Recent news

Update: COVID-19 changes

  • Posted on: 27 March 2020
  • By: Steve

Things are changing quickly these days, and we are constantly adjusting to make sure we take care of the cats and people of House of Dreams in a safe and compassionate manner.

  • Starting April 5, we're suspending adoptions, especially because our veterinary partner only will be handling emergencies and can't conduct our normal pre-adoption examinations.
  • We won’t be accepting incoming cats unless it’s an emergency. We’ll maintain a waiting list for intake requests.
  • We’re most concerned about the health and welfare of our volunteers and our cats. We strongly advise volunteers to stay home if they feel sick or are in a high-risk category. We’re using our Slack workspace in addition to our email list to communicate open shifts and requests for coverage.
  • We’re emphasizing social distancing for volunteers who are able to come to the shelter to clean, socialize, feed, and medicate. And we’re adjusting schedules to minimize the number of people in the shelter daily.
  • We’ve instituted new protocols for cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas with a veterinary-grade disinfectant. 
  • And we’re suspending orientation tours and training for new volunteers as long as the stay home order is in place, We’ll resume them as soon as we are able.

We’re proud of our volunteers at House of Dreams. Each and every one is lovingly dedicated to the care of our special needs cats. The cats are grateful and appreciative, and together, we look forward to better times ahead.


In these challenging days, you can support the cats of House of Dreams. Donate here through PayPal or see other ways you can help! 

COVID-19 and House of Dreams

  • Posted on: 17 March 2020
  • By: Steve

The safety and health of the cats and humans at House of Dreams are our top priorities, so we are taking measures to ensure both.

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Oregon, we're cancelling two planned events: our volunteer appreciation event in April and the Vegan Bake Sale and Book Sale in May. We hope to reschedule both events later in the year.

A clean and sanitary shelter always has been important, and now we're instituting additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols to prevent any spread of the coronavirus. 

We are considering how to prepare for an influx of requests to intake cats if there is a community need because of the virus.

And note that the World Health Organization states that humans cannot contract COVID-19 from their companion animals.

We urge everyone to plan for their own pets during this period. Make sure to have sufficient food, litter, and medications on hand to shelter in place if necessary. After all, a cat companion is the best companion for extended periods at home.



We are seeking a CPA!

  • Posted on: 24 November 2019
  • By: Ellie

House of Dreams' wonderful volunteer and Certified Public Accountant, Shirley Scribner, is retiring. She has been a tremendous help throughout the years, providing us with pro bono tax preparation and 501(c)(3) non-profit financial counsel. We are now looking for a new CPA who can follow in her footsteps and help us with the financial realities of running an all-volunteer non-profit.

If you are a CPA in the Portland-area with 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, and are willing to provide pro-bono work, please reach out to us by emailing our main account: kittydreamspdx [at]

If you have a fantastic CPA that you, your family, or friends use and highly recommend, please send along their information and we will reach out to them directly. 

Thank you for your help on this matter! The kitties of House of Dreams, as it turns out, are not financially savvy and remain unaware of what taxes and quarterly reports are, so we're afraid this issue is up to the humans. :)


Pretty Kitty Bazaar November 9, 2019!

  • Posted on: 21 October 2019
  • By: Kristin

19th Annual Pretty Kitty Holiday Craft Bazaar

Saturday, November 9th
10 AM to 4 PM

Tabor Space (Google Maps)
5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

Great shopping for a great cause! As always, 100% of the profit goes to House of Dreams No-Kill Cat Shelter.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year featuring handmade gifts for pets and people, a fantastic silent auction, a photo booth and raffles for great prizes!! We also have a Second Time Around sale of great quality pre-owned holiday items. There will be hot apple cider, coffee, tea and lots of refreshments!

The silent auction closes at 2 pm and the raffle closes at 3 pm. There will be DOOR PRIZES this year too!

It's not too late to donate to the bazaar!
We are looking for donated quality handmade gift items for both pets and people (soap, bath items, food (incl. vegan items), jewelry, ceramics, pet toys, pet beds, etc) . We are also looking for donated silent auction items (gift certificates, art, gift baskets, etc.), as well as gently-used holiday decor items. If you would like to donate anything, please email us at kittydreamspdx [at]!

HOD at Portland VegFest 2019--this weekend!

  • Posted on: 3 October 2019
  • By: Ellie

House of Dreams is pleased to be tabling at Portland's VegFest again this year! Come out on this Saturday and Sunday to stop by our table to say hello, and buy HOD gear, cat toys, and t-shirts. We would love to see you there supporting the kitties!

VegFest is Oregon's premiere plant-based food and lifestyle event. There will be lots of tables and booths with free food samples, beauty samples, t-shirts, books, and vegetarian and vegan gear, along with talks on plant-based living. It's always a lot of fun and we hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Portland, OR 97232