Petopia is spearheaded by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) but we aspire to get the whole community of the greater Portland/Vancouver Metro area involved in this movement. Our goal is to achieve an unprecedented level of welfare for pets, build a network of resources, and create a community for those who care about them. “Petopia” – a place where pets and people thrive.
We want to position Portland as a leader or model community in the US. Imagine the energy and pride the people of our region put into being “green”, replicated for pet welfare. We hope that by getting everyone in the community involved, we can make ours a place where all animals are protected, valued and cared for, and where people’s lives are further enriched because of it.
The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) is a unique coalition of ten public and private animal shelters, veterinary medical associations and other animal welfare groups in the greater Portland/Vancouver Metro area that has received national recognition over the last few years. Working in close partnership, we develop and implement a variety of programs and services with the goal to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs, and save the lives of all shelter pets that can be humanely and responsibly rehomed.
Since forming in 2006, we’ve reduced the pets coming into the shelter from more than 40,000 a year to 30,000. We’ve increased the live release or save rate of cats and dogs we take into our local shelters, from 62% to 94%. We’ve decreased euthanasia by an astounding 87% and have not euthanized a healthy or treatable animal since 2013.