We gathered so much crucial information from our online pets survey (the vast majority of which turned out to be dog-centric), we felt compelled to post the stories of the pet services and professionals who rated the most highly.

Take Me Home

Yes, our love affair with the pug continues. Among the most popular breeds of dogs in Portland, the little snufflers come in a respectable fourth, their highest ranking of any city in the country, according to the American Kennel Club. Despite our fondness for the weird little creatures (and for specific breeds in general), the growing numbers at the Oregon Humane Society, the top vote getter in our survey of pet adoption services, indicate that potential pet owners prefer the direct approach when picking out a new pal—regardless of breed. In 2007, 95 percent of the small critters—cats, rabbits, mutts—that landed at OHS found new homes. Even with stellar stats like these, the hundred-plus staff members—and more than a thousand volunteers—know they have a ways to go. They hope to reach ten thousand animals saved for 2008 and 2009 (up from nine thousand-plus in 2007), and are seeking to ramp up their success ratio to a dizzying 98 percent; 100 percent is the ultimate goal, but one step at a time. A tour of the tidy, blocklong facility reveals hordes of yapping hounds and a bumper crop of cuddly cats—all clean, cared for, and available to make someone’s life that much better. (1067 NE Columbia Blvd; 503-285-7722; oregonhumane.org)

Vets We Can Vouch For


Portlanders proved to be as loyal as spaniels in regard to their pet doctors, with more than two-dozen veterinarians nominated in our survey for overall excellence. In the end, it was the personnel at North Portland Veterinary Hospital who prevailed. Owners of dogs, cats, rabbits, and even exotic birds raved about the four-star treatment at the clinic on North Lombard Street. With a voluminous waiting room, doctors willing to get down on the floor to greet a nervous pooch, and a reputation for being able to handle the toughest of cases, this NoPo favorite is obviously worth the drive. Plus, the front-desk staff—which can be gruff at lesser establishments—is apparently sweet as pie. The irascible in-house cockatiel, Chief? Not so much. (3000 N Lombard St; 503-285-0462; northportlandvet.com)

Yes, It’s an Emergency!

Midnight. The Arctic Blast. And your beloved border collie has just sidled down to the garage and slurped up some antifreeze, a potentially fatal toxin. Fortunately, the life-saving solution—CRRT, or continuous renal replacement therapy, an intravenous blood purification procedure for toxin ingestion and acute kidney failure—is now available at DoveLewis Animal Hospital in Northwest Portland. The machine is just one of the state-of-the-art services offered by the nonprofit organization, which has provided critical care for animals since 1973 and round-the-clock service since 1992. A staff that includes internists, radiologists, cardiologists, and ER surgeons assists some sixteen thousand pet patients a year, with emergencies peaking during the holidays (when dogs and cats are more likely to choke on bones or snack on tree tinsel) and summer months (when the number of traffic-related injuries spikes). And should a closer look be needed, a brand-new, $285,000 Computed Tomography scanner is the latest addition to the DoveLewis arsenal. Not to worry: CT scans work on dogs, too. (1945 Pettygrove St, 503-228-7281; 10564 SE Washington St, 503-262-7194; dovelewis.org)