Great News!

At the August 6, 2018 Newberg City Council meeting, a Public Hearing was held and the council voted to approve the sale of the shelter to Newberg Animal Shelter Friends!  Now the work begins to survey the property and do a lot line adjustment, and to continue raising funds.  With the help of all of you, we have secured enough to make the down payment, but we still need to raise $88,000 to complete the sale.

We are very excited about this news, and very much look forward to the prospect of owning and running a great shelter that serves everyone in the community and as many animals as possible.  We will continue to honor the commitments we made to the community when we first started this project over eighteen years ago.  Our community has been there for us every step of the way and we would not be where we are today if not for everyone’s support and dedication.  We thank each and every one of you and we’d like to say a special thanks to the Austin family for their unwavering support.

Newberg Animal Shelter Friends

Oregon Community Foundation Grant award

OCF grant

Photo by Michelle Alaimo

6/6/18 – Angel A. Aguiar, Jr., left, Oregon Community Foundation’s Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council board member, presents Newberg Animal Shelter Manager Sarah Williams-Jarred with a certificate after awarding a $15,000 grant to Newberg Animal Shelter Friends, the nonprofit group that operates the shelter. The grant was from OCF’s Floyd Dement Charitable Fund.

Wine & Whiskers was a huge success!

We are so excited to share our 3rd annual Wine & Whiskers event raised over $60,000!!! Check out pictures from the event!

Thank you again to everyone who donated to our event and to all who attended.

We can’t wait until next year!


Thank you to KGW-TV for sharing our story about Buy the Building campaign!

Check it out here! 

Buy the Building Matching Campaign!


To our supporters,

We have exciting news to share! 

We have been engaged with the city of Newberg as it considers the sale of the Newberg Animal Shelter building. Given the uncertainty that has brought, it has become clear that the best path toward a stable future for the shelter is to buy the building ourselves.

This will require a significant fundraising campaign.  We are thrilled to announce that Newberg businessman and A-dec founder Ken Austin and his family, through a fund set up with the Oregon Community Foundation, will match every dollar raised!

“I grew up here, surrounded by animals,” Ken said. “Our family has shared a love of animals my entire life, and we’ve been proud to support the Newberg Animal Shelter’s mission and the vital role it plays in our community.”

In 2016, when the shelter needed a new HVAC system, the Austin family offered $15,000 in matching funds. With the money that was left over, we established the Joan Austin Angel Fund. Named for Ken’s late wife, it is a permanent fund with a priority toward medical care and emergency situations.

Crista Eberle, president of Newberg Animal Shelter Friends, adds “Ken and the Austin family have been continual supporters of the shelter, and a guiding light during this key transitional time for the shelter.  We are eternally grateful for their support.”

This month, the Newberg City Council is set to consider the next steps in this process. The city manager has said the equity NASF already has in the building — more than $600,000 worth — should be recognized.

Since the city announced it was considering a sale of the shelter, we’ve been overwhelmed by the community’s support. You’ve written letters and emails. You’ve attended council meetings. You’ve continued to volunteer and help where help was needed.  Together, we can secure the future of our community’s homeless pets.

We have an opportunity to take control of our future.  There’s a lot of work to do. That work starts now.

Thank you,

NASF Board of Directors


Donations can also be mailed to our mailing address, 901 Brutscher St, STE D, PMB 107, Newberg, OR 97132

For past statements and FAQ about the sale of the shelter building, click here.