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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Paige España (Portland, OR) Megan Gram (Bend, OR) Megan Noes (New York, NY) Karen M. Wilson (Portland, OR)

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I am sure is true of some of our Spot community, my childhood included its share of anguish shuffling between split families, latchkey living, and the general emotion of learning to navigate the world into adulthood. And what I discovered was that the unconditional love of an animal could get me through even a darkest hour. From a German Shepherd named Cain who had an uncanny ability to stop uncontrollable tears to kitty cats whose purrs have a Zen-like effect on an anxious mind. Every cat, dog, bunny (and even goldfish) in my life has led to a teachable moment, offered a touch of tranquility, provided comic relief at just the right time, of just lent a fuzzy ear to unjudgementally listen to the trouble of the day. This has all led me to realize the treasure that each animal brings to our world—whether you realize it right away or not. The goal going into this edition was to give the Spot family a look inside a variety of animal welfare groups in hopes of inspiring you to choose something that moves your soul and gives our fur-friends a little love in return. The options are quite limitless from hands-on animal work or transportation to fundraising or office work in a variety of settings for a myriad of missions. Whether it’s for a shelter, breed-specific rescue, transport group, or other non-profit, they all need us in whatever capacity brings you the “feel-goods.” There’s no time limit too short, nor task too small. A favorite quote offers good perspective: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale In addition to this more contemplative, emotional content, we offer a light-hearted array of helpful, meaningful content on pet-friendly places to stay, a deep dive into the craze that is catios, and a celebration of Mutts 25th Anniversary. Mostly, it is my hope this issue finds something that moves you to do that one something you can do!

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FEATURES Heart of Rescuers 6 Spotlight on Advocacy Q & A with some of our region’s hard-working advocates.

7 Animal Aid PDX Learn the latest from this grassroots Portland shelter.

8 Humane Society of the Ochocos Read the touching story of Bandit—a dog whose life exemplifies this Central Oregon shelter’s work—as the shelter prepares for a much-needed new facility.

10 The Road to Rescue Spot’s own Kim Kehoe boards a rescue transport van for an insider’s look at these life-saving road trips.

12 Glamping, Camping, Or Yurts

18 MUTTS Turns 25 We get reflections from creator Patrick McDonnell as his beloved comic strip looks ahead to the next 25 years.

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8 Rescue Me Sweet pets who need a little extra support finding their forever families.  Brought to you by PNW Visiting Vet

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14 Pawsome Catio!


Do you have one yet? If you’ve ever thought of adding an outdoor cat space to your home, we have the best tips from DIYers and professionals.

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1. Our biggest project/goal currently is securing appropriate rental space for Rabbit Advocates. 2. Our happiest accomplishment in the past year was increasing our service areas to provide even more financial help for rabbit spay and neuters. 3. If a genie popped out of a bottle and offered us one wish, we’d wish to own a building. —Karen Wilson

1. Our biggest project currently is Animal Balance-USA. We started with a mission to serve island nations around the world with humane population management programs. Now we’re launching programs in the US as well. We hope to share our experience implementing high volume, high quality spay/neuter clinics with underserved areas to help reach the goal of becoming no-kill. 2. Our happiest accomplishment in the past year was our campaign on the tiny island of Barbuda which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Everyone had to evacuate and they were forced to leave their pets behind. It was devastating. When we were sent to help in October of 2018, we provided free veterinary care, spay/neuter surgeries for 96 dogs, and vaccines for another 237. It was incredibly rewarding to meet such a kind and resilient community, many of whom were still living in tents when we arrived over a year after the disaster. 3. If a genie popped out of a bottle and offered us one wish, we’d wish for a safe, long lasting and affordable nonsurgical sterilization option to help train local governments and veterinarians to implement humane population control programs in their communities. —Megan Gram

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Nonprofit full name: Fences For Fido Founding date: 2009 Website: 1. Our biggest project currently is celebrating our 10th anniversary and our 2,000th unchained Fido. We’ll celebrate with a gala on August 18. Until then we’re focused on helping dogs everywhere live chain-free. We mentor groups who want to start their own organizations in other states, and we’re hoping to launch new Fences For Fido crews in other areas of Oregon and Washington. We look forward to celebrating how much we’ve accomplished, but we know there’s still much to do. 2. Our happiest accomplishment in the past year was being featured on the Mike Rowe show, Returning the Favor. The story aired on New Year’s Day, and for the next two months we heard from people around the world who were moved by our work and want to unchain dogs in their own communities. It reminded us of the heart and soul that animate everything we do. 3. If a genie popped out of a bottle and offered us one wish, we’d wish for more volunteers in Oregon and Washington who want to serve as Client Outreach Coordinators or Crew Leaders. Every week of the year, those amazing volunteers change dogs’ lives and improve families, neighborhoods, and entire communities. —Michelle Blake

ANIMAL AID PDX Paige España • Spot Magazine

It doesn’t get much more grassroots than a nonprofit whose mission

sprouted on the grounds of Laurelhurst Park in Portland. It was there that Animal Aid’s founders, Jack and Kathryn Hurd, began rescuing abandoned pets and rehabilitating injured wildlife in 1969. The couple not only opened their hearts and home to these animals, but gave them a voice through Jack’s career as a radio talk show host. “As listeners tuned into Jack’s show, learned the plight of the animals the Hurds were saving, and shared their own stories and struggles as pet guardians, the concept of Animal Aid took shape,” said the shelter’s Director of Operations, Paige España.

The Hurds’ first step in assisting the community was to enlist the help of local veterinarians and pet supply stores who were willing to offer their services and products at a reduced rate. Jack and Kathryn paid for some expenses from their own pocket, and eventually Jack’s listeners began to donate as well. Over time, the couple acquired a core team of volunteers to help with fostering, adoptions, delivering food, and whatever else came up. Flash forward to today, and the now 50-year-old rescue is still driven by the compassion of its volunteers, supporters, and a small dedicated staff. Animal Aid is focused on providing individualized care and a lifelong commitment to each of its animals, including those referred to as “Heartstrings pets”—those with special medical or behavioral needs. “We’re focused on quality over quantity, which to us means providing as much time and resources to each animal as they need and working diligently to make thoughtful adoptions that result in forever where their personality and needs are the right match for a family’s expectations and capacity” España explained. To accomplish their mission, Animal Aid operates a free-roam shelter for cats, a network of foster homes for dogs and cats, and two partnership programs to provide funding for urgent vet care and canine spay/neuter services. “One of the really cool things we’ve been able to do is carry forward the collaborative relationship with local veterinarians that the Hurds helped establish 50 years ago, and our Animal Aid Cares Fund is a direct link to that,” said España. “Through this program, we partner with vet clinics to provide a monthly stipend they can pass along to their clients facing urgent and

overwhelming medical or behavioral expenses.” Many changes have taken place for the nonprofit over the decades, and particularly in the last two years as they embarked on a full shelter remodel, adding several new animal care rooms and renovating all existing spaces to allow the organization to increase its rescue capacity by 25 percent. “We looked at all the ways we could improve our programming, and increasing our rescue capacity was at the top of the list,” Animal Aid Board President Beth Ernst said. “As a result of our renovations, we can do just that, in addition to increased enrichment for cats and dogs and improved work spaces for volunteers and staff. We’re just putting the final touches on everything, and already we’re seeing a positive impact on our ability to serve the homeless cats and dogs in our community.” In order to make the upgrades possible, Animal Aid kicked off their Shelter TransFURmation Remodel Capital Campaign in 2017, offering supporters the chance to help pay for the renovations with naming opportunities in recognition of their sponsorship. Learn more at or by attending Animal Aid’s open house on July 20th that will mark the official unveiling of the remodel. In addition to their open house, be sure to mark your calendars for Animal Aid’s 50th anniversary party, Apawllo 50, when the rescue will celebrate in style. Learn more, book your tickets, and help Animal Aid launch into another 50 years of rescue at “Animal Aid’s roots stem from building connections with others, animals and humans alike,” España said. “So whether you can join us at our open house this summer, our 50th anniversary party this fall, or drop by the shelter for a visit sometime in between, we’re excited to welcome everyone to our rescue and celebrate this commemorative year with the community that made it possible.”

Paige España, Director of Operations of Animal Aid PDX, a non-profit that enhances the welfare of companion animals through individualized care and lifelong commitment, rescue and adoption.

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OCHOCOS Bonnie Hays Celebrating the Past; Looking to the Future Kim M. Kehoe • Spot Magazine

Local roots Founded in 1995 as the inspiration and vision of former Prineville residents Gladys Logsdon and Donna Whitcomb, the Humane Society of the Ochocos (HSO), now operates as a no-kill shelter that has saved the lives of an estimated 10,000 animals in the past decade alone. Located in Prineville, Oregon, HSO has been the sole provider of animal sheltering services for all of Crook County for 24 years. With an approximate population of 22,000 people covering an expansive 3,000 square miles, the area has an estimated 8,000 pet owners with over 10,000 pets. HSO provides an array of services including microchipping, feral cat TNR (trap, neuter, release), spay/neuter assistance, adoptions, and reconnecting lost and found pets with their humans. When called upon, they also assist law enforcement 24 hours a day with animal control issues, as well as providing support for large-scale animal rescue operations. Their pet food bank supplies pet food to community members in need. This work is a tall order to fill for a vast area and its residents—both 2-legged and 4-legged. All of this work has been accomplished out of a temporary building erected in 1995 that was only meant to last 5 years! The goal had always been to build a new structure. Now, 24 years later, the deteriorating building presents challenges to safety, health, efficiency, and comfort of humans and animals.

Bandit’s Story Bandit was owner-surrendered to HSO in 2009 and was their longest resident to date. Shelter staff did everything they could to find him his forever home, and a few times they were sure they had, only to find him back at the shelter within hours. Bandit was a very special boy

with a difficult past who trusted few people—but if you were lucky enough to make his friends list, you had a friend for life. He was also not fond of other animals. Bandit was a very opinionated fellow. Through his years at HSO, Bandit drew a loyal following, from staff and volunteers to strangers from afar. He even had his own Facebook page. For his birthdays staff and volunteers decorated the shelter with balloons and streamers and he would feast throughout the day on gourmet treats. The small lobby would be full of people wanting to love on him, meet him, bring him gifts and take him for walks. This all-day affair happened every year. Bandit was king for the day and celebrated his birthday in style—and the shelter angels wouldn’t want it any other way. When it wasn’t Bandit’s birthday, he was not forgotten! Volunteers picked him up for day outings, strolls in the park or long drives with the windows down. He especially loved those days! In his final few months, with the mellowing of age and experience, Bandit even developed some four-legged friendships, which was great to see. After 8 years at the shelter, Bandit developed a brain mass causing him pain, weakness and neurological issues. His last days were spent with his favorite people feeding him treats and showering him with endless amounts of love. On June 14, 2017, Bandit crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and Executive Director Heather O’Daniel found herself asking “Why?” Why didn’t he find his forever home? Why did he have to spend his last days at the shelter? And then it hit her: Bandit didn’t have just one person to love him; he had many who loved him, believed in him, and fought for him.

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Rather than a yard of his own he had over an acre to run and play in. O’Daniel realized Bandit was home. “HSO was his home and he knew it, though it just took us longer to realize that too.”

Heart of the Mission The shelter staff, board, and volunteers lost a friend the day they lost Bandit, but they gained insight to reignite their drive to move forward with the mission of building a desperately needed new shelter for all of the Bandits of tomorrow. Like many shelters across the country, the Humane Society of the Ochocos takes in the abandoned, the lost, the “no longer fits into the family,” the seized and the abused. They mend the broken, reunite the lost and rehabilitate the ones that have suffered physically and emotionally. Their difference as a no-kill shelter is that they give the animals as many second chances as it takes. It can take weeks and months. Sometimes it takes years. And that is what makes HSO so special—they don’t give up. All animals deserve a place of comfort for the time they are in shelter. A warm place to lay their heads down at night and a quiet place to heal and rest. They need yards for playing and safe spaces to learn to be dogs and cats again. In 2018, the HSO was awarded a grant from Facebook to hire the professionals of Shelter Planners of America, a leader in shelter planning and design, to conduct a feasibility study and preliminary design.

Having a design in hand provides a visual of the new shelter that donors and community members can see, support, and rally behind as the critical need for fundraising to build a new shelter begins. The design and function of a new shelter will operate more efficiently, effectively utilizing staff’s time and efforts to provide the animals the safe environment they so deserve. They will also be able to offer the community more resources, education and programs supporting them in responsible pet ownership. A new shelter is not a want for HSO, it is a must and it is needed now. It is urgent and it is something that they are committed to do for the animals of Central Oregon.

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On the Road to Rescue Kim M. Kehoe • Spot Magazine


ot much gets this person excited for a 4 a.m. alarm, except, possibly, catching a flight to a far-off vacation destination. AND, it turns out, I can also welcome that dreaded sound if it means boarding a Furry Freight Shelter Transport to give shelter animals the prospect of wonderful homes in the Northwest. Not only did I voluntarily wake at this hour, but to the surprise of this non-morning person, I even woke several times overnight in anticipation of the life-saving journey ahead!

health, temperament, demand in receiving area, and fitness for transport, as they have a long trip ahead before reaching their new homes. In the 24 hours before departure, the animals must also meet strict requirements for vaccinations and health checks to lower the prospect of disease transmission. Puppies too young for a full slate of vaccines go through an exacting infection-control transport protocol with rules such as “no paws touch the ground.”

An Oregon non-profit, Furry Freight Shelter Transport (FFST) saves lives by transporting dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters with very low adoption rates. Relocating adoptable pets to areas of high demand saves them from the risk of euthanasia, explains Founder and President Kim Wilken.

Our journey starts at 6 a.m. on a chilly early-March morning. We’re leaving an area known for its moody weather and ever-present prospect for freezing fog or snow in the mountain passes. Conditions are unusually merciful on this day, and we make excellent time on our 11-hour road trip. That’s 11 hours of driving, not factoring in the requisite potty, caffeine, gas and stretch breaks. It’s a trek that lands us in rush-hour traffic as we get closer to our Central California destination. But the slower travel is rewarded with the sight of spring-blooming trees and green fields in every direction. And there’s sunshine! We’ve traveled from winter to spring in a day.

Before Wilken loads up her transport van, the partnering organization compiles a list of candidates. They’re all considered for factors such as

When we arrive, I’m anxious to meet the furry friends we’ll be saving. But it will have to wait. For tonight, it’s hotel check-in, quick eats and off to sleep for the rush that begins again at 4 a.m.


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Not knowing what to expect on my first experience as a volunteer in this capacity, that morning I was struck by the sight of several very well-behaved dogs of various breeds, size, condition, age, and personality. Some were tethered in a row along the yard fence, all politely waiting in pre-dawn darkness for their rescue trip and the littles were inside their kennels. And there were PUPPIES!!! Three PUPPIES!! (You can hear my squeal, yes?) The crew tended to a whirl of details: proper, complete paperwork for each pet; plastic collars named and numbered on the off chance of escape; water, food, treats, proper kennel placement; transport vehicle disease prevention protection; strict attention to air flow and temperature. It takes a precisely planned operation to safely relocate such precious cargo to a forever life.

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Surprisingly arriving at the receiving shelters’ rally point just 36 hours after we left Central Oregon, we were again witness to the joy and excitement of a team of volunteers and workers excited for the beginning of a new life for 15 wonderful pets. After a short 8 days, each of these precious fur-babies found their forever homes all thanks to the hard work and dedication of FFST!

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It would be a travesty not to mention the obvious dedication, joy and love for each of these lucky dogs that the California shelter showed. The excitement on their faces when the transport van arrived, hugs and well-wishes for each dog as they transferred from shelter to van, some words of advice to the departing pups and kisses too. And these workers, too, willingly woke up at stupid-o-clock in the morning for the joy of this moment!

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THE JOURNEY HOME In all, we loaded up purebred dogs—a young German Shepherd, a Bulldog named Daisy Doo insistent on playing a vocal “are we there yet?” game nearly the entire drive; a beautiful fluffy white dog so matted with fur it’d be hard to discern breed; and, I couldn’t possibly forget the bug-eyed, funny-eared terrier baby with loads of attention-seeking personality that totally melted my heart every time I turned around and met that adorable stare. I did what I always do when spending volunteer time with dogs: I gently remind them (or remind myself?) “I am NOT your person.” It isn’t easy. It’s hard to describe what a midway potty stop for 15 dogs looks like. It’s an adventure in itself, and since we’d reversed directions and begun the exit from spring back to winter, we’d make the stop in a cold rain. We laid tarps for the “no-paws-on-the-ground” puppies, cleaned kennels, replaced water, walked dogs (and—shhhh!—managed to sneak in a few cuddles, kisses, and pictures.) An example of the precise planning and coordination involved: thankfully, a nearby volunteer met us at an out-of-the-way location to help us manage this impressive potty break. Soon it was time for the chilly, rain-soaked humans to hit the road for a final stretch of the ride - now with wet dog smells, chatty bulldog, staring funny-eyed puppy, wonderful snoring dogs and the second loop of hubby’s i-Pod tunes. It’s a moving and heart-warming experience, though not for those without fortitude for sitting long periods of time! Spot Magazine | | 11

Glamping, Camping, or Yurts Great outdoor getaways for you and your pup Of the many joys that come with having a dog, this has to be near the top of the list: no matter what you’re planning or where you’re going, a dog is always game. Remember that the next time you try to plan something with your human family and friends and you have to contend with everyone’s schedules and preferences. Dogs don’t do that. They just say YES! Here at Spot, we love the dog-friendly cabins and yurts you can reserve at many state parks and some county campgrounds. For Managing Editor Michelle Blake and her best buddy, Willow, these little gems offer the best of all worlds. It’s just like camping, but with a bed and a place to plug in the coffee maker. They are the perfect home base, letting you head out and explore all day while your belongings are safely locked in your cabin or yurt. Unfortunately, the cabins and yurts are so great, they’re usually booked months in advance. There’s hope, though. Some county parks have pet-friendly cabins too, and you can search all of the private, state, county, and city campgrounds on one website.

If you have time to plan in advance, look at these popular dog destinations on the Oregon State Parks roster: Coast • Bullards Beach State Park (6 pet-friendly yurts) • Devils Lake State Recreation Area (5 pet-friendly yurts) Willamette Valley • Champoeg State Heritage Area (3 pet-friendly yurts and 3 pet-friendly cabins) Southern Oregon • Valley of the Rogue State Park (4 pet-friendly yurts) Eastern Oregon • Cottonwood Canyon State Park (2 pet-friendly cabins): This campground has plenty of trails plus an off-leash play area. • Farewell Bend State Recreation Area (1 pet-friendly cabin) • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area (4 pet-friendly cabins): At this park near Pendleton, you’ll also be able to hike for miles on uncrowded trails, but do watch for horses.

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Pro tip from Oregon State Parks staff: if you’ve got your eye on a particular yurt or cabin and it’s unavailable, set up notifications on the reservation site to get an email when any openings pop up. Go to

On outdoor adventures, you’ll share the trails with horses, hikers, cyclists, and wildlife. Here’s how to keep the peace:

Insider tip from Spot: Dive into the site to explore county, federal, and privately-owned destinations as well. Use the search filters to select the kind of site you want and specify that you want spots where pets are allowed.

Wildlife: Some Oregon beaches are no-dog zones when Snowy Plovers are nesting. Follow the rules posted at beaches or check in advance at

Hidden gem: Michelle and Willow recently discovered a Columbia County park in Rainier, northwest of Scappoose, called Camp Wilkerson. It’s still possible to find some summertime openings in their dog-friendly cabins. Act quickly, because the secret is out now! Search the camp name on for reservations.

Poop: Pick it up, always.

Leashes: Oregon beaches welcome off-leash dogs as long as they come when you call them and they don’t cause problems for people, wildlife, or other dogs. Inside state parks and campgrounds, you’ll have to keep your dog on a leash, except in designated off-leash dog exercise areas. No-go zones: Pets (even on a leash) are never allowed in Dabney State Recreation Area or on the Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park. Insider Tips: The staff at Oregon State Parks gave us the inside scoop on a few offthe-beaten-path parks in Southern Oregon for playing and camping with your pup. • Collier Memorial State Park: At this quiet campground north of Klamath Falls, you can hike for miles along the Williamson River, then cool off in the swimming holes on Spring Creek. • Elijah Bristow State Park: This day-use park southeast of Eugene offers five miles of trails plus an expansive, grassy offleash area divided in two sections: one fully fenced with drinking water, and the other partially fenced.

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• Joseph Stewart State Park: An inviting reservoir, miles of hiking trails, a fenced dog park, lake-front campsites, and proximity to Crater Lake make for a great Fido-friendly getaway.


R unchy little newsbits to chew on The show joins veterinarians on the job at emergency clinics across the country, following their cases from intake to discharge. In the case of Fat-Fat the ferret, doctors determined the blood and crystals in his urine would respond well to medication and a diet change. When Bailey the dog needed an emergency C-section, the medical staff performed more than a half-hour of lifesaving resuscitation on all five of her alarmingly-still puppies before they all revived and happily greeted their mother as she woke from surgery.

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The 24-hour nonprofit hospital has treated 600,000 animals in its 45-year history. “Animal ER Live” brought viewers behind the scenes where, DoveLewis president and CEO Ron Morgan says, “animal lovers in our community can see firsthand the world-class medicine we practice every day. The shows are available for streaming at

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A Corgi Coast Convergence Hundreds of adorable low-riding dogs will invade Cannon Beach on Saturday, July 28, to benefit Oregon Humane Society. It’s a coast tradition that lets inland residents escape the summer heat for a day at the beach with the feisty, lowaltitude canines adored by the Queen of England and pet lovers everywhere. The event welcomes Corgis and Corgi mixes, so Corgi fans of all ages converge on the stretch of beach from the 1st Street access point to Ecola Creek. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes a costume contest, rescue parade, raffle drawing, and vendors. The suggested $10 admission fee benefits OHS. For details, browse over to

DoveLewis in the Hollywood Spotlight Fat-Fat the ferret, Arrow the bearded dragon, and Birdie the rat terrier are Portland’s newest celebrities thanks to the fast-paced Nat Geo WILD show, “Animal ER Live.” The local pets were among 20 featured on the show alongside the doctors who saved them at Portland’s DoveLewis Veterinary and Emergency Hospital.

Sure, things like updated kitchens and nearby schools make a difference, but when responding to a survey commissioned by the Mayflower Moving company, more than 2/3 of people said during their most recent move they also tried to stay somewhat near to their pet’s favorite humans and furry friends, their favorite park, and their favorite vet. The moving company’s Mayflower 2019 Mover Insights Survey revealed some details about NW pet parents in particular. While 79% said their pets adjusted to their new digs within a couple of weeks, 43% tried to ease the transition by taking pets to visit the new home before moving day. More people—54%— said pet-friendly features are even more important in their new home than its proximity to work (46%). Portland pet parents will shell out more dough, too: they’re willing to pay about 24% more per month for a fenced-in yard or other pet perks. And, not surprisingly, 51% of movers said their spouse or partner caused more move-related stress than their pets.

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Tips from people who took the DIY Catio plunge


Michelle Blake • Spot Magazine

ave you joined the catio craze? An enclosed cat patio is one of the most popular home projects for pet parents, and the concept is currently basking in the spotlight of public fascination. National publications from The New York Times to Martha Stewart Living are featuring Portland’s own annual tour of local catios.

If you live in the NW and read Spot Magazine, you can reach out and touch the leading edge of this trend. Spot has been writing about catios for years, and our region is home to some of the best cat patio creations anywhere. Once a largely NW-grown niche, catios are popping up around the country for good reasons. • A catio lets house cats be outside without facing the dangers of cars, poisons, and cat fights they might encounter if they roamed the neighborhood. • It keeps wildlife safe. Domestic cats—a non-native species—are a significant threat to native songbirds and other wildlife populations.

• A catio can fit in rural and suburban yards or on urban balconies and rooftops. Some simply tuck into an open window. • They can be impermanent structures that renters take with them when they move. • And perhaps the most fun of all: a catio can be an extravagant designer creation, a frugal DIY project, or anything in between.

Frugal to Fantastical Catio plans can suit any budget, skill set, and household. You’ll see fully-constructed rooms, and you’ll see plans that involve little more than stapling mesh over store-bought wooden shelves and tucking them under the eaves. So many options can feel overwhelming, but we’ve rounded up advice from some locals who’ve built their own catios, and we’ve gathered the best ideas on the Internet, from extravagant to easy-breezy. Let it spark your imagination. Pretty soon you’ll be eyeing your windows, overhangs, and patios for their catio potential.

Evolution of a Catio Spot’s Managing Editor Michelle Blake first made a simple lean-to catio by stapling chicken wire over 2x2 lumber to make a 4-foot enclosure. Her cats loved its sunny southeast exposure with views of backyard bird feeders. Several years later, she budgeted about $400 and enlisted a handy friend to help replace the 2x2 structure with a screened-in patio. Sturdy 4x4s bolted to the existing concrete patio created a 10-by-12-foot enclosure with a clear roof, all secured with wood lattice and chicken wire. This design allowed space for cat perches, climbers, and shelves as well as some human-friendly seating and lounging space—a win-win. The enclosed catio served beautifully for more than a decade, until contractors had to remove it to make way for a home remodel. When the remodel was finished, Michelle, her husband, and her contractor father teamed up to create the catio they call the Mother of All Catios.

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The new, 180-square-foot catio has a high greenhouse roof that slopes downward to drain into the house’s rain gutters. With steps, a sky bridge, perches, and potted catnip and cat grass, it’s a year-round hangout for the family’s five rescue cats. Thanks to free labor and reclaimed construction materials, the entire project budget was about $700.

The Nitty-Gritty of Kitty Cabanas Even with an endless array of sizes, designs, and construction materials, a few basic design features make repeat appearances in some of the coolest catios because they have practical and cost-saving benefits. • A solid floor or concrete slab. Michelle’s catio originally had some exposed dirt alongside the concrete slab. “It seemed like a good place to put some cat-friendly plants and grass,” she thought. First, one cunning cat managed to dig out. After that was patched, the remaining dirt became a hard-to-clean litter box. She’s now paved the area with bricks and pea gravel, the cats have gone back to using the actual litter boxes, and there’s no way to dig out. • Small-mesh materials for the outside walls. Catios can be enclosed in everything from reclaimed chain-link fencing to rolled wire fencing—all of which will keep cats in but won’t keep birds out. Seeing several panicked birds find their way into her previous catio, Michelle opted for pet screen to enclose the new version (pet screen is a stronger version of window screen, made to stand up to paws and claws). Other bird-excluding materials include a metal mesh called welded wire or small-mesh chicken wire. • Smart use of existing overhangs, walls, patios, and porches. Clever, narrow and multi-level catio designs can be tucked under an existing overhang so they don’t even need their own roof. The easiest and least expensive way to build a room-sized catio is by enclosing existing covered patios, gazebos, or stoops. • Feline-friendly accommodations. Think of cats’ natural affinity for enclosed hiding places, high-up perches, and sunny napping spots. A catio can easily include all of these and more, even using inexpensive materials like cardboard boxes or simple wooden shelves. Here, your options are endless. Once the catio structure is up, the interior design can change with the seasons or the whims of you, your cat, and your budget.

Catio Tips from the Pros With two popular cat-boarding facilities in Portland, the pros at Cats in the City are an excellent source of advice on all things catrelated. The company has two catios at its Tabor facility and three catios at its original Sellwood location. We asked co-owner and cat specialist Shawn Ryan for some top tips. Best materials: In the rainy NW, Shawn recommends pressure-treated wood for the catio framing, a solid roof of corrugated metal, varnished pine or similar wood for interior ramps and perches, and powdercoated sheets of grid metal with 2” squares for the outside walls. “Powder coating is far more expensive but without it the metal rusts, appears dingy, and makes kitty dirty when they brush up against it.” Also, “avoid decorating with carpet or fabric,” because even a covered catio will collect moisture that causes mold and odors.

A catio at Cats in the City

Best features: “Provide shelving, ramps, and climbing options so kitty can access and use the full cubic feet of the catio,” Shawn says. And, while a catio can be as simple as a small enclosure with access from a window or pet door, if your catio has a floor, you want a cement slab or something similar. This—along with space for humans to walk inside the catio—makes cleaning much easier. Best tips for feline finessing: A cubby or other hidey places can help scaredy cats acclimate. “The sudden access to sounds, smells, and sensory stimulation can intimidate or overwhelm some cats. Allowing cats to control the introduction process will help them form a healthy attachment to their new play space.” Also, because a cat may choose to spend 8-10 hours at a time in their catio, be sure to keep fresh water available.



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The Cat Adoption Team’s CATio Dreams

A catio at Cats in the City

Sherwood’s Cat Adoption Team rehabilitates and rehomes more than 3,000 cats a year. This year, the 20-year-old shelter will get its own catio space where cats can de-stress, exercise, and take in the fresh air while they wait for their furever families. Fundraising and planning are just getting underway, but Volunteer Program Manager Nancy Puro has some firm ideas about the future catio’s features. “There are lots of different catio designs and plans. We will be including a double-door entry for safety,” Puro says. “It will have a nice hidey spot where cats can choose to be out of visitor view, lots of fun climbing activities, and cat-safe plants. There is a bird feeder nearby so cats can safely view the wildlife.” The new construction will let cats enjoy safe, indoor living spaces that also provide stimulation, exercise, and the expression of natural cat instincts. As in their permanent homes, these enrichments keep shelter cats happier and healthier. “We have found when cats can engage in normal behaviors their confidence increases and stress is reduced. In a shelter, that means less illness, fewer behavior issues, and they will be adopted more quickly,” Puro says. The shelter plans to build the catio into an existing covered patio—a time-honored concept in catio construction. Drawing inspiration from other shelters and rescues, the staff and volunteers can rely on some of their personal experiences as well.

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Natalie Pascale, CAT board member and volunteer Living in a small house with four cats, Pascale wanted to provide the home’s humans and cats with some indoor/outdoor living space. Enlisting the help of a builder friend, the family created a roomy enclosed catio on an existing 500-square-foot cement slab. It’s exactly what they wanted: “We added a cat door so the cats can go in and out of the catio as they please, and we want to add some high perches and beds. We’ve added some furniture and a hot tub for us, and some cat trees and perches for the cats,” she says. “In a small house, it gives us additional living space, and the cats love to watch the birds and squirrels.” Teri Weisenberger, CAT Outreach Assistant After extensive online research and a visit to Portland’s annual catio tour, Weisenberger and her husband converted a covered front porch into the perfect catio. While it’s fully doable as a DIY project, in hindsight they say they could have used a few more strong backs to stand up the porch’s walls after they were framed. Today, the porch is a perfect vantage point for wildlife-watching. “There is a lovely lilac tree with bird and squirrel feeders.” The couple used reclaimed untreated lumber and food-grade stains for a health-conscious enclosure and enclosed it with rolled fencing they purchased at a building supply store. “Building this catio has enriched my cats’ lives tenfold,” she says. And they’re not finished yet. “We can’t wait to expand it out into our garden area. This will be our summer project.”

Looking for Inspiration? You’ll find details on September’s Portland Catio Tour at or Browse our inspiring catio ideas at Contribute to the Cat Adoption Team’s catio construction project at

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Michelle Blake is a Salem, OR-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in national publications. Her husband wants you to know she's a REALLY crazy dog lady too.

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The Dutch Rabbit Breed Overview Size: Small (3.5 - 5.5 lbs.) Grooming needs: Fairly Minimal Exercise: Moderate Environment: Rabbit-proofed room, exercise pen or a large cage Temperament: Friendly, Easy Going, Intelligent

Life Expectancy: Approx. 8 years Interesting Fact The Dutch rabbit is one of the oldest domesticated breeds and has a contested origin. It may be from the Netherlands or England in the mid19th century. This breed is also known as the Hollander or Brabander.

Appearance Dutch rabbits are small but are not a dwarf breed. Their body, head and ears are compact and rounded. They have powerful back legs, which are longer than the front legs. Dutch have a short, soft coat and a characteristic color pattern. They have a white base color with six officially recognized different combinations including Black, Chinchilla, and Chocolate. The colors are distinct on the body with a white blaze up the face, white paws and—when seen from the side—a distinctive white triangle running from the shoulder to the front paws.

Personality Dutch rabbits are known to be both friendly and intelligent and are a favorite of the pet rabbit world. In the past, they have often been the choice of pet stores. This quite sociable bunny can be very energetic and become bored without plenty of stimulation. Pet parents can have a lot of fun with interchangeable toys, from digging platforms, to cardboard boxes and puzzle toys to simple toys like paper towel rolls! Dutch are known to be easily trained, including for litter box use.

always spay or neuter before mixing genders even as young as 3 months. Bunnies need a minimum of three hours out of their enclosure daily. Wild rabbits would get about three miles of exercise each day. Keeping your rabbit as a house pet, as opposed to living in an outdoor hutch, can make it a lot easier for him/her to stretch their legs, jump, run and spend time with their people. Rabbits can be litter box trained, but you may from time to time be vacuuming some pellets off the ground. The rabbit(s) will need a litter box, places to sleep and hide, food and water, toys, and things to chew in a spacious area. The food and water should not be near the litter box. Like cats, rabbits self-groom, but still need their nails trimmed regularly and their coat brushed if it’s long. Rabbits rarely require baths. Above all, a rabbit’s best match is a loving home where they will be cared for their entire lives. Many rabbits find themselves in rescues and shelters as pet guardians may not initially consider the long-term commitment and time involved in their care.

Featured Adoptable This little guy is a Dutch bunny who is about seven weeks old and being fostered in the Eugene area. He is the sole survivor of a pair found in someone’s yard without their mama. A petite little bun, he is growing fast and looking for his forever home! For more information, contact MJ's Bunny Barn at 541-908-3252.

Megan Noes lives in New York City with her husband Jacob, Frenchie Bulldog Nono, and a revolving door of foster kittens. She works for a major animal welfare organization and loves her former home in the Pacific Northwest.

Common Health Problems Rabbits’ teeth continually grow so they need to be regularly offered apple wood or other chew items to keep them even. The Dutch breed are prone to the same health issues as other types of rabbits, such as, GI stasis, respiratory disease, tooth misalignment, mites, and, in unspayed females, uterine cancer. Spaying or neutering your rabbit will not only help them live longer, healthier lives but will also help control the rabbit overpopulation issue. A dietary note is that though pellets play an important role in daily nutrition, a primarily pellet-based diet is like feeding a child cake every day. Hay should be the main source of food and prevent GI stasis (bacterial buildup and bloating.) Rabbits also enjoy many fruits and vegetables, including basil and carrot tops, just in limited amounts.

Best Match Rabbits are social animals that need exercise, a nice habitat, and grooming. A rabbit parent should be prepared to spend time every day interacting with and caring for their bunny. Rabbits do well in pairs, just remember to

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Mutts Silver Milestone an interview with Patrick McDonnell 25 years ago

people thought of animal shelters as sad, depressing places. You brought warmth and humor into the heartbreak. What’s challenging about your role of delivering a heartfelt message in a fun way? I’ve always felt that the comic strip form is capable of more than just telling jokes. Like all art, it can do much more. Many of my favorite comics of the past had heartfelt themes and moments --such as Peanuts and Krazy Kat, to name two. After years of creating strips with Earl and Mooch sharing homes with their loving guardians, I felt it was only right to showcase dogs and cats at our shelters waiting for the same opportunity. My goal is to nudge readers to visit their local shelters and find a new best friend. Nothing makes me happier than when I hear a MUTTS Shelter Story has inspired an adoption. Why is it so effective to deliver a serious message in a fun, entertaining way? With a daily comic strip, readers get invested in the characters. We welcome them into our lives every day and they begin to feel like a part of our families. People let their guard down and are more accepting to new ideas. While they’re in that comfort zone, it’s easier to bring up an occasional serious topic in a kind way.

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The world seems increasingly complex, and your work cuts through the noise with simple, quiet words like your manifesto (be kind, be present, make humane choices). Can you talk a little about keeping it simple in the chaos? What do you do to keep yourself grounded in the fundamentals when the world is challenging? Thanks for your kind words. I’ve always felt that art is a refuge in the chaos of the world. A comic strip can be an oasis in the steady stream of bad news found in our newspapers. I’ve always received joy and comfort from the Peanuts comic strips that I read as a kid, and I want to give some of that back to today’s readers. By nature, my comics followed the “less is more” philosophy. I always try to keep it simple and pared down to the essentials in order to get to the heart of the matter. As Eckhart Tolle says, our cats and dogs keep us sane by bringing us to the present moment. Making art also helps. Drawing MUTTS, for me, is a form of meditation. The last time you talked with Spot Magazine, you were contemplating how and when you’d unchain Guard Dog. You’ve gotten requests from readers to free the dog from his chain, and you’ve said you hope to do that, though Guard Dog is also

playing an important role in educating people about this issue. Now we see snippets of Guard Dog both on and off his chain. How has that character changed in the years since organizations like Coalition to Unchain Dogs and Fences for Fido have shone a light on chained dogs across the country? Guard Dog still has a role to play in helping to educate people. I have been promising to free him for quite some time and, if everything works out, that time is coming very soon. I am so grateful to groups like the ones you have mentioned who do so much to make the lives of real Guard Dogs better. Which change in the animal welfare world over the past 25 years has moved or inspired you the most? What would you like to see done in your next 25 years?

We have seen remarkable change for animals in the past 25 years. As an example, 20 years ago I created a strip for MUTTS that I call “Sweet Dreams,” which shows many different caged animals (in factory farms and research labs) dreaming to be free. Since then, we’ve seen so much progress for animals in the United States—although, of course, there is still much to be done. For me the most astounding change was when Ringling Bros. Circus suddenly reversed course on having elephants in their shows, and then shut down shortly after. And, separately, for years I’ve been saying that vegan chefs and vegan food companies were going to change the world. There are now fantastic meat alternatives everywhere and they are being enjoyed by everyone. This trend is just going to continue to grow and one day we will see the end of all the suffering the poor souls in factory farms endure today.

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Penelope Hi! Looking for an average, run-of-themill cat? Then keep moving, my friend. But if you want to laugh and roll your eyes, keep reading. My friends say I’m affectionate and love napping on laps. But I’m not a big fan of petting. Here’s how we do this, friend: I pet YOU with my whole body, and I roll around without keeping an eye out for edges and that stuff called “gravity.” So be prepared to catch me before I roll right off. Here at the shelter, I haven’t been very fond of other cats or of men. I’m just opinionated. Maybe I’m the right weirdo for you! Come meet me at CAT in Sherwood or check me out at

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9-2 • SPOKANE - PARADE OF PAWS 2019 A pledge walk and

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9 12-3 • TIGARD – BUNNY SPA DAY AND ASK THE RABBIT EXPERTS at PetSmart features adoptable rabbits from Rabbit Advocates. Free light grooming and nail trims (donation encouraged) and advice on living a happy life with house rabbits. If possible, bring your own grooming tools.

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is free for the entire family. This is a benefit for One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue with dog-themed vendors, the Dirty Wiener food truck, and dog gift basket raffles! Be ready for donationonly doggie snow cones, a doggie photo-booth, and dog walks in the vineyard. This is a family-friendly, dogfriendly, and wine-lovers’ event! More info at


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An interview with Patrick McDonnell on his 25th anniversary of Mutts; dog-friendly stays on the Pacific Coast; all about catios; and a look...

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An interview with Patrick McDonnell on his 25th anniversary of Mutts; dog-friendly stays on the Pacific Coast; all about catios; and a look...