Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund

by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

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

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.

Animals all over town are grateful for your most generous donations. Your gift will truly have a direct impact – we couldn’t do what we do without you.

 Your involvement and investment help DoveLewis’ life-saving team provide the very best in emergency and critical care for animals whenever it is needed! And, at the same time, you are providing resources to build on the success of community programs such as the blood bank that provides over 600 vital transfusions each year to animals in need, the pet loss support program, emergency medical care for stray and wild animals, and financial assistance to help low-income clients cover emergency costs for their pets.

 Our team of veterinarians, technicians, and dozens of other members of the support staff quite literally hold the future of many animals in their hands each and every day. Your involvement sends an important message that you share our commitment to providing the very best compassionate medicine possible.

 Caring for all the animals requires a special group effort – thank you for being a valued part of our team!

“Sylvia was treated aggressively for rat poisoning and survived.  My local vet's quick referral to DoveLewis was the only reason my beloved pet survived.  I will be sure to inform all my friends and neighbors about the quality of care you provided.  Ever thankful “ Mary H.

 “I was very impressed with the professionalism of all staff.  As a nurse, I felt that this was an excellent & caring facility.  Thank you very much for your kindness and compassion.” Anonymous

 “I wish human hospitals were this effective, warm, compassionate, and communicative.  We feel so lucky that our Chappy (4 yr/old French Bulldog) was so well cared for, following his surgery complications/post op.  We slept well (or as well as possible when one is worried about their “furry family member”)  knowing he was safe and lovingly watched over all night.  Thanks so much!” Amy L.

Hundreds of injured strays, lost pets and hurt wild animals come to DoveLewis from county shelters, Good Samaritan citizens, police officers, and firefighters each year. We also regularly care for injured wildlife when the Audubon Society is closed in the evening. (Audubon Society is open 7 days a week from 9:00AM to 5:00PM)

We try to find every injured stray’s owner by taking a snapshot of the animal, and posting it on our Lost & Found Pet Database. This database is the most comprehensive place to look for a lost pet in the Portland area.

It is not uncommon for the cost of emergency treatment for lost, stray, and wild animals to rise above $200,000 every year. DoveLewis works with all county shelters, and complies with their protocols regarding stray animals. We receive minimal reimbursement for emergency stray care from the surrounding counties animal control agencies.

That reimbursement comes only for animals which county agents bring in themselves. Good Samaritans are asked to make a donation for the care of the animal they have rescued, but the expense is often much greater than the contribution. DoveLewis also treats injured wildlife, a cost that is unfortunately not reimbursed by anyone. Care for wildlife and the remainder of the expenses for stray and lost animal care is covered through the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.

Budget Shortfall Looms for Stray Program

A port in a storm. The only place to turn. A comforting place in the middle of the night for the animals who need it most. There are many ways to describe the DoveLewis Stray Animal and Wildlife Program. We treat hundreds of animals every year who are injured and desperate. As the only place to bring an injured stray or wild animal 24 hours a day, the need for this program is great. Cats, dogs, hummingbirds, ducks and squirrels – DoveLewis is here to treat and comfort injured animals of all kinds. But we are facing a budget shortfall as we head toward the end of our fiscal year (June 30.) We need just under $10,000 to cover our Stray Animal and Wildlife Program expenses to ensure we don’t have to make cuts to next year’s budget. Please consider a gift to help us continue to help all of these animals who have no advocate; no voice.

DoveLewis saves lives everyday. That’s not news to you. The tight economy is affecting non-profits. That isn’t news either. But here is something that may be news to you as a supporter of DoveLewis: our life-saving donor-funded community programs are feeling the pinch.

 The Stray Animal & Wildlife program never turns away an injured stray, but the guidelines for treatment depends on prudent use of funds. The Charlie Fund for Abused Animals provides abused and neglected animals with the care they need. This fund is used in emergencies, often for animals who are near death. 

 The following quote is from a family who’s pet is alive and healthy today due to Stray Animal benefits:

 “I had a pretty rough day on the day I went to DoveLewis. My dog was hurt and taken to DoveLewis for life-saving care. Treatment for my dog was given by DoveLewis who then located me. Thank you for taking care of my baby and making her better.”

 Please help us recharge our Stray Animal & Wildlife program so that we can help our community meet the needs of all of the animals that need our care. No other emergency animal hospital in this community is a nonprofit that relies on its donors like DoveLewis. Our philanthropically-supported services make us different and vital to Portland’s animal-loving community.

 As a DoveLewis supporter and animal lover, we are counting on you.

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Organization Information

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Project Leader:
Alan Mahan
Portland, OR United States