DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, in association with the regional veterinary community, provides 24-hour emergency, critical care, education and community outreach. Our highly-skilled professionals are dedicated to: Improving the condition of animals needing emergency and critical care. Strengthening the ties with, and extending the reach of, the veterinary community. Promoting the well-being of animals and the human-animal bond throughout the community at large.
Mar 20, 2013

Our 40th Year!

In our 40th year, it is through your support that we continue to offer the best emergency and ICU veterinary medicine in the region 24 hours a day, every day.  Our 100% donor-supported community programs are consistently lauded for their compassion, their effectiveness, and their celebration of the human-animal bond. For the sixth year, DoveLewis was named one of Oregon’s Top Ten Most Admired Nonprofits by the Portland Business Journal. This honor is one we share with all our community and veterinary partners, and especially donors like you.

In 2012, we saw a total of 12,284 animals at DoveLewis which included 7,493 dogs, 3,931 cats, 307 birds and 553
other animals such as rabbits, squirrels, pet rats, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, mice, gerbils and chinchillas, pet chickens and an iguana.

Thanks so much for your wonderful ongoing support that makes such a difference to the animals
being seen and treated here. We hope you have a wonderful 2013. If you have not had the opportunity to take a tour, we would love to take you behind the scenes and host a tour for you at your convenience.

Mar 15, 2013

Cami's Success Story


Your ongoing support of the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund is very important to DoveLewis. Here is a story of how the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund saved an adorable little dog. Without this fund, Cami would never have received the care she needed:

Late one afternoon while working at DoveLewis, I heard about a small female dog in our emergency room, who had been brought to DoveLewis by a Multnomah County Animal Services Officer. I went downstairs to briefly meet her. As I arrived, this little girl had just been given a complete evaluation by the DoveLewis
hospital staff. She was tiny, thin and covered with fleas. She had fur on her
head and legs only, but was otherwise mostly devoid of fur, with rough,
thickened, scaly skin that appeared more like a reptile’s skin than a canine’s.
She immediately was given treatment for her severe flea infestation. From a
side view, she looked like she had a full face mask of fur on her head, as she
had no fur on her neck. She had a large tumor on her stomach. And she had very
sweet, soulful, sad brown eyes. Though she was at DoveLewis, where she was very
safe and loved by the staff, she shivered continuously. She stole my heart.
DoveLewis provided overnight supportive care for her, and she was transferred
to Multnomah County Animal Shelter the following day. DoveLewis partners with local county animal
shelters to help stray animals who would otherwise have no hope.

I had previously filled out the necessary paperwork at Multnomah County Animal
Shelter, and had completed an interview to become a ‘medical foster’ for a
small dog. I contacted the person in charge of the foster program at Multnomah
County Animal Shelter about fostering her. She would need to be in a foster
home for recovery following surgery to remove her tumor, dentistry to remove
her bad teeth and for time to heal
her skin condition. My fostering her was approved, and she joined our family of
four older rescued dogs, which consisted of two one–eyed Shih Tzus, a one–eyed
Yorkie, and a small back dog. Tentative at first, ‘Cami’ as we started calling
her, quickly settled in to our family, loving her frequent baths to make her
skin softer, and the food and environment we provided for her in our home; she
was gaining confidence daily!


Dr. Meghan Romney, the staff Veterinarian at MCAS, scheduled surgery to remove Cami’s
tumor, extract eight badly diseased teeth, and spay her. Cami did great in her
post operative recovery period, coming to work with me every day at DoveLewis,
where the staff frequently stopped by to say hello, see how she was doing, and
give her love and treats! Cami was getting used to sleeping quietly in my lap
as I worked, and she did not want me to leave for work in the morning without
her!

Just as Cami was nearing the end of her foster period with us, Gumbo, one of our dear Shih Tzus, was
seen at DoveLewis over the July 4th weekend because he suddenly
developed some difficulty breathing at night. Following a CT scan that was done
at DoveLewis, he was found to have an advanced intranasal tumor, with a poor
prognosis for recovery. We gave him lots of love, day trips to the beach, new
toys and chicken dinners during his last month with us, but we recently said a
final goodbye to Gumbo at DoveLewis when he let us know it was time. Ken and I were so grateful for the kindness,
compassion and expertise the entire DoveLewis staff showed our dear Gumbo and
both of us during that difficult month. We miss Gumbo terribly, but Cami must
have come into DoveLewis and into our lives when she did for a reason, as we
have now adopted her into our family.

Dec 14, 2012

Community Initiatives

One vital part of DoveLewis’ community initiatives is something the general public really doesn’t see. We are an accredited teaching hospital by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. As such we are the most qualified in our area to offer continuing education (CE) to the veterinary community and we take great pride in doing just that.

 We provide free “Third Thursday CE Rounds” every month, travel the state to provide veterinary CE opportunities to other communities, provide internships and externships to doctors and students, produce a great case-specific publication for veterinarians and technicians called VetWrap, and produce a veterinary teaching website called On the Floor @Dove. We are available every day for free “consult” calls from area veterinarians and technicians with questions about patients they have in their clinics.

 We also conduct a large, free annual veterinary conference that is always well attended by doctors, technicians and practice managers. Additionally, we provide free workshops to the public such as Pet First Aid, Pet CPR, and Caring for Your Aging Pet, for example.

 The bottom line is that we want to keep offering the best in emergency services along with our long-standing community programs. A lot goes on behind the scenes at DoveLewis just in order to quietly meet our desire to help the veterinary community in any way possible within our mission.

 While you have some options for your pet’s emergency needs, Portland really doesn’t have many options for those special community programs and educational initiatives offered by DoveLewis. Portland has a great veterinary community and we consider ourselves partners with the Portland Veterinary Medical Association. Only your support will allow us to continue offering these special programs and educational services.

I am happy to report that DoveLewis was honored yesterday as the 6th Most Admired Non-Profit in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal.  Out of the last seven years DoveLewis has been in the Top Ten six times (we are pretty sure a computer glitch occurred that other year).  This is a huge accomplishment, especially considering the state of Oregon has over 21,000 non-profits.  As with the other six times I was honored to accept the award on behalf of all of you and our Board of Directors.

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