The Pixie Project is currently not open to the general public. We are currently operating by appointment only with an approved adoption application. Applications must be filled out BEFORE making an appointment to meet any dogs or cats. Even if you’re unsure who you’d like to meet, filling out our application is the first step. 

→ If you have filled out an adoption application, please do not call to check in unless you haven’t heard from us in 48 business hours! We have office staff at the shelter Tuesday-Saturday and we’re still dealing with an unprecedented number of urgent and emergency cases. We’ll get back to everyone, but we’re a small shelter and we’re stretched further than we’ve ever been before. Urgent cases and requests for aid are our first priority—we appreciate your patience with non-emergency emails.

Staff will be available by email (, phone (503-542-3432), and will be checking voicemail during normal shelter hours. Please utilize our email as much as possible!

If an adoptable animal has ‘pending‘ or ‘in trial adoption‘ in the title of their listing, it means they have a meeting with a potential adopter lined up. If you are interested in meeting an animal, please email us your completed application and we will update you should that animal become available.

Adoption Requirements 

While we review each application holistically, these are the core elements we consider when looking at potential adopters.

General Policies

  • Adopter has lived in their apartment or home for at least six months – this being said, not all animals are suited for apartment life or lively homes, and we want to set your family up for success. If you apply for a dog that is not suited for your current environment, we may recommend another one of our dogs who would be a better fit.
  • Adopter has held congruent employment for the last year
  • Long-standing relationships if there is a co-applicant and no imminent addition of children or drastic change in lifestyle
  • Households with senior pets are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Adopter has thoroughly filled out the application

 Dog Adoption Policies

  • We do not allow tail docking, ear cropping, or other cosmetic surgeries on our adopted dogs.
  • Bully breeds/shepherds/perceived aggressive large breeds or vocal pups must go to an owned home and not a rental
  • We do not adopt dogs out to households with more than one roommate due to historic struggles with maintaining consistency and continuity with the dog’s schedule, expectations, and training
  • All current pets in the home must be spayed or neutered
  • We do not adopt litter mates in pairs
  • We do not adopt out “outdoor dogs.” Our dogs are only adopted out as family pets.
  • The primary applicant listed on the application must be the intended owner. One may not apply for or adopt a dog for another person.
  • Pixie requires a $150 deposit from adopters when a dog is taken home for a trial adoption. This $150 is non-refundable and helps provide behavior assessments, any necessary veterinary care, and personalized adoption services. The deposit will be applied towards your adoption fee.

Cat Adoption Policies

  • We do not allow declawing, tendonectomies, or other elective surgeries in our adopted cats.
  • Kittens under four months old must go to a home with another animal or two animals must be adopted at once (this is for the benefit of both adopter and adoptee).
  • All current pets in the home must be spayed or neutered
  • We do not have an indoor-only policy with our cats. We do, however, always strive to put the right cat in the right environment. We always ask that potential adopters speak openly and honestly about their plans regarding outdoor access for cats. This will allow us to properly match the right cat with a safe and happy environment.

Adopting Dogs

Please read our adoption requirements before submitting an application!

  1. Fill out our dog adoption application online or download and email the completed application to
  2. Keep an eye on our website! We post dogs as soon as they’re available to proceed with adopters. On your application, please specify who you would like to meet. If you aren’t sure who you’re interested in, please put ‘general’ instead of a name.
    • Dog Viewing and Adoptions are by appointment only.
  3. After we have approved your application, we will schedule a time for you to come in and meet the dog that you’re interested in. During the meet and greet, you’ll also sit down with a Pixie staff member who will give you more information about the pup and our Pixie Training Packet.
  4. After you’ve met your new buddy, you’ll bring him home for a two week trial adoption! After the two weeks have passed, you’ll return to Pixie to complete your adoption.
  5. Enjoy a lifetime of companionship with your new best friend!

Adopting Cats

Please read our adoption requirements before submitting an application!

  1. Fill out our cat adoption application online or download and email the completed application to
  2. Once we’ve approved your application, we’ll schedule a time for you to come in and meet the cats or kittens. Bring a cat carrier with you to your appointment
  3. Bring your new feline friend home! Congratulations!

Adoption Fees

Dog Adoption Fees

Our dog adoption fees are based on the age and health of the animal. Each dog’s fee is listed at the end of their story.

Your dog adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Microchip and registration fees
  • DHLPP and Bordetella vaccines
  • Treatment for parasites (fleas, worms)

For the two-week trial adoption, we’ll send the pup home with supplies to get you stared (harness, crate, Kongs, etc.) After the two weeks, you can either return the supplies or pay the wholesale cost so that we can restock.

Cat Adoption Fees

Kittens: $150

Two Kittens: $243

Adult cats: $120

Your cat adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Microchip and registration fee
  • Testing for FeLV and FIV
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Treatment for parasites (fleas, worms)

Courtesy Posts

Animals listed as Courtesy Posts are animals that are not in the care of Pixie Project but rather are posted as a courtesy to their owner(s). Pixie Project does not screen potential adopters for Courtesy Postings. If you see an animal listed as a Courtesy Post, please contact the owner of the animal directly. Their email will be listed at the end of the post.

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

    Phone: (503) 542-3432
    Fax: (503) 542-3437

    Tuesday-Friday 11:00 - 6:00
    Saturday 11:00 to 4:00