We work to end the euthanasia of social, healthy, and treatable cats and dogs in our local shelters.

ASAP's Initiatives

All ASAP founding organizations are committed to working together to save lives. At this point, our projects are focused on reducing euthanasia in our shelters by decreasing the intake of animals, transferring “at risk” animals between shelters and increasing adoptions. Discover our current initiatives to improve the lives of animals throughout the Portland metro Area.

Spay & Save

“Spay & Save” is a Portland metro area-wide program that aims to assist families on public assistance and their owned, stray or feral cats by offering spay & neuter surgeries for as low as $25.
Since 2010, The Spay & Save program has reduced the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our shelters every year by 62.1% and continues to make a difference to cats and their owners.
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Shelter Transfers

ASAP shelters are committed to saving lives and providing the best care possible. Over the past 5 years, between 1,500 and 2,000 cats and dogs alone have been transferred every year between ASAP shelters.
When one of the shelters needs assistance with a specific animal, the other ASAP shelters will make every attempt to transfer the animal over to their facility for further treatment and/or placement. We reach out to other shelters and rescue organizations to transfer animals to and from their facilities, providing the animal receives the best chance at care and finding a permanent home.

Our Reach

The greater Portland Oregon metro area served by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) spans four counties (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington in Oregon and Clark in Washington), 2 states and 3,655 square miles.

ASAP shelters and organizations assist a community of nearly 2.4 million people, with 10.2 percent of these living below the poverty line. It is estimated that 459,000 cats and 569,000 dogs share homes with Portlanders. An estimated 105 thousand of those animals live in homes below the poverty level, and an additional estimated 46,000 cats are unowned, stray, or feral cats in our community.

ASAP’s six shelters cared for a high percentage of animals needing support from shelters in the greater Portland metro area. When ASAP started in 2006 this was over 40,000 cats and dogs; and our live release rate was 62%. With ASAPs emphasis on community services including the Spay & Save program, intake to our shelters has been reduced to 17,856 cats and dogs in 2021 and our Live Release rate was 94.1%.

Key Sources: Human Population estimates: https://www.pdx.edu/population-research/population-estimate-reports and https://www.census.gov/quickfacts
Animal population estimates: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2017-2018) U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook with state specific information;

ASAP shelter data
Unowned cats based on estimate of 10% of the owned cat population.

ASAP's Donors & Friends

ASAP and its programs rely solely on the charitable contributions of foundations, businesses and private individuals. We have been fortunate to team up with some wonderful organizations that have provided not only funds but knowledge and support to our various initiatives, especially our Spay & Save program and statistics gathering efforts.

We specifically like to thank and acknowledge the following foundations:

ASAP is not a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity at this time. However, gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law since the Oregon Humane Society, well-respected for prudent financial management, serves as fiscal agent.

ASAP believes in the power of pooling knowledge and resources, and welcomes the assistance of other animal welfare organizations and private individuals that share our goal of saving as many lives as possible.

We are very thankful for the partnership with the following organizations and individuals:

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