lady who answers the phone, this is not the job for her. Yeah I understand they're doing good, but she needs to learn how to conduct herself as well. She accused us before even meeting us. She assumed before even asking, who does that? All we wanted is to bring a pup home to love. I never thought we had to be criticized before doing so. I just found this first time experience to be very uncomfortable. Thanks OFOSA!

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Sad, that's the only word I can use. My husband found a dog that he fell in love with and I downloaded the application, as well as emailing to set up a time to meet the dog. I was told that I needed to wait a week for an adoption fair and that there were several families that would all be their to adopt the same $300 Puppy. Hi to the human society and do a dog good. We will be.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Avoid this place like the plague! They are unethical, defamatory, greedy and corrupt. They prey on kind-hearted people who only seek to help God's creatures. They disguise themselves as a "non-profit" rescue, but feel free to take a look at their PUBLIC tax records...I will attach a link. They have recently filed a lawsuit with one of their adoptors over puppies that were born from the dog that was adopted. They also slandered the husbands name even though he had nothing to do with the adoption and had never met them nor stepped foot in their facility. Irony, he works for one of their sponsors! They supposedly didn't know the dog was pregnant, which I find to be complete rubbish. If you are a legit rescue who is in this ALL for the welfare of the animal, wouldn't a full health screen be your number ONE priority, ESPECIALLY if you are adopting the dog to a family that may have NO experience taking on that task!!! Let's get back to that...WHY would you sue the adoptor for the adoption fee of what each puppy would grant you, had the adoptor been willing to put forth the birthing of the pups and the 8 weeks(!!!) it took taking care of them until suitable homes were found, and then just release them back to OFOSA to make a PROFIT? It seems greed motivated to ME! PLEASE do research on this organization (term used loosely because they seem very disorganized) before adopting a pet or donating to them!!! DO NOT use their Facebook page as a reference because I know for a FACT that they have deleted negative posts! Mine was one of them. They only want you to read the "good stuff".
https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/200003876

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ahaynes 06/19/2020

Please note: We have a new management team and our business practices have been revised. We feel our more recent reviews are more indicative of our organization. Thank you!

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Advisor

Rating: 1

it appears that "king gate ", is really King Tate",I believe she is a volunteer or somethingat OFOSA, that has total excess to all of your confidential files. always be aware, if you ARE slinging mud as SHE is, she will have dirt all over herself. to put the money in front of the welfare of the animals is sick. one more observation , how can you advertise a life saving run to Bakersfield Calif, all expenses paid, Motel, meals, and vehicle furnished. sends a mixed signal.

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ahaynes 06/19/2020

Please note: We have a new management team and our business practices have been revised. We feel our more recent reviews are more indicative of our organization. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This place is a puppy mill.. had nothing but bad customer service from each and every one of them all their animals are sick, they all lie and don't keep their story straight, never on the same page as one another, don't buy anything from those people unless you plan on going to the vet every week to get your animal better.

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ahaynes 06/19/2020

Please note: We have a new management team and our business practices have been revised. We feel our more recent reviews are more indicative of our organization. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered wuth OFOSA and it truly changed my life for the better and I could not imagine life without the people and animals of OFOSA. We are nearing our 100th foster (we do dogs and cats) and I have logged just over 350 volunteer hours since February 2013 (it is now November 2013), so it is no secret that I enjoy my time at OFOSA. I have been on one transport to Southern CA, and even though everything that couldve gone wrong did(with even the vehicle breaking down), it was one of the most influential things i have ever done with my life. PS. For those of you upset that OFOSA goes down to CA, just realize, they go out of their way in the COMMUNITY as well. They also pull from Bonnie Hays and drive to Eastern oregon just to pick up animals from rescuers when there is a need. OFOSA takes on medical cases, from proken pelvises, bones, extreme cases of cherry eye, and any animal that needs help and that they can get. They also take owner surrenders when space allows. There is definately no rescue or shelter anything like OFOSA that I have ever heard of. I had been a volunteer for OHS before this, but within days of being at OFOSA, I knew I was making a bigger impact there with my time than I would ever make at OHS.

So, if youre looking to volunteer, donate, foster, or adopt, I strongly reccomend OFOSA.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I use to volunteer until my life just got to busy. I still go in just not every day as I used to. I know that this rescue started to slide side ways however the founder took back the reigns. The rescue was founded on healing the broken animals that nobody wanted. It is getting back to it's roots. A fire and hire took place. Think OFOSA is getting back to the basics.

9 Miley F.

Client Served

Rating: 1

II adopted a dog from them about one month ago and have some major complaints.
1. The adoption fee was substantially higher than many others in the area. At the time of adoption I justified it because they seemed to really care about the animals and their foster placement, so this wasn't a deal breaker. They also included the spay/neuter in this fee.
2. Had I known that the facility they do their spay and neuter surgery in was a run down old house with obviously unsanitary and unsterile conditions, I NEVER would have agreed to adopt or have them spay our puppy. I questioned it upon arrival but unfortunately didn't have the good sense to turn around and walk out, because...
3. They gave my puppy an internal infection during her spay surgery, which then led to a mass on her belly that eventually ruptured, causing more infection, not to mention $300 more in bet bills. When I called OFOSA the not-so-friendly woman who answered basically said they wouldn't do anything about it and as soon as they finish spaying, they release them medically and can't assume responsibility for any complications.
Please do not support this organization!!

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ahaynes 06/19/2020

Please note: We have a new management team and our business practices have been revised. We feel our more recent reviews are more indicative of our organization. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Their mission statement has now changed. Instead of fostering young kittens and cats in homes they are now storing them in pet stores and cages. Many of these felines have been brought in by other states and not from our own community. Many of our own community kittens and cats are dying because of this. Not to mention they are no longer a rescue/foster but more along the lines of a puppy mill/feline mill. Many of these cats and kittens are not getting the social skills and love from a home before going to a new home, not to mention some are even sickly. Money now speaks louder then caring love form OFOSA.

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ahaynes 06/19/2020

Please note: We have a new management team and our business practices have been revised. We feel our more recent reviews are more indicative of our organization. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great People, Great Cause I have enjoyed working with all the people and feel very good about all the work that OFOSA has done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to learn about and work with OFOSA through a friend. He knew I had recently lost my dog after 16 1/2 years and was trying to decide if or when I wanted to get another dog. It was a tough time, he suggested I would enjoy working with foster dogs, helping them get healthy and comfortable in a home setting. I wasn't sure, but my first foster, Palmer, was a great little dog with demadex mange. He was so sweet and smart, but not getting selected at the adoption events. He was in my home for over 3 months and in that time his skin healed and hair filled in, he gained weight, learned a handful of tricks. By the time he found his forever family, it broke my heart a little and I cried as I let him go, but still I am happy for him. He has a wonderful home on the OREGON coast. He goes for walks on the beach almost everyday and is the light of his new pet parents life. So I signed up for another foster and then another. Finally, my ninth foster was just too perfect and like so many OFOSA volunteers before me, I failed! I adopted my 9th foster myself, making me a "foster failure", but a rescue success. Now Sputnik and I welcome new fosters into our home together and I think she does as much as I do to help these wonderful deserving animal prepare for a happy new life. I would recommend this experience to anyone. It is fun, fulfilling and make a big difference for very deserving animals.