4 Easy Steps to Adopt


Pixie is currently operating by appointment with an approved adoption application. Applications must be filled out BEFORE making an appointment to meet any dogs, cats, or kittens. Even if you’re unsure of which specific pet you’d like to meet, filling out the application is the first step.

Staff will be available by email (, phone (503-542-3432), and will be checking voicemail during normal shelter hours.

With staff working from home, please utilize email as much as possible.

Urgent cases and request for aid are our first priority—we appreciate your patience with non-emergency emails.

We currently have enough DOG foster homes. If you are interested in fostering CATS (especially adult cats!), please fill out an application or email for more info.

Adoptions and intake will continue to take place, but all appointments must be scheduled in advance—the shelter will not be open to the general public.

If an adoptable animal has ‘pending‘ in the title of their listing, it means they have a meet with a potential adopter lined up. Understandably, these are taking longer to arrange. If you are interested in meeting an animal, please email us your completed application and we will update you if that animal becomes available.


  1. Download & fill out an adoption application; return it to the Pixie Project (in person or via email to
  2. Keep an eye on our website! Dogs are posted online as soon as they’re available. Once we have your application, just let us know who you’re interested in meeting.  Dog Viewing and Adoptions are by Appointment.
  3. Come into to Pixie for a meet and greet! We’ll schedule a time for you to come in, meet the dog that you’re interested in, and sit down to talk with a staff member. (If you’re interested in a dog that is living in a foster home, we’ll put you in touch with the foster family to schedule a good time to meet.)
  4. Dogs: Bring your new canine friend home for a trial adoption. Two weeks later you return to Pixie to complete your adoption.


  1. Fill out the adoption application, either online or at Pixie.
  2. Meet some great cats! Cats in our cattery can be visited any time we’re open. (If you’re interested in a cat that is living in a foster home, we’ll put you in touch with the foster family to schedule a good time to meet.)
  3. Bring your new feline friend home!


Adoption Policies

Dog Adoption Policies

  • All current pets in the home must be spayed or neutered in order to adopt a dog from the Pixie Project
  • We do not adopt litter mates in pairs
  • We do not adopt out “outdoor dogs”. Our dogs are adopted out as family pets.
  • An adoption application must be filled out and submitted to the Pixie Project via fax, email or in person prior to setting up a meet and greet.
  • The primary applicant listed on the application must be the intended owner. One cannot apply for or adopt a dog for another person.
  • We do not allow tail docking, ear cropping or other cosmetic surgeries on our adopted dogs.
  • Pixie does require a $150 deposit from adopters when the dog is taken home. This $150 is not refundable and helps to provide the behavior assessments, any necessary veterinary care, and personalized adoption services, and will be applied towards your adoption fee.

Apply on our NEW Online Dog Application

Dog Adoption Application (.pdf)
Dog Adoption Application (.doc)

Cat Adoption Policies

  • All current pets in the home must be spayed or neutered in order to adopt a cat from the Pixie Project
  • 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).
  • We do not allow declawing, tendonectomies, or other elective surgeries in our adopted cats.  If a declawed cat is desired we will happily assist you in finding a great previously declawed kitty in our shelter.
  • We at the Pixie Project, do not have an indoor only policy with our cats. We do however always strive to put the right cat in the right environment so 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.

Apply on our NEW Online Cat Application

Cat Adoption Application (.pdf)
Cat Adoption Application (.doc)

Rules and Guidelines for Courtesy Posts

  • A Courtesy Posting is for animals that are not in the care of Pixie Project but rather are being posted as a courtesy to their owner(s).
  • Pixie Project does not screen potential adopters for courtesy postings.  We will direct interested parties to you via your provided information.
  • Pixie Project will not list any intact animals.  Your animal must be spayed or neutered to be posted on our page. Driven by our desire to keep animals safe and to continue our fight against animal overpopulation; we will gladly provide this service through our low cost clinic. Please contact our clinic at: for more information or to make an appointment.
  • Please provide a good clear picture of the animal, preferably taken outside. We have found that natural light tends to be the most flattering.
  • Provide a well written, fully informational bio of the animal.  See our bios for fun inspiration!
  • That’s it!!! Let’s get your little guy or gal adopted!

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 fee
  • DHLPP and Bordetella vaccines
  • Treatment for parasites (fleas, worms)

We’ll send you on the two-week trial with supplies to get you started (harness, crate, Kong, etc). After two weeks, you can either return the supplies or pay the wholesale cost so we can re-stock.

Cat Adoption Fees

Kitten (under 6 months): $135

Two Kittens: $243

Adult Cat: $100

Your cat adoption fee includes:

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

Surrendering an Owned Animal

Cat Owner Surrender Questionnaire

Dog Owner Surrender Questionnaire

Stray or Found Animal Questionnaire

Stray or Found Animal Questionnaire 

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

    Retail: (503) 542-3432
    Adoption: (503) 542-3433
    Fax: (503) 542-3437

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