After losing his wife to cancer, medical bills put a strain on Brian’s financial resources and caring for his aging Dachshunds, Rocko, Sugar and Black, became a challenge. That’s when the Portland Animal Welfare (PAW Team) in Portland, OR stepped in to help. Dedicated to providing pet-related services to homeless and critically low income pet owners, and aided by a $25,000 grant from the Banfield Foundation, the PAW Team was able to perform much-needed dental surgeries and cleanings for all three of Brian’s dogs. Now, back on his feet with his family intact, Brian is an active volunteer for PAW Team helping with repairs aroundthe office; giving back to the organization that gave so much to him.

“They’re all family and I want them to have as much comfort as possible, considering especially what they bring to my life.” – Brian  

Photo credit: Seth Casteel