Shelter dogs and cats meet their new forever families

Shelter dogs and cats meet their new forever families: 10 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 10 photos of previously homeless pets who found their way to forever homes through Hannah the Pet Society.

1. Koda came to Hannah from a pet shelter and is ready to go home to her new family with all care covered under her Hannah plan.

2. 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.

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. Tommy found the perfect family through Hannah the Pet Society.

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

10. 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.

Hannah Brings Yappy Hour to Senior Living Community

Get ready for monthly Yappy Hour!
Residents of Courtyard Village Vancouver recently celebrated “Yappy Hour” with Hannah the Pet Society. Geared to celebrate the joys of Pet companionship, Yappy Hour will take place monthly at this location.
Dog of the Month
Is your Pet the best? Of course! And there is even a fancy gift basket to prove it. Every month residents will be entered to win a “dog of the month” competition. Top prize: A gift basket valued at $100, donated by Hannah the Pet Society.
Want a Yappy Hour of your own?
We have plenty of ideas to help you create a paws-itively purr-fect event. Contact Laura Hernandez:

Six FUN things to do with your dog this summer

The Dog Days of Summer are almost here—and if you’re like so many Hannah families, your kids and fur-faced family members are yammering (and yapping) for something fun to do. Don’t forget to pack water and extra treats for the whole crew, plus your Pet’s leash, pickup bags, and extra towels.

Here are six of our best ideas.

  1. Hit the trail. Plan a day trip to the Oregon coast or a quick jaunt through Forest Park.
  2. Visit the dog park. There are more than 30 dog parks in the Portland metro area that have an off-leash area. Your dog is also welcome, on-leash, at any park. Don’t forget to pick up after your Pet!
  3. Take a dog training class. Pet etiquette is a must because not all dogs want to romp and roll. Learn how to respect other Pet personalities in Hannah’s free training classes.
  4. Walk for a cause. Sign up for a 5K quick-step that is open to kids and Pets. Choose an event where proceeds support animal welfare. You’ll raise money for a good cause—and tire out your pooch. (Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog!)
  5. Plan a photo shoot. Use your smart phone to snap candid shots or shoot video. If your budget allows, hire a photographer for studio quality results.
  6. Yappy Hour. Only in Portland is your dog welcome where minors aren’t. If you are so inclined, you can spend a happy Yappy Hour at more than 65 pubs and restaurants in the metro area.

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:

My dog was saved by Hannah after swallowing a chicken bone. Thanks to Hannah, he received emergency care and his life was saved. I can’t imagine anything worse than sitting in a waiting room, wondering if my dog is going to make it while also wondering if I have enough money in my checking account to pay this bill. With Hannah, I never have to pay a bill. Everything (even this emergency procedure and all of the meds and appointments that followed) is covered by Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program!
Jerry G, Portland, OR.

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

Hannah scores “A” rating with Better Business Bureau. Here’s one reason why.

What’s it like being a Hannah member?

For those in the know: Hannah is an all-inclusive veterinary care provider. In addition to high quality vet care, we also deliver Pet food right to our members’ homes and provide lifetime behavioral training.

What drives us?  Our goal is to make Pet care easier—and more affordable—for our members.It’s an innovative approach to Pet care, designed to deliver a worry-free experience. Hannah members enjoy the love of their Pet without having to worry about unanticipated Pet health care costs, or changes in their circumstances that could make keeping their Pet difficult.

Our members agree–they share their story, and ours, far and wide. We thought we’d share the joy that we help bring to Pet parents–and their furry companions–with you.

Review: Better Business Bureau

I can’t say enough good things about Hannah the Pet Society. I have a Chihuahua that jumped off of my couch and broke her leg. I took her to my vet (Banfield) where I have a wellness plan. I thought this emergency would be covered. IT WAS NOT! I got an estimate of $1500 to amputate her leg. I do not have that much money. They told me to put her to sleep if I couldn’t afford the surgery. I took her home totally distraught. I tried to get care credit and called every vet around to see if they would do a payment plan. The ONLY one that would help me was Hannah the Pet Society. Not only did they let me sign up my dog with a broken leg but they were able to save her leg! I paid a $39 enrollment fee and pay $184 a month for 12 months and then it will be $84 a month. They didn’t even charge me interest. I LOVE Hannah the pet society!

Sarah W, 2015

Dog Bloat: Hannah Saves Bruce’s Life

Bruce is a five-year-old Great Dane. His Pet parent is Hannah Member Donna Heimbuch.

About a month ago he got dog bloat, and Hannah provided life-saving emergency surgery and aftercare for her regular monthly fee.

Bloat happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or fluid, causing it to expand and put painful pressure on other organs. Bloat is a serious, potentially fatal, condition.

This is Bruce’s story, in Donna’s own words. We’ve also included some advice on how to protect your own Pet. If you suspect your dog has bloat, please contact Hannah immediately: 360-816-8000

Bruce Gets Bloat

“As pets will be drinking more water in this heat, I wanted to share what happened to Bruce. I’ve always elevated his food for fear of bloat, so his water was always next to it. I didn’t realize that water is just as big a culprit as food.

Bruce was really excited and drinking quickly at his elevated dish. Literally within minutes his stomach started getting tight, kind of like a balloon that had too much air. His posture started changing, it was contorting. I still didn’t think bloat because he hadn’t been eating.

For the next 20 minutes or so he tried to throw up. He had more body contortions—and that is when I realized it had to be bloat. His gums were already turning grey. I drove him to the vet and they operated on him.”

Shout out to Hannah the Pet Society!

“This is where Hannah comes in. Without them I would have had to say “no” to the surgery for Bruce. There is no way I could have afforded the surgery and aftercare. (Bloat surgery can cost between $2,000-$4,000.)

As I look at this goofy guy and enjoy each day with him, I remember sitting in the waiting room, feeling afraid and wondering if he would make it.

I’m so grateful to Hannah Society! Thank you for saving Bruce!

Also a big shout out to St. Francis Emergency Hospital whose staff of doctors and nurses got us right in and took care of the Brumeister. The team effort between the two hospitals was truly amazing.”
—Donna Heimbuch

What’s behind dog bloat?

It’s a scary scene: Not long after eating, sometimes followed by rambunctious play, your dog’s stomach begins to swell. Pretty soon he (or she) is
• Pacing or acting restless
• Drooling
• Trying to vomit—with no success

As Donna can attest to, the symptoms rapidly worsen. Your dog might experience
• Pale gums
• Rapid heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Overall weakness or fatigue

Bloat usually comes on quickly, is extremely painful, and does not resolve on its own. If you see any of these symptoms, call us at Hannah! 360-816-8000

What causes dog bloat?
Bloat can be caused by a variety of reasons:
• Eating from a raised food bowl
• Having one large meal a day
• Eating too quickly
• Running or playing immediately after feeding
• Eating or drinking too much

While any dog can get bloat, it is much more common in deep-chested, large breed dogs like Akitas, Boxers, Basset Hounds, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Gordon and Irish Setters, Weimaraners, and St. Bernard’s.

If you think your dog has bloat, or is having any of these symptoms, please call us! 360-816-8000.

Hannah the Pet Society provides an all-inclusive Pet care package called Total Lifetime Care, which covers all veterinary care (including prevention, vaccinations, dental care, surgeries, emergencies, medications, spay/neutering, etc.), behavioral training and food delivered right to your door. To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to talk to one of our Pet Counselors about finding the perfect Pet for you, please visit us at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

How to make July 4th Safer for Dogs and Cats

Snap, crackle, BOOM! Celebrating our nation’s independence often terrifies dogs and cats. You can keep them safe with a bit of planning and a large dose of compassion.

Here are some ideas to try.
• Hold a Fireworks Party. When you first hear fireworks, or realize your Pet is afraid of loud noises, make it a game. Reward your Pet with a treat and excitedly explain, “It’s a fireworks party!” Build the association between loud noise and a positive outcome. It’s also a good idea to make a Fireworks Party part of puppy training. Done consistently, this could help your dog to avoid future noise-related anxiety.
• Desensitize your dog. Another take on the Fireworks Party, Pet Parents can desensitize and counter-condition their dog to loud noises. Certain sounds (fireworks, thunder, planes flying overhead) are played at a low level so your dog hears it but does not have a negative response. A high-value reward is offered during or immediately after the sound is played. Gradually increase the sound until your dog makes the connection between loud sound and reward. Note: This process can take some time and is not always effective. If it’s not working, stop and try something else.
• Create a safe place. Your dog or cat should always have a place of refuge in your home. That could be their kennel, a closet, or under the bed. Allow your Pet to seek refuge in a dark, quiet spot and keep these places accessible. Turning on the television or a mellow radio station will help drown out the sound of those bombs bursting in air.
• Consider medication. Just like their human counterparts, some Pets suffer severe anxiety attacks. If your Pet is panting or shaking uncontrollably, refusing food and water, give us a call. This may be an extreme case in which medication such as Trazadone or Acempromazine would greatly assist in calming and comforting your Pet.

Other Steps to Take:
• Play with your Pet. A tired Pet is a calm Pet. When playtime is over, move your dog or cat to a quiet place.
• Put a collar on! It’s not unusual for dogs and cats to beat feet out of a fenced yard. Make sure they are wearing a well-fitted collar with an ID tag. Better yet—microchip your Pet! Hannah microchips all Pets on the Total Lifetime Care plan. We can also fetch your lost Pet, let us tell you how.
• Leave your furry friends at home. Put them in a kennel, with plenty of chew toys for distraction, or leave with a pet sitter.
• Try a Thundershirt. These use gentle compression to calm your dog. You can also make one at home. Take an old t-shirt, put your dog’s front legs through the arm holes, then knot the hem over his back.

Pet Parents are the best advocates for their dogs. If you know your dog has anxiety problems and you’ve tried these ideas with little result, anxiety medication can be prescribed. Hannah members are urged to make an appointment by calling 360-816-8000. If you are not a member, but would like more information about fireworks anxiety or about joining Hannah, please give us a call.