Photography by Lara Blair

Big News!

Pixie for The Next Ten

The Pixie Project was selected by The Huffington Post as one of the nonprofits that will help shape the next decade.

As part of their ten year anniversary, the Huffington Post chose the causes and organizations they think will make the biggest difference in the next ten years–and Pixie made the list!

Help Pixie change the face of animal rescue!

Make a donation to Pixie as part of the Next Ten campaign!


The Pixie Project is raising the bar on animal rescue! Located in Portland, Oregon, Pixie’s goal is to transform animal adoption and rescue into a fun, family-friendly and positive experience by taking a hands-on, personal approach to each and every adoption. Pixie is committed to the art of match-making between pet and person!

Pixie Pup Maggie with her New Family

Pixie Pup Maggie with her New Family


Miss Mayan on her Adoption Day!

Miss Mayan on her Adoption Day!

In addition to providing amazing adoption services, The Pixie Project runs a low-cost veterinary clinic. The Scott Wainner Pixie Care Clinic offers low income and homeless pet owners access to vital veterinary care.

Keeping Pets and People Together!

Keeping Pets and People Together!

Over the last year, the Pixie Project has increased the number of surgeries performed by more than 5 times. A skilled team of high-volume veterinarians and vet techs can now perform twenty surgeries during our once-a-week surgery day. These surgeries are a combination of spay/neuter and emergency services, including dental extractions, amputations, mass removals, and other life-saving surgeries.

Surgery Day at Pixie

Surgery Day at Pixie

Our goal is not only to prevent overpopulation through easy access to spay/neuter surgeries, but to keep beloved pets in their existing homes. When pet owners fall on hard times (including, in many cases, seniors living on social security) they may not be able to afford a necessary surgery at a traditional vet, forcing them to surrender their beloved companion to already over-full shelters or consider euthanasia. Many of these animals are seniors themselves who have very limited adoption opportunities. Pixie is able to help keep these owners and pets together by performing affordable surgeries and assisting with medications.

waiting for surgery

Waiting for Surgery


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 small but dedicated staff is committed to the art of match-making 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 provides low-cost spay/neuter services and veterinary care, 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 we 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!

July 25th, 2015


Meet Oscar. He was born around 5/1/02. He is healthy and loves attention. EXCELLENT with young kids and dogs, often found cuddling with both. Gets along well with other cats but prefers to be the alpha male. His coat is thick, shiny, and soft. Oscar’s current mom is suddenly fighting for her life against stage IV cancer throughout her body. While they are heartbroken to part his mom would love SO much to know that he will find a family that will cherish his awesome personality. This chill boy is a completely box trained indoor cat with no naughty habits.  Please email us at for more information.

July 24th, 2015



Sophie, the Black and Tan Coonhound, is funny and playful and adaptable, and loves everyone she meets. Strangers always ask how old our “puppy” is…and she is almost six years old. She loves to play, and develops great games with anyone that will participate. She has lived with a small cat her entire life, and loves her dog brother. She hasn’t lived with children, but she has met a few. She is high energy, but seems to know to be gentle with children. She is incredibly intuitive, and will know when you’re sad. She also has an amazing sense of humor. She loves to play chase, and loves toys, especially fuzzy ones and solid rubber balls.
She does not get along with female dogs, and prefers to be the boss when playing with other dogs. She is a HOUND, so she stubbornly follows her nose on walks…and in the backyard…and onto the counter-top…and to your clothes and hair when you return home. She does have food allergies and will lose her fur if she eats things that disagree with her. We have found the perfect food for her, after trying dozens, so whoever adopts her will have to budget for the right dog food. Otherwise, she is perfectly healthy, spayed, and up to date on all vaccinations and flea and tick preventative. She is tall, slim 43 pounds. She is fully house-trained, knows basic commands and gives a flawless high five.
Key points: Sophie ABSOLUTELY must go to a home without other female dogs, and she would be an ideal single dog. She needs a yard to run around and to sunbathe in (it’s her favorite thing in the entire world), and the yard must have a completely secure fence. She is an escape artist, and you must be willing to watch her when she is outside. A perfect adopter would have experience with hounds, especially the high-energy sort. Sophie can be vocal, and while she does not quite reach Beagle pitch, she has a very unique sound (think funny seal noises). Sophie will snuggle with the best of them and is happy to sleep in with you, but she must live with someone that is active. We want to find Sophie the perfect match, and are happy to wait as long as we have to to do so. She will know it, and we trust that she will make someone very happy.
For more information contact Sarah at


July 24th, 2015



Sadie is an energetic, loyal, 2 year old Pitbull in need of a loving companion. Her ideal home would be one that includes a runner, a hiker, an outdoorsman/woman, and a fenced yard. Sadie does OK with other dogs in a supervised environment but needs to be an only pet. She loves to cuddle and doles out her affections generously. She well behaved, a strong swimmer, fond of apples (will pick them herself), and has a real weakness for organic eggs.  She is adept at the dispatching of moles and, given a stick or bone and little room to run, can entertain herself. Sadie is very obedient, intelligent, and loves attention. Is she the right pet for you? There is one way to find out, come and meet her.  For more information please contact Matt at

July 22nd, 2015

Ben shihtzu 1

Hello there!  I’m Ol’ Ben the good natured 12 year old Shih Tzu who would love to sit in the sunshine with a cup of tea and tell you stories about when I was your age.  Call me old fashioned, but I still believe in politeness and manners, that’s the best way to make friends after all!  These skills have made me many friends and I get a long great with other animals and all people.  I may not be able to reach top speeds anymore, but I’m great for a mosey around the park or a couple of laps in the backyard.  I’ve had quite a remarkable life, want to hear all about it?  SEnd in your adoption application so we can schedule a meet!  I am fixed, vaccinated and microchipped.  My adoption fee is $100.

  • 510 N.E. MLK Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97232

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    Adoption: (503) 542-3433
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