Join Core Paws for Strut Your Mutt 2017!

We want you to join our Portland, OR, or virtual Strut Your Mutt team for just $15. Every registration fee and donation goes toward Core Paws’ operating budget for the next year!

Our Why: Featuring Core Paws’ Volunteers and Their Animals

Just like the animals we feature here on Core Paws, all of our volunteers have a unique story behind their motivation to share their skills and passion for animals through our organization. Oftentimes, we are driven by our animals both past and present to give time and resources toward Core Paws’ cause. These are their…

How to Train a Shelter Dog

Bringing home a shelter dog is an exciting and wonderful time. You’ve just saved a life and you are about to embark on a wonderful adventure with your new best friend. Almost all shelter dogs need some training, which is probably first on your to do list. That is a fantastic start. But your excitement…

Odie’s 11-Year Wait Pays Off

In 2005, an eight-month-old stray puppy is found by police near the Oregon coast. Full of adoptive potential, the young pit bull is promptly taken to the Oregon Coast Humane Society in Florence, Oregon, and given the name Odie. He is aggressive toward other dogs in the shelter, a likely relic from his past as…

Core Paws’ First Dog Honoring Ceremony

This October, Core Paws organized its first Dog Honoring Ceremony. Inspired by the second day of Tihar, the week-long Hindu festival of lights celebrated in Nepal, we celebrated the intimate relationship between humans and dogs. Traditionally, participants offer garlands of flowers, tika, and delicious food to dogs to show appreciation for our symbiotic relationship. In…

Teton’s FIV+ Adoption Story

Sweet senior kitty Teton, 11, was awaiting his forever home at the Humane Society of SW Washington when Skyler and Josh of Vancouver, Washington, were looking for another cat with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) to add to their happy family. The couple had learned of Core Paws at the NW Pet Fair and hopped online…