Courtesy Postings

The dogs listed here are dogs who are in need of a new home but are not actually available for adoption through Family Dogs New Life shelter. These dogs belong to individuals who are no longer able to keep them.
This is just our way of helping dogs find their way to a new life when we are not able to take them into our care. These dogs have not been evaluated by Family Dogs staff.
If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs listed here please contact their person directly.
If you have a dog that you are looking to re-home and you would like us to place them on our website please send us an email.



Hi there! My name is Maruai, that rhymes with Far-Away which is fitting because I’m from Thailand! I am a 5yr old mix breed weighing in around 35lbs. I’ve been in America for about 4 years, I am neutered, chipped and completely up to date on vaccines!

I have long legs and I love to use them, so my ideal home would be with a fenced in yard where I could have lots of room to run and play! I’m very curious, but a little too excited about cats. I have a hard time being left alone for long periods of time, so I would do best with a family who is home often. I would love another dog to keep me company when they do have to leave though! I’m not the best at fetch; however, I hug on command and I LOVE to cuddle. With my high energy, the apartment life just isn’t for me, which is why I am looking for a new home.

Please text/call Madi at 7346600877 to meet me!

Georgia & Foreman

These two sweet brother and sister pitties, Foreman and Georgia, are desperately in need of separate new homes. At the very least, I am hoping to find foster homes where they can live until finding a forever home. They belonged to a member of my family since they were puppies until a little over a month ago when that family member was suddenly unable to care for them. I rescued them from the animal shelter where euthanasia was highly likely. I have been reaching out to every dog rescue out there to try to find them care until adoption but haven’t had any luck.
Since taking them into my emergency care, I’ve learned that both dogs fear other dogs, causing dog-aggressive behavior which makes them ineligible for most shelters. On the other hand, many of the dog experts at these rescue organizations have offered lots of feedback, advice, and resources for their behavior. After taking in all of this information, I believe that with the proper care, attention, and training, they are completely capable of living a full life.
Unfortunately, my home is not suitable for both, let alone one dog. My roommates also do not support them being here nor do I have the personal capacity to give them the attention they deserve. Therefore, they need a new home as soon as possible.

About the misunderstood sweethearts:
Both are

  • Very welcoming, sweet, and loving towards humans of all ages

  • 3 years old

  • Up to date on shots

  • House broken – does well in a crate or a room during the day, no problems grooming

  • Trained for basic commands

  • Eating regularly and show no signs of aggression around food or treats

  • Able to be in an active or less active home

  • Very excited when their human comes home, but for the most part remain quite calm

Each need

  • A stable home to decompress from the stress of losing their owner and being passed around from place to place

  • Training to address dog-aggressive behavior

  • Separate homes to get individual attention and training

  • A home where they are the only furry pet is ideal

  • Lots and lots of time to be introduced to strange dogs

Please call or text Alex for more information 971-409-9570


Eva is a lovebug, super sweet and mellow.  She is a bulldog mix whose owner passed away recently, and we would love to find her a new loving home for her twilight years.  She is very loving, has perfect leash manners, is housebroken, and just wants to lay by your feet or put her head in your lap.  She is doing fine with our lab and adores our 13-year-old daughter, but she is showing signs of some food aggression, so she might do best as an only pet and in a household with older kids only.  She barks just a bit when people come to the door, but is otherwise fine and friendly with strangers.  She isn’t one for long walks or runs, she’s content with just a couple of slow saunters around the block a couple times a day.  We would love to keep her, but we already have two dogs, a cat, two chickens… it would just be too much for us and her. 

A few more stats:
Age:  6-7
Spayed:  Yes
Up to date on vaccinations:  Yes
Health:  Aside from being a little overweight, she is in good health

If you would like to meet Eva, please call or text Melissa @ 503-929-5378 and we can set up a time for a meet and greet. 


My name is Scarlet. I am 4 years old I love adults and children. I love walks, hiking and one on one interaction. I am spayed, microchipped, tested for worms and up to date on all my vaccinations. I had no training or formal socialization the first 4 years of my life, so my foster mom has been teaching me how to sit, lay down, stay, off, walk nicely on a leash, wait and sit at a door, pick up paws to be wiped, feel comfortable in a kennel and ride in cars. 

I am not interested in playing with a lot of toys, but tug is okay, I like finding things with my nose and I love chasing small critters so a home with no cats would be good because I really want to hunt and chase the cats and squirrels. I also have trouble with mean dogs on the other side of fences but on walks I’m okay with quick short interactions with polite dogs that are neutral in nature. I currently play well with a 2-yr. old Cavalier king Charles Spaniel. 

I am very curious with the world around me because I have not been exposed to a lot of places or things, so I need someone patient and willing to teach me. I need a fenced yard to run when we don’t walk or go on leashed hikes (until I learn to come back). I do come when called but my attention is very short unless you have treats. If cats or squirrels are round you don’t exist, and I forget all you teach me 😊. I need a person who will teach me more intermediate and advanced obedience and house manors. I also need a person who is not so busy and gone all day where I must stay in a kennel or dog run. Before my foster mom I was left alone by myself all the time outside with little to no exposure to help me learn and I don’t like to be alone. Please also know I am allergic to cheese and dairy it upsets my tummy. I just want someone I can be with and follow around and do fun things with and place my head in your lap and get lots of belly rubs.

  • Female

  • German Shepard

  • 4 years old

  • 68-70lb (last weighted 08/17/2019)

  • Spayed

  • Microchipped

  • Vaccinations updated as of July (full records available)

  • Basic obedience Scale (7/8 out of 10) Good 2 months. Sit, lay down, off, stay, leave it, shake paw, wait at door, lifts paws to wipe, place, come. All are good if distraction level is not over threshold.

  • House broke

  • Walks with gentle leader good walking manners great improvements.

  • Loves using her nose would be good to do some nose work.

  • Patient with small children and friendly with people.

  • Friendly with neutral and calm interactions with other dogs. Currently plays with a small cavalier. Has not been introduced to a lot of other dogs one on one.

  • Affectionate, very playful nonaggressive

  • Crate trained (with some minor anxiety but we are working on this now with positive reinforcement)

  • Needs additional obedience work

  • *Cheese and dairy intolerance will have bouts of diarrhea if given

  • Not good with cat’s prey drive is high (currently struggles with the cat in our home and we always must keep her on leash whines, pulls, shows aggression towards cat)

  • Fence aggressive/ obsessive (it could be just our neighbor dog as well that is untrained fence aggressive that heightens her threshold)

  • Light obsessive, she will chase all lights, shadows, flashes etc.

  • Needs 6ft fenced yard or on leash until obedience is solid (will run off)

  • Will need more vehicle riding skills. Does currently ride in the car but has some anxiety.

Final note: Scarlet is a very good girl who is very curious about everything and is eager to explore. She had “Zero” training or experiences in the house before being with us but was exposed to people and children. She learns quickly but needs a patient person to teach her.

 For more information or to set up a meet and greet please contact MELISSA at



Hi I’m Bentley! I am a 4 ½ year old lab/pit mix (I was born January 5th, 2015). I am a big boy, but believe I am small enough to curl up on your lap (and will if you let me). I am a lover boy and like to give kisses; especially on your ears! I am content lying in bed next to you for the majority of the day, but I do have a lot of energy that I am just dying to burn. Unfortunately, my current living situation isn’t ideal for doing so. An ideal situation for me would be a home that has a fenced yard to run and play (I may be able to work up to dog parks or public spaces with the proper training); a single owner, or couple, who are willing to commit to helping me to reach my full potential. As sweet as I am, I am quite stubborn and dominate, and therefore like to test your boundaries. I know basic commands (sit, wait, down), but prefer to only listen to them on my own terms. I am a bit timid and territorial (though I have never bitten anyone) and although I have lived with other dogs in the past, I have been inconsistently socialized. I may do okay with an older dog sibling who is not afraid to “put me in my place” and who may be able to teach by example and help me gain some confidence. I have a tendency to bark aggressively and pull towards other people/animals that I see (I would not do well with a cat, as I want to chase them and don’t realize how big/strong I am), but I am actually fearful of many things and my current owner thinks my aggressive shell is likely to make up for this. I am eager to learn and please, but due to my mix of anxiety and stubbornness, I need someone who has a naturally calm demeanor, but also has the ability to be assertive with me.

For more information on Bentley please contact Sami at 503-318-4021 (OK to text OR call)


About Jack
Hello, my name is Phillip and I’m looking for an even better home for my dog Jack, a German Shepard/Siberian Husky Mix we adopted on July 28th, 2019. We rescued him from the Family Dogs New Life Shelter in Portland. He came to them from another shelter in Selma, California. Not much is known about him since he was a stray. He’s about 5 years old and 60 pounds. Jack has very little teeth remaining, possibly due to chewing on fences or other material. We didn’t know much about his background but after spending over 3 months with him, we know Jack prefers homes with a younger dog for lots of playtime or being the only dog with lots of exercise and playtime. He would also benefit from a home with no cats. He has had his teeth cleaned in early September 2019 and had an abscessed tooth pulled. The rest of his back maulers are intact, to be gentle on his teeth, we’ve been serving him soaked kibble with a mix of wet food. We give him plenty of treats and chewable supplements. Jack currently has pet insurance and all his vaccines. We would continue the pet insurance for another 30 days to allow you to make health arrangements and get acquainted with Jack. We can provide complete detailed records of his care. Including flea, tick, heartworm, and more. We really care about Jack and want to give you the healthiest dog possible. 

Why Are We Rehoming Jack?

Jack doesn’t get along with our cats. Jack passed all the tests for adoption including cat interactions. However after 3 months and weeks of training, we feel Jack will do best without cats. Jack is very interested in our cats and despite weeks of training we haven’t been able to break that behavior. Our cats are older and struggle to protect themselves when Jack becomes hyper and vocal. We don’t believe it’s fair to our cats to put them in that level of danger, therefore we’re looking for the perfect home for Jack.  We’re looking for someone who wants to shower Jack with love and a home without cats. We’re going to foster Jack for as long as it takes, we will continue to train and do our best to manage the situation. If you’re looking for a dog that loves to spend time with you, enjoys walks and runs, is a complete goofball and hilarious, Jack’s your dog.

Jack comes with a ton of brand new stuff

  • Large Kennel

  • Decorative Dog and Water Bowl

  • Light up Safety Harness

  • Complete Medical Records

  • Premium Dog Food (Kibble & Canned)

If you are interested in learning more about Jack please email


Description: Zen is listed as a Retriever/Labrador mix. She is about 3 years old and around 80lbs. She is current on her shots, spade, and chipped. I rescued her from the Family Dogs New Life Shelter in March of 2018. They informed me when I rescued her that she has aggression issues and can never be with other animals. I have worked with her extensively with a dog trainer, and have made small steps to adjust her aggression issues, but mostly learned how to control her around other animals. When I first adopted her, we lived in a house with a large fenced backyard where Zen could lounge in the sun and chase a tennis ball. Unfortunately, my situation has changed, and I am now the sole-owner living in a small condo with not much room for Zen to thrive.

Pros: Zen is an amazing cat-like dog. She loves to sleep at your feet and hangout where ever people are. She is smart, loyal, and loving. She is crate trained, great with small children and not timid around strangers. She loves attention, tug, and belly rubs. She is house broken, does not jump, knows a few commands such as sit, stay, leave it, and always comes when called.  She loves car rides and the wind in her face on a nice summer afternoon.  She is one of the best dogs I’ve ever owned.

Cons: Zen whines, whimpers, barks, and snarls when she sees other animals and can be difficult to control on walks or in the car. She is not a dog that can go to the dog park, the beach or anywhere with other animals. Even leaving her in the car unattended for a short time can be difficult. Most kennels will not board her due to her aggressive nature.

The Ask: Zen’s ideal home would be one with a large fenced backyard preferably without a neighboring dog, someone who does not travel much and can appreciate the love of a sweet, kind, and gentle animal. If you are interested, please contact Erik @ (503) 686-9949


Remy (Remus) is a handsome, 2 ½ year old, working line German Shepherd Dog. He is a medium/high energy dog/intensity dog, an amazing hiking friend. Remus would make an excellent companion for a single active person in the city- perhaps a very active family who could approach his training as a part-time job. Remy is still building urban confidence and would do best in a home without children or potentially older dog savvy kids. Confident cats could certainly be okay. Remy does well with other dogs at day care- as he doesn’t know his own strength, he needs to keep the company of similar size and confident dogs. Remy has been doing well within in an apartment for the past two years and it’s possible he could adjust to another.

For more information on Remy please contact Anna or Rena at 334-268-7005 or 646-397-9105


Name - Miles
Age - 7.5
Breed - Golden Retriever
Weight - 45 - 50 lbs

Miles is full of smiles for life. He is a great indoor dog AND loves to run outdoors as much as possible. He is loyal, kind, sensitive, fun, very understanding, protective when needs to show up that way AND needs to walk/run daily. Miles gets along with great with other dogs, especially smaller ones and cats too, loves children of all ages.

I've recently relocated to Portland, no longer own my home and am traveling way too much now to give him the life he deserves. Miles is loved by all and knows his place very well with all humans. One last thing, Miles is aspiring to be human in his next life so he's very attentive and expressive.

I believe he is full breed, my daughter-in-law said he had papers but she has no clue where or how to locate.

I can be reached at 702-883.8689 is you want to meet!


Agnes (Aggy/Ag) is a sweet, calm and quiet 10+ year old German Shorthair Pointer. She LOVES to get her feet wet, whether it be a few small waves at the beach, a slow moving creek or even a kiddo wading pool in the backyard. She loves to cuddle and get her nap time in during the day. Aggy also loves her squeaky toys, a few rounds of fetch once in a while and short/easy walks. 

Aggy was a working dog for her first owner and then was surrendered to a shelter when she got older. I have had Aggy for the last 2+ years. Aggy has anxiety and is most happy when she is around people (but she gets along with other dogs too). However, I am a single dog parent and work long hours which is not in Aggy’s best interest. After much though, I am reaching out to re home Aggy to a better living situation for her best overall health, safety and dog happiness.

Aggy would do best in a home with someone who needs a companion, would be able to spend time with her and not need to leave her alone for long periods. She would also be happy in a home with other dogs. Aggy is currently working hard on in home behavior training (to decrease her anxiety). She also currently takes one medication for anxiety. 

Please contact me if you or someone you know may be interested in Aggy. 

Thank you for your time in reading this. 

Jennifer 503-820-9474 or


Say hello to Pippie, a sweet 9-year-old Chihuahua-mix! Pippie is 100% lap-dog and her favorite thing is cuddling up in or next to one. If you like to have a relaxing evening in front of your TV Pippie is just the dog to enjoy it with you! Although she is content to be a couch potato she LOVES her walks too, and will get very excited when she sees her leash. She's a little older, so longer walks/more strenuous activities will require a back-up mode of transport for her (a small backpack works well!), but she does well on neighborhood walks and walks around the dog park. She does fine with other pets but would do best in a home with older dogs/dogs who are very mellow. She does not like other animals invading her personal space but will get used to any other pets in the home over time (including cats). Although she's never been aggressive or bitten she can get defensive if larger animals are overly-curious.

Pippie would do best in a home with a set routine, as she is special needs. She is diabetic and requires 2 injections per day, after she has eaten breakfast and dinner. She is also on a special prescription diet (although other prescription diets will work, as long as they are for diabetes control). She may also need glucose testing occasionally. Although she is older, aside from her diabetes she is a happy healthy girl! She can handle everyday obstacles like stairs and jumping up into your lap just fine, and has kept her zest for life in her older age.

If you'd like to learn more about Pippie or are interested in adding her to your family please contact Beverly at: 360-609-8288 (call or text), or e-mail

Indiana Jones

Meet Indiana Jones! He is a year and a half old Gordon Setter/Bernese Mountain dog mix. Indy has spent time in two different shelters before we adopted him 4 months ago. Indy loves other dogs. We have had him in a home with a 10 year old dog and it’s adorable to watch them drink out of the same bowl together! Indy loves to swim, play fetch, and run. He is strong and athletic and loves to follow his nose. He is house trained and can heel most of the time. He is also mellow in the evenings and learns the routines of the house very quickly. We have also been crate training him and he is doing well!

 Recently Indy has been showing some aggression mostly towards females. He seems to display this behavior mostly when he feels trapped, or when females reach to pet him in the evenings, on occasion he has gotten snappy. He did bite someone and if you are interested in him we can share the specifics of this behavior.

 Indy has been such a wonderful dog but due to his aggression we cannot keep him. It breaks our hearts because 99% of the time Indy is a joy to be with. We hope to find someone with a little bit of land and time to spend on him.

Please contact Phineas at 541-490-9666 or if you are interested in meeting Indy!


Hi I need to re-home my beautiful almost two year old pit bull name olive. She also goes by Olie. She recently has been aggressive toward my 2 year old, and I can’t have an aggressive dog around my younger kids. She is a wonderful dog just needs a home with kids older then 6. She also isn’t around other animals so she becomes very excitable, which might scare off the owner and dog. She is very trainable and has even more potential then she has already. She does need some work on the Lesh but again she easily learn.

Olive deserves the best home, and deserves the best family that can care for her the way she should be cared for.

If you are interested in learning more about Olie please contact Kira at 971-212-0831 or


I’m looking for a new forever home for our sweet boy, Jack. He is a 10-month-old pit bull mix. He is neutered and up to date on shots. Jack is very aggressive towards cats and therefore must go to a home without them. He is a great dog in every other way. He loves his humans and plays well with other dogs. He has gone to doggy daycare a few times and loves it. He has lots of energy but he also enjoys nap time. Jack does very well on car rides. He prefers to have a fenced yard that he can run around freely in. He could benefit from more obedience training and socialization.

Jack truly is a love bug and loves to snuggle; he even puts his paw around your back when you hug him. He sleeps great in his kennel at night but prefers our bed . Please let me know if you are interested in meeting this very lovable pup.

Thank you, Carrie 503-807-6051 or

Prince & John

Hello – My Name is Prince and this is my little brother John. 

Some say it is hard to tell us apart, but when we are next to each other you will notice that I am clearly taller than my brother .

We are very handsome Black and Tan Tibetan Mastiffs and if you can find it in your heart and have the property we would really love to stay together. 

We are soft tempered, enjoy lots of kisses and are dedicated at keeping you safe as Tibetan Mastiffs have amazing guardian instincts. 

I must say we do enjoy the creature comforts of the indoors as much as the outdoors. 

Here is a little bit of information about my brother and me.

  • Full Tibetan Mastiff

  • We are about 3 years old

  • We are both neutered

  • Microchipped

  • Up to date on our shots

  • House Broken

  • Love attention and kisses to boot

  • Will need to be the only dogs as we have not been socialized with other dogs

  • We like to patrol the perimeters morning and night checking for anything that is not as it should be and will let you know if anything is out of the ordinary

  • For our safety, we will need a fenced yard that is completely secured

  • To make our new life successful it would be best if our new human parents had experience with Tibetan Mastiff’s or have done research.

If you’re having a good day, we’ll make it a better day…If you're sad, we'll help you feel better…

You provide us a home with warm beds, we’ll protect you while you sleep and wait for you to wake… If you’re a messy eater, no problem, we’ll vacuum up after you…You throw a ball, um, we won’t retrieve as we don’t understand bring back…maybe you can teach us? 

 You love us we’ll love you even more. 

 If you would like to meet us we currently live in McMinnville Oregon on 40 acres with my Mom (China), my Dad (Mike).  Both Mom and Dad are AKC registered as Full Tibetan Mastiff.   

We will be waiting to greet you with happy faces and wagging tails.

 Happiness awaits you
– Prince and John 

 Please contact my Auntie Rhea and she will set up a time for you to meet us at 503-539-2099


Bella will be a year old August 22, 2019. I adopted Bella this past April and love her to pieces.. However she has developed an outward aggression towards other dogs. Which I was totally unprepared and I’m not equipped to handle. When I met her at the Adoption Center she was running around with other dogs with no problems, So this behavior might be able to be modified..

Bella is incredibly affectionate with people, big and small. She loves to go for rides in the car, so she’ll make a great traveling companion. Bella is house and crate trained. At bedtime she’ll go into her crate which is set up in my bedroom. I no longer shut the door. That’s her bed.. Bella is up to date with all her shots and was spayed on 7/8/2019..

In short, Bella will make a great companion with someone who has a lot more experience with dogs as well as a big space in which she can run and play (fenced yard).. It is with a heavy heart that I’ve had to come to this decision but Bella deserves much more than I am able to provide..

If interested in Bella please contact Michael at


Hi Friends!

Kolo here is one of the sweetest smartest greatest dogs in the world. He loves a good hike. In fact he prefers to be outside rather than in. I catch him sitting staring at the stars quite often. Especially on backpacking trips...He’ll sit at the edge of a cliff at night and just stare. He loves a good game of hide a treat or pick a hand. HE LOVES A WALK! He’s great with other dogs, cats, kids, and live stock. We have lived on a farm for the past five months and he does want to herd the cows and chase the chickens from time to time but that’s about it. He loves to roam the pastures looking for gophers. Once he catches a scent, he’s in heaven. He knows most commands and is eager to learn more.

Kolo is looking for a family who wants and is able to spend a lot of time together. Maybe a family who has another dog to play with...maybe you’re retired….maybe you can take him to work with you...being alone isn’t his favorite. I would go as far as to say it’s the thing he hates the most in this world...Well other than fireworks. My guess is he may not want to live with a crying baby but older kids seems like a good fit.

My life is not at a place where I can give him what he needs...Time. We have spent almost four beautiful years together and I never thought this day would come. I love him with all my heart. I’m hoping to find a situation where I can come visit or take him for little camping trips. This isn’t a must but a hope. I’m unable to give him more dogs to build a pack and I can’t take him with me to work. He deserves and needs more so here I am...

Please contact Lauren if you’re looking for a new fur baby to love. We can set up a time to meet with Kolo and talk more. At 404) 353-5150 or