PAW Team saves lives and alleviates suffering by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. 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.
Aware of Portland’s burgeoning homeless population, those living in one of the most pet friendly cities in the U.S. were alarmed to witness the increasing numbers of pets living on Portland’s streets and in homeless camps. Among them were a number of compassionate, community minded veterinarians who began working individually to provide critically needed veterinary care to these animals on an informal, ad hoc basis. Since its inception, PAW Team has established itself as the one and only source of free veterinary care for the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. Hundreds of them rely on us to provide life enhancing, life saving medical care to their beloved companion animals. We are proud to play a unique, vital role in contributing to the strength and integrity of our community’s social safety net.