On Call Community Rescue for Animals

Assisting first responders and citizens with the aid and transport of animals in emergencies.


Our Mission

OCCRA’s mission is to improve city services, save time and money for local residents and our emergency responders—and help our less fortunate animal residents, via safe handling and transport of our creature friends by well trained and equipped responders.


How We Help 100’s of Animals Every Year

Injured Strays

OCCRA is contracted with Multnomah County Animal Services from April 2022-April 2027, to respond to sick or injured contained stray animals between 5pm and 8am, 365 days/year. Please call 503.988.7387 if you have an emergency involving a stray domestic animal. You may also try the OCCRA number directly at 971.645.3450.

Injured Wildlife

Handling and transporting wild animals is very dangerous. Please call Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) first when encountering any kind of wildlife concern or emergency. You may also try Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center to help triage the situation. OCCRA assists in case by case scenarios and may be able to offer transports of injured or sick wildlife to emergency care or humane euthanasia, if you are unable to reach both agencies, please reach out to us directly at 971.645.3450 to see if it is a situation we can help with, or if we can help contact the proper agencies.

Rescue Assistance

OCCRA may be able to assist in the transport of rehomed farm animals. Please reach out to us to see how we can help you, whether you are another non profit, or a citizen, we would be happy to discuss your situation. Please note, we do not help find adoptive homes, as it is outside of our capacity. However, once a home is in place and approved by the previous owner, OCCRA volunteers may be able to assist in the transport. email: [email protected] or call 971.645.3450.

How You Can Help

Join Our Contractor Team

OCCRA contractors work 1700-0800 as after hours emergency animal control in Multnomah County, if you are interested in becoming a contractor, with a once/week shift, let us know!


OCCRA receives daily requests to help capture and transport animals, especially wildlife! Our volunteers help us fulfill our mission, we couldn't do it without them, and we would love to talk to you about joining our team!


OCCRA volunteers are onboarded with safety gear and uniforms, each new volunteer costs several hundred dollars in equipment. Your donations allow us to grow and help more animals, as well as save for our bigger goals of purchasing a large livestock trailer, and high quality wildlife transport boxes.

sugar pumpkin

It is our 7th year of The GREAT Pumpkin Drive!

Every year, between October 1st, and December 1st. we collect all non-rotting pumpkins and squash from our community at our main drop off location in Oregon City. We share with local sanctuaries, who rescue neglected and unwanted farm animals. Don’t know what to do with your Halloween pumpkins? Bring them to us and provide a delicious meal for an animal and help save the sanctuaries a little money!

The GREAT Pumpkin Drive is also a fundraiser, sanctuaries continue to face rising prices in hay, feed, produce, building equipment, lumber, medication, as wellas ongoing high demand to take in new rescues.

Latest News

The Great Pumpkin Drive helps rescued farm animals for another year

The On-Call Community Rescue for Animals (OCCRA) is hosting the Great Pumpkin drive for the seventh year! For more Local News from KPTV: https://www.kptv.com/

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Let’s Talk Portland – On Call Community Rescue for Animals 10.22.23

An interview with Virginia Borden, President of On Call Community Rescue for Animals (OCCRA) about the work they do rescuing wild and domestic animals from dangerous situations, how to volunteer, and their Great Pumpkin Drive fundraiser.

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PDX PET CONNECTION Podcast Interview 2023

Welcome! You’ve just hit the play button on the most pawsome podcast in all of Portland – the PDX Pet Connection! 🐾 I’m Kim Hoshal, your host, lover of all things pet and proud owner of Kim Hoshal Photography and Butthead Bandanaz. Dive in as we explore local pet businesses, get to know our city’s…

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Last week, vOCCRAnteer @vettechdlove Darci searched high and low for a reported injured barred owl near the I405 interchange in Portland. The call came in from @portlandaudubon dispatchers before 5pm but by the time the patient was located (thanks to a courtesy chaperone from Portland Police past a no trespassing sign), the care center was then closed so we took the patient to @dovelewispdx for care. 

Today, OCCRA responded via a callout from a partner team OHSTAR, to assist a beautiful lab who had just had surgery and the owner did not have enough hands on deck to move him safely out of the car and in to her home. Between OCCRA volunteers Jeanette, @amybakerschultz and Darci, along with Rob from OHSTAR, they were able to bring the good boy in his home where he is resting and has family hands on deck for recovery! Thankful nfor our volunteers and our community partners! 

#voccranteer #barredowl #wildifetransport
The stem on this pumpkin is MADDY sized!! We are still receiving your beautiful orange donations for TGPD. We’ve received just under $500 dollars in monetary donations for TGPD to share with the 4 sanctuaries this year. If you’d like to donate to TGPD for giving Tuesday you can use this link, Venmo or any options on our website and note TGPD on your donation before December 1st!
The sanctuaries we are supporting this year are @otpsanctuary @rewildrefugefarmsanctuary @wildlingsforest @wildwoodfarmsanctuary