Clatsop Animal Assistance-Home

Smiley Riley is our KMUN, DAILY ASTORIAN, HITS, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, and KIA

Pet of the Week

by Rodney

How do you solve a problem like our Riley?
How do you get a whirlwind to settle down?
How do you find a word that means a Riley?
Adorable. Goofball! Whimsical. A hound!

Photo of Riley, 5-year-old beagle mix

Riley is a funny little guy with a wabi-sabi kind of cuteness. He looks more or less like a beagle except for a muzzle borrowed from the spare parts department. He has big brown happy eyes that are slightly out of alignment and a pronounced underbite. Yet it works! He is an adorable little guy that you just want to hug.

At the end of our walk, that exactly what I do. I pull him in for a little hug and he kicks into snuggle mode. I didn’t take him for a snuggle dog but he really is.

This mostly beagle has lots of stamina. I think he would make an awesome jogger/runner dog with a little more leash training. And I think he would LOVE it!

Riley has done everything possible to get himself adopted. He puts on his red bandana or an “Adopt Me” vest and heads to Petco and Home Depot. He makes eye contact with passers-by. He’ll even pose for photos to show that he’s down with Santa photos, family portraits, the whole megillah. He is temperamentally well-adjusted and makes new fans Read more… 

Boo Boo Bear is our KMUN, DAILY ASTORIAN,

HITS, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, and KIA Pet of the Week

beginning  June 20, 2016.

Photo of the real Boo Boo Bear

Boo Boo the black cat poses as his own handsome self.

Drawing of Boo Boo Bear in Uncle Sam costume. Fireworks in the background.

Shy Boo Boo Bear accepts a dare to recruit adopters for all the cats.

Boo Boo Bear Accepts a Dare

A very short play in recognition of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

Starring Boo Boo Bear. Written by Ed, Produced and Directed by Rodney, Technical Advice and Assistance Provided by Peggy, Slippers, Jax, Sheba and Lydia.

Boo Boo Bear is a six year old black cat. He’s a very timid fella, until he gets to know you. But once he does, he’s a total sweetheart. Boo Boo Bear, our Pet-of-the-Week starting June 20, 2016, was recruited by Ed to promote June as Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Here is a behind the scenes look at just how that went down.

Boo Boo Bear: I’m a shy guy, don’t you know? And when Ed asked me to do this, well he didn’t tell me half of what I was getting into. He sure didn’t. He probably knew I’d run and hide.

You see, Ed came to me last week all excited and smiling like a Cheshire. Tells me, “Hey there, Boo Boo Bear, you’re going to be Pet of the Week beginning June 20th. I tell Ed, “I want to be someone’s pet every week, Ed, not just for one week in June.I mean, Ed, I don’t want to go to a new home every week!  That would be too Boo Boo unbearable.”

Well, Ed straightened me out. He explained I’d be featured on the CAA Website and Facebook Page all week, becoming a celebrity of sorts. People, far and wide, would get to know Boo Boo Bear–my personality traits, my appearance and the type of home into which I might best fit.

That half of what I was getting into, he told me about. I knew about that . And that was fine with me. I mean all those people, that would be kinda scary, don’t you know? But, they wouldn’t be there in person. I envisioned Read more…→

Gunner is our KMUN, DAILY ASTORIAN, HITS, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, and KIA Pet of the Week

beginning  June 13, 2016.

“Never mind, said Hachiko each day. Here I wait, for my friend who’s late. I will stay, just to walk beside you for one more day.”
~ Jess C. Scott, Skins, Animal Stories

Matted photo of smiling Gunner after eye removal

Gunner–still s happy dog after eye removal

Gunner hasn’t had an easy past year. He ended up at the shelter last year and it was obvious he had advanced glaucoma and was going blind. We spent months getting him treatment that we hoped might restore his eyesight or at least protect what remained. It was not working, however; and the Read more… 

Second chance for Chance

Photo of Chance giving some paw n his new home.

Chance giving some paw in his new home.

Chance was at the shelter for a longer while. He was kind of a shy guy. Even though it wasn’t so, a person might get the idea that Chance was aloof and asocial. This can be a serious disadvantage when you are one of 16 dogs vying for attention. Read more… 

John Boy Update

Photo Collage of Dax (formerly John Boy)

Dax formerly John Boy

John Boy, one of the seven shelter puppies named after members of the Walton Family, is now known as Dax.

Melissa, his adopted human,  sent us note on his progress:

In early April, we drove all the way from Seattle to adopt him after falling in love with his PetFinder profile the night before. He’s now  Read more… 

 Jax the cat is our KMUN, DAILY ASTORIAN, HITS, 94.9 THE BRIDGE and KIA Pet of the Week


Jax the cat before and after collage

The photo on the left was Jax on a good day after he started recovering. Most of the time, Jax slept way to the back of his space. The photos on the right are recent and show a much improved Jax cat.

“Cats have it all– admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” ~Rod McKuen

When I first saw Jax, he was kind of cowering at the back of his cage. His head was full of stitches and he behaved like a lot of human trauma patients I have seen. He was kind of confused and defensive. He did not want to be disturbed. And he slept a lot. Yes, I know, cats sleep a lot. But this guy slept most of the time. He was really kind of pitiful. You could tell he had been through a lot. Read more… 

Adoptable Animals at Astoria Sunday Market

Photo of Linda Dygert at Astoria Sunday Market

Linda Dygert, stalwart volunteer and “Face of Clatsop Animal Assistance” will be at Astoria Sunday Market every other week this summer.

The Astoria Sunday Market has started and volunteer Linda Dygert is once again staffing a booth every other Sunday. She will be there with an adoptable critter or two for the remainder of the market… Read more… 

Girl Scout Troop 11182 Visit

Photo of Girl Scout Troop 11182

Girl Scout Troop 11182 visits Clatsop County Animal Shelter

Clatsop County Animal Shelter got a visit from Girl Scout Troop 11182. This is a different troop than visited early in the week. It was nice of them to bring along donations of dog and cat food, snackies and toys. Read more…

Girl Scout Troop 11927 Visit

We had a visit from Girl Scout Troop 11927. They brought a bunch of dog and cat food, treats, and shelter supplies for our critters. We want to thank them on behalf of the dogs and cats for the gifts. Our more energetic doggy lodgers will be especially pleased with the large bag of tennis balls!  The girls seemed to have a good time and we enjoyed their visit.

 Girl Scout Troop 11927 visits the animal shelter

Girl Scout Troop 11927 brings gifts for the cats and dogs at Clatsop County Animal Shelter

Cooper is Pet of the Week May 30

Cooper baying at ...

Cooper demonstrates his vocal skills.

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” ~ Orhan Pamuk

If you like hounds, you’ll love Cooper! In fact, Cooper would do best in a home familiar with the particularities and peculiarities of hounds.

Cooper’s nose rarely leaves the ground when he’s outside. Cooper is a very handsome  two and half year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. According to the American Kennel Club, dogs of this breed, which was just recognized only in 2012, are “alert, intelligent, active, courteous, and courageous with extreme endurance and the desire to perform.”

Cooper has lots of energy and loves the outdoors. He’s affectionate and wants to please, so he’ll be a great hiking and running companion once he’s had some leash training. A fenced yard is a must for this boy; like any hound, he wants to follow his nose wherever it leads him.

Cooper’s Petfinder Profile:
Or call the Shelter: (503) 861-0737
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Apply to adopt. Application PDF is at the bottom of this page:

Slippers is Pet of the Week May 23

Slippers with lavendar background

Slippers enjoys a low key afternoon.

Starting Monday, May 23 2016, Slippers is our KMUN, DAILY ASTORIAN, HITS, 94.9 THE BRIDGE, and KIA Pet of the Week.

Slippers is a nice middle-aged cat who is happy to go with the flow of whatever is going on. If you would like to interact with her, she will enjoy spending time with you. Mind you, she doesn’t like a lot of ruckus. Preferring a more sedate environment, she gets little nervous when it gets noisy,

Although she enjoys company and petting as much as the next, she is not pushy or meowy and would be a calm, soothing presence in your life. If you are busy with something else, she will find a place to park and take a nap.

Slippers Profile:
Or call the shelter: (503) 861-0737
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Apply to adopt. Application PDF is at the bottom of this page:


⇒ Click here for PetFinder photos & profiles of all our current shelter dogs and cats⇐

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Want to help shelter animals? There are many ways you can help!

Photo of Marcy with one of her favorite shelter dogs.

Marcy with one of her favorite shelter dogs.

If you’re interested in working directly with animals at the shelter, there are many ways to help:

  • walking dogs
  • socializing cats
  • transporting animals
  • feeding dogs and cats
  • cleaning cages
  • giving baths and brushing
  • taking dogs to social events (requires additional training

Our next volunteer orientation will be held Saturday Friday May… Read more…

About CAA

CLATSOP ANIMAL ASSISTANCE, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and providing for the needs of the Clatsop County Animal Shelter’s homeless pets.
CAA volunteers work hard to improve the quality of life for these animals, most directly by assisting the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, which has limited resources with which to deal with strays and unwanted pets within Clatsop County. Read more…

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Boo Boo Bear’s Petfinder Profile:
Or Call the Shelter: (503) 861-0737
Follow us on:
Apply to adopt. Application PDF is at the bottom of this page: