About OTAT PDX
One Tail at a Time | PDX (OTAT PDX) is a 501(c)(3) all-breed, no-kill, foster-based companion animal rescue based in Portland, Oregon.
To improve the lives of companion animals by providing humane, individualized care and a chance to know the comforts of a loving home through advocacy, education, and support of those in need.
- COMPASSION for animals and the humans who care for them. We believe in respecting the dignity of all living creatures and aim to create a positive, kind, empathetic, and inclusive environment.
- COMMITMENT to a humane quality of care using science-based welfare standards to consider and address the needs of animals as individuals.
- COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT by providing education, resources, and support through our programs that aim to foster thoughtful engagement and participation.
- TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY through clear and open communication that aims to build and sustain our community’s trust.
STAFF & EXECUTIVE BOARD
Juli is an Illinois attorney who moved to Portland in 2013 to earn her Animal Law LL.M. from the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. Having volunteered with OTAT Chicago since 2010, Juli wanted to bring its mission, passion, and policies to the PNW so that even more dogs in need could be saved. To date, Juli has fostered around 100 dogs and, briefly, Kevin the pig. Aside from wanting to improve the lives of animals, humans, and the environment in which they live, Juli loves getting lost on her motorcycle somewhere in nature or doing just about anything with her own OTAT PDX alumni, Magpie.
Originally from Kansas City, MO, Adam has been an animal lover for as long as he can remember. While growing up, if it breathed, he probably wanted to pet it. Adam has a passion for non-profits, having worked at Special Olympics Missouri and Visit KC before joining OTAT PDX. Aside from fighting for a better environment for all of Earth’s inhabitants, Adam and his partner, Kaitlyn, love traveling the world and taking long hikes with their rescue dogs, Kauffman and Rieger.
Alex is a Midwest transplant whose love of nature, mild weather, vegan comfort food, music, and dog culture brought him to Oregon. He began volunteering with OTAT PDX early on, fell in love with the mission, and has stuck around ever since. When not devoting his talents to OTAT PDX, Alex is a musician who works for local record label, Tender Loving Empire. Alex loves to camp with his pups, ride bikes and motorcycles, and volunteer with other local nonprofits.
Amy’s work with OTAT PDX began with five of the most powerful words in the English language: “Can I pet your dog?” A lifelong dog lover and repeat rescuer, she’s been fostering, volunteering, and advocating for OTAT PDX ever since that chance encounter. Amy believes there is no greater joy in life than a dog on a freedom ride (probably in it for the selfies) and no better place for a pup to find a forever home than Oregon (typical native Portlander). Amy spends her workdays at a local tech company, her evenings and weekends rescuing dogs, and every spare moment with her foster-failure hellhound, Warby.
ASSOCIATE BOARD PRESIDENT & FOSTER COORDINATOR
Nicole is a producer and angel investor based in Portland, Oregon. She joined OTAT PDX in 2016 as a foster, created the Foster Coordinator position in 2017, and has served as Associate Board President since 2018. In June of 2019 she and her husband adopted Sheila, a nine year old American bully. Nicole serves on four nonprofit boards in addition to OTAT PDX. When not volunteering you can find her gardening, developing new vegan food recipes, and hanging out with her husband, dogs, Cookie and Sheila, and cat, Beatrix.
Missi grew up with dogs always at her side even whilst trying to take in every animal she encountered along the way. She discovered that she loved wearing the rescue cape during her high school years, when she began volunteering for local dog rescues and hosting adoption events. Her passion for dog rescue was reignited in 2015 when she adopted her soul-mutt, Olive. The following year she began volunteering with OTAT PDX and things escalated quickly; since then, she’s worn many hats within the organization. In the summer or 2019, after more than three years of nearly non-stop fostering, she foster failed and adopted her second soul-mutt, aptly naming him Foster. By day, Missi works as the Director of Operations for a small yet mighty local real estate group, The Twin Team, whose staunch support OTAT PDX is lucky to have.
Michelle has been in love with dogs since 1987. In 2013, she moved to Portland from Tacoma, Washington and first started fostering for OTAT PDX in 2016. The following year, Michelle joined the Associate Board. When she is not obsessing over all things pups, Michelle can be found by day teaching Health at Benson High School to ninth graders. The rest of her time is spent at either home or the Sandy River Delta, where she loves on husband Michael and their rescue pup, Donna.
Raised in rural Colorado as an only child, dogs (and cats and rabbits and one horse) were Kelsey’s best friends. Kelsey adopted her first rescue in 2006 and when that dog passed in 2017 Kelsey and her husband joined OTAT PDX as foster parents. Since then they have fostered several dogs and have traveled to Puerto Rico on the Relief Team. When not knee deep in dogs, Kelsey is making spaces pretty through interior design. When not working, find Kelsey on her back patio enjoying a hoppy beer with her two rescue dogs, Lola and Ollie, rescue cat, Eddie Spaghetti, and five chickens at her feet.
Having become enamored with OTAT PDX through local community events held at some of her favorite Portland haunts, Chelsea threw herself into its mission as a foster and volunteer starting in 2017. Since then she has served as a volunteer adoption counselor and, in 2019, joined the Associate Board. When not volunteering with OTAT PDX, Chelsea works in animal healthcare, managing a general practice veterinary clinic. Chelsea and her husband share their home with their senior pup, Igby, their OTAT PDX foster-fail, Otis, and the feline ruler of the house, Frank.
Becca fell in love with OTAT PDX and its mission after bumping up against our Executive Director on none other than Craigslist. Since first getting involved, she has been a foster, adoption counselor, Relief Team participant and Associate Board member. During the day Becca dedicates her time to supporting victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. When not volunteering for OTAT PDX or working, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, their human puppy, and two dogs.
AUCTION LEAD & RESCUE PARTNERSHIPS
Maureen, who started volunteering with OTAT PDX in 2017, has done a little bit of everything, from fostering to adoption counseling to events and fundraising. She also participated in the relief trip to Puerto Rico. She spends her days working as the Conservation Manager for the Port of Portland. In Maureen’s free time she enjoys traveling and hiking and camping with her two rescue pups, Cali and Pedro.
Clara Ridabock — bartender by night, dog person by day, Special Events Coordinator for extravagant puppy parties at all times.
Alessandra spends her days as manager at pet store, For Paws, and manages the OTAT PDX online merchandise. When not working hard, Alessandra enjoys spending time with her rescue pup, Jodie Foster Fail.
Haley joined OTAT PDX in 2018 after moving to Portland from Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition to serving on the Associate Board, Haley is an active foster for OTAT PDX and helps coordinate events as well as volunteers for the organization. Haley’s dedication to animal welfare and advocacy doesn’t stop with OTAT PDX. During the day, Haley works as a wildlife protection manager with the Humane Society of the United States, fighting for native carnivores all across the country. She enjoys spending her free time hiking and camping in the woods with her husband, Jim, and their dog, Avery. Haley also has a cat, Rama, who prefers to stay at home.
ADOPTION COUNSELOR COORDINATOR
Emi, who began volunteering for OTAT PDX in 2018, is the Adoption Counselor Coordinator as well as a member of the Associate Board. Having made nine moves through six states, Emi feels most at home in Oregon, where she has lived since 2007. Emi’s day job has her performing in an administrative & permit coordination role with a local, family-owned fire sprinkler contractor. When not at work or working for the pups, Emi is at home with her partner, Kendall, their cat, Weaslebee, and new OTAT PDX rescue, Devo, who helps with her crosswords, cooking, Jeopardy, and obsessively trying to beat her own score at Tetris.