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May 6: Doggie Dash Challenge Day

Monday, May 3, 2021

Doggie Dash Challenge Day with KOIN 6

Oregon Humane Society is partnering with KOIN 6 for Doggie Dash Challenge Day on Thursday, May 6 beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, you will hear stories about how your donations to OHS help save lives, provide critical medical care to injured pets, rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, and strengthen the human-animal bond.

Plus, your donation will be doubled all day , up to $35,000, thanks to Subaru of Portland!

May 10: Fur-ensic Files

Friday, April 23, 2021

OHS Humane Law Enforcement

The Oregon Humane Society was founded in 1868 with a focus on fighting animal cruelty and neglect. More than 150 years later, this work is at the core of OHS’s mission.

Each year, the OHS Humane Law Enforcement team responds to thousands of reports of animal cruelty and neglect and investigates hundreds of cases. Most of the time, OHS Humane Special Agents find that they can provide education and resources to guide pet owners toward meeting their pet’s needs and improving the animal’s quality of life.

OHS Humane Special Agents are commissioned by the Oregon State Police to enforce animal protection laws throughout the state. The Humane Law Enforcement team also includes evidence and agency support personnel, and veterinary forensic specialists.

Evidence is vitally important in animal abuse and neglect cases. Since the victims of these crimes can’t tell us what happened to them, the collection of clues and careful analysis of evidence helps build strong cases to hold abusers accountable.

Hollie’s case

When you first meet Hollie’s it’s hard to imagine how different she once looked.

She was rescued in Southern Oregon, severely emaciated and missing most of her hair. An unusual injury on the side of her face added to the mystery of Hollie’s past.

Hollie was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society and an investigation was opened. Meanwhile, the OHS medical team went to work with a careful refeeding plan to help her gain weight.

Hollie was so weak she was unable to walk. She was skin and bones so the medical team dressed her in a sweater to keep her warm. As Hollie lay in a kennel in the OHS Medical Center, it seemed she was close to giving up. She was defeated and exhausted - each day was a struggle. Slowly, her inner light began to shine. She wagged her tail when the medical team would greet her each day and she began to trust that she was safe and loved. Day by day, she got stronger and her hair began to grow back.

Hollie was eventually healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital and continue her rehabilitation in an experienced OHS foster home. She spent six weeks learning to be a dog – playing with toys, going for walks, and romping around with other dogs. Perhaps for the first time in her life, she was happy.

The investigation to find out who was responsible for Hollie’s neglect turned up dozens of dead ends. The evidence in Hollie’s case has all been gathered and the work to hold her owners accountable is ongoing.

Happily, Hollie was recently adopted by an OHS staff member and is now enjoying life as a beloved pet.

April 26: Doggie Dash Mascots

Friday, April 23, 2021

OHS Dogs Inspire Doggie Dash Logo

OHS shelter pets inspire us every day, especially during Doggie Dash. This year, we couldn’t decide on just one Doggie Dash mascot so we created seven!

Meet the OHS dogs who inspired each of the adorable mascots in this year’s Doggie Dash logo.

These adorable canines are all currently looking for a home. If you have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your family and one of these doggos catches your eye, check out the link to their profile.

Mascot 1 - Padre

Sweet, sensitive Padre came to OHS from a home in Klamath Falls where he was living with four other dogs. It took him a while to adjust when he first arrived as everything was new and scary. He has mastered the art of loose leash walking and has been loving all the pets and treats he’s been getting at OHS.
Learn more about Padre here .

Mascot 2 - Raphael

This first thing you notice about Raphael is his gorgeous, hypnotizing eyes and beautiful fluffy tail. This handsome guy has been working with OHS behavior experts to help him overcome his anxiety. He also is a member of the OHS running team and has become a volunteer favorite. Did we also mention he looks incredibly handsome in a bow tie?
Learn more about Raphael here .

Mascot 3 - Sonny

Sonny has a bounce in his step and a fondness for tasty treats. He came to Oregon all the way from Texas for a second chance at a loving home. This southern gent has been enjoying the cool spring weather and time on the dog walking path with OHS staff and volunteers. One look into his soulful eyes and it’s clear he has a story to tell.
Meet Sonny here .

Mascot 4 – Gimili

Gimili is a special guy who came to OHS when his owner was facing some challenging health issues. In his time at OHS, Gimili has been showered with love and affection. This beautiful spotted guy with one blue eye has carved out a special place in our heart. Gimili is deaf, so his new family will need to adapt his training and care to address his special needs.
Meet Gimili here

Mascot 5 – Rowan

Rumor has it, Rowan is longing to be a country boy. He longs to be with his person on acres and acres of private property, away from the city crowds and congested neighborhoods. He is an ace at squirrel patrol and loves to share his booming bark with all who will listen. Are you ready to give Rowan the rural life?
Get to know Rowan here

Mascot 6 – Dave

The truth is out there! Dave’s handsome face and curious eyebrows lead us to think he is David Duchovny’s doggleganger, but you be the judge. You don’t need to dive into the X-Files to know why Dave is one cool dog.
Investigate Dave’s profile here

Mascot 7 – Rae

This little Rae of sunshine is on a mission to learn. She got an A+ in “sit” and is working on her loose leash walking. In her downtime, she loves to spend time snuggling on the couch with her dainty little paws crossed while she dreams of a loving family.
Get to know Rae here

May 7: Lucky Dogs

Friday, April 23, 2021

Dash Cash Raffle!

Fundraise for your chance to win Dash Cash (and earn more prizes)! For every $50 you raise between May 7 - 9, you'll be entered in a drawing for the chance to win extra funds applied to your Doggie Dash fundraising total, thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals.

  • 20 random Dashers will receive $100 toward their fundraising total.

  • 10 random Dashers will receive $250 toward their fundraising total.

  • One grand prize winner will receive $500 toward their total!

April 23: Name a Litter Challenge

Friday, April 16, 2021

Cuddly Kittens Need Names and Your Support

Don’t miss your opportunity to name a litter of adorable kittens. Watch this video to learn more.
For every $50 you raise between now and May 15th, you’ll be automatically entered into the raffle to name a litter of kittens from OHS!  You’ll get to follow the litter from intake to adoption and will receive a personalized message from the litter. Funds you raise will go towards supporting kittens and other pets at OHS who need your help. 
You can enter as many times as you like; every $50 raised is one entry; $150 and you’ve got 3 chances to win and so on.
To enter all you must do is fundraise for the animals via your personalized Doggie Dash fundraising page. We’ll take care of the rest and notify the winner via email.
You can choose whatever names you like, but they must be approved by OHS first.
There will be one winner, but you can enter as many times as you want; all you must do is fundraise to help more animals!

May 14: Bad Drawings

Monday, April 12, 2021

Doodles for Donations - Win a Poorly Drawn Pet Portrait

Though great art might inspire awe and wonder, a silly scribble inspires laughter…and isn’t that something we all need? Turn your artistic skills – or lack thereof – into a fundraising masterpiece by offering badly drawn pet portraits as an incentive for a donation to your Doggie Dash fundraising page. Reach out to family and friends and let them know they too can hang your moderately acceptable artwork on their fridge, in exchange for a donation of course.

Even more motivation for donations? Anyone who raises $11 or more on their Doggie Dash fundraising page on May 14 th  will be automatically entered into a drawing for an OHS staffer to sketch their pet. Will it look like a Rembrandt? Or a 4-year old’s best effort? Who knows! Either way you’ll be the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind, possibly surrealist, pet portrait.
We will select five winners on May 14 th . OHS will ask the selected winners to email in a photo of their pet, and a return email with original artwork will arrive within a week.

May 13: Paws & Paint

Monday, April 12, 2021

"The best artists have paws" - Paw-blo Picasso 

Did you know there might be a little artist in your home? That’s right, your own Frida Calico or Barksy might be snuggled up next to you right now. Bring out their inner-artist with step-by-step instructions to create a paw print masterpiece and greeting card.

If your pet’s inner-artistic spirit is too advanced for your skill level and you would rather paint without your pet, Bottle & Bottega is offering an in-person Paint Your Pet class tonight (SOLD OUT) and they also offer a variety of online kits.

Paw Print Greeting Card:


1. Paint in the color(s) you would like to create your art. We recommend an acrylic, water-based, fast-drying paint. Just make sure all paint for your project is non-toxic.

2. Paper plate or cardboard to use as paint pallet.

3. Sheet of construction or heavier paper folded in half to use as your card.

4. Extra sheets of paper to use as blotting sheets.

5. Sponge, cut into number of pieces as you have colors.

6. Medium size bowl with warm water

7. Dish soap

8. Old towels 


1. Lay out towels to cover your work area that you don’t mind if they get paint on them. Keep one towel available to wipe paws.

2. Dampen your sponge pieces so that they are soft but not wet.

3. Fill a bowl halfway with warm water and dish soap.

4. Pour your paint colors onto your paper plate or cardboard pallet.

5. Dip your sponge piece into your first color and apply the color to the bottom of your pet’s paw.

6. Guide your pet’s paw down onto the blot paper to remove excess paint. Gently lift your pet’s paw back up.

7. Position your card for your first print and guide your pet’s paw down onto the card.

8. Repeat steps 5-7 with the same color until you have the number of paw prints of that color you desire.

9. When done with that color, bring the bowl of warm water with dish soap up to your pet’s paw and dip the paw. Use your towel to wipe off any remaining paint.

10. For a new color, start with step 5. Sometimes it is helpful for the pet and beneficial to keep the colors from mixing to take a break between colors.

11. When finished creating paw prints place the card somewhere to dry. Make sure to clean your pup’s paws well with warm water and dish soap.

May 12: Dash Agility & Puzzles

Monday, April 12, 2021

Add a Dash of Spice to your Pet’s Playtime

The best part about having a best fur-iend that lives with you? You always have someone to hang out with! Keep play time with your pets fun and fresh by varying your activities and trying something new. Read on for some interactive ideas that are entertaining and engaging:

Hop, skip and leap to a new skill

Your pup can learn agility techniques right in your backyard or living room using common household items. These kinds of activities are great exercise, build confidence, and strengthen your bond.

- Hop through a hula hoop: Grab a hula hoop and begin by holding it steady, with the bottom of the hoop on the ground. Use treats to guide your dog through. As they gain confidence, slowly start raising the hula hoop. Continue using treats and raising the hoop until they are able to jump through it.

- Four-legged limbo: Use a broom or other long pole and stabilize it by placing the ends on two chairs. Similar to the method above, use treats to direct your dog under the pole. You can continue lowering the height to see how low your pup can go!

- Spring over stacks of toilet paper rolls: Start off with one row of rolls. Use rewards to help your dog over the obstacle and start adding rows. See how high you can stack the rolls – can your pup beat Mitzi and Leo?

Keep Them Thinking with Puzzle Play

Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for a happy, healthy pup. Not only do puzzle toys engage their mind, they also are fantastic for a rainy-day activity.

- Puzzles for pups: There are lots of puzzle toys available for purchase, like the Kong Wobbler, Nina Ottosson’s Dog Tornado, Busy Buddy’s Twist’n’Treat, or the Buster Cube. You can fill the toys with treats, use their kibble and make it part of their meal time, or try your hand at making your own filling from scratch.

- DIY a snuffle mat: Snuffle mats encourage your dog or cat to use their snout to sniff out tasty treats. They are tons of fun and easy to make, all you need is a gridded plastic mat and some fleece. There are lots of tutorials on the internet, here’s one from Honest Kitchen for inspiration.

- Need more ideas? Check out this article for other boredom busting brain teasers for your pet.

Feline frisky? Cats can join the fun too!

Don’t let the canines hog the playtime – get your cats in on the games too! From boxes to bags to milk jug lids, cats are pros at making anything a toy – but maybe you can do even better. Try out these ideas for interactive playtime with your best kitty pal.

- Create your own no-sew cat toy. Use fleece and scissors to make an enticing dangle toy for your kitty.

- Toilet roll tube toy: Recycle cardboard tubes into a tricky treat dispenser by cutting holes in the side of the tube – make sure they are large enough for the treats or kibble to fall through – and then seal the ends.

All pets love spending time with their favorite person and making that quality time count is the basis for a thriving human-animal bond. Need more ideas for activities or want help with training? Check out our resource library. We also have a fantastic training and behavior department that offers classes, private trainings, and behavior helpline for your questions.

May 6: Day of Giving

Monday, April 12, 2021

21 Ways You Can Help Create a More Humane Society

At the Oregon Humane Society, we are on a mission to create a more humane society. For Doggie Dash Day of Giving, check out these 21 ways you can give back and help spread compassion every day.

Stay up-to-date with the latest rescues, heartwarming stories and more ways you can help create a more humane society by subscribing to our emails and connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Today only, donations will be doubled up to $35,000, thanks to Subaru of Portland!

1. Do something kind for an animal or animal lover in need.

2. Tune in to KOIN 6 for Doggie Dash Challenge Day today (Thursday, May 6).

3. Adopt a pet.

4. Organize a neighborhood cleanup.

5. Make a self-donation to your Doggie Dash fundraising page.

6. Check in with your family, friends and neighbors.

7. Bond with your pet by signing up for a training class at OHS.

8. Help your children learn compassion towards animals by signing them up for virtual summer camp at OHS.

9. Take your dog for a walk.

10. Drop off a donation of pet food, kitten formula or other supplies at OHS. See our wish list.

11. Shop local with one of our Doggie Dash business partners.

12. Become a PAWS monthly donor.

13. Make a plan for your pet by enrolling them in Friends Forever.

14. Shop for pet supplies at OHS’s in-shelter store, Best Friend’s Corner, or online merchandise store (100% of proceeds benefit shelter pets).

15. Send a tribute card to a loved one.

16. Sponsor a shelter pet at OHS.

17. Ask your employer to enroll in workplace giving (and you could double your impact for shelter pets!).

18. Donate your tax refund through Oregon’s charitable checkoff program.

19. Include your pets in your disaster preparedness plan (and make sure your friends and neighbors have a plan as well!).

20. Pause to give thanks — send a notecard, an email or even a text. The important thing is to share your gratitude for kind acts, big and small.

21. Give your pet their best day. Plan activities they would love; special treats, people and other pets they would like to visit; and go ahead, make their day!

April 25: Curious Canines Trivia

Monday, April 12, 2021

Test your knowledge of all-things canine 

Complete this fun and interactive trivia game from the Oregon Humane Society for your chance to win a piece of OHS merchandise from our Merch Store!

Get started

To get started, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Follow this link to play the game! At the end of the game you'll have the opportunity to add your email address to be entered into the raffle.

Trivia Rules/Regulations

The trivia game is 12 multiple choice questions and there is no time limit. Take your time and have fun! 

Complete the trivia game and you'll be prompted to enter your email address. Email will only be used to notify the winner.

Play as many times as you'd like! However, only one entry per email address. 

High score is for bragging rights only; three winners will be pulled at random from all email addresses submitted, regardless of trivia score.

Winners can choose from any single piece of OHS merchandise found on our Merch Store. Winners will be notified after May 15.

April 30: Pupcakes & Cupcakes

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Add a Dash of Sugar to your Fundraising

There’s no better way to someone smile – or make a tail wag – than with a treat fresh from your kitchen. Since your-legged friends are probably already underfoot checking to see if you dropped anything yummy on the ground, maybe it’s time to include them in your culinary endeavors. Once you’ve got your basics down, you can sweeten the deal a little more and use your baked goods to raise funds for your Doggie Dash team.

Baking for Bow-Wows

There’s plenty of pup-friendly recipes out there for you to try, like this pupcake with potato “frosting” from RecipetinEats. Or you could whip up a favorite Doggie Dash snack, Peanut Butter Pup Treats. Follow along with our cooking video  and say “ bone appetit” to your pup when you serve these beg-worthy biscuits:

Peanut Butter Pup Treats

1 cup peanut butter (or any preferred nut/seed butter) *
2 cups flour
2 eggs
¼ cup water
*Make sure your peanut butter is xylitol-free. Xylitol is harmful to pets

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine ½ cup peanut butter, flour, eggs and 1 Tbsp. water in a bowl. Continue adding water (1 Tbsp. at a time) until the mixture reaches a dough-like consistency and all ingredients stick together. Roll dough into bite-size balls; using your finger to flatten them slightly. Place all cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool. Once cool, use the rest of the peanut butter to frost cookies. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week or place in the freezer to tore longer. 

Raise Some Dough

Now that your official taste-tester has given their wag of approval, why not use your baking chops fundraise for your Doggie Dash page? You might want to appeal to the two-legged folks on the other end of the leash, so brush up on your baking-for-humans. From Jessica in the Kitchen’s vegan chocolate cupcakes to brown butter snickerdoodles courtesy of a Cookie Named Desire, to a trio of gluten-free treats by Chocolate for Basil, plenty of options exist for you to entice folks and can be safely packaged individually.
There’s a baker’s dozen of ways you can turn your cupcakes into coins. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

  • Post pictures of your masterpieces on social media, use #doggiedash and link to your Doggie Dash page.

  • Ask your friends and family to donate to your Doggie Dash page, with the added bonus of a home-baked reward. Offer a contact-free pick up of their delectable desserts.

  • Make it a team effort and host an outdoor bake sale. Have a table for pupcakes and a table for cupcakes!

  • Want to be the most popular person at your dog park? Bring some individually wrapped biscuits with you, add a tag with the ingredients and your Doggie Dash donation information.

  • Everyone knows nothing is better than something sweet to get you through day. Bring a platter of pastries for your coworkers and tell them all about Doggie Dash while they snack.

 Remember to take COVID safety precautions:

  • After shopping, handling food packages, or before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Wear a mask when preparing food for others.

  • Package food in sealable, individual bags or containers.

  • Regularly clean kitchen counters and use a disinfectant product from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) .

April 29: All Weather Pups

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Prep your pup for wintery walks to sunny strolls

Sunny Portland days are a treat that no one can resist, including our favorite furry family members. Taking in nature and soaking up sunshine have a positive effect on us and our pets – from better moods to improving our health – and a daily walk is a necessity for many of us.

While we can always count on our pups to always be ready for their w-a-l-k, the weather isn’t always as predictable. The first step you want to take before shoes (and paws) hit the pavement is to be prepared for anything from rain to snow to a heat wave. And remember, taking precautions to keep yourself safe on walks by practicing social distancing and wearing your mask are important too.

Here is some advice from us and our friends at VCA to ensure your walks have a 100% chance of smiles – whatever the weather.

Hot dog!

Warm weather is on the way, so layer on your SPF and grab your sunnies because your dog needs to walk…even when it gets toasty. Read on for some hot tips on how to keep you and your pup safe and happy in the summer weather:

- Walk in the early morning, or late in the evening when the peak temperature has gone down. This will also reduce the risk of them burning their paws, or worse, heatstroke. We know this isn’t always possible to do, so be mindful of other heat-related complications when you are out and about.

- Test the sidewalk before you start out, if the surface is too hot for your bare hand or foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet. Pavement, asphalt, metal, and even sand that have been heated by the sun can burn dogs’ paw pads. More info on protecting your pup from hot pavement .

- Make sure your pet always has access to shade and fresh drinking water, especially when weather turns hot and dry. Bring a water bottle and a portable water bowl on your walk.

- Be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke such as: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue or gums, vomiting, lack of coordination or even collapse, and an internal temperature over 104° F. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice these symptoms. Quick action could save your pet’s life.

- Know your dog; some dogs are more prone to hot weather-related ailments like sunburn or heatstroke. Animals with flat faces, like pugs are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

- Watch for sunburn. Light-colored pets are especially prone — check with your veterinarian before applying sunblock to your pet.

- Read more here:

Wet dog! 

If you’ve been in the Pacific Northwest long enough, you might not use an umbrella, but you’ll probably want to ensure rainy day walks only dampen boots and paws, not spirits:

- Make sure you and your pup are wearing weather appropriate clothing. Rain jackets keep your pet warm and dry – they’re functional and fashionable!

- Dry off your dog’s paws after their walk. It’s important to keep their paws dry so they stay warm after their walk and it help prevent slipping on slick surfaces. Bonus? You can avoid muddy paw prints on your floors.

- Stay visible – wear bright colored jackets, use reflective leashes and armbands. This will help drivers on the road see you in the low-light and rain.

- Puddles are for splashing not lapping. Fresh rain doesn’t always mean fresh water as dirt, debris, oil and other pet hazards are often washed into puddles, along with the rain. If your dog likes to drink on their walk be sure to bring plenty of fresh clean water for them instead.

- Don’t let the rain keep you in. Walking your dog in the rain is part of good pet ownership, and it strengthens the bond between the both of you.

- Read more here:

Want some more fur-iendly advice on safely walking with your dog? The folks at VCA have some great tips on their site . Now that you’ve got yourself dressed, accessorized and ready for whatever the sky might bring, you can walk like an expert Doggie Dasher – prepared and ready for fun!

Looking for a Doggie Dash route? Check out the April 21: Walkies Wednesday blog below for ideas! 

April 28: Pet Flix

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Dash to your couch for pet-tastic movie night 

The guilty pleasure of staying in and watching a movie while cuddled up with your furry couch companions might have lost some of its luster over the past year. But you can remake movie night, restore some of the magic…and feature fundraising for your Doggie Dash team in the process. Here are ideas to reel you in:

Take it Outside

Set up a backyard viewing party. All you need is a way to play your movie, a projector, an empty wall or a sheet, and some portable speakers. For an admission fee, your friends and neighbors can join you on the lawn to watch a fun film. Want to raise a little extra? Offer individually packaged snacks like popcorn and candy for an additional donation. Be sure to practice safe social distancing and wear masks.

Movie Marathon      

Turn all that binge watching into fundraising gold! Set up a movie marathon and ask friends and family to pledge money for every hour you watch in one night. Livestream your progress on your Doggie Dash page (view the Doggie Dash FAQ for how to livestream) or on social media and use #doggiedash.

Virtual Viewing Party

Set up a movie night with your friends all from the safety of your homes. There’s lots of ways to connect while watching like Netflix Party , Amazon Watch Party , group texts, or an online chat. Pick a movie, day, and start time to coordinate your watch party. Ask your friends for donations in exchange for a doorstep delivery of their favorite cinema snacks.

What to Watch?

Picking the perfect film for your fundraiser can be tough so here are five pet themed movies that might just fit the bill:

  1. Up : This heartwarming movie about friendship and adventure between unlikely companions Carl and Russel, also features Dug, a talkative Golder Retriever and Kevin a rare flightless bird.

  2. Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Using stop-motion animation, this film stars a charming duo made up of cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit.

  3. Ratatouille : Remy wants nothing more than to become an amazing chef…the only problem is he’s a rat and rodents are not welcome in most kitchens. How will he achieve his dreams and taste success?

  4. Fantastic Mr. Fox : Based on the Roald Dahl book, this adaptation tells the wild story of Mr. Fox trying to keep his family fed by outfoxing some rather nasty farmers.

  5. Zootopia : The titular city of Zootopia is populated by a wide variety of animals and the action takes off as odd-couple rabbit Officer Judy Hopps pairs up with sly fox Nick Wilde to solve a mystery.    

Now that you have a great fundraising idea and the perfect movie selection, all that’s left is for you to press play and snuggle up with your pup. Enjoy the show!

April 24: Bonus Bone-anza!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Earn BONUS Doggie Dash prizes!

Each week we will announce a special fundraising challenge. Dashers who meet the challenge will have a chance to earn limited-edition prizes! These bonus prizes are in addition to the other awesome items  you can earn as a reward for your fundraising.

First Bonus Bone-anza Challenge! 

Prize : Set of Doggie Dash button magnets
Challenge : The first 100 Dashers to raise $75 in donations on their Doggie Dash page between now and Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 PM will win. Previous fundraising does not apply towards this challenge. 

Bonus Bone-anza prizes to watch for:

Make sure you're opted in to receive our emails so you don't miss bonus prize announcements every Monday!

Week of May 3: Doggie Dash beanie 

Week of May 10: Doggie Dash canvas tote bag 

April 21: Walkies Wednesday – Walks of the Week

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Doggie Dash Routes for Rover

Curious about where to dash this year? Try one of our Doggie Dash 2021 Walks of the Week! These dashing routes highlight some of Portland’s many fantastic places to walk, hike, or run with your dog and your Doggie Dash pod. Grab your leash, doggie bags, and face covering and head out to celebrate Doggie Dash 2021!

Each of these routes includes a turn-by-turn Google Earth guide that you can use to stay on the suggested path.

Did you blaze a route of your own? Have a dashing route you want to share? Let us know in the comments below!

No matter where you chose to dash, please be safe and follow all local health & safety guidelines as well as leash laws and proper disposal of pet waste.

- Wear a mask when in public
- Maintain social distance with other pedestrians
- Always keep your pet on a leash
- Properly dispose of pet waste

Do it for the Dogs (and kitties)

Don’t forget to Sweat for Pets ! Use your at-home workout to fundraise by asking friends to donate per workout, mile, walk, etc. Track your stats on your favorite fitness app and post them on your Doggie Dash fundraising page. Need a tracker? Download Strava and sync to your fundraising page directly!


Walk 1: The (D).O.G.

This is your tried-and-true Doggie Dash route; the one you’ve known for years and come to love, rain or shine; this is the (D).O.G.

Let’s get Dashing:

- Your starting point is the Battleship Oregon Memorial at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

- Walk north along the Waterfront Park Pedestrian Trail.

- Turn east (right) and cross the Willamette River via the Steel Bridge lower pedestrian walkway.

- Turn south (right) onto the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade.

- Follow the Eastbank Esplanade Pedestrian path to the Hawthorne Bridge.

- Just after the fire station, take a left to follow the pedestrian path ramp which will put you on the Hawthorn Bridge.

- Take a right and cross the Hawthorn Bridge heading west toward downtown.

- At the end of the Hawthorne Bridge, follow the pedestrian/bike path to the right and follow it down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

- Follow the Waterfront Park Pedestrian Path north back to the Battleship Oregon Memorial.

Total distance: 2.6 miles total loop

Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!

Looking for something a little shorter? Cross at the Morrison Bridge instead of the Hawthorne Bridge for a shorter loop.

Always take caution when crossing any bridge, even those with dedicated pedestrian walkways; keep the lead on you dog leash short, and be mindful of cyclists, runners and other pedestrians using the bridge.

Walk 2: A Walk in the Park

If you’ve been in Portland for even a scant amount of time, you likely know Forest Park. Covering an area of more than 51,000 acres, this natural oasis is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves and a true gem of the pacific northwest.  There are dozens of established trails within Forest Park, so you’ve really got your options here. We’ve decided to highlight one of the park’s most accessible trails, Lower MacLeay Trail . This trail extends well into the park and can be taken all the way to Pittock Mansion. However, we’ve chosen the park’s ghostly “Stone House” as our turn around point.

Let’s get dashing:

- Your starting point is Lower Macleay Park in NW Portland; 2960 Upshire St. Portland, 97210.

- Lower Macleay Park offers limited parking for cars and the park is a popular destination.

- Immediately upon entering the park from Upshire, you’ll see the paved path leading past the restrooms, picnic tables and underneath the overpass.

- Follow that path and you are one your way!

- Follow the trail all the way until you reach the “Stone House”, a 1930s Works Progress building that used to feature restrooms, a picnic shelter, and a tool room. The house was damaged by the Columbus Day Storm in 1964 and decommissioned shortly after.

- “The Stone House” is your end point. Turn around to begin your short journey back to Lower Macleay Park.

Distance: 1.7 Miles out-and-back.

Looking for something more challenging? Stay on Lower Macleay Trail all the way to Pittock Mansion (the mansion is closed).  That route is 5 miles out-and-back and features more elevated terrain.

Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!

Take precautions! This trail can be quite muddy, even on Oregon’s driest of days. This trail is popular, and you’ll likely encounter other hikers. Be sure your pet is up for a muddy woodland adventure and bring along your COVID-approved mask or face covering.

Walk 3: Westward View

For this walk we’re taking you to a sister city of Portland, located way down south: Sellwood . Ok…so I know the Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood isn’t its own city, but there is something about this quaint neighborhood that feels unique, timeless, and a lot like a small town of its own. 

Let’s get Dashing:

- Your starting point is the intersection of SE Bybee Blvd. & SE Milwaukie Ave.

- Head west on Bybee Blvd.

- Bybee Blvd. will curve slightly to the south (left) and become SE 13 th avenue.

- Stay on SE 13 th avenue and enjoy beautiful vistas of the South Waterfront, West Hills, and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.  

- At the corner of SE 13 th Ave & SE Sellwood Blvd. turn west (right) onto SE Sellwood Blvd.

- SE Sellwood Blvd. will intersect with SE 7 th Ave at an “L” intersection. From turn south (left) onto 7 th Ave. (or take the small, paved path into Sellwood Park and bypass the rest of the dashing route)

- Stay on 7 th Ave. and follow that until you reach SE Nehalem St.

- Turn west (right) on SE Nehalem St. and follow that for a couple of blocks.

- Once you reach Southeast Grand Avenue you can turn north (right) and head into Sellwood Park or turn around and begin your walk back.

Distance: 2.4 miles out-and-back

Looking to let your dog of leash? Sellwood Riverfront Park is just to the west and has an off-leash dog park and access to the Willamette River. The park’s main entrance is accessible at SE Spokane St. & Oaks Parkway. 

Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!

Walk 4: Let’s get (a little) out of Town!

For this route we’re taking you north to Sauvie Island .  This 26,000-acre island is one of the largest river islands in the entire U.S. and was originally called Wapato Island. ​This Dash route highlights the  Wapato Greenway Loop.

Let’s get Dashing:

- Your starting point is the Wapato Access Trailhead , located about 2.5 miles north of the Sauvie Island Bridge. 

- The trailhead access point has a small parking lot, which can fill up fast. A parking pass is not required.

- The trail will be marked. Simply follow the Wapato Greenway to being your journey.

- After a short walk, you’ll approach a fork in the tail. One path leads north (right), while the other leads south (left).  You can take either route, as the trail is a loop and either direction will eventually lead to back to this point.

- The loop will take you around Virginia Lake , a great place for birdwatching. The lake naturally fills and recedes throughout the year, making it more of a wetland than traditional lake.

- On the south end of the trail, you’ll encounter another fork, one path leading down to Hadley’s Landing , a popular access point for boaters and kayakers.

- The trail has a few viewing points, with signs highlighting the park’s many animal inhabitants and island’s history. 

- Follow the Wapato Greenway Loop in either direction and you’ll come full circle to your first fork in the trail.  

Distance: 2.2 miles out-and-back

Click this link for a Google Earth turn-by-turn guide of this route!

Whether you decide to take the route outlined below, or any of the island’s many hiking trails, some precautions should be taken: all trails can get muddy, even in dryer months; be sure you and your pets are ready for a mucky adventure! Also, the island, despite being only 10 miles from downtown Portland, is quite rural; there are no gas stations on the isle, and public restrooms are extremely limited. Sauvie island is home to many species of birds, coyotes, beavers, and other wildlife; always keep your dog on a leash.

April 17: Sales for Tails

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Shop and be a hero to pets in need.

Sales for Tails :

OHS is partnering with big and small companies to host Sales for Tails throughout the 30 Days of Doggie Dash. View the list below for a sampling of opportunities to support local businesses and help pets, and keep an eye out for more opportunities on the Doggie Dash Facebook event or OHS’s Instagram! When you support participating businesses during their Sales for Tails day(s), you are not just shopping, you’re helping save shelter pets!

Whether it’s a young kitten who needs to be bottle fed, or a senior dog who needs extensive medical care, the funds raised through Sales for Tails go directly to help animals in need.

Ready to help pets through Sales for Tails? Check out these businesses:

OnPoint Credit Union
When: NOW through April 30th
What: OnPoint customers who refer a friend will receive $50, the referred friend will receive $50 upon joining OnPoint, and OHS will receive $50. It’s a triple win!
Where: online

Columbia Sportswear
When: NOW through May 15th
What: Use your Employee Store pass that was included in your Doggie Dash welcome packet and 5% of proceeds from your purchase will be donated to OHS!
Where: Columbia Sportswear Employee Store - 14100 NW Science Park Dr, Portland, OR 97229

Migration Brewing
When: April 18th
What: 10% of proceeds from sales at Migration's Williams location will be donated to OHS!
Where: Migration Brewing - 3947 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

When: April 22nd
What: Become a Ridwell member using the link below and $10 will be donated to OHS!
Where: online

Pizza Nostra NE 
When: April 26th
What: 10% of all sales during Monday, April 26, donated back to OHS
Where: Pizza Nostra, 4831 NE Fremont St, Ste 4, Portland, OR 97213

Critterz Co.
When: April 27
What: 40% of all online sales will be donated to OHS
Where: online

When: May 4th and 5th
What: Purchase any hat from Hatphile and $5 will be donated to OHS!
Where: online 

Mud Bay
When: May 15th
What: 10% of proceeds from in-store sales at Mud Bay's Beaverton location will be donated to OHS!
Where: 11715 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005

Fur-tual Festival

Visit the online Fur-tual Festival for more deals and keep helping shelter pets. This online map includes exclusive offers and deals for Dashers from local businesses who believe in giving back to our community and helping animals in need.

Shareable Story: Benson

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

When Benson first arrived at the Oregon Humane Society, she could barely walk. She had suffered from unimaginable neglect and was emaciated with open wounds all over her legs. It was hard to imagine what she had been through. Marion County Dog Services reached out to OHS for help with the case and to provide critical medical care to this frail, young dog. OHS Humane Law Enforcement immediately began investigating.


Benson’s trauma was deep. She would bark and panic anytime she saw another dog or was exposed to something unfamiliar. Slowly, she gained weight, the wounds on her legs began to heal and she learned to walk again. Staff at OHS made sure she had a quiet space at the shelter and slowly worked with her to ease her anxiety.

OHS Humane Special Agents conducted a thorough investigation — they talked to potential witnesses and local police, visited the area where Benson was abandoned to look for evidence, and followed every lead. Unfortunately, a suspect was never identified.


But, a committed adopter stepped forward to give Benson the loving home she’s been missing. When they met, Benson jumped in their lap, licked their face and was eager to begin her new chapter.

Shareable Story: Theo

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Theo was a young, active border collie on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon when tragedy struck. He was hit by a car and his front leg was badly mangled. Theo was brought to a local vet clinic where his owner asked that he be euthanized. Instead, the vet clinic reached out to a local shelter to help. He was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society to get the extensive medical care that he needed.


When Theo arrived at OHS, he was scared and in pain. He slowly limped around, and it was clear that his leg was in bad shape. OHS veterinarians determined that the damage was severe and that removing the leg was the best option to relieve Theo’s pain and regain his mobility.


Theo became a beloved patient in the Holman Medical Center at OHS and quickly caught the attention of one of the veterinary students. As soon as Theo healed from his surgery, he headed to his new home with a future veterinarian who will make sure he always gets the best medical care.

Shareable Story: Guinness and Fritz

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

This unlikely duo became best friends at the Oregon Humane Society.

Guinness has lived most of his life in shelters. At three months old, he arrived at Pendleton Animal Welfare as a stray. He was terrified of people and needed special training to help him learn to trust people. He was transferred to OHS and entered the Behavior Modification Program, which is specifically designed to help cats like Guinness. Through slow, methodical interactions, Guinness overcame his fears. But then he hit another obstacle: he was diagnosed with a contagious skin condition called ringworm that took months to treat.

But it wasn’t until Guinness met Fritz that he truly blossomed.

Guinness and Fritz

Two-year-old Fritz was transferred to OHS from Klamath Falls Animal Shelter. He was brought to the shelter by his family due to his feisty nature and need for a lot of activity.

These two energetic boys had an instant connection when they were placed in a cat room together. They loved to play and cuddle with each other. It’s not unusual to see Fritz’s front leg draped over Guinness to hold him close.

Guinness and Fritz

These two are now bonded and will be adopted together. They can stay at OHS as long as it takes to find the purrfect home.