Patricia McKinney

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  • Founder and Owner of Portland Mutt Strut, LLC
  • Manages all aspects of the business including day-to-day operations, marketing, finance, contracts and customer service
  • Full-time Animal Care Companion

Patricia's love of animals propelled her to follow her passion full-time and start Portland Mutt Strut. As a former Oregon Humane Society Volunteer for over ten years, she developed extensive experience handling and walking all types of dogs. Her animal handling and team leading skills have proven invaluable during technical rescues involving dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, including these disaster and neglect rescues:

  • New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: part of the Humane Society of the United States largest animal rescue and sheltering operation handling and caring for over 200 "challenging breeds" after their rescue from the hurricane
  • St. Louis, Missouri: aided the local Humane Society in providing daily care for over 500 pit bulls rescued from a Federal bust of a multi-state dog fighting ring
  • Burns, Oregon: participated with the Oregon Humane Society in rescuing over 130 feral dogs from cruel mistreatment and neglect and followed up by aiding in their rehabilitation to get ready for adoption
  • Angel's Rest and Mt. Hood, Oregon: aided in two different technical rescues of a dog fallen off a cliff, requiring extensive hiking and technical equipment knowledge and high-angle rescue skills
  • Hillsboro, Oregon: aided Hillsboro Police in the care of over 100 rabbits rescued from a hoarding household
  • Chehalis, Washington: participated with the Oregon Humane Society in rescuing and transporting over 25 cats from a hoarding household

A continual learner, Patricia studies and learns from dog training experts though workshops, books and videos. She also instructs her Animal Care Companions in the proper skills and knowledge needed for any scenario they may encounter while dog walking or pet sitting. But her best teachers are her four-legged animals who continually educate and inspire Patricia every day.

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