Your furry friend is waiting…Why are you? Hannah the Pet Society solves the top 4 problems people face when deciding to get a Dog or Puppy.

Your furry friend is waiting…Why are you?

Hannah the Pet Society solves the top 4 problems people face when deciding to get a Dog or Puppy.

Do you know someone that has been thinking about getting a dog or puppy?  Picking the right Pet can be confusing, time consuming, and stressful.  Hannah the Pet Society has helped hundreds of people find the perfect family dog.  There are many reasons why people do not have a four legged friend in their life.  Below are the top four reasons people are hesitant to adopt a dog or puppy and how Hannah the Pet Society solves these problems and makes Pet parenthood worry free and affordable.  

“With my fiancé and I’s different work schedule we had trouble going to shelters together to find a dog.  By the time we would get there the dog that we viewed online had already found a home, did not match our lifestyle, or had behavior issues.  When we enrolled in Hannah they scheduled meet and greets for us to meet dogs, around our schedule, and they behavior tested and gave the Pet a full physical.  I did not think finding or owning a Pet could be this easy”. – Madelyn W.

1. Have you researched desired dog breeds?

Answer. Researching which type of dog is good for your household can be time consuming and the shelter may not have the breed you are looking for.  Hannah the Pet Society has expert trainers that are familiar with canine breeds and can help guide and match you with what will work best for your current and future lifestyle.  The Pet’s energy level, size, temperament, and your time commitment are all things we take into account when matching a member with a Pet.  Hannah the Pet Society will then search the shelters for you, behavior test different and give the dog a physical before you attend your Meet and Greet.  Hannah’s Lifetime Matching Process is number one when it comes to helping you find the furry love of your life!

2. Who will train my dog?

Answer. Hannah the Pet Society offers a wide range of training classes; including Therapy Dog Certification and Canine Good Citizenship! Every Pet receives Hannah’s B.E.S.T (Behavior, Education, Support & Training). Believe us sit can happen! Plus access to Hannah’s online behavior center, help line and training library. Do you have questions about elimination training or crate training? We can help you with that also! Did you know a 5 month old puppy usually needs to be taken outdoors to eliminate every 4 hours? Hannah the Pet Society is here to help you develop an elimination training plan that works for both of you!

3. What will my dog eat, how much, and when?

Answer. There are many different food options out there. Hannah the Pet Society lets you work one-on-one with a vet to help decide which food is best for your Pet. We offer organic, grain-free, and humane grade options. Did you know Hannah the Pet Society will deliver your dog’s food to your door? One less thing a new Pet parent has to worry about.

4. Accidents happen, I would not know what to do if my dog got hurt and how I would pay for it?

Answer. We all know someone that has had a large veterinary bill.  The average Pet parent spends hundreds of dollars, possibly thousands of dollars on their Pet each year for routine, preventative, and emergency care.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to worry about this cost?  Hannah the Pet Society has no co-pays, no deductibles, and no financial caps.  You provide the love and friendship and we provide peace of mind.  Additionally we provide a 24/7/365 Nurse Hotline to help relieve the stress of having a sick Pet.

Hannah the Pet Society is number one when it comes to successful Pet Matching!  Do not wait, call or visit one of our locations at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square.  We also offer quotes online! Visit our website today to learn about Hannah the Pet Society and our Total Lifetime Care program.  Your furry friend is waiting…why are you?

Four tips for dog and puppy training, and why obedience classes are good for both you and your pet

4 tips for dog and puppy training

So you’ve decided to adopt a dog or puppy. What’s next?

The good news is that Hannah the Pet Society’s inclusive pet care service ensures your dog receives disciplinary training. Our pet care packages not only cover pet supplies and vet visits at our veterinary clinics in the Portland, Tigard and Beaverton areas, but also obedience classes for puppies and dogs.

If you’ve never trained a dog before, have no fear – it’s relatively easy and a fun way to bond with your pets. Children are often great trainers too, and so making puppy training a family experience can be even more rewarding.

In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, we’re offering some tips and tricks to teach your puppy or dog some of the essentials. Here are basic tips and tricks that are easy to incorporate into everyday life.

1. Avoid scolding and physical punishment for behavior modification: A dog who might appear to be stubborn is more likely confused by your instruction, and losing your temper won’t help your pet learn what he or she did wrong or modify their behavior.

2. Use positive reinforcement methods: You can train your dog to do what’s right and to have good manners simply by praising and giving attention when they act as desired. Use a “praise scale” to shape good behavior, rewarding their correct response to easy instructions with low-key praise and increasing your enthusiasm for quicker or better responses in more difficult situations. For example, provide only verbal praise when they demonstrate the correct response to a command but they do so slowly or after repeated instruction. Up the ante with both praise and a treat when they respond quickly and the first time they are asked. Make sure to keep treats handy to quickly reward good behavior.

3. Establish predictable routines and schedules: In Hannah the Pet Society’s training classes, dogs get used to a predictable routine for relieving themselves, walking and playing and then settling down. First, they are rewarded for correct elimination with praise and treats, and they then go on a walk to practice waiting, sitting and getting started moving again. After their walk, dogs get to play off-leash, learning to drop their toys when asked. After playing, the dogs practice settling down on mats before going back into their kennels. Setting this routine and a predictable schedule for your pet helps them to behave better.

4. Exercise: Provide daily exercise to prevent and reduce stress-related behaviors – and because it’s fun and good for both you and your pet!

Hannah the Pet Society provides classes to ensure your puppy gets basic training as well as more advanced training and testing for older dogs. Seminars and additional consultations also help to address training issues. When dogs learn good habits, they live happier, healthier and longer lives, allowing your relationship with them to thrive.

Want more tips and tricks for training your dog? Here’s more:

Dr. Rolan Tripp, animal behavior expert at Hannah the Pet Society, offers help with chew training in this YouTube video about teaching your puppy to chew the correct toys and about the best toys for puppies to chew on.

Dr. Tripp also provides advice on crate and kennel training your dog in a video here.

You can learn more about some of the people we have helping with puppy training classes in a Clackamas Review newspaper article about a Hannah the Pet Society internship program by clicking here or going to

Five ways to protect your dog or cat from cold winter weather

The first day of winter is only a week away. Here are some tips from Hannah the Pet Society to help keep both you and your dog or cat warm, healthy and happy when the cold sets in.

1) Keep pets indoors and out of the cold. If you feel chilly, your pet probably does too. Sure, they have thick fur that helps protect them to some extent, but leaving them out in the cold can be really harmful to them. Also make sure they have a pillow, blanket or bed to sleep on that isn’t in a really drafty area inside.

2) Get a sweater for your pooch to wear during walks. Even though the weather might be less than ideal, it’s still important for your pet to get regular exercise. If you’re worried about your dog being out in the cold, get them a sweater. If you live somewhere that sees a lot of snow or rain such as Oregon and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, make sure that the sweater you pick is also waterproof.

3) Protect paws. Frost can be bad news for your pet. Watch for early warning signs of frostbite if you’re walking your dog or cat. Some warning signs include firm, waxy skin and blisters. Salt used to melt ice and snow can be harsh on paws too, and so protect your pet by outfitting it with booties during walks outside.

4) Beware of antifreeze. Antifreeze can leak from car radiators, and though it tastes delicious to cats and dogs it’s extremely deadly for pets. Keep your pets out of the garage, watch for any accidental spillage and don’t let your dog wander too far on walks in case he might venture into a neighbor’s driveway or garage.

5) Watch their diet. Your pets are likely burning different levels of energy in the winter. If they’re spending time in the cold, they might need a little more food than in warmer seasons. On the other hand, if they’re sleeping more and spending a lot of time indoors, you might want to lighten up what you’re feeding them. Consult your vet at Hannah to find out what’s best for your pet.

If you have any questions, please make sure to give the experts at Hannah the Pet Society a call!

10 tips for a successful holiday with your pet

There’s no doubt that the holidays are stressful for people. They can also stressful for your pet. Here are 10 tips and tricks to make sure that you and your pet have happy holidays.

1) Don’t let them eat human food. Let’s be honest. One of the best parts of the holidays is all of the delicious food—if you’re a human, that is. But human food can be harmful to pets. Don’t feed them scraps from the table, and make sure they aren’t rooting through the garbage when you’re not looking.

2) Take your dog on a walk to see the holiday lights! Lots of times, parks or gardens will put on a light show that’s dog friendly. If you live in Oregon, check out the Oregon Garden in Silverton. You can also just take a walk around the neighborhood!

3) Making holiday cookies? Make some for your pet too! Of course, you’ll have to alter Grandma’s famous recipe a little to make sure it’s safe for pets to eat. Here are a few recipes for cat treats, and be sure to check out these delicious (or so we’re told) peanut butter dog treats.

4) If you have a tree for decoration, make sure to place glass, or fragile ornaments out of your pet’s reach. Cats are notorious for swatting at ornaments, and dogs are often oblivious to the actions of their tails. Keep this in mind while you’re decorating your tree to keep pets and ornaments safe.

5) Same goes for tinsel, or other long and stringy decorations. For some reason or another, cats seem to be especially attracted to tinsel, and often try to eat it. Best case scenario, you’re pulling tinsel out of a place you wish you weren’t. Worst case, the tinsel gets tangled in their intestines causing blockage, or even puncturing the lining—this results in a very sick or even dead cat. Play it safe, and keep tinsel and stringy ornaments far out of reach.

6) Stay in your routine. Sort of like small children, pets thrive when you give them a regular routine. Try to stick to what you’ve already established—feed them at their normal times, and if they are used to a walk to the mailbox every day, make sure that happens too.

7) Make sure they have a quiet space to retreat to. If you have an especially loud or rowdy guest, make sure that your pet has somewhere quiet and relaxing to stay.

8) Keep them warm. Most of us associate this time of year with snow and cold weather. Remember that if you feel cold, your pet probably does too. Don’t keep them outside, and get them a sweater for walks. Amazon offers tons of Christmas-themed pet sweaters, like this one, so that your pet can be cute, warm and festive.

9) Have Santa Paws pay them a visit on Christmas morning. You know, Santa Paws – giver of tennis balls and catnip? Wrap a present or two for your pet, and open it with them on Christmas morning. Keep in mind that their noses are keen, and if they get the chance, they’ll sniff out the gift and tear it open prematurely (especially if it involves treats). Keep edible presents out of reach until you’re ready to give them to the little detective. This tradition is especially fun if you have small (human) kids.

10) Most importantly, be sure to give your pet lots of love and snuggles!

An Injured Puppy Gets a New Lease On Life

An injured puppy gets a new leash on life: Watch Casper the dog get treated for a broken leg

Sometimes, a simple but expensive medical procedure is all that stands in the way for a homeless puppy to get a new “leash on life.” In those cases, Hannah the Pet Society is happy to step in to provide the needed veterinary treatment so a rescue pet can find a forever home.

In October, a passerby found an abandoned puppy with a broken leg and brought him to a Portland-area rescue facility. The no-kill shelter brought the dog to Hannah the Pet Society to mend his leg and find him a home – we’ll also provide his medical care and supplies for the rest of his life. Named Casper, this sweet and energetic lab mix went to his new home in November.

It’s crucial to find the right pets for the right families and make sure those relationships thrive. We’re thrilled we could provide Casper and Hazel with the care they needed so they can live long and happy lives!

Casper the puppy is ready to have a cast put on his leg. He is sleepy because he is slightly
sedated to control his typical energy and enthusiasm and keep him safe.

The skilled medical team at Hannah the Pet Society’s Southeast Portland location prepares
Casper to have his broken leg mended so he is easier to adopt out for a new family.

Casper allows the veterinarian and vet techs at
Hannah the Pet Society to wrap his broken leg.

Almost done getting a cast!

Casper is good as new – still bubbling over with energy and excited to go
on a walk. This photo was taken days before the puppy went
home with his new family in the Beaverton and Tigard area.

Earlier in the year, we also helped a puppy named Hazel who needed a defective leg removed. Want to see a video about her?

You can watch one and read more at:

Shelter dogs and cats meet their new forever families

Shelter dogs and cats meet their new forever families: heartwarming stories of homeless pets finding new homes

Each November we celebrate Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, honoring the work they do to provide care and find new homes for homeless pets. At Hannah, we love working with local shelters to find families for their pets, and in recognition of their efforts we’ve donated more than $1.5 million so far to the shelter groups we partner with. We also offer medical care when it’s needed to make a homeless dog or cat a little easier to adopt.

Hannah partners with multiple animal shelters, and we love to match rescue dogs and cats with forever homes. A great thing about adopting through Hannah is that all of your food, behavioral training and vet bills are covered. Stop by one of our locations to be matched with a pet and save one from a shelter!

Here are  photos of previously homeless pets who found their way to forever homes through Hannah the Pet Society.

Peeve, who came from a shelter, found not only a forever home but also a new best friend, Daisy Mae, through Hannah the Pet Society.

Poe was a rescue who is now living the life as a Hannah dog.

Bree, a shelter dog, just before going to her new home.

Jack Jack came to Hannah while recovering from a badly broken bone and needed someone to snuggle with. He found his new home with a Hannah pet parent.

Hannah the Pet Society also matches those who want to adopt pets with cats! Katrina the kitty was ready to go home.

The truth about cats and dogs is that sometimes they get along just fine. Take Baisley and Jeremiah, both from animal shelters, for example.

Tommy found the perfect family through Hannah the Pet Society.

Tessa was so excited to go for a walk with her new pet parents after
leaving the shelter to find a new home.

Brady had a big smile as he prepared to meet his new family.


Are you looking for the right dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig to join your family? Call us at 360-816-8000 and we’ll help you find your match!

Want to do some good but aren’t looking for a new pet? Check out our sister organization, a nonprofit that helps those in need in Oregon, called Hannah’s Helping Hands.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

No one wants Turkey Day to be ruined because of a sick pet. Check out these tips to make sure that you and your pet have a happy (and safe!) Thanksgiving.

1. Remind your guests not to feed your pets from the table. Well-meaning relatives might not understand the risks of feeding human food to pets, so ask them nicely to resist the temptation to feed your little guy table scraps. If you want to give your pup a Thanksgiving treat, consider whipping him up one of these easy-to-make peanut butter treats instead.

2. Not sure what to do with your leftover turkey gizzards? Feed them to your cat! Cats can eat giblets and gizzards raw or cooked, but they might need your help cutting them into small pieces first. If you prefer to cook the gizzards, be sure not to add any spices that might upset your cat’s stomach. Also, don’t feed cats too much of a new thing at once, as they often have sensitive digestive systems. Try giving them just a little bit at a time to see how they respond to it.

3. Make sure pets still have plenty of quiet time. Around the holidays, our homes tend to be bustling with visitors. While we might love reconnecting with our Aunt Sally after all of these years, too many new people and loud noises can be stressful for our pets. Let the pets stay in a different room than your company, make sure to give them plenty of quiet time and space and keep an eye out for signs of stress.

4. Try not to disrupt your regular exercise routine. The holidays can be really busy, but it’s important not to let your regular exercise routine fall by the wayside. Taking your dog on walks around the neighborhood is a great way to relieve holiday stress for both you and your pooch, and you might even see some great holiday decorations while you’re at it!

5. Don’t let pets chew on turkey (or other poultry) bones, because the bones can splinter when chewed, which could be very dangerous to your pet. Also, be sure to keep pets out of the trash. With so many people serving as distractions, your pet might seize the opportunity to dig into the garbage can when no one is looking. While they might think they hit the jackpot, we know better: There are plenty of things in the garbage that might make your pet sick. Play it safe, and keep them away from the trash.

Providing pets for patriots – Happy Veterans Day!

Today is Veterans Day, and Hannah the Pet Society would like to thank all of the men and women who serve our country. Pets offer huge benefits for everyone, but they can be especially good companions for veterans – people like Bill Calder, who was recently matched with a dog through our sister organization, Hannah’s Helping Hands.

For Calder, mornings are especially hard. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s about six years ago, Calder, a retired police officer, and a veteran of both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army, now has trouble moving because of the degenerative disease.

“It was so bad at one point I was almost totally paralyzed. I couldn’t move my legs – I literally could not move them,” Calder said on a recent afternoon at his home near Sunnyside Road. “In the morning, I have to wait for about 45 minutes to let my medication kick in. I’m really worthless until it kicks in.”

But Calder finds solace during those times in his dog, a tiny ball of white fur named Gigi. His pup was provided by Hannah’s Helping Hands, which has a new program providing pets – along with their medical care and supplies, including food, a crate, bedding, toys, leashes and more – for free to disabled veterans.

“Pets provide so much love and compassion and support for their owners, and veterans generally have been through a lot in their lives,” explained Karalyn Aronow, director of charitable services at Hannah’s Helping Hands. “Being able to provide a pet for them has huge mental and physical benefits.”

Hannah’s Helping Hands, the charitable arm of Hannah the Pet Society, is a 501(c)3 organization helping to remove financial barriers to provide pets for veterans and their families along with school classrooms, senior facilities and group homes for those with special needs – all places where pets offer mental and physical benefits but where costs for food and other care can be problematic.

Special care is taken to match the right pet to the right person, lifestyle and situation, Aronow said. Hannah’s Helping Hands covers all of the pet’s routine care, emergency care, preventive care, behavioral training and more.

Calder, 66, is the first participant in the new veterans program, which began in earnest over the summer. Hannah’s Helping Hands offers a similar program for families of active service members who are deployed.

In addition to helping lift a person’s mood and reducing stress, pets offer a wide range of health benefits for their owners, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and more opportunities for exercise and socializing, according to the National Institutes of Health. Dogs provide at least the same benefits for veterans if not more, according to the National Center for PTSD, although clinical research of the connections is still in the works.

At the same time, owning a pet can be expensive, especially when you factor in the unknown costs of veterinary care that isn’t routine – such as some eye issues Gigi was recently treated for. Given Bill Calder was about to undergo brain surgery for Parkinson’s, Gigi’s treatment might have been a bigger burden if it weren’t for the care she receives from Hannah the Pet Society, Louise Calder said.

“I’m not postponing the vet visit out of concern about the bills, which is really liberating because I can just do what’s best for the three of us instead of thinking that maybe this month isn’t a good one to do it, that maybe we should wait for another month and hope the finances are there,” she said. “We’re on fixed income now so we’re trying to cut our expenses back, not increase them.”

Hannah’s Helping Hands has allowed the Calders to experience the benefits of having a pet without the financial worries, allowing them to focus more on Bill’s health.

“In the mornings, when I’m stuck lying there in bed, Gigi will come up and lie right beside me and just be there, she’s so emotionally supportive,” he said. “She is so tuned into us. It’s amazing.”

For more information about the program, please email or call 360-448-4535.

What should you do if your dog breaks his leg? Call Hannah!

Sawyer is a Pomeranian mix, or, as his Pet Parent Franco DeJesus puts it: “Eight pounds of sweet, loving personality. We just love him.”

So when Sawyer broke his leg, Franco and his family were thrilled with the Hannah care they received.

“Outstanding, great—that is how I would describe it,” he said. “We were able to get in to see the vet right away, we didn’t have to call around and figure out where to go. That would have made a hard situation even more stressful. We really liked how they handled our emergency, and how everything was covered.”

Quick to point out the benefits of a Hannah membership, Franco explained, “You’re not renting a dog. It’s a partnership. That monthly fee? We more than made up for it after taking care of Sawyer’s broken leg. Then there are the ongoing benefits—well-pet visits, vaccinations, having his food delivered.

“We are proud and happy to be Hannah members.”

Pet ownership a family affair

“Our daughter wanted a dog,” Franco explained. “She wrote a letter saying how much she wanted a dog, how she would be responsible for it.”

When it came time to begin the Pet search, “We heard about Hannah by word of mouth,” he said. So they visited the Washington Square Placement Center—and that is where they first laid eyes on Sawyer. Within a matter of days, they had a new family member, and their bond has grown ever since.

Who loves Sawyer?

Franco and his wife, Icekell Alvarado, and their two children: Aiskel, age 10, and Esai, 13. “He is our first family dog,” Franco enthused. “We just love him! He has a such a zest for life!”

For more information about joining the Hannah family, call our Placement Centers at (503) 905-5200 in Clackamas or (503) 924-6850 in Tigard.

How green is your dog? 7 ways you and your Pets can walk gently on the planet

We love our Pets…and we love the environment. Here are 7 ways you can manage your Pet’s carbon footprint.

  1. Spay or Neuter. With more than 70,000 puppies and kittens born every day in the United States, spaying or neutering your Pet is the fastest and easiest way to balance Pet ownership with environmental kindness. Pet overpopulation is one reason why this procedure is included in your Hannah membership. The other? Spaying and neutering helps your Pet live a longer and healthier life by removing the risk of reproductive cancers, and decreasing the risk of prostate disease.
  2. Scoop that poop. It’s the right thing to do—but aside from that: Fido’s leavings can pollute the water supply and spread disease. For those inveterate gardeners out there, it IS possible to compost Pet waste, but never use it in your vegetable garden. Want to get started? Contact your local nursery.
  3. Let Hannah deliver your Pet food. Save yourself the time and expense of making one more trip to the store. Our monthly delivery service is part of your membership plan, and our bright blue storage bags are recyclable.
  4. Feed better quality food. Many low-end Pet foods are made with leavings not fit for human consumption. Not only that, processing this kind of food is hard on the environment. The Hannah food plan offers excellent options, including a premium quality, locally sourced and produced organic option for your dog.
  5. Choose earth-friendly poop bags. Skip the ones you get at the grocery store. Instead, investigate biodegradable options or use old paper bags. Hint: Better quality food cuts down on Pet waste—yet another reason to enjoy a Hannah membership.
  6. Make your own Pet toys. Cats love cardboard boxes, dogs can play with old socks. Repurposing household items into toys cuts down on household waste and can save you money. Be sure to check with Hannah’s veterinarians or expert trainers for tips on creating toys that train as well as entertain.
  7. Four legs, one very warm heart. With less than five months until Christmas, consider cozying up with your very own built-in furnace. Before sharing your bed, make sure your companions are up-to-date on flea and tick prevention. Of course, flea, tick and heartworm prevention are part of your Hannah plan.

At Hannah, we are passionate about building strong, lasting relationship between Pets and Pet parents. That is why we developed the Total Lifetime Care program. On this program, Hannah members enjoy the benefits of all-inclusive veterinary care, Pet food delivered directly to their home and lifetime behavioral training.

Here is what one member has to say:

Hannah Pet Society is an amazing service for those who love their pets and want the best care for them if they are sick or injured. I have 4 animals on the plan and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Knowing no matter what my animals will be cared for if needed, with no additional cost out of pocket it gives you a peace of mind. My cat was hit by a car and broke his leg. They were able to keep him a couple days and keep him comfortable. Then gave me options for his care. One involved surgery and the other a splint for 3-4 weeks. I opted for the splint and he is 100% recovered. Another cat has had 2 surgeries no money out of pocket. My Labradoodle has an issue with his colon that they have been monitoring and working diligently for a solution. They go above and beyond. Thank you Hannah!
–Sonja S.

For more information about joining the Hannah family, call our Placement Centers at (503) 905-5200 in Clackamas or (503) 924-6850 in Tigard.