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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!

June 27th, 2015

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Are you looking for a sweet Dachshund mix pup that needs a loving home?  Here I am!  My name is Jake and I have a sensitive heart that is looking to bond.  I am only 8 months old and do need some extra confidence boosting.  For this reason a home without small kids would be ideal.  I’m good with other dogs (especially my size) and will love to attend puppy classes to keep up my positive socialization.  I am playful and loving and in a patient home I will come out of my shell in no time and you will see all of my best qualities!  Want to meet me?  Fill out an application at so we can schedule a meet and greet.  I am fixed, vaccinated and microchipped.  My adoption fee is $250.

June 26th, 2015

Gabanna 1

It’s finally here, the worlds hottest perma-trend!  Rescue dogs!  And who will match all of your outfits better than me, Gabbana?  With my beautiful neutral tones you can walk me morning and evening without going out of style.  As a terrier/Chihuahua mix I pair best with your casual look, the pony tail days where you are hanging out in the garden soaking up sunshine or on the couch with a good book.  I am about 12 lbs, so you’ll hardly notice me cuddled right up there with you!   I am an affectionate boy and I love a good jaunt around the block, but I am working on confidence boosting, so taking your time getting to know me works best.  I would do well with older kids and other dogs. Just like your favorite pair of shoes, once I am broken in and comfortable I will be your loyal, always loving companion.  Do I sound like a fit for you?  Fill out an adoption application at so we can schedule a meet and greet.  I am fixed, vaccinated and microchipped.  My adoption fee is $250.

June 26th, 2015

Josie 2

Hi friends!  Lovable, stylish, and rosie Josie here!  I am a delightful Chihuahua/Papillon mix that is just a lover.  I lover of people, a lover of dogs, and a lover of fashions. I make besties everywhere I go!  I own plenty of leopard print, so I can even be buds with a cat.  I’m all about keeping it mellow this summer, drinking sangria, wearing maxi dresses (leopard print, of course) and enjoying good company.   I can totally keep up on hikes and trips to the park, but I’m definitely more of a laid back poolside kinda girl.  What do you think?  Do you like my style?  Then fill out an adoption application at so we can schedule a meet and greet!  I am fixed, vaccinated and microchipped.  My adoption fee is $250  and I am currently in foster care.

– $10,000 Grant Will Enhance Pixie’s Veterinary Assistance Program –
BCT Logo Vertical for webPortland, OR (June 26, 2015) – The Pixie Project announced today that they received a $10,000 grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust. The funds from this grant will be used to enhance the Pixie Project’s Veterinary Assistance Program.

In addition to their work as an animal rescue and adoption center, the Pixie Project provides affordable veterinary services to Portland’s low-income and homeless residents at the Scott Wainner Pixie Care Clinic. This grant will help to ensure that the Pixie Project can continue to provide these services to those who need them most. Grant funding will help to cover to cost of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, the cost of surgical supplies, and medications.

This is the second year that Pixie has been awarded a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust. In 2014, the Pixie Project was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Trust for veterinary services, allowing Pixie to treat a wide variety of pets for low-income clients, including mass removals, amputations, dental cleanings and extractions, and other surgeries. This year’s grant will allow Pixie to continue to expand the number of pets that we can assist in our clinic.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Banfield Charitable Trust. Last year we were able to do amazing work with the Trust’s help, and we know this year’s grant will make an even bigger impact in the lives of Portland pets,” says Amy Sacks, the Pixie Project’s Executive Director. “At Pixie, we want to do everything we can to keep animals in their homes with their dedicated owners. By performing these surgeries, we’re helping people keep their pets with them rather than surrendering them to an over-crowded shelter.”

The Pixie Project offers support for local over-crowded under-funded county shelters by bringing animals into Pixie’s family friendly adoption center and matching them with forever families. Pixie also offers low-cost veterinary services including spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of Portland homeless and low-income residents.

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

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    Adoption: (503) 542-3433
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