Photography by Lara Blair

The Pixie Project is a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue located in the heart of Portland, Oregon.

At Pixie, we make animal adoption and rescue a fun, family friendly, and positive experience. Our dedicated staff focuses on finding life-long matches between pet and adopter and takes a hands-on, personal approach to each and every adoption.

Pixie is committed to keeping pets healthy, happy, and in their homes for life. Our on-site clinic offers low-income and homeless pet owners access to vital veterinary care and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, keeping pets out of shelters and saving lives.

Our philosophy at Pixie is simple and unique: find the perfect pet for each person or family. At Pixie we’re not about getting animals out the door, we’re about getting pets into lifetime homes. Sometimes the “right” pet is waiting for you, and other times you may have to search for a while before your canine or feline soul-mate arrives. We promise, it will be worth the wait!

Ready to meet your match? Visit our adoptions page to view cats and dogs ready for a new home!

March 28th, 2017

Hello! Pleased to meet you. My name is Obi-Wan and I am a lovable 1 year old Black Lab mix weighing in at 43lbs. Don’t let my serious face fool you, I am just concentrating and using the force to help me find my new home! In fact, get me in a yard or on a hike in the forest and I become a real entertainer! Doing circles and getting the zoomies while breathing in that fresh air. I just would love to join you on your nature adventures! Though I am mellow, I would really love having another doggy pal in the home with me. I really enjoy having that company while you are away! And kitties? Well let me tell you, they are my favorite and really know how to get in a good snuggle. I also enjoy meeting new people over the age of 10! Though I was a bit nonchalant in the beginning, I am really coming out of my shell in my foster, and everyday you discover more fun facts about me. I am a great tag along buddy and would be up for doing anything, as long as we get to do it together! I don’t mind the city life, but I would need to be in a home owned by my adopters, as occasionally my jedi mantras and moves that I practice can get loud. So use the force, young jedi, to see that you belong with me! Fill out an application, so we can meet! I come to you vaccinated, neutered, and micro-chipped with an adoption fee of $300.

March 28th, 2017

Hello! My name is Sadie and I am a super sweet 1.5 year old Pit mix, weighing in at 46lbs. Just look at my sweet face. It matches my even sweeter personality! I am very fun loving girl who is ready to cuddle up next to you after a long day of running in the yard or hiking in the Gorge! I really enjoy playing with toys, though as you can see in the video, I don’t quite yet understand the concept of fetch and instead like to get the zoomies and run around to each squeaky toy and then back to you. I am quite the entertaining pup, that is for sure! The inner city is a bit much for me and I would much rather be in a quiet area on the outskirts of town in a home owned by my adopters. I have some great puppy pals here at Pixie, and though dog parks would be too overwhelming, I wouldn’t mind having another dog in the home.  And of course I enjoy meeting those human friends over 14 too! And a dog savvy kitty would be just fine too. Full of cuddles, kisses, and lots of love, I am a silly girl looking for a family with a heart as big as mine! Will that be you? Fill out an application today, so we can meet. I come to you spayed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped with an adoption fee of $300.


March 28th, 2017


Baby (top picture) is an unusually small cat — maybe 2 pounds total.  She just never got big!  She’s kinda shy at first and hides when strangers come around.  But once she feels safe with you she is very affectionate — loves to be on the lap, petted, arches her back and almost stands up to meet your hand.  She loves to watch water drip so if you put the sink to a drip she will drink and then just sit there and stare transfixed by it.  Silly girl!  We love her very much and know you will too.  She’s a brown tabby.  She used to live with a Lhasa Apso dog and they got along fine.  She might be initially scared of kids as she is a little shy, but if they are gentle with her she’ll come around.  She lets my granddaughter pet her.   She’s about 5 years old.  Spayed.  She eats plain old meow mix Winco cat food but loves wet cat food as a treat.   Trained to a litter box. (Arm & Hammer clumping type kitty litter is what we use)  She doesn’t like to go outside much because she got lost once when we moved.  She might stick her head outside but the moment she sees that the screen door is closing she is clawing at the glass to get back in and making a meow fuss about it!

Miss Kitty (bottom picture) is a full sized, okay, a little chubby, cat.  She’s about 5 years old.  She is brown tabby with white markings.  She’s a real lap lover and can be quite determined that her human lie down and make lap!  She gets along with everybody — cats, dogs, kids, adults.  She used to live with a Lhasa Apso dog.  Very affectionate and likes to be on the bed.  OK, she’s a little spoiled.  But why not?  She’s very soft.   If she’s on the bed and you try to move her suddenly she becomes VERRY heavy! She eats Meow Mix dry cat food from Winco.  But she loves wet food as a treat.  She’s trained to a kitty litter box, we use Arm & Hammer clumping type litter.  She is spayed.  She’ll go outside briefly but prefers to be an indoor kitty.  She’s pretty calm, takes it all in stride, and has a few bossy moments.  We love Miss Kitty and think you will too!

If you are interested in one or both of these sweet kitties, please contact Andrea at / 503-935-1899 / 503-935-2567.

March 27th, 2017

‘Ey! How you doin’? My name is Joey and I am the  most handsome 12 year old Doxie around. But don’t let my age fool you, as I am still a spunky guy! I may not like going for long walks, but I do love to play with my toys and run around the house. Though, there really is nothing I love more than attention, whether it is from my human, dog, or even those kitty friends too! I am hilarious and entertaining with my funny old man antics. After a little play time, I am ready to settle in with you on the couch to watch some tv, as you give me lots of love! I am looking for a quiet owned adult only home with not a lot of stairs and with someone is has the time to hang out with me during these retirement years. Ready to add a little comedy to your life? Then fill out an application, so we can meet! I come to you vaccinated, micro-chipped, and neutered with a recent dental and an adoption fee of $200.

March 27th, 2017

How do you do? My name is Miss Tootsie and I am a sweet as pecan pie 11 year old Doxie mix weighing in at 28lbs. Everyone around Pixie just adores me and says I am just so pleasant to be around. Though I am not quite as spunky as I used be, I still enjoy a short walk around the block and then it’s back to cuddling on the couch. I really enjoy meeting everyone, including cats, dogs, and humans of all ages. I am known as the mellow sweetheart and am up for just about anything-that requires a lot of activity that is. Ha! Because of my short legs, I have a hard time jumping up steps, so a home without a lot of stairs is ideal. I am just a wonderful lady ready to retire into a quiet home with some friends who will cuddle, play some BINGO, give me lot of love- and treats, of course! Sound like your house? Then fill out an application today, so we can meet! I come to you spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped with an up to date dental for an adoption fee of $250.


March 27th, 2017

Konnichiwa! Hello! My name is Kirby, but unlike the Nintendo character I was named after, I am not wide-I am long!! Ha! That is because I am a 2.5 year old Doxie/Terrier mix weighing in at 12lbs. Once you get to know me, you’re fast to see that I am a fun bombastic quirky guy who loves to play! The city is a bit overwhelming for me and I would need to be in a quiet owned home with no kids in low traffic neighborhood. I have made some puppy pals here at Pixie and wouldn’t mind having another one in the home, though dog parks would be a little too much for me. And I am little too interested in those kitties, so none in my home please! After a few treats, you can tell I am a silly little dog ready who is ready to bond with you. With my game superpowers, I can absorb all those treats and turn into quite the treat myself! Ready to see? Then fill out an application today, so we can meet. I come to you neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped with an adoption fee of $300.

March 25th, 2017


Max is an affectionate and mellow 14-year-old male who is looking for a new home due to his former owners move to an assisted living facility.  On a rainy day, Max loves snuggle up comfortably in your lap, a sofa back or in his bed where he can watch the world go by. On a sunny day he loves to stretch out and soak in the rays, or stealthy hunt yard mice to keeps those unwanted visitors away!

Max grew up in a home with a large dog and another cat, but tends to enjoy his owner’s company over the other pets.  He is really fond of people and loves to meet and greet visitors.  He eats and drinks well and has good litter box habits.  He’s primarily an indoor cat but will let his owners know when he wants out to explore a bit.

If you can offer Max a new loving and safe home or would like some more information, please contact Kevin Paff at or via text/calls at 360-601-0136.

March 25th, 2017

I am Kona — the big Kahuna! I’m a chubby and handsome 7-year-old boy with lots of belly to rub and purrs to give! I’m super friendly and social and still a very playful cat with a knack for lap time. I could use as much play as you’ll give me, since I’m a little bit large! Although my chubbiness adds to my charm, I could definitely stand to lose a pound or two. Besides that, I have a clean bill of health and have a history of living peacefully around other cats. I’ve been non-reactive to dogs here at the shelter and would probably make a great friend for anyone — people and pets alike! I lost my lifelong home when my former owner had to make sudden life changes due to some hardships. I know I was really well-loved since I am extremely fond of people and can’t wait to find my new future home. Are you interested in meeting me? Come by Pixie today! I come to you fixed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped for an adoption fee of $100.

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